The annual meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19 to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21.
Half-day preconference workshops will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on January 19. These intensive, in-depth, highly interactive sessions will provide attendees with a chance to explore key issues, tools, and subjects in great detail. (Please note: A separate registration and fee are required.)
You can view the full conference agenda or follow the links below for schedule information for specific dates. The best way to plan your conference schedule is to use our Itinerary Builder, which allows you to chart, save, update, download, and print your conference schedule before you head to Austin.
Explore the innovative use of technologies during our hands-on Experience It sessions. Seize this chance to experiment with Google Wave* and mobility solutions with the iPod Touch** under the guidance and direction of classroom practitioners who are leveraging these technologies for learning. Space is limited to 40 participants per session, so please stop by the registration desk onsite to sign up. Each session will be presented twice in the conference program to maximize participation.
*It is highly recommended that you bring a laptop or netbook, and you have a Google Wave account, to participate in the Google Wave Experience It session.
Through rapid "lightning round" introductions, practitioners will share their campus innovations focused on mobile and virtual learning environments. During the first half hour of each hour-long session, presenters will share a 10-minute overview of their project. The second half hour is designed for informal interaction with these innovators so you can follow up, learn more, and make connections.
How would it be if you had a set of colleagues whose collective expertise you could tap to help you to identify ways to approach the major challenges you are facing? That's exactly what the learning circles are: opportunities to brainstorm collectively on ways to tackle our major issues. This year the topics include the evaluation of learning technology, "moving" learning into the cloud, effective practices for blended learning, ways to promote interactivity in online venues, and standards for learning spaces. We will be taking notes at each of the five circles to share with the ELI community.
Model Learning Space
We know that learning can happen anywhere, in both formal and informal spaces. Space, its configuration, and its outfitting contribute a great deal to learning. Stop by the model learning space in Salon C (fourth floor) to learn, explore, and interact. Walk around and explore flexible furniture configurations. This is where the Experience It and showcase sessions will take place. On Wednesday afternoon, visit with representatives from Herman Miller and brainstorm on options and approaches for configuring your formal and informal learning spaces.
Informal, drop-in poster and project briefing sessions will be held over all three days of the annual meeting allowing attendees to explore member initiatives and research related to the use of technology to advance successful learning on a one-to-one basis.
Participate Throughout the Year
The greatest value derives from interaction with members through EDUCAUSE programs and events. Please see the ELI Events Calendar for links to the websites of past, present, and future events.
Consider engaging with your community in the following ways:
Give a presentation. Check the 2011 ELI annual meeting website this summer for the presentation guidelines, proposal form, and deadlines.
Engage in various activities, such as contributing content, sharing your opinions, participating in task forces and virtual communities, convening conference sessions, and microblogging. Visit the volunteer opportunities page, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.