THE SLATE MISSION
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, training, and professional development 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.