Many higher ed faculty and administrators will likely visit at least one conference this Spring. Whether it is part of a Professional Development plan, a way to network, or a place to seek out new products, ideas, or anything else, conferences are a staple of the higher education context.
If you're looking for a far-reaching list of education conferences, EdSurge has put together a really strong K-12 infographic / flyer, which includes a few conferences that also apply to higher ed. (Click the image to download the full PDF with descriptions about the conferences.)
But beyond the overlap of these K-20 options, there are a few others that are on the Campus hit parade, specific to higher education. We thought you might be interested in a curated "Top 7" list of some great options to consider for any higher ed professional.
1. League for Innovation - Seattle, WA - March 1-4, 2020.
League may be the single best conference for teaching and learning, innovative technologies, leadership, and management at the community college level.*
2. ELI - Bellevue, WA - March 2-4, 2020
For all sectors of higher ed, ELI is an Educause event dedicated to teaching and learning (primarily), in addition to a lot of networking opportunities.
3. SXSWedu - Austin, TX - March 9-12
Like a car show of innovation, celebrity speakers, education technology, and an idea generation, if you haven't been before, it should be on your list. And if you arrive early enough, you might just see someone famous from the other SXSW offerings!
4. OLC Innovate - Chicago, IL - March 31-April 3
The combined OLC and MERLOT conference includes a number of hands-on sessions designed to inform, inspire, and involve stakeholders from across the college/university ecosystem.
5. InstructureCon - Nashville, TN - July 28-30, 2020
D2L Fusion - Anaheim, CA - July 20-22, 2020
Bb World - Orlando, FL - July 28-30, 2020
If you teach, manage, or otherwise use an LMS, these folks put on pretty good user's conferences, including other vendors who integrate with their solutions, but also with plenty of ideas about how teaching and learning might be improved across digital experiences.
6. Educause - Boston, MA - October 26-29, 2020
The ed tech event of the year, Educause sees a healthy proportion of IT professionals mingling with a nice representation of academic and other higher ed constituents.*
7. Online Educa Berlin - Berlin, Germany - December 2-4, 2020
A huge gathering of academics, educators, and administrators from around the globe, OEB has a number of great speakers, a ton of workshops, and offers opportunities to network while finding new partnerships and products in one of the best winter venues around.
We hope this list might serve as a good primer! Take a look at the websites and see if it looks like a good fit for you. Travel safely and for those conferences where Campus will also be attending (look for the *), we hope to see you there! Please come by the booth and say hello!