"Thanks for the opportunity to speak at SLATE. I enjoyed the time, and had some very  
informative discussions with some of the folks I met there. It's a very good group. Thanks for doing everything you do to sustain it."

Presenting at the SLATE Conference is a fantastic way to share experiences, gain visibility, build your network and be a part of a really strong professional community. As well, presenting at SLATE is an outstanding professional development activity. When you present at the conference, you not only meet others who share in your professional passions, you also establish your own professional credibility and leadership. SLATE is a conference by and for higher-ed teaching and technology professionals. It’s all about the community, coming together to share experiences, exchange ideas and, in the words of a past conference presenter, “help build the future.” We are dedicated to giving our participants a variety of diverse session topics to choose from. This allows us to offer many speakers the possibility to participate and contribute. By this, we hope to exceed attendee expectations and needs while taking them on varied paths allowing them to discover skills and knowledge they were never aware of or never knew they needed. 

So, please begin preparing your proposals now! We welcome proposals featuring best practices, new resources, innovative approaches, discussion of critical issues, presentation of research, and work-in-progress. 
The SLATE Conference offers between 45-60 presentation sessions, of 45 minutes each, from Wednesday to Friday. So, whether you decide to present a session, chair a panel, or lead a discussion at the annual SLATE Conference, you need to be a part of this amazing event. This page contains information and resources to assist you as a presenter at this year's SLATE Conference. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact the conference coordinator.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

• When will I find out whether my proposal has been accepted?
Proposals are generally reviewed and responded to within 4 weeks after they are submitted.

• Can I request the day/time of my session?
Yes. We will make every effort to accommodate your scheduling requests.

•  How much time do I have to present?
Your session will be 45-50 minutes.  Please leave enough time for questions. 

• Do I need to register to present?
Yes. As a speaker, you must register to present.  There are no discounts for presenters. 

• What will be the session room setup?
All of the session rooms will have the following standard AV: an LCD projector, screen, room speakers.  A podium or table lectern.  White board.  Classroom style or nested U-shaped seating with capacity of 32-48.  You will need to bring your own computer/laptop.

• Will I have Internet access?
Yes. Wireless access will be available for everyone, presenters and attendees throughout the conference venue. The connection speed will be sufficient to access and navigate web pages and e-mail.

• What are my responsibilities as a presenter?
It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to speak at the SLATE Conference. By sharing your expertise, you make a valuable contribution to the profession's field of knowledge and to the individual learning of our participants.

If you are selected, please view this opportunity as a commitment like any other and ensure that you are able to deliver the session by securing the support of your organization and managing your workload and to keep this time open. We understand that things do happen and appreciate your advance notice in the event of extreme circumstances that prevent your attendance.

PREVIOUS SESSION TITLES

These are some of the titles of presentations given at past conferences. Get some ideas, expand on a previous topic, or develop one of your own.
  • How Online Learning Changed the Way I Teach
  • Exploring Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Preparing to Teach Online: Several Approaches
  • Required Training: Make it Easy to Access
  • Assessment Best Practice
  • Managing Virtual Teams
  • Freeing Learning Content from the LMS
  • Using Gamification to Create an Online Course Template
  • Helpdesk Support for Blackboard: The Top Issues
  • Google Sites: Hands On From Top to Bottom
  • Designing and Developing a Mooc
  • Converting Face-To-Face Programs to Online
  • Wikis in the Classroom
  • Training on a Shoestring
  • Mentoring Online Faculty
  • Focusing the Course Design Process on Alignment
  • Implementing Online Learning Communities
  • Creating Reusable Learning Objects
  • Podcasts to Meet the Needs of Millennial Students
  • Platform Independent Course Design
  • Mobilize Classroom Assessment
  • Library Strategies for a New Generation of Learner
  • Flipping the New Faculty Orientation
  • Ensuring Accessibility in Online Education
  • Rubrics - Criterion Referenced Assessment
  • Teaching Writing Using Blogs and Wikis
  • Student GPA and Course Delivery Methods
  • Ten Reasons to Rethink Your Online Course UI
  • Using Technology Tools to Ensure Faculty Success
  • Working with Instructional Designers
  • Dealing with Copyright Issues in Online Courses
  • Online Assessment Strategies
  • Using Your CMS as a Retention Tool
  • Increasing Leaner Engagement Using Video
  • Mooc Design from a Student Perspective

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

•  Adjourn your session on time to allow the room to clear before the next session begins.  There are plenty of spaces in the conference venue to continue your discussion.

•  A presenter/session evaluation form is available to you should you choose to use it.  Print the form (around 50 should be enough) and distribute them before your session begins.  Collect the forms at the end of your session.  If you have any unused forms, you can take them to the registration desk.  If you have a moderator at your session, you can ask them to do this for you.

•  Leave the room as you found it.  Take all extra handouts, materials, etc., with you when you leave.