Photo of Peace Tower Parliament Hill courtesy of the Univ. of Ottawa

Conference Chairs:

Kevin Harrigan
University of Waterloo

Michael Clarke
University of Ottawa

2006 Conference Committee

Past Conferences:

2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Sponsorship and Corporate Participation

MERLOT is proud to recognize the corporate sponsors supporting the 2006 MERLOT International Conference.

Please visit our Sponsors at their booths in the Connections Room during the conference!

Adobe Systems, Inc. – Booth #3

Adobe is dedicated to helping the Education community improve teaching and learning through the integration of technology into the classroom and the simplification of administrative tasks on campus. To help educators achieve these goals, Adobe provides a wealth of tools and resources.

ANGEL Learning – Booth #11

The ANGEL Learning Management Suite – 2006 Codie Winner for “Best Postsecondary Course Management Solution”– balances simple-to-use features with powerful capabilities. See live demonstrations of the seamless ANGEL- MERLOT integration, simply powerful ANGEL LMS 7, and ANGEL ePortfolio at the ANGEL exhibit. And, don’t miss the University of Waterloo – ANGEL presentation on the conference program Wednesday.

Cisco Systems – Booth #9

Cisco will have the demonstrator up and running at the conference. In addition to the demonstrator, Cisco will show the interoperability of a variety of tools and discuss Cisco's Content Networking solution.

Desire2Learn – Booth #1

Desire2Learn is a leader providing eLearning solutions to academic and other leading organizations around the world.  Our advanced, easy-to-use eLearning Suite is comprised of many integrated products and services. Our client focus coupled with our innovative technology enables us to assist clients to realize their eLearning visions.

eInstruction – Booth #8

With the introduction of the Classroom Performance System (CPS) in 2000 and 2 million response pads now being used in K-12 schools in all 50 states, over 600 universities, the U.S. Navy and 10 foreign countries, eInstruction is the unquestioned educational leader in real-time, interactive wireless response pad technology.

Impatica, Inc. – Booth #6

Impatica for PowerPoint allows you to easily deliver narrated, animated PowerPoint presentations through your LMS (like BlackBoard or WebCT) or via email, to any computer or internet connected device.  All of your students, even if they don’t have PowerPoint, even on dial-up, will be able to view the presentation.

Link-Systems, International (LSI) – Booth #12

LSI’s WorldWideWhiteboard™ technology has recently been integrated into

MERLOT’s Discipline Communities to provide Community members a toolset for

online chat, collaboration, document viewing and meeting management. Link-Systems is a privately-held, self- funding technology, services and content development company dedicated to student success and retention in K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce

Development. For more information go to  

O’Reilly Media, Inc. / SafariU – Booth #5

Introducing SafariU, a new service that offers a rich platform for creating both online and print texts tailored precisely to your teaching needs. Compile a custom text from a wealth of information resources, and deliver it to students at a lower cost than traditional methods. Visit our booth or

Pearson Education – Booth #4

Pearson Learning Solutions(PLS) is the dedicated learning solutions consultancy for Pearson Higher Education’s vast library of content, applications, and services. PLS helps educators originate, develop, and deliver custom courses and curriculum.  A professional staff of educational consultants and instructional designers can enter your development process at the point you desire.

Thomson Learning – Booth #10

Thomson Learning works closely with academic institutions and business partners to build electronic products that combine high-value content and applications to make institutions more effective, make instructors more productive, and to improve student learning. A key objective of Thomson Learning is to measure the educational impact of next-generation tools for teaching and learning.

LiveText and UNICON – Booth #2

LiveText will showcase its premiere online development, management, and assessment tools, featuring e-portfolios, standards-alignment, performance assessment, and accreditation data reporting. Also, Unicon, the leading commercial supporter of the uPortal open-source Web portal initiative and a Sakai Commercial Affiliate, will feature their Academus Open Campus where faculty can sign up for a free test drive of Sakai.


Why Leading Companies Participate in the MERLOT

International Conference

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and therefore,

we encourage you to watch this short video.

The reasons for participating are varied and include the following:

  • Direct access to an education-specific organization created for the purpose of improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning through the sharing of learning materials and pedagogy.
  • Learn from and Contribute to education by participating with one of the top-ten digital content sources. (Best Practices in Internet-Supported Learning in Higher Education Study, A-HEC and IMS, March 2006)
  • Your Success is MERLOT's Success. Meet online educators; engage with faculty, students, staff and/or administrators in use of academic technologies. Through MERLOT you reach leaders and decision makers of online communities.
  • Meet Key Representatives in Higher Education Technology. For a complete listing of the MERLOT partner institutions, representing 500 college campuses, visit
  • Grow With Us. Each year The MERLOT conference and community grows. Since our first conference in 2000, we have seen a growth each year. The technology developed by the private sector have helped the MERLOT community grow to it's current membership of over 32,000 registered members and more than 12,000 learning objects. Visit
  • Publicity. Sponsors are included in pre-conference materials, including print, emails and on the MERLOT website.


About the 2006 MERLOT International Conference                                  


he Sixth MERLOT International Conference (MIC06) is devoted to faculty development in the design, creation, utilization, and evaluation of online teaching and learning materials. The MIC06 conference theme, Working With and Learning From the World’s Best, recognizes the importance of MERLOT’s core teaching disciplines and the continuum from novice to expert in the development and use of online resources.


