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

The SLATE Mission  

SLATE was created from the concept that all institutions that are deploying and/or currently using technology and 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 - a broader, more accessible, and dynamic support system could be established. 

Recognizing that any community needs to adapt and change in order to evolve and continue to meet the needs of its members, SLATE has evolved into a very inclusive academic and professional development organization consisting of faculty, support staff, designers, vendor partnerships, and even students. 
Our current membership comes from K-12, Higher Education, and the Corporate sector using various LMS platforms (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Canvas, Brightspace, and others) and continues to reach across boundaries to forge new and strengthen existing partnerships.

You are invited to join us (individually or as an institution) as we continue to examine current trends, consider new approaches for online and classroom-based teaching and learning, explore new technologies, share lessons-learned, and promote best practices throughout the community.


Be sure to watch this space for new and/or updated announcements and timely information about the group, as they become available. 

  • New Employment Opportunities.  For a complete list click hereLast updated: February 24, 2015.
  • Can you host a meeting in 2015?  Meetings are usually held the third Wednesday of each month.  Send your first and second month choices in today.


An annual review by Terry Patterson of what items Blackboard needs to address at its upcoming conference.

President Obama's free community college proposal has a direct ancestor in a program Tulsa Community College began in 2007.

New Media Consortium annual report.

Starfish Retention Solutions Bought by Hobsons
Hobsons announced the acquisition of Starfish Retention Solutions, a leading student advising systems provider in the higher-ed space.


Plan to join us for the 13th Annual SLATE Conference being held on October 21-23, 2015 and hosted by Northern Illinois University, at their regional campus in Naperville, IL.  Check back often as additional information will be coming around the beginning of the year.


The 2015 SLATE Conference is pleased to announce that Ardelle Pate, EdD, Associate Professor of Instructional Design and Technology, College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia University Chicago, will be the Thursday morning keynote speaker. 

The theme of her talk; "Harnessing Reality Augmented Virtual Worlds for Learning Spaces of the Future."


The Friday morning keynote will be delivered by, Annie Chechitelli, Vice-President of Blackboard's global higher education solution and industry management team. She leads the team responsible for forming and articulating Blackboard’s solution strategy for higher education. 

The title of her presentation is; "The New Learning Experience: Meeting the Needs of Today’s Learners."


    Standard registration continues to be open for the 2015 SLATE Conference is now open through October 15th. Click on the link below, select your payment option (credit card or purchase order) and complete and submit the registration form.  Single-day and group options are available, so register early to take advantage of reduced pricing.


    13th Annual SLATE Conference 

    Location: NIU, Naperville Campus
    Date: October 21-23, 2015
    Time:  registration opens at 11:00am

    •  Must REGISTER to attend

    Can you host a monthly meeting?  Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month (but we can adjust the schedule). Send your first and second month choices in today.

    Always looking for timely and informative meeting topics.


    SLATE Group meetings are streamed live each month - powered by Blackboard Collaborate.

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