SLATE, the Midwest Blackboard Users Group, 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, and students – a broader and more accessable and dynamic support system could be established. Our current membership comes from K-12, Higher Education, and the Corporate sector. (from the SLATE website)
UIS holds a membership in SLATE and takes an active role in presenting at the annual conference in Chicago. This conference also provides the perfect venue for UIS online educators to present. Take a look at the SLATE site for more information.