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.

Welcome New Members

• 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
• Lewis & Clark 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.  Read More

The official call for papers opened on Monday, April 7, 2014.  Topics can include emerging technologies, faculty support/training, Moodle/Blackboard/Sakai or other LMS best practices, and many other topics within your area of expertise, so don't hesitate to submit something.  Submission deadline: June 30, 2014 


Early-bird registration will open on May 5, 2014.  Take advantage of discounted and group rates at this time. Watch this space for additional information.

New Employment Opportunities last updated: March 24, 2014.  Watch this space for new and/or updated postings.  Read More


182days until
the 2014 SLATE Conference