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This page includes a list of useful conferences for instructional designers and educational technologists. For broaded educational and ed tech conferences, see Educational Conferences.

5th International Conference on Technology in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
The focus of this international conference is to address the various issues surrounding the uses and possibilities of technology in teaching and learning. Following previous conferences in 2000 (funded by the Spencer Foundation), 2001, 2003 and 2005, this forum will bring together faculty, students, staff, administrators and other interested parties involved with the organization and delivery of distance education and technology issues.

AECT International Convention
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention offers in-depth, hands-on experiences guided by some of the top experts and vendors in the field. AECT places emphasis on theory rather than on physical technology.

ASTD International Conference & Exposition
Held each spring, this conference is aimed at workplace learning and performance professionals. The conference features 200+ educational sessions from industry-leading experts, and a world-class EXPO with the latest products and services from top suppliers.

Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)
The International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), held bi-annually since 1995, focuses on issues related to learning through collaboration and promoting productive collaborative discourse with the help of the computer and other communications technologies. Each conference has included keynotes, symposia, workshops, panels, submitted papers, posters, and demos covering timely and important issues of interest and research findings important to the CSCL community.

Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning
The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized internationally for the quality and integrity of its program. Each year the conference provides an exchange of current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education/training.

DevLearn Conference & Expo
DevLearn Conference & Expo is where experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the e-Learning industry convene each year to explore, discuss, and learn about the best ideas and technologies for e-Learning. It’s for learning design, development, and management professionals who are leading e-Learning efforts, and who need to keep abreast of emerging technologies, strategies, and best practices in order to effectively deploy them in their organizations.

ED-MEDIA
ED-MEDIA is an international conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). The conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education.

Educause Annual Conference
Educause is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. The annual conference is an opportunity for higher education faculty, CIOs, and designers to come together to learn from each other. Educause also includes a large vender exhibit.

Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA)
The main purpose of EISTA 2008 is to bring together researchers and practitioners from Education/Training and Information/Communication Technologies areas, in order to support the bridging process. In order to accomplish this purpose, ICT researchers are invited to present their research results. Practitioners and consultants are invited to present case study papers and innovative solutions. Corporations are invited to present education/training information systems and software based solutions. Teachers and university professors are invited to present case studies, information systems developed for specific purpose, and innovative ideas and designs.

eLearn
eLearn is an international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) and co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning. This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in the Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education sectors.

eLearning Guild Annual Gathering
The eLearning Guild Annual Gathering is where professionals interested in maximizing the impact of e-Learning in their organizations get together each year to expand their knowledge, build their expertise, and connect with the largest community of e-Learning professionals in the world. The Annual Gathering addresses every aspect of putting e-Learning to work.

FETC
FETC is designed to provide educators and administrators an opportunity to explore ways to integrate different technologies across the curriculum – from kindergarten to college – through exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies on student technology use. FETC is designed for teachers, principals and deans, district administrators, curriculum designers, media specialists, technology directors and various other educators.

Innovative Learning Conference (ILC)
ILC is an interactive three-day conference and exposition produced in partnership with CUE and FETC for the K-12 education community. Devoted to advancing student achievement through innovative education strategies, ILC offers “hands-on” workshops, concurrent sessions, meetings and exhibitions.

International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS)
The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), first held in 1992 and held bi-annually since 1996, hosts keynotes, symposia, workshops, panels, submitted paper sessions, poster sessions, and demos covering timely and important issues and reporting research findings across the entire field of the learning sciences. Recent conferences have had invited keynotes and sessions centered on timely themes. The 2000 conference theme focused on the complexities inherent in learning and in studying learning; the 2002 conference theme focused on diversity. The 2006 conference focused on making a difference – issues in scaling learning sciences findings for broad dissemination and impact.

International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning
This interdisciplinary conference focuses on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing elements of interactive computer aided learning.

International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences
This conference focuses on broadening the geographical, cultural, and intellectual scope of the learning sciences community, while maintaining its focus on the innovative consideration of learning as it occurs in authentic contexts. The conference includes a mix of keynote presentations, paper sessions, poster sessions, submitted and invited symposia, plenary sessions, and exhibitors.

National Educational Computing Conference (NECC)
For almost three decades, NECC has provided a forum in which to learn, exchange, and survey the field of educational technology focused on k-12 teachers. This annual conference—presented by ISTE and keyed to the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)—features hands-on workshops, lecture-format and interactive concurrent sessions, discussions with key industry leaders, and one of the largest educational technology exhibit in the nation.

Professors of Instructional Design and Technology (PIDT)
The Professors of Instructional Design and Technology (PIDT) Conference is an annual retreat where professors, selected doctoral students, and other individuals interested in instructional design/instructional gather from around the nation. By design PIDT is a small conference with typically 60 - 100 attendees. It is a great opportunity for participants to visit, brainstorm, collaborate, and share with others with strong interests in instructional design. The structure of the program, interests and abilities of those in attendance and the conference’s physical setting combine to make it a uniquely focused event.

Sloan-C International Symposium for Emerging Tech Applications for Online Learning
The Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning is designed to bring together individuals interested in the technological aspects of online learning. Experts, This conference, which provides information on emerging technology applications for online learning, is geared to both experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning who hail from a variety of work sectors, including higher education, continuing education, business, government, health care, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations.

Society of Applied Learning Technology
The New Learning Technologies conference brings together senior professionals from government, industry, academia and the military to present the latest developments in the field of learning and training technologies.

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITTE)
The SITE annual conference is for teachers and affiliated organizations of teachers in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is unique as the only organization which has as its sole focus the integration of instructional technologies into teacher education programs. SITE promotes the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice knowledge.

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Conference
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Annual National Conference is an opportunity to share ideas, learn about distance learning programs and products, and gain a better understanding of the field. It provides participants with an opportunity to establish new relationships and contacts with others involved in distance learning. The format of the event allows attendees to learn about relevant topics from different points of view. The intimate size makes it possible for attendees to actively participate.

International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS)
The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), first held in 1992 and held bi-annually since 1996, hosts keynotes, symposia, workshops, panels, submitted paper sessions, poster sessions, and demos covering timely and important issues and reporting research findings across the entire field of the learning sciences. Recent conferences have had invited keynotes and sessions centered on timely themes. The 2000 conference theme focused on the complexities inherent in learning and in studying learning; the 2002 conference theme focused on diversity. The 2006 conference focused on making a difference – issues in scaling learning sciences findings for broad dissemination and impact.

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