While you might be more comfortable heading into the back-to-school season as an instructor, there’s no reason you can’t step into the student role as well. Especially since fall is absolutely loaded with opportunities to learn new things about technology, pedagogy, and more. Here are some of the courses, workshops, conferences and other opportunities for professional development we know about that are coming up.

Courses and Workshops

Learn with us! All courses, unless labeled walk-in, require registration through Cornerstone.

CourseDate and TimeWhere
Blackboard Grade Center
On DemandOnline
Foundations of Online
9/23/19 to 10/25/19Online
Foundations of Online
2/10/20 to 3/13/20Online
Blackboard for New Users On DemandOnline


If you’ve got the money and the time, these conferences are a great place to learn and network with peers. Even better, some are really close to home!

SLATE Conference, October 2-4, Naperville, IL

The 2019 SLATE Conference continues to challenge individuals, institutions, and organizations from across the country to engage in discussing the biggest challenges, hottest trends, and common issues focused on the use and application of technology in education.

Advancing Improvement in Education Conference,
October 3-4, San Antonio, TX

The Advancing Improvement in Education Conference (AIE) is about inspiring educational leaders to be the change needed to improve student outcomes for all. At this conference, participants will walk away inspired, motivated, and capable of strengthening the relationships and structures needed to improve success.

EDUCAUSE, October 14-17, Chicago, IL

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.

Quality Matters, October 27-30, Grapevine, TX

Join the QM community this October in Grapevine, Texas, to explore how institutions across the globe are Committing to Excellence for Learners. Discover what works and what doesn’t, including how institutions are tracking their initiatives, sustaining their QA efforts, using QM course reviews and professional development, and promoting engagement for learners, faculty and other stakeholders. 

Open Education Conference, October 30 – November 1, Phoenix, AZ

The annual reunion of the open education family.

EdSurge Fusion, November 4-6, Burlingham, CA

EdSurge works every day to tell the stories of what works. At EdSurge Fusion, we’ll bring those stories to light. Hear from educators and researchers sharing research-informed and evidence-based models and practices that work.

WCET 3oth Annual Meeting, November 5-7, Denver, CO

WCET’s Annual Meeting goes far beyond the traditional conference experience—it is a convening of thought leaders, practitioners, and pioneers who engage in robust dialogue on the current state and future of higher education. Emerging Technologies in Education

Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Annual Meeting, November 6-9, Atlanta, GA

The 2019 Annual Meeting theme is Advancing Inclusive Excellence in Times of Change and Uncertainty.

Join us as we learn together and work together to give voice to the values that unite us in the arts & sciences. The 2019 Annual Meeting will begin with pre-conference workshops and the opening reception on Wednesday, November 6th and conclude with the final concurrent sessions and post-conference workshops on Saturday, November 9th.

OLC Accelerate, November 12-22, Lake Buena Vista, FL

OLC Accelerate is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning, and the 25th anniversary of the conference expects nothing less! 

Ion Courses

We won’t list every ION course here (you can find the full list here) but here are some of the courses you can take this fall.

Did we miss something? Let us know if there’s something else that should be on the list!