To support learning and technology in education through communication, collaboration, and 
innovation while developing and sustaining a community of practice.

SLATE was created from the concept that all institutions that are deploying and/or currently using Web-based components to enhance their teaching and learning activities, have the same questions, the same challenges, and the need for the same solutions. By drawing together the expertise of the people involved in the entire academic experience and those designing, supporting, and using these applications; faculty support staff, systems administrators, instructional designers, librarians, online and distance education programs, and students - a broader and more accessible and dynamic support system could be established. Our current membership comes from K-12, Higher Education, and the Corporate sector and in general, anyone using technology in their teaching, learning or training activities regardless of platform (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, and others.).

The first group meeting was held at the University of Chicago in May of 2002. The original core of eight institutions included; The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Moraine Valley Community College, Joliet Junior College, Purdue University Calumet, DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, and Northeastern Illinois University. That number has grown to over 100 participating institutions across the country and has gained international recognition.


SLATE would like to welcome the following new members to the community of practice.  For a complete list of institutions CLICK HERE.

• Southwestern Michigan College
• 21st Century eSchool
• Hilbert College
• St. Louis Community College
• Grand Rapids Community College
• Erikson Institute
• Illinois Central College
• UWisconsin - Whitewater
• Manhattan School of Music
• Bellevue University
• Milwaukee School of Engineering
• University of Louisville
• Judson University
• University of Saint Francis
• Olive-Harvey College
• South Suburban College
• American School
• Western Kentucky University
• Lewis & Clark Community College
• Thomas M. Cooley Law School
• Holy Family University
• Danville Area Community College
• Indiana State University
• Thomas M. Cooley Law School
• Columbia College Chicago
• Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Plan to join us for the 12th Annual SLATE Conference being held on October 22-24, 2014 and hosted by Northern Illinois University at their regional campus in Naperville, IL, which is along the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor (thirty minutes from downtown Chicago).  Over the years more than 3000 people representing over 165 unique institutions from the Midwest, across the country, and around the world have attended this conference. Recognizing that deployment issues, support concerns, teaching strategies, learning styles, best practices, etc. are common among the varied CMS/LMS clients, this conference invites everyone that is deploying and/or currently using any Web-based tools in their teaching and learning to attend.

PLEASE NOTE: participating again this year, will be a Moodle SIG component for the conference, presented on Wednesday and Thursday.                                                                                                                                  Read More..    


Standard registration is now open.  Register today to take advantage of a great rate and group discounts.  Click on the link below, select your payment option (credit card or purchase order) and complete and submit the registration form.  Standard registration is through September 30, 2014.

The official call for papers has been extended.  Topics can include emerging technologies, faculty support/training, Moodle/Blackboard/Sakai or other LMS best practices, and other topics within your area of expertise, so don't hesitate to submit something.


SLATE SUMMIT & RETREAT - September 26-27
The SLATE Summit & Retreat is our annual planning meeting which provides an avenue for you to give input, discuss options, and exchange ideas for next year's meetings, and define the goals and strategic initiatives for the group.

This event also provides some time to have fun and share a few laughs with family and friends. On Friday evening, a fabulous Amish meal is arranged along with an Amish buggy ride around the countryside.  It's then off to visit the Michiana Relief Sale and Quilt Auction, to view spectacular and beautiful handcrafted artistries, and an opportunity to purchase some local wares. For those who choose to stay overnight, we will gather for breakfast at one of the local eateries and then stop in at the farmer's market before heading home. In the past, many members have brought along family and friends to join in the meal and other activities and make a weekend of it in Amish Country.  Read More

New Employment Opportunities last updated: August 28, 2014.  Watch this space for new and/or updated postings.  Read More


September 26
12:00pm - 3:00pm
SLATE Summitt
Goshen, IN


Monthly SLATE Group meetings are streamed live online - powered by Blackboard Collaborate.

Visit: and enter your name to login (no password required).  Streaming usually begins at approximately 9:55am