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Participation and Collaboration:
Social Learning for the 21st Century

January 20-22, 2009
Caribe Royale Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, Florida

ELI is once again streaming live video from general and featured sessions with support from Sonic Foundry, an EDUCAUSE Gold Partner. Get ready to watch by reading the Mediasite System Requirements and Mediasite Player Tutorial, and then check out the complete list of viewable sessions from Orlando. The sessions will also be available via webcast archives and podcasts after the conference.

The threat of global pandemics. The instability of the world's resources. The question of privacy and security in a digital age.

Meeting these 21st-century challenges will test our political, environmental, and scientific ingenuity. It will require creative solutions and innovative new discoveries. And, as institutions, it will mean that the walls erected around our campuses, our disciplines, and our geographic borders will have less relevance in a world linked by the pursuit of common solutions. But what does it mean to effectively work together in the process of discovery or the pursuit of change? How do we teach cooperation and collaboration, while modeling the practice in our own offices and corridors? How do we break down the walls that divide our departments, our institutions, and our regions? And how can technologies facilitate the process?

General Session Speakers
Constance Steinkuehler
Constance Steinkuehler
Assistant Professor, Educational
Communication & Technology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael Wesch
Michael Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Kansas State University
Beth Cate
Beth Cate
Associate General Counsel
Indiana University System

Join us at the 2009 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, Participation and Collaboration: Social Learning for the 21st Century, to explore processes and practices focused on social learning and student success. Sessions will highlight:

  • How to facilitate inquiry and innovation using Web 2.0 technologies, cyberinfrastructure, and social networks
  • The importance of learning how to collaborate—connecting with others and content, in and outside the classroom
  • Strategies to develop communities built on engagement, participation, and co-creation
  • Cultivating institutional cultures of collaboration, openness, and sharing
  • The ways in which collaboration skills can help us build relationships across disciplines—both within and across institutions

These session topics and the conference theme overall illustrate how the annual meeting connects with the EDUCAUSE strategic focus areas, and thus how the event and ELI advance the association's strategic directions. The connection to the first of the four EDUCAUSE focus areas is obvious:

  • Teaching and Learning—The use of IT to improve access to learning, learning effectiveness, student success, academic productivity, accountability, and learning outcomes.

As the leading-edge teaching and learning community within EDUCAUSE, one would expect nothing less. However, as the session topics indicate, it's clear that talking about collaboration and community-building via Web 2.0 technologies, cyberinfrastructure, and social networks will highlight the interconnections between teaching and learning and the other EDUCAUSE focus areas, all of which are necessary to foster academic success:

  • Managing the Enterprise—Ensuring that IT supports the efficient and effective management of the institution as well as institutional priorities in general.
  • e-Research and e-Scholarship—The use of advanced computers, networks, applications, and support services to facilitate new, more effective forms of research, discovery, and innovation.
  • Evolving Role of IT and Leadership—Tracking and understanding major trends in the field and profession, and preparing higher education IT leaders and professionals to meet them.

It is also important to note that, in the ELI tradition, the annual meeting is a setting for interactive, hands-on learning and networking, with a variety of presentations, discussions, and workshops. Sessions will fall into one of three interest areas: learners, learning principles and practices, and learning technologies.

Featured Speakers

Questions Addressed at the Conference Will Include:

  • What would a vision for social learning supported by inquiry, innovation, and collaboration entail?
  • What educational approaches will best prepare students to be lifelong learners, dedicated to collaboration and innovation?
  • How might we rethink our assumptions about teaching, learning, and the profession?
  • How might Web 2.0 technologies and social networks facilitate collaboration across disciplines and geographic boundaries?
  • What are the emerging questions, challenges, and opportunities to suggest future direction?
  • What kind of support do students and faculty need to innovate and collaborate effectively?
  • What unique capabilities does IT offer to help colleges and universities ensure today"s learners are successful?
  • How can our institutions foster collegial environments characterized by openness and cooperation? What challenges will we face?


  • CIOs
  • Academic administrators
  • Academic technology directors
  • Teaching and learning center directors
  • Learning technologists
  • Librarians
  • Faculty

Important Dates

  • Proposal notifications: November 10, 2008
  • Hotel registration deadline: December 29, 2008

ELI meetings often reach capacity well before the event. Please register early to ensure your place at the annual meeting.

Attend as a Team

We encourage you to attend as a member of a team. Travel to and from the meeting, along with on-site discussions and interaction with other members, can build rapport, solidify plans, and enrich collaboration when the team returns to campus. In particular, attending the ELI Annual Meeting as a team can be valuable for:

  • Focusing on an upcoming project
  • Rewarding and motivating innovators
  • Building cross-disciplinary collaboration through sharing the common meeting experience and reflecting on the implications for your institution

Participate as a Presenter

The Call for Proposals is now closed. Notification to proposal authors is expected to take place in November. Thank you for your patience.