Conference Chair
Deborah Proctor
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


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Conference attendee Dine Around

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OpeniWorld: eLearn2008

Digital Marketplace Briefing at the MIC

eFolioWorld Summit Joins MERLOT in Minneapolis


July 1, 2008
Cut-off date for group room rate at the Minneapolis Hilton

July 6, 2008
Early Registration ends




Sponsorship and Corporate Participation

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Why Should Your Company Participate?

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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 technologies developed by the private sector have helped the MERLOT community grow to it's current membership of over 52,000 registered members and more than 17,000 learning objects. Visit
  • Publicity. Sponsors are included in pre-conference materials, including print, emails and on the MERLOT website.

Participating at MIC08                                                                             

Participating at MIC08 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 MIC08 Corporate Coordinator, Regan Caruthers or

Platinum: $10,000

  • Sponsorship of one of the Plenary Session Speakers
  • Highest priority exhibit space assignment at MIC08
  • Guaranteed corporate presentation at conference
  • Participation in MERLOT corporate forum at conference with leaders of higher education systems MERLOT International Conference 2008
  • Premium visibility via logo placement on conference bags, MIC website, at MIC hotspots, nametags and conference program ad, sponsorship of MERLOT breakfast and wine tasting
  • 2 complimentary registrations

Gold: $5,000

  • Priority exhibit space assignment at MIC08
  • Guaranteed corporate presentation at conference
  • Participation in MERLOT corporate forum at conference with leaders of higher education systems
  • High visibility via sponsorship of MERLOT breakfast
  • Visibility via logo placement at MIC hotspots and conference program ad
  • 2 complimentary registrations

Silver: $2,500

  • Priority exhibit space assignment at MIC08
  • High visibility via sponsorship of refreshment breaks at conference

Patron: $1,500

  • Exhibit

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 Interest 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 MIC08 Connections Room (includes Exhibit Space) will be located in the Minneapolis Ballroom of the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel. 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

Hours - Subject to Change, based on Program Layout
Set up – Thursday, August 7, 2:00PM – 6:00PM
Breakdown – Saturday, August 9, from 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Exhibit Hours – Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, 9:00AM – 6:00PM
While all conferees can visit the Connections Room at any time, they are encouraged specifically during the following times.
9:00AM – 10:00AM (Break)
11:00AM – 11:30AM (Break)
1:30PM – 2:30PM (Dessert)
3:30PM – 4:00PM (Break)
5:00PM – 6:00PM (Saturday Wine Tasting)

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 guard roams 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) thirty-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 by the end of April and content will be regularly updated as new material is received. The deadline for content for the printed program is April 30, 2008.

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 conference spaces 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 MIC08 Printed Program. Copy must be camera ready, black and white only, no larger than 8 inches wide by 10.5 inches tall, and electronically submitted in both .eps and .jpg format by May 15, 2008.

MERLOT Community Breakfast
On Wednesday and Thursday morning during the conference, the MERLOT Community, which is comprised of the Advisory Board, Project Directors, Editors, and Editorial Boards, meet 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 personnel working the booth. Exhibitor passes do not include any sessions, materials or breaks and only allow access to the Connections Room.

About the 2008 MERLOT International Conference

The MERLOT Conference Committee invites you to attend the eighth Annual MERLOT International Conference (MIC08) to be held in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota from August 7-10, 2008. The MIC08 conference theme MERLOT: Still Blazing the Trail and Meeting New Challenges in the Digital Age recognizes the Trailblazers do more than keep people on the right path. They help people see where to begin and provide direction. Conference attendees span all disciplines and the continuum from novice to expert in the development and use of online resources.

Conference attendees span all disciplines and include beginners and seasoned experts developing and using online resources, and include the following:


Campus administrators 

Instructional designers


Faculty members

Technical support staff



Members of professional organizations 


Faculty developers

Authors of instructional materials


MERLOT users


Organized into seven tracks, the 2008 MERLOT International Conference will feature the following topics:

Track 1 — Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Track 2 — Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Shared Technology
Track 3 — Creating, Reinventing and Using Technology: Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Track 4 — New Paths: Expanding Teaching and Learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Track 5 — Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Track 6 — Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Track 7 — Communities of Practice –Harvesting the Promise of Technology in Education

The Hilton Minneapolis Hotel is the official location of MIC08. Group rates are $155 USD single or double occupancy plus applicable charges and taxes, currently 13.15%. Hotel rooms will be held for MERLOT participants until July 1, 2008. Reservations made after that date will be taken based on space and rate availability. For more information on the hotel and to make online reservations, visit the Travel and Accommodations page of this site.