Workshops at Brown educational technology tutorials and courses offers thousands of self-paced courses on technology and software topics. Brown students, faculty, and staff have free access to full course content, including almost 8,000 videos on education and e-learning topics.

Teaching Foreign Languages

Organized by the Sheridan Center and Brown’s Center for Language Studies (CLS), this series explores various aspects of foreign language pedagogy. Digital teaching & learning topics include Enhancing Translation Skills through Multimedia Projects, Re-Mapping the Métro: Cultural Acquisition through Technology, and more. Learn more.

Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops & Conferences

Brown’s CDS staff offer workshops, short courses, and seminars on a variety of topics in digital methods, issues, and tools. Topics include Data Management Planning, Data Cleaning and Manipulation, and Data Analysis. Learn more.

Academic Technology Training Workshops

Learn techniques, tools and best practices for engaging students through the use of instructional tools available at Brown and on the web. Workshop topics include course management techniques, effective classroom presentations, increasing student participation, and collaboration. Learn more.

Academic Technology Winter & Summer Institutes

Brown’s Academic Technology Institute is a bi-annual program for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate student instructors interested in incorporating technology into their instruction. Participants identity and develop instructional technology solutions to meet specific, often experimental, course goals and objectives.

Certificate Programs/Courses on DT&L Topics

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) course

Experience what it’s like to be an online learner from the student perspective, and participate in a fully online course, before developing or facilitating one of your own. FLO is a free, three-week, online course offered through the School of Professional Studies and facilitated by instructional designers from the SPS Online Team.

Sheridan Certificate Programs

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning offers certificate programs in which participants develop and reflect on their teaching and mentoring practice, and prepare for professional careers. Programs are open to Brown graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

Digital Teaching & Learning Talks

Experiments with Digital Learning at Brown

[February 12, 2016] Brown faculty panel moderated by Dean of the College, Maud Mandel. Part of the Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment lecture series. (Photo courtesy Brown University Library)

Science of Learning, Tech, and the Role of Elite Universities in Transforming Higher Ed

[March 23, 2016] The Science of Learning, Technology, and the Role of Elite Universities in the Transformation of Higher Education: talk by Candace Thille, founding director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University and at Stanford University. Part of the Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment lecture series. 

Online Learning and the MIT Approach

[May 9, 2016] Dr. Sanjay Sarma, Dean of Digital Learning at MIT, discusses MIT’s approach to digital learning, including OpenCourseWare and MOOCs on edX, interests in the science of learning, and new initiatives in primary, secondary, tertiary, and professional learning. Part of the Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment lecture series.

Noteworthy Conferences


LearnLaunch, based in Boston, supports education innovation. They host an annual conference along with meet-ups, classes, pitch competitions, panel discussions on ed sector trends, and more.


The fun-filled annual user conference hosted by Instructure, makers of the Canvas learning management system.

eDesign Collaborative

The eDesign Collaborative is a professional organization for higher education instructional design teams. Previously known as the Higher Educational eDesign Association (HEeD), the group merged with UPCEA, The University Professional and Continuing Education Association, in May 2016. UPCEA hosts both annual and regional conferences.


The education-focused component of the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festival, SXSWedu fosters innovation in education across diverse disciplines. The four-day event includes sessions, interactive workshops, hands-on learning experiences, film screenings, early stage startups, and networking opportunities.

EdSurge events & event listings

EdSurge shares events, news, research, product reviews, and job opportunities through a website and a timely, snappy newsletter. They also host events of their own. Check out their Higher-Ed Ed Tech Conferences Calendar.

EDUCAUSE conferences & events

EDUCAUSE is a member-based organization for higher education professionals using technology to advance the field. The Educause Learning Initiative offers resources and learning opportunities for those interested in how innovative technology impacts student learning.  Its annual conference highlights higher education technology trends.


The NorthEast Regional Computing Program’s annual conference brings together faculty, researchers, learners, and institutions to explore the use of technology in higher education. NERCOMP is the regional EDUCAUSE organization.

OLC (Online Learning Consortium)

The Online Learning Consortium is a leading professional online learning organization devoted to advancing quality digital learning. OLC work is built around Five Pillars of Quality: Access, Learning Effectiveness, Faculty Satisfaction, Student Satisfaction, and Scale. OLC hosts a number of annual events, including “Innovate,” Accelerate,” and “Collaborate” conferences. Learn more.