Conferences, Un-Conferences and Consortiums

Instructional Technology staff have found their attendance at the following faculty-centered conferences to be extremely valuable. Faculty who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the area of instructional technology will also find these conferences valuable as they begin their journey into new instructional possibilities.

Elon University’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

Registration: Free (Please Register)
Frequency: Yearly in August
Location: Elon, NC

This one day conference addresses trends and issues in teaching and learning, instructional technology, and instructional design. Elon University welcomes area university and college educators to the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. The conference is jointly sponsored by Elon’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT).

CIDER’s Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (Virginia Tech)

Registration: Free (Please register. Pre-Conference workshops available for a reasonable fee.)
Frequency: Yearly in February
Location: Blacksburg, PA

The Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Ultimately, the conference is an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education. Sessions include Flipped Classrooms, Online learning, issues on student engagement, assessment, retention, and best practices in instructional technology and instructional design.

NC-LITe North Carolina Library Instructional Technology experiences

Registration: Free (Please contact organizers)
Frequency: Twice per year
Location: Host institutions in North Carolina

This one day “unconference” organized by N.C. librarians focuses on instructional technology topics through presentations and breakout sessions with activities. Valuable topics included best practices for retention and cognition when developing multimedia pieces, new public-facing resources in development for information literacy, and technology tools for teaching.

Magna Publication’s The Teaching Professor Conferences

Registration: $650-750
Frequency: Multiple Conferences per year with varying focus
Location: Typically held in east-coast cities

The Teaching Professor Technology Conference will examine the technologies that are changing the way teachers teach and students learn while giving special emphasis to the pedagogically effective ways you can harness these new technologies in your courses and on your campus. The three-day conference will bring together faculty, instructional designers, faculty developers, educational technology leaders, and other higher education professionals interested in learning more about how technology is altering the learning environment.

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

Registration: $500-600
Frequency: Yearly in August
Location: Madison, WI

The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference is recognized internationally for its quality, integrity, and longevity. For more than 30 years, thousands of distance education professionals have shared ideas, resources, research, and best practices to advance their careers. This conference is all about connecting with your peers and providing a transformative professional development experience at an affordable price. Trends in the conference presentations include Flipped Classrooms, best practices in distance education administration, and instructional design strategies for student engagement and assessment.


Wake Forest faculty are encouraged to take advantage of these member consortiums for resources, information sharing, and event attendance. If you have information on a consortium not listed here, please contact Jo Lowe.

Bryn Mawr’s Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference

Registration: Free – Wake Forest is a consortium member
Frequency: Yearly in May
Location: Bryn Mawr, PA

Bryn Mawr has partnered with Wake Forest University and 40 other liberal-arts colleges from across the United States that are interested in blended learning to share resources, techniques and research findings. We are interested in how blended learning can be used not only to improve learning outcomes, but also to support the close faculty-student relationships and deep, lifelong learning that are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education. Our definition of blended learning is quite broad, encompassing any combination of online and face-to-face instruction with a focus on supporting the close faculty-student interaction and emphasis on lifelong learning that are hallmarks of American liberal arts education.

Learning Technology Consortium

Registration: Free – Wake Forest is a consortium member
Frequency: Twice per year
Location: Host institutions

The Learning Technology Consortium is a collaboration among universities with common interests and challenges in learning and teaching with technology. LTC representatives meet semiannually at a member campus. At these meetings and through membership in LTC, members are provided opportunities for: Knowledgeable discussion of the selection and use of learning technologies; Benchmarking with comparable institutions; Collaboration on research, publications, and presentations; Immediate access to colleagues throughout the year for input on current issues and interests; Touring specialized facilities at member campuses; Learning new and emerging trends and technologies.

New Media Consortium

Registration: Discounted – Wake Forest is a consortium member
Frequency: Multiple opportunities per year
Location: Online and in-person

The NMC (historically the New Media Consortium) is an international community of experts in educational technology. The role of the NMC is to help our hundreds of member universities, colleges, museums, and organizations drive innovation across their campuses. We do that by performing research that catalyzes discussion, by convening people around new ideas, and by building communities that encourage exploration and experimentation. The events we host reflect the wide range of activities taking place in the NMC Community.

Online Learning Consortium (Sloan Consortium)

Registration: Free or Discounted – Wake Forest is a consortium member
Frequency: Multiple opportunities per year
Location: Online

The OLC Institute offers educational and professional development in online teaching and learning through online workshops, webinars and opportunities to serve as facilitators in their areas of expertise. We offer a wide-range of programs for those interested in deepening both pedagogical and practitioner aspects of their teaching practice. Two decades ago we began our mission as the Sloan Consortium, providing early online educators with original research, leading-edge instruction and best-practice publications, to community-driven conferences and expert guidance. Our mission has not changed.  Just our name, we are the Online Learning Consortium.

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