It’s a new year and spring is just around the corner, so what better time for a little professional development. There are loads of opportunities for learning and networking in the next few months. We’ve shared a few here, but please let us know if there is anything else that should be included.

Workshops and Courses

We have a number of upcoming courses and workshops being offered. To register, please contact the TLC (

Class NameDateTimeFacilitatorLocation
Foundations of Online Teaching2/11 to 3/15N/AMike MaxseOnline
Blackboard Grade Center III- Test2/112-3:00 p.mMin Pan SSC 123
Intro to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra2/18 N/AMin Pan Online
Blackboard Grade Center IV- Rubrics3/7 3-4:00 p.m.Min Pan SSC 123
Foundations of Online Teaching4/1 to 5/3N/AMike MaxseOnline

Spring Conferences

Looking to use that professional development cash? Here are some ed tech-focused conferences that are coming up during the spring semester.

ILLCO Growing Online Learning 2019: Accessibility: The Road to Success, February 19-21, Online

This conference offers faculty and staff an opportunity to learn more about accessibility issues, from why accessibility is important to how to practically apply accessibility best practices to your courses. Bonus: you’ll get to hear directly from LT staff, who are presenting at the conference.

For more information and registration: Growing Online Learning PDF

SXSW EDU, March 4-7, Austin, TX

SXSW EDU features a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, policy discussions and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders.

For more information and registration: SXSW EDU

Spring CUE, March 14-16, Palm Springs, CA

This conference is designed around the real-world needs of instructors committed to using technology in the classroom. You’ll find sessions on everything from maker labs to using Microsoft 365.

For more information and registration: Spring CUE 2019 Conference

Online Learning Consortium Innovate 2019, April 3-5, Denver, CO

This year’s theme is “Moving Mountains in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning.” From the website: Whether embracing emerging tech, incorporating intelligent learning management systems, or designing blended classrooms, now more than ever it is imperative that academic leaders, faculty, and administrators alike come together to ensure that our pedagogies are progressive, organic and continually break new ground.

For more information and registration: OLC Innovate 2019

Faculty Summer Institute: At the Intersection of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, May 21-22, Champaign, IL

Hey, this says summer, why does it show up here? Because if you want to present, now’s the time to send in your proposal. This conference features keynote presentations, networking, and hands-on training on the use of modern communication and information technologies in education.

For more information and registration: Faculty Summer Institute 2019

ION Courses

The Illinois Online Network always has a lot to offer. Here’s a listing of some of their 4-week courses (there are more!) that may be of interest. They also have a number of 8-week courses and other opportunities to learn. You can find the full list here.

Other Opportunities

Here are a few other ways you can get learning this semester, some without even leaving home.

Quick Start to Captioning, February 14, 1-1:30 p.m., Online
Learn the basics of how to add closed captions to online video to make it fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. Register here.

UX Design for Educators, March 4, Online This free online course is aimed at all educators working in primary, secondary or higher education. Explore the principles of effective user experience (UX) design. Develop your skills with the industry-leading UX design tool Adobe XD. Learn how to teach your students the design and technical skills they need to use UX design principles in their projects. Register here.

LTDC Virtual Showcase 2019, April 2-3, Online This virtual conference explores a wide range of topics related to online teaching and learning. Register here.

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