SIDLIT : August 4 – 5, 2016

Agents of Change – Transformational Superheroes

Hosted by Colleague to Colleague (C2C) at Johnson County Community College

The Annual Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT) will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 4-5, 2016, at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas (get directions).

The 2016 keynote speaker is Richard Byrne


Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. He has been invited to speak at events on six continents and would gladly speak in Antarctica too. Richard’s work is focused on sharing free resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences.

Richard is a five time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. 2012 saw Richard receive a Merlot Classics award from chancellor’s office of California State University. In 2010 he was a finalist for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their “people to watch” in their 30th Anniversary celebration (

On a daily basis Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches more than 100,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard also maintains and Richard’s print work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian. Richard lives in Woodstock, Maine with his loyal dogs Max and Mason.

Be a part of the program! Present at SIDLIT.

This is your invitation from C2C to submit a proposal for a 50 minute presentation on issues or topics related to distance learning and instructional technology. Proposals for hands-on training offered in a computer lab also are invited. Submit your proposal:

Conference tracks include Education Innovation and Practice, Technology Makers, Administration of Instructional Technology, Future Trends, and Sponsor Showcase.  All presenters must pay the conference registration fee. For more information contact Rebecca Gould

Deadline for proposals – April 11

Presenters will be contacted by May 6

SIDLIT is a professional development conference which includes presentations, topic-oriented special interest discussion groups, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations. Registration is required. One credit hour of graduate credit is also available from Emporia State University.

For questions, please email