Initiative for Digital Education for Accelerated Learning (IDEAL)



Digital Pedagogy Lab  University of Colorado at Denver

Digital Pedagogy Lab is an annual learning and teaching event. The event was established in 2015 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA as an opportunity to provide in-depth dialogue and practical experience to educators working in under-theorized digital learning spaces. Critical pedagogy forms the foundation of our approach at Digital Pedagogy Lab, and the foundation of the pedagogies that we advocate. The Lab has always been primarily concerned with the facility of online and digital learning, and especially with the ways that educational technology and instructional design make space for, or do not make space for, student agency and liberative pedagogies. As the Lab has continued to grow, our focus has widened to include issues of access, disability, equity, student rights, teacher agency, and the representation of unheard and silenced voices in education. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW


Past IDEAL Attendees: Christopher Previte, Rob Anzalone, Sarah Dangelantonio


Next Conference: July 27-31, 2020  |  Click HERE to learn more

EDUCAUSE Annual Conference  Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference showcases the best thinking in higher education IT!


With the best presenters, the best content, and the best networking, the premier higher ed IT event brings together professionals and technology providers from around the world to share ideas, grow professionally, and discover solutions to today's challenges. It's the largest gathering of your peers…people you can relate to, learn from, and stay connected to throughout the year. Join us in Boston for the best of what matters most to you and your profession.



Past IDEAL Attendees: Mary Kelly, Donna Decker


Next Conference: October 26-29, 2020  |  Click HERE to learn more

ELI Annual Meeting  Bellevue, Washington

The ELI Annual Meeting is the premier gathering of higher education teaching and learning professionals.


This is the one event that explores solutions to our learning community's key issues, engages innovative technology and service providers, and unites expertise across our institutions. The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to advancing learning through information technology innovation. The ELI Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for those interested in learning principles and practices, all dimensions of student success, and innovation in post-secondary learning to explore, network, and share. Find more information about the ELI mission and philosophy here. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW


Past IDEAL Attendees: None Yet


Next Conference: March 2-4, 2020  |  Click HERE to learn more

NERCOMP Annual Conference  Providence, Rhode Island

The NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) partners with EDUCAUSE to bring together leaders in the higher education IT community from across the region. The NERCOMP Annual Conference plays a pivotal role in bringing together a community of higher education IT and library professionals to build expertise and share information on the latest issues in the field. This conference is the place to connect with peers, share successes (and struggles), and enhance our collective learning. The NorthEast Regional Computing Program, Inc. (NERCOMP) is an association partner with EDUCAUSE and supports IT innovation and leadership in educational institutions across the Northeastern United States.



Past IDEAL Attendees: None Yet


Next Conference: March 23-25, 2020  |  Click HERE to learn more

South by Southwest Education (SXSW EDU)  Austin Texas Convention Center

The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a community of optimistic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning. Join us for four days of compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, policy discussions, competitions, exhibition, networking, and so much more. Through collaboration, creativity, and engagement, SXSW EDU empowers its global community to connect, discover, and impact. SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest (SXSW) family of conferences and festivals. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for creative professionals, SXSW EDU extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement to include society’s true rock stars: educators! REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW


Past IDEAL Attendees: Christopher Previte


Next Conference: March 8-12, 2020  |  Click HERE to learn more

Summer Institute in Digital Literacy  Chicago, Illinois

This six-day institute focuses on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies. We consider the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning. Join us in exploring innovative approaches now being used by K-12 educators, librarians, and college and university faculty. You will learn how to conduct project-based inquiry using a variety of digital texts, tools and technologies, which will help create challenging and engaging learning opportunities for you and your students. It's a hands-on, minds-on learning experience, where you discover the power of digital literacy through intensive collaboration with a partner, creating lesson plans, units of instruction, and several different types of multimedia creative products. REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1, 2020


Past IDEAL Attendees: Frank Cohen, Jean Dawson, Susan Silverman


Next Conference: July 19-24, 2020  |  Click HERE to learn more

The Teaching Professor Conference  Atlanta, Georgia

The Teaching Professor Conference is the place for educators who are passionate about the art and science of teaching. It’s an exhilarating three-day event focused on the latest research-based, classroom-tested best practices to enhance your knowledge and drive ever-better outcomes for the students you teach. Imagine yourself in the company of more than a thousand like-minded educators! Over three memorable days in Atlanta, Georgia, you will engage in an exhilarating array of presentations designed to help you hone your pedagogy, drive ever-higher student achievement, and enhance your professional development. As always, The Teaching Professor Conference is interdisciplinary, so you’ll benefit from perspectives you might not often hear, and you’ll glean ideas from unexpected sources. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW


Past IDEAL Attendees: Sarah Dangelantonio


Next Conference: May 29-31, 2020  |  Click HERE to learn more

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