conferenceA collection of random links to conferences (or any professional development opportunities) that look interesting or where I have attended and found value (in pro-d terms). I tend to favour Canadian first (budget issues) but I’ll list U.S.A, U.K. and some European options (especially if you participate in an online section or if you can cull articles, videos, notes, other resources).

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2018 Conferences

Connected Learning Summit logoAugust 1-3, 2018     Cambridge, MA   USA

Connected Learning Summit – MIT Media Lab

Coordinated by the Connected Learning Alliance, this 3 day event will focus on connecting researchers, educators and developers to explore ways to use emerging technologies to “…expand access to participatory, playful, and creative learning.”

Call for Proposals – closes Jan 22, 2018

Early Bird Registration (closes May 1)

 July 28-30, 2018     Toronto, Ontario  CANADA

Toronto conference 2018Eduteach2018 – Third Canadian International Conference on Advances in Education, Teaching & Technology

A knowledge building and professional networking event for global Educators who empower future leaders through emerging trends in technology.

Supported by Pangasinan State University, a state university in the Philippines., International Center for Research & Development, & Unique Conferences, Canada

Topics broad range

Speakers:  Dr. Jerry Schnepp PhD, Bowling Green State University;  Bronwyn Ewing PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; DEXTER R. BUTED PhD  President, Pangasinan State University, Philippines

Early registration – Feb. 15, 2018

Final deadline for abstracts – April 15, 2018

Canada International Conference iconJune 25-28, 2018     University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario CANADA

Canada International Conference on Education

Theme:  Global Issues in Education and Research.

Important Dates (incl. Call for Papers)

No keynote speakers listed yet (Jan 8, 2018)

June 25-29, 2018     Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEdMedia 2018 Conference

EdMedia – World Conference on Educational Media and Technology
and INNOVATE Learning

Call for papers:  Jan. 30

Keynote speakers:  Bios and abstracts

This annual conference offers a forum for the discussion and exchange of research, development, and applications on all topics related to Innovation and Education.

May 15-17, 2018     Sudbury, Ontario  CANADA

11th Annual Conference – Canadian Network for Innovation in Education
Diversities of Learning and Learners: What’s in our Natures

Call for Presentations extended to January 31, 2018

Laurentian University hosts this year’s conference – appears to be based on the Medicine Wheel (Ojibway culture). Topics include:

  1. Identity and education (East – Spirit – Yellow)
  2. Sustainable environment (South – Relationships – Red)
  3. Technology (West – Body – Black)
  4. Humanizing the learning experience / empathy (North – Mind – Wisdom – White)

April 24-27, 2018     Niagara Falls, Ontario CANADAConnect2018 conference logo

Connect2018: Canada’s Learning & Technology Conference

Location:  Scotiabank Conference Centre, Niagara Falls

3rd annual conference – claims to be largest edtech conference in Canada – offers a wide variety of presentations and workshops from integrating technology with arts and music, Math or animation and 3D printing, to Virtual Learning Environment and Professional Learning Communities

Aimed at K-12 school system – see list of speakers

March 26-30, 2018     Washington, DC  USA

SITE 2018:  Information Technology and Teacher Education

Final call for papers by Jan 22, 2018

Mixture of meetings, infotech or teacher education sessions and pre-conference workshops. An overview here


E-Learn20172017 Conferences

E-Learn 2017AACE
World Conference on E-Learning

October 17-20, 2017     Vancouver, BC

**Submit proposals by:  June 10, 2017

A multi-disciplinary conference where you can learn more about the latest research, developments, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Linda Harasim, Simon Fraser University  “Collaborative Learning: Designing 21st Century E-Learning”

Professor Ron Owston, York University “Artificial Intelligence”

World Conference on Online Learning:
Teaching in the Digital Age – Re-thinking Teaching & Learning

October 17-19, 2017     Toronto, Ontario

The 27th International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference, hosted by Contact North. International delegates will explore new approaches to teaching and learning that respond to the needs of students and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal of quality education for all. Five key areas:

EdMedia2017 conferenceEdMedia 2017
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology

June 21-23, 2017  Washington, DC

Final Call for Proposals – due May 1, 2017

AACE’s 2017 EdMedia conference doesn’t appear to have a focus or theme?

Line-up of speakers for keynotes:

  • The Futures of Higher Education – Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE President Emeritus, USA
  • Accelerating Human Imagination – Sheldon Brown, University of California at San Diego, USA
  • Implications of Information Design for Technology-based Learning – Karen Schriver: KSA Communication Design & Research, Inc., USA
  • Using Technology to Personalize Learning – Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island, USA

DevLearn 2016:  Sparking CreativityDevLearn Conference logo

November 16-18, 2016     Las Vegas, Nevada

Adobe Learning Summit

November 15, 2016     Las Vegas, Nevada

DevLearn is for training and learning professionals who are leading or engaged in their organizations’ use of learning technologies.

