We won’t blame you if you want to just kick back this summer and relax, but if you want to do some professional development, there are plenty of ways to get your learn on during summer break. 

Here are some workshops, courses, webinars, conferences and more you can sign up for this summer. 

LT Workshops and Courses 

To see what we’ll be offering this summer, check out our full calendar of training opportunities. Make sure to check back or read our emails, as we will be adding more as the summer goes on.


Most conferences this summer are still being held virtually. While you won’t get to hang out with your peers, it will save you on travel costs and time. 

Faculty Summer Institute

May 19, Virtual 

FSI: At the Intersection of Teaching, Learning, and Technology is an annual conference that brings educators and instructional-technology professionals together each May at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Attendees come from across Illinois and as far away as Canada. The conference features keynote presentations, networking, and hands-on training on the use of modern communication and information technologies in education.

Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and teaching methods in person and virtually. Networking is a main component of FSI, and there are many opportunities for social engagement during receptions, scheduled activities, and concurrent sessions.


June 26-30, Virtual 

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

Due to the global pandemic, the ISTE conference went fully virtual in 2020, using a custom-built platform that allowed real-time collaboration with presenters and attendees, gamification features designed to deepen learning and engagement, and an archive of more than 1,000 learning experiences that attendees could return to again and again for six months. This year, ISTELive 21 will also be a virtual event delivered on the same dynamic platform, featuring powerful voices and offering a treasure trove of content and resources.

Bb World 

July 13-15 and 20-22, Virtual 

This July Blackboard is broadcasting sessions, keynotes, DevCon, networking opportunities, and more directly to you, wherever you are with exceptional EdTech programming to inform, inspire and excite you. With this year’s format it’s never been easier to personalize your BbWorld experience: tune in live, watch on demand, and set your own schedule. The future of learning is here.

Share best practices, discuss changes in education and generate new ideas at BbWorld 2021. This year’s key topics include: teaching and learning experiences, the latest EdTech trends, data and analytics, student success, institutional change, accessibility, product integrations, and community engagement.​

Distance Teaching and Learning Conference

Aug 3- 5, Virtual 

The 2021 conference offers learning sessions, including presentations by thought leaders, practitioners, and designers from institutions around the world. Get inspired by new ideas in online education. Discover exciting research, innovative teaching tools, and cutting-edge learning technologies. Network and brainstorm with colleagues who share your passion. You will leave inspired, refreshed and ready to apply new ideas in your learning environment.

ION Courses

ION courses are always a good place to look to learn more about teaching with technology. Here are some of the courses they have running this summer. Check out their full listing for information about additional courses and other upcoming learning opportunities this fall. 

June 7- July 3 

  • Blended Learning Design & Instruction 
  • Instructional Design for Online Course Development
  • Overview of Online Instruction
  • Practicum for Master Online Teacher Certificate 
  • Student Assessment in Online Courses 
  • External Advocacy for Online Leadership 
  • Technology Tools for Online Teaching 
  • Quality Assurance for Online Leaders 
  • Universal Design 
  • Student Support for Online leaders 
  • Creating Accessible Documents 

Webinars and More 

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Here are some other opportunities to learn! 

Adobe Education Exchange 

Check out Adobe’s listings of available summer training! You can learn how to make infographics in Illustrator, create cultural studies zines, build interactive student portfolios and more! 

EdSurge Online Webinars

These webinars cover a wide range of topics, mostly focused on using technology to teach and learn. Explore topics like online proctoring, anti-racist pedogogy and more! 

Education Week Webinars 

While some of these webinars may be more K-12 focused, many are general enough to provide interest and insight for those working in higher education as well. 

Have other learning opportunities you want to highlight? Share with us!