Looking to keep your brain from turning to mush this summer? We’ve got you covered. There are more workshops, courses, and conferences than you can shake a stick at this summer.

Workshops and Courses

We have a number of upcoming courses and workshops being offered. To register, use Cornerstone via the Employee Portal.

Class NameDateTimeFacilitatorLocation
Blackboard for New 
N/AN/A Becky
Foundations of Online
6/10 to 7/12N/AMike

While it’s not through us, many of you may also be interested in Best Practices for Instructing and Supporting Students with Disabilities facilitated by COD counselor Michael Duggan. The class runs from June 6 to August 1 and is held every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is also through Cornerstone.

Summer Conferences

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

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

ITSE 2019, June 23-26, Philadelphia, PA

ISTE hosts industry-leading events to support educators as they rethink the status quo and use technology to drive good practice. Join educators from around the world or right down the street at an upcoming ISTE event or the most influential edtech event of the year, the ISTE Conference & Expo!

For more information and registration: ISTE Conference 2019

Grow 19, July 16-19, Louisville, KY

Interested in improving your teaching and learning more about project-based learning? Then this conference is your jam. Learn how to grow student thinking and learning aligned with your content standards and skills through workshops, talks, and more.

For more information and registration: TeachThought Grow 19

BbWorld, July 23-25, Austin, TX

BbWorld features three full days of Blackboard-focused keynotes, breakouts, and workshops designed to provide you with industry insights, best-practices and a clearer vision of the future that you can take back to your institution.

For more information and registration: BbWorld19

Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, August 6-8, Madison, WI

DT&L isn’t just a conference, it’s a community of educators with ideas and experiences to share. You’ll laugh, you’ll be moved, and you’ll come away with new ways to approach your work and put research into practice. You’ll meet people who can help your career thrive. You’ll also get to enjoy Madison–a walkable, culture-filled city nestled between two beautiful lakes. It’s the perfect place to learn, explore, and relax this summer.

For more information and registration: DT&L Conference 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.

  • Creating Accessible Documents
  • Foundations of Accessibility
  • Foundations of OER
  • Creating Accessible Videos
  • Encouraging Communications in Online Courses
  • Universal Design Principles for Online Learning
  • Technology Tools for Online Learning

Start Thinking About These

Summer always flies by, so starting thinking about these Fall PD opportunities now so you can get them on your calendar!

  • Illinois Council of Community College Administrators Conference – November 14-15 in East Peoria – Call for Proposals due July 1st
  • Richland Community College’s Instruction + Technology = Engagement Retreat 2019 Friday, September 20th from 8:30 – 3:30 PM – Early Bird Registration of $40 ends August 30th.

Did we miss something important? Let us know. We’ll add it!