Adobe Learning Summit takes place during the conference and is in the same location – so you can participate in both.

Keynotes are focused on creativity and storytelling:

  1.  The Magic of Storytelling and Learning, Penn Jillette (author, actor, magician, entertainer)
  2.  Creativity and Problem-solving at Pixar, Tony DeRose, Research Lead, Pixar Animation Studios
  3.  Adaptive Content, Context and Controversy, Karen McGrane, Managing Partner, Bond Art + Science
  4. Why New Realities Require New Narratives, Maxwell Plank, Technical Founder, Oculus Story Studio

Find out more about the concurrent sessions during the conference –

If you want to attend the Adobe Learning Summit, registration details here:–expo–adobe-summit-registration-information/

Schedule and Keynote information:–expo–adobe-learning-summit/

2016 Global Education Conference 20167th Annual Global Education Conference

November 13-16, 2016     fully online

7th annual Global Education Conference is held in Collaborate and brings together educators and innovators from around the world. The Global Education Network ” is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Our activities are designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. The event is free and takes place entirely online.”

COHERE2016:  Education for All – Equity Issues and Online Education

COHERE 2016 ConferenceOctober 13-14, 2016     Yukon College & Cape Breton University

Call for proposals extended to July 26, 2016

COHERE (Collaboration for Online Higher Education and Research) 2016 Conference available in two locations – Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon and Cape Breton University, Cape Breton

The theme for 2016 is equity issues and online learning. Keynote speakers:  Dr. George Siemens, Director, Learning Innovation & Networked Knowledge Lab, Texas; and Dr. Gráinne Conole, Professor and founder of




ALT Annual Conference: Connect, Collaborate, Create

September 6-8, 2016     University of Warwick

Themlogo ALTes:

  • Connecting data and analytics to enhance learning and teaching: exploring possibilities and making links.
  • Collaboration and innovation in the open: taking risks, sharing lessons and the importance of open practice.
  • Creating new learning, teaching and assessment opportunities: play, experiment, discover, embed to enhance learner experiences.

Ed-Media 2016 – World Conference on EducaED-Media 2016 Vancouver conferencetional Media & Technology

Jun 27-30, 2016     Vancouver, B.C.     Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Annual event. sponsored by Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


EDEN Annual Conference 2016 “Re-imagining Learning Environments”EDEN25 Conference

June 14-17, 2016     Budapest, Hungary

25th Anniversary Jubilee session
European Distance Education & e-Learning Network

In a networked society as ours, digital technology has touched and changed many aspects of day-to-day life Education does not stand untouched and we observe emerging and declining paradigms, changing expectations from society, our students now framed as consumers, with new and emerging types of informal learning experiences (take MOOCs for example) and all too frequently operating in unstable economic and policy environments.

How do we as a community of educators respond to these directions? What could it mean for learning and the changing socio-economic demands of society?

Keynote speakers:  Tony Bates, Contact North |  Lesley Wilson, European University Association  |  Antonio Teixeira, EDEN Pres.  |  Peter Arvai, Co-founder, Prezi  |  Susan Aldridge, Senior VP for Online Learning, Drexel University Online |  Cristobal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute  |  Meliisa Highton, Director of Learning, Teaching & Web Services, University of Edinburgh  |  Paul Bacsich, Open Education Working Group, SeroHE |  Danny Arati, Intel  |  Martine Reicherts, Director-General for Education & Culture,

The National Great Teachers Seminar in the Rockies

Jun 12-16, 2016     Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta     Grant MacEwan University

Annual event. Based on Great Teachers Movement, David Gottshall 1997 – To learn more about the movement and get involved in the network, please go to:


Festival of Learning logoFestival of Learning:
Celebrating Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

June 6-9, 2016     Burnaby, B.C.  Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre

A celebration of teaching and learning in post secondary education – an amalgamation of existing events and a way to meet and collaborate with colleagues. Check out the half- or full-day workshops –  OR  the 30 and 50 minute, and 1.5 and 3 hour sessions –

Theme strands:

  • Open Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Scholarly Teaching and Learning
  • General Teaching and Learning


2016 CNIE conference, WaterlooTarget: Education 3.0: Target Possibilities at the Nexus of Pedagogy, Technology and Access

May 30-June 2, 2016     Waterloo, Ontario

Sponsored by the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) and the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE), the conference will examine the forces exerted by technological change, societal demands, and ground-breaking research on the educational landscape. These forces are reshaping the way we create, access, and even think about learning.

