Chase the Endless Summer With These 50+ Higher-Ed Conferences

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Chase the Endless Summer With These 50+ Higher-Ed Conferences

By Sydney Johnson     Jul 5, 2018

Chase the Endless Summer With These 50+ Higher-Ed Conferences

Summer is a time to relax and reflect before the academic year kicks off yet again. For those looking to keep the feeling alive beyond September, there’s good news: Any time of year, faculty, administrators and software developers are gathering to discuss what’s next in education and technology—and we’ve compiled a free, downloadable calendar of the events that innovative instructors and entrepreneurs don’t want to miss.

Our biannual conference calendar highlights edtech’s most popular higher-ed conferences, including events such as higher-ed nonprofit EDUCAUSE’s national convening and ASU+GSV, one of the largest events for education investors and businesses. We’ve also added new events, suggested by readers, such as this year’s DELTA summit on experiential learning at Dartmouth College or the Emerging Learning Design conference at Montclair State University in New Jersey. (Find out below how to add your favorite event to the list.)

You’ll often find EdSurge reporters, researchers and other staff members at events like these, covering the latest news and emerging trends in education technology. And for those looking for a trip to the sunny San Francisco Bay Area this fall, EdSurge offers its own annual edtech event, Fusion, which will focus on personalized learning in K-12.

EdSurge HigherEd also regularly hosts meetups and workshops on online learning and higher education technology. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our higher-ed newsletter, Next, to stay up to date on those opportunities.

The calendar below names more than 50 edtech conferences happening this year. We’ve included dates, location, a brief description as well as category to help you decide what’s right for you. For the few events where dates and location are still pending, you’ll see “TBD.” You can also click on the events for a link to their website to find out more.

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In case you’re wondering…

Gold, red, green, blue: What do these colors mean?

There are a lot of conferences on this list (now 54 to be exact). To help narrow things down, we've designated the primary audience for each event:

  • Blue events focus on teaching and learning and are targeted at instructors, faculty and instructional designers (though some of these events involve exhibitor halls).
  • Red events emphasize the business of edtech more than pedagogy.
  • Gold events are tightly focused around a topic or specific audience, such as libraries or community colleges.
  • Green events are oriented around a specific product or company.

Your link took me to a conference that already happened or doesn’t exist yet. What gives?

We confirmed with conference organizers all dates for future events that aren’t yet listed on their site. We linked to the most relevant webpages we could find; pages that appear outdated should be updated by the organizers in the coming months.

Aw, you left out my favorite event!

Sorry about that! Feel free to add a comment on this piece with details about the event you like the best, or shoot us an email at

Do you have a similar K-12 calendar?

We do! Here it is.

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