SIDLIT 2019: Aug. 1 – 2, 2019

Celebrate C2C’s 20th annual SIDLIT 2019 conference

in Hays, Kansas!


Thanks to all for a great SIDLIT 2019!  Please consider joining us for SIDLIT 2020!

SIDLIT 2019:  celebrating our past + embracing our future 

SIDLIT is the Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology — pronounced “sidelight.”  All who use instructional technologies in their work are invited to attend and participate!  Colleague 2 Colleague (C2C) includes participants from K-12 through higher education, government organizations, nonprofits, and corporate entities.

Get ready for a retrospective panel of C2C’s past…and visioning for C2C’s future! 

The up-to-date 2019-Conference-Schedule-Handout is available.

Save the Dates!


3rd Annual LMS Pre-Conference: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (Wed.)

Main SIDLIT 2019 Conference: Aug. 1 – 2, 2019 (Thurs. & Fri.)


Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas



SIDLIT 2019 Double-Header Keynotes

Dr. Katie Linder, Director of the Ecampus Research Unit at Oregon State University, will be our premiere keynote speaker.  She is the author of a number of books, the most recent including Managing Your Professional Identity Online: A Guide for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators and High-Impact Practices in Online Education (both with Stylus in 2018).  She focuses on blended course designs, accessible online learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  For more about Katie Linder and her work, please visit her site.


Mr. Ben Ward, M.S., Instructional Technologist at the College of Business at Kansas State University, has been a presenter at almost every SIDLIT conference since he first presented in 2001.  He is passionate about games, storytelling, and transmedia.  He has served as a repeat judge and presenter at the national Serious Play Conference, and he is a member of the International Game Developers Association.  He has led a number of game design workshops for faculty.


Share your Professional Knowledge and Skills!

Five Presentation Tracks 

The conference presentations are conceptualized as proceeding along five main themes:

  1. Best Practices/Lessons Learned:  The proven best practices or lessons learned you use that continue to be a part of your toolbox.
  2. Future Trends:  Research and insights on how practitioners can embrace and prepare for the future of instructional technology.
  3. Technology Tools:  Tips, tricks, and resources for adopting and using past and emerging technology tools.
  4. Administration of Instructional Technology:  Research and insights on managing the dynamic world of instructional design.
  5. Sponsor Showcase:  Research and insights provided by our conference sponsors.

Presentation Proposal Acceptances

Those whose presentations have been accepted have been contacted.  All accepted presenters are required to register for the conference and cover the registration fees.  (REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED)


Conference Registration NOW OPEN!


SIDLIT2019 will cost $60 for the two days (Aug. 1 – 2, 2019, Thurs. and Fri.), and the registration will include a light breakfast and lunch.  (There is no one-day option.)

The 3rd Annual LMS Preconference costs $10 and includes light snacks and refreshments.  This event will be held July 31, 2019 (Wed.)  An optional lunch will cost $15.

On Aug. 1, there is an optional night visit to the Sternberg Museum.  Admission will be $9, and a special-access Backroom Collection with Museum Tour is $11.  Please sign up for this event during the registration.

(**Sternberg Museum Payment Options Also at Preconference/SIDLIT Sign-In Table:  Some organizations will not cover this optional night event.  So those who want to visit the museum may also pay at the Registration Table for the LMS Preconference and SIDLIT 2019.  Please bring a check made out to the “Sternberg Museum” for the exact amount, either $9 or $11 depending on the preference, or bring exact cash.  No credit cards will be usable for this event.  Remember that this payment must be completed at FHSU’s table prior to the evening event on Aug. 1.  The museum will not have payment options at the door.)

No walk-ins will be accepted after the registration deadline of July 24, 2019 (Wed.).  The online registration site is available here.  Space is limited to 260 participants, due to the venue size for both the LMS Preconference and SIDLIT 2019.

FHSU offers free parking for both events.

Participants need to arrange their own hotel accommodations.

Questions about SIDLIT 2019 may be sent to 2018-2019 C2C Chair Nicole M. Frank at or C2C Vice Chair David J. Swisher at


Welcome to Hays!


Map to Hays, Kansas

Some Hotels in Hays, Kansas

Blocks of rooms have been arranged at the following hotels in Hays, KS. In order to secure the block price, you will need to identify yourself as staying with the SIDLIT Conference block. Accommodations are entirely the responsibility of conference attendees, and the cut-off dates for arranged prices vary by hotel.  (The links below should open in a new tab.)

Hampton Inn- Hays  by Hilton (20 rooms at $130)
4002 General Hays Rd; 785-621-4444
Contact: Oscar Flores-Panuco
Cut-off date for price: 7/16/2019

TownePlace Suites by Marriott (20 rooms at $124)
4001 General Hays Rd; 785-261-9630
Contact: Marjorie Dansel
Cut-off date for price: 7/2/2019

Best Western Plus Butterfield Inn (40 rooms at $117-127)
1010 E 41st Street, 785-621-4337
Contact: Courtney Marquez
Cut-off date for price: 6/30/2019

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (20 rooms at $129)
4650 Roth Avenue; 785-625-8000
Contact: Natashia Cecil
Cut-off date for price: 7/2/2019


(Credits: Thanks to Molly Barnett, Media Assistant at FHSU, for the event banner at the top.  The “register button” on keyboard is an open-source image by bastiaan on Pixabay.  The “Welcome to Hays” photo is from Wikimedia Commons and is an open-source image.)