Four streams:


MADLaT Conference 2016MADLat Conference 2016
Open Resources, Open Learning and Open Minds

May 12 and 13, 2016     Red River College, Winnipeg, Alberta

Keynote speaker:  Alec Couros

Themes to explore:

  • pedagogical applications of teaching and learning
  • recent research in educational technologies
  • technology-related education policies and practices
  • current and future trends in edtech


Prairie Region Great Teachers Seminar

May 9-12, 2016     Elkhorn Resort and Spa, Riding Mountain National Park     various institutions

Faculty from Red River College, University College of the North,  Assiniboine Community College, and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) attend and support this event but the event welcomes faculty from other institutions

IDEAS: Designing for Innovation

May 5 & 6, 2016     MacEwan Conference & Event Centre, UofCalgaryIDEAS conference logo

IDEAS is an annual conference to study innovative teaching and leadership for K-12 and post-secondary education. Co-hosted by the Werklund School of Education and the Galileo Educational Network, this year’s keynote is by Keith Sawyer – “Educating for Innovation”. conference streams include:


Global Learn 2016 Ireland  Global Learn Conference IrelandGlobal Conference on Learning and Technology

April 28-29, 2016     Limerick, Ireland     Limerick Institute of Technology, University of Limerick

An AACE-sponsored conference, the conference will explore new ways of learning. The Global Learn series is to advance innovation of learning and technology.

Final Call for Presentations – March 9, 2016

uLead 2016 – The Summit of Educational LeadershipuLead 2016 conference

April 24-27, 2016     Banff, Alberta     Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

sponsored by the Council for School Leadership – a Specialist Council of the Alberta Teacher’s Association.

This year’s conference will be Part II of a 3 year series of uLead Summit events. At uLead 2015, the conference focused on the Global Education Reform Movement worldwide. This year’s focus is on exploring new narratives for education and school leadership emerging in the world.

Adult Basic Education Association of BCBuilding Bridges (Creating Structures for Success)

April 21-23, 2016     Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.     ABEABC Conference 2016

Registration closes April 15th!


  • Dr. Linda Pardy, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Linda L. Richards, Self-Counsel Press

Notice who else is on the presenters’ list?  The Sylvias – Facilitating Learning Online

Conference OLC InnovateOLC Innovate   Innovations in Blended and Online Learning

April 20-22, 2016     New Orleans, LA      Joint Conference: Online Learning Consortium & MERLOT

Early Bird Registration ends February 29th

Conference Travel Information – stay at Sheraton New Orleans

The conference is intended to help educators challenge teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow. Six questions to be explored:

  1. How do we develop learning environments that support interconnectedness between educators and students, and are equipped to quickly change processes and strategies, while simultaneously fostering and celebrating creativity and ingenuity?
  2. What new methods and technologies are most scalable in teaching and learning? Which are most prevalent and why?
  3. How has technology changed teaching and knowledge acquisition and how will we adjust current paradigms to ensure sound pedagogy as we innovate?
  4. How does technology in the classroom increase student engagement
  5. What is the best balance between analog and digitally enhanced teaching?
  6. What are common obstacles that educators face regarding technology? How can we avoid being technocentric while improving pedagogical practice with technology?



Educational Developers: Without Borders

EDC conference 2016February 16-18, 2016     St. Clair College Centre for the Arts     University of Windsor

This conference will explore the borders that shape our options and the factors that inform our decisions at these borders, offering new insights about how we get to “there” – however we envision that goal – from “here.”

Impact UDL:  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessibility

January 29, 30, 2016       Chateau Louis Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta     Athabasca UniversityAthabascaU logo

Registration:  opens August 10, 2015; early bird pricing until November 30, 2015

Why attend?  Attendees will gain cutting edge knowledge via informative presentations, practical workshops and create networks with others who research, promote and implement UDL and web accessibility in on-line or blended learning environments, in post-secondary education.

Preliminary Streams:

  1. Teaching and Using UDL in Online or Blended Learning
  2. AT/ICT (Assistive Technology and Informatio and Communication Technology)
  3. Tech Talk
  4. Leadership

Open Education Conference425opened2015

November 18-20, 2015      The Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver, B.C.     BCcampus and Lumen Learning

Registration:  open now – early bird prices until September 30th, 2015

Why attend?  You won’t get David Wiley this year but lots of interesting presenters like Amanda Coolidge from BCcampus and Brian Lamb/Alan Levine.

2015 Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching & Learning Practice

November 13, 2015     SFU Harbour Centre     BCcampus

Call for Proposals:  Sept. 20, 2015

Registration Opens:  Aug 31, 2015 – Closes Oct 23, 2015

New this year:  In addition to exploring scholarly inquiryprojects, participants will also have a chance to learn about student success stories using impactful teaching practices, as well as hear about short, rapid “research bites”.

Open Access Week

Oct 19-25, 2015





ThICDE logoe 26th ICDE World Conference:  Growing capacities for sustainable distance e-learning provision
October 14-16, 2015       Sun City (near Pretoria), South Africa       hosted by University of South Africa

September 1, 2015 – standard registrations close!

Keynote speakers I follow:  Audrey Watters, Laura Czerniewicz, Wayne Macintosh, Harold Jarche

Preliminary schedule:  Conference at a glance