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The members of SLATE wish to thank you for your continued support, giving of your time and expertise, and for engaging in such a wonderful and dynamic conference for the past twenty years.


During that time thousand of individuals have been touched and hundreds of institutions have benefitted, and hopefully been motivated through their involvement in this community to promote technology excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.


THE SLATE CONFERENCE has always been one of the premier educational technology conferences in the Midwest, known for offering a wide variety of topics ranging from best practices and pedagogy, to innovative teaching resources and cutting edge technologies. Consistently voted "Top 10 Educational Technology Conferences in the Midwest" and "#1 Best Overall Value".  Over the years, countless individuals, representing almost 500 institutions from the Midwest, across the country, and around the world have attended this conference.

With its recurring theme of, "Build it Better", SLATE continued to have a long tradition of communication, collaboration, and innovation for all who attend. This annual event was most recently held at the Northern Illinois University Campus/Conference Center in Naperville, IL (which is along the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor, thirty minutes from downtown Chicago) and continued to challenge individuals, institutions, and organizations from across the country to engage in discussing the greatest challenges, hottest trends, and most common issues focused on the use and application of technology in teaching and learning.

Recognizing that deployment issues, support concerns, teaching strategies, learning styles, best practices, etc. are common among the varied CMS/LMS platforms, this conference invited all faculty, system administrators, Web developers, instructional designers, librarians, students, and user support staff from institutions that are deploying and/or currently using any Web-based tools, applications, or programs, in their teaching and learning.

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