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Vancouver, Washington

October 15 & 16, 2020

Join your colleagues in Vancouver, Washington, for the 15th annual Northwest eLearn Conference. Two full days of sessions on eLearning including lightning round presentations, roundtable discussions, and special speakers.


Registration will open on May 1st, 2020

Registration includes admission to the two-day conference, conference lunches, access to all social events, and schwag.

Type Rate
Session Presenter $179
Full Conference $229 $199
Early bird price available until 9/18/20
Full Conference – Graduate Student* $179
Single Day $135

*There are a total of 10 graduate student rates available. To get this rate, please email and include “NWeLearn: Grad Student Rates” in your subject. These discounts will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Any one institution can receive up to five (5) graduate student rates until September 1st. If any coupons are remaining at that point, they can be purchased for additional students from the same institution.

Call for Proposals

UPDATE 4/10/20: We are still planning to convene for NWeLearn 2020. We will follow the CDC and government guidelines as we move forward with conference planning. We will keep you updated if there are any plan changes.

The call for proposals deadline has been extended to May 30th, 2020. If circumstances do not allow us to hold an in-person conference in the fall, we will seek other ways, such as webinars, for you to share the excellent work you’ve done.

NWeLearn is a unique conference that provides an opportunity for faculty, administrators and instructional designers to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations and ideas in integrating technology in learning. We invite you to share at this year’s conference.

Presentation Types

These 60-minute sessions are primarily in traditional presentation format, concluding with some time for questions and answers. There may also be some activities and audience participation during the presentation. Both the traditional and roundtable session types may have one or more presenters.

Interactive/Roundtable sessions involve more discussion and audience participation than the traditional presentation sessions. It may also be presented in a workshop format. The setup of the these rooms are the same as the traditional presentation sessions with the same technology. Both the traditional and roundtable session types may have one or more presenters.

Lightning Rounds typically occur during breakfast or lunch. Lightning round presentations are an opportunity to present an idea that will promote further discussion, sharing, and brainstorming with peers.

Possible Topics

  • Online teaching and learning
  • Open educational resources and creative commons
  • Accessibility
  • Techniques for better discussions, interaction, group dynamics
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in online classes
  • Best practices in eLearning
  • Emerging trends in eLearning
  • Technical IT topics
  • How-to sessions for WordPress, spreadsheets, and other tools
  • Emergency preparedness (lessons learned, recommendations, reflection, etc.)

If your proposal is accepted…

  • Session proposal acceptances will be sent out no later than mid-May.
  • Conference registration fee is discounted for the Primary Presenter only.
  • The Primary Presenter is responsible for notifying any co-presenters of the status of the proposal.
  • The Primary Presenter is responsible for uploading electronic handouts and presentations to our Google Drive folder.

Additional information

Hotel & Travel

The 2020 conference will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington.

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Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She has degrees in mathematics, education, and administration of higher education. She has taught precollege and postsecondary mathematics, computer programming, assistive and accessible technology, and pre-service and in-service courses for teachers on mathematics instruction and the use of technology in education.

In addition to her teaching, Dr. Burgstahler founded and directs the DO-IT Center and Accessible Technology Services at the University of Washington.

These organizations use mainstream and assistive technology to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and their careers. They promote the universal design of onsite and online courses to make learning and technology welcoming and accessible for everyone.

Dr. Burgstahler has published articles and delivered presentations at national and international conferences that focus on applications of universal design to all aspects of postsecondary education. She is the author or co-author of eight books and lead editor of the book Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice.


Conference schedule will be posted in August

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