Clayton Wright - source
The 29th Educational Technology & Education Conferences Listing [1.1 MB DOC] has been published by Clayton Wright.
Here is Clayton's covering note (which I've taken the liberty of reproducing in full, with one small change at the end in the attribution of an article by Clayton that appeared in the Association for Learning Technology's Newsletter in 2011).
Conferences that May Be Worth Your Time
Frequently, I receive requests from those new to the field of educational technology to suggest conferences that would be worthwhile to attend. It can be a difficult request to fulfill as the response:
- primarily depends on the interests of the individual, for example, is she/he interested in K-12, post-secondary, or business applications, or prefers an emphasis on technology as oppose to teaching and learning;
- must address his or her expectations regarding the level of interactivity and the balance between theory and practice;
- must take into account the funds available for registration, travel, and accommodation;
- depends on the requestor's location (for example, I am based in Canada but undertake projects in Southeast Asia and Africa); and
- can be highly subjective.
If you are new to educational technology and can attend only one event in the upcoming year, do consider one of the major events below (out of the numerous possibilities. In subsequent years, you could select a different adventure.). Suggested conferences on my shortlists are arranged in alphabetical order. My selections for the first group comprise events I would want to be associated with as an organizer and, at times, covered the entire conference experience with my own personal funds. I also presented at most of them. Those in the second group come highly recommended and, in most cases, I contributed to conference papers, and/or viewed video-taped sessions or papers placed online.
- American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), May
- Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), October/November
- DevLearn, organized by eLearning Guild, October
- Ed Media, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), June
- eLearning Africa, May
- Educa (Berlin), November/December
- EDUCAUSE, September/October
- International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), date varies
- League for Innovation in the Community College, March
- Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, organized by the Commonwealth of Learning, date varies
- Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), March
- The Performance Improvement Conference, organized by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), April
You may also want to consider the events below. Prior to making your decision, do take a look at current and past conferences of the organizations listed.
- Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), October to December
- Association for Learning Technology (UK), September
- Australasia Computing Education, January
- Brazilian Association of Distance Education, September
- E-Learn, organized by AACE, October
- Elliott Masie's Learning, November
- Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, organized by Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, April
- European Association of Distance and Teaching Universities (EADTU), October
- European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN), June
- Global Time: Global Conference on Technology, Innovation, Media and Education, offered online in February
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), June
- Learning Solutions, organized by eLearning Guild, March
- MIT Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC), May/June
- New Learning Technologies Conference, organized by the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT), March
- Sloan Consortium Online Learning, November
- Training Conference and Expo, organized by Training Magazine, February
If your focus is on learning and teaching, below are a few suggestions for your consideration. Many of these events occur in North America. I would highlight events elsewhere if I was aware of them.
- Best Teachers Summer Institute, June
- Committee on College Teaching and Learning (CCTL) Conference, January
- Faculty Development Summer Institute on Active Learning and Teaching, July/August
- International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April
- International Conference on Improving University Teaching, July
- International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, January
- International Institute for SoTL Scholars and Mentors (IISSAM), May/June
- International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (ISETL), October
- International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), October
- International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT), July
- Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, dates vary
- National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), May
- North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD), October
- Professional and Organizational Development (POD), October
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Commons, March
- Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), June
- Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), May
- Teaching Professor Conference, May/June
- Teaching Professor Technology Conference, October
Note also that every major area of study, such as English as a second language, nursing, mathematics, psychology, science, teacher education, and vocational education, all have their own associations that offer newsletters, journals, and/or conferences. It would be advantageous to examine http://fakejournals.blogspot.ca/ or Jeffry Beale’s list of questionable publishers and organizations so that you could consider whether you want to attend events sponsored by these organizations.
Despite the shortlist I provided above, the conference you select must be congruent with YOUR interests, needs, and resources. Once you have selected a conference, do read How to Get the Most Out of a Conference by Stephen Downes.
I trust that the 29th version of this conference list will be useful to you and your colleagues. Background to the list and suggestions for promoting your event on the web can be found in this aritcle published by the Association for Learning Technology. According to Rory McGreal, all the suggestions in the article are helpful for presenting your conference on the web; however, the use of frames may work well on a desktop, but is not recommended for mobile devices. Increasingly, we must consider how best to design a website that can be viewed across all platforms.
If I missed an event that you would highly recommend your colleagues to attend, let me know so I can add it to the 30th edition of the conference list.
P.S. You are encouraged to share the list with your colleagues or cut and paste a customized list that meets their specific needs. But, kindly retain the contact information when you re-distribute the list or mount it on the web as that is how I receive updates and find out about new events. It is relatively easy to find events scheduled for the next two or three months, but much more difficult to ascertain information for events beyond that time period. May your day be a productive one! crw