The Conference is expected to attract 400 to 450 attendees, most of whom are decision-makers and active participants in technology-related decision-making at their institutions. Among these will be:

  • Chancellors, deans, department chairs, faculty and staff, campus and system decision-makers for online learning
  • Teachers and instructional program developers
  • Faculty and staff supporting online students


MIC06 will be held at the Westin Ottawa Hotel and Ottawa Congress Centre. The Westin Ottawa Hotel is attached to the Congress Centre and is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa. The Conference group rate is $170 CAN plus applicable taxes (approx. $145 US, depending on exchange rate). See Hotel and Travel Information for more information.


Participating at MIC06                                                                              

Participating at MIC06 is easy. Simply pick the level of sponsorship and complete the forms listed under “Sponsorship Guidelines and Sign up.” If you have questions, you can contact MIC06 Corporate Coordinator, Regan Caruthers or

Note: Conference Program details will be posted to the

Conference website on May 15.

Content will be regularly updated as new material is received.

The deadline for content for the printed program May 22, 2006.

Platinum: $10,000

Gold: $5,000

Silver: $2,500

Patron: $1,500


Note: All sponsorship opportunities are subject to “first-come, first served” availability and conference deadlines. All Conference Sponsorship Fees must be paid prior to the start of the conference.

Sponsorship Guidelines and Sign-Up

Participation Sign up Form (PDF)

Guidelines for Participation (PDF)

Other Information                                                                                    

Plenary Session Speakers

Plenary sessions are the highlight of each day’s program during the MERLOT International Conference because these sessions feature speakers that are well-respected and knowledgeable in the education world. A public acknowledgement of the sponsorship will be made from the podium at the start of the session and the logo of the sponsoring company will be displayed during the session. In addition, the sponsor’s logo will be placed next to the session abstract in both the online and print versions of the program.

Exhibit space

The MIC06 Connections Room (includes Exhibit Space) will be located in the Ottawa Congress Centre in Congress Hall sections BCFG. The Connections Room provides an informal, relaxed atmosphere where conferees can connect with colleagues including MERLOT members, MERLOT Editorial Board Representatives, and Corporate Representatives. Morning breaks, afternoon dessert, and a wine tasting reception will all be held in the Connections Room.

MERLOT Exhibits are carry-in and carry-out table top exhibits only

Each 10x10 Exhibit Space includes:

1 six-foot table

2 chairs

Wireless Internet Connectivity

15 amp electricity

2 exhibitor passes


Set up – Tuesday – August 8, 2006, noon – 6:00PM

Exhibit Hours – Wednesday and Thursday 9:00AM – 6:00PM

While all conferees can visit the Connections Room at any time, they are encouraged specifically during the following times.

9AM-10AM (Break)

11:00AM – 11:30AM (Break)

1:30PM – 2:30PM (Dessert)

3:30PM – 4:00PM (Break)

5:00PM – 6:00PM (Thursday Wine Tasting)

Breakdown is scheduled For Thursday, August 10, from 6:30PM – 8:00PM


The Connections Room is secured during conference hours by allowing only those with conference badges into the space. After Conference hours the room is locked and a security guards roam inside and outside the area.

Notes: Security provided to prevent unauthorized access into the area. It should NOT be relied upon as security for Corporate Sponsor property.

Corporate Presentation

Platinum and Gold Sponsors are guaranteed one (1) sixty-minute concurrent, educational presentation during the conference. It is strongly recommended that these sessions not be sales oriented and that at least one of the presenters be from a higher education institution. Conference Program details will be posted to the conference website on May 15 and content will be regularly updated as new material is received. The deadline for content for the printed program is May 22, 2006.

MERLOT Corporate Forum

Corporate representatives will have the opportunity to meet with key people in the MERLOT organization who are decision makers on campus. It will be your agenda to captivate their minds!

MIC Hotspots

Spots strategically located throughout the Congress Centre that provide high speed wireless Internet access. Corporate Sponsors will be acknowledged through signage at each spot.

Conference Program Ad

Your company has the opportunity to place a full-page ad in the MIC06 Printed Program. Copy must be camera ready, black and white only and electronically provided by May 22, 2006.

MERLOT Community Breakfast

On Wednesday and Thursday morning the MERLOT Community, which is comprised of the Advisory Board, Project Directors, Editors, and Editorial Boards, meets for breakfast. Your company has the opportunity to be visible through signage, flyers, and attendance for as many as 3 corporate representatives.

Wine Tasting

Your company will be an official sponsor of the traditional wine-tasting event. If you have a booth and want to have one of the wines tasted from there, please contact us.

Refreshment Breaks

An acknowledgement in the program and signage will thank the sponsor of each half-hour refreshment break. Some companies find it effective to bring souvenirs with the company logo to distribute during this break. Examples may include coffee mugs or note pads.


All Corporate Sponsors must register for the conference. If you are provided with complimentary registrations, you confirmation letter will provide instructions on how to register. Full registration includes all conference sessions, conference materials, lunches, wine tasting, and all breaks. Up to two Exhibitor Passes will be provided for personal working the booth.



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Click here for a printable flyer about MIC 2006