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?
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.
Rethinking Learning SpacesModerator: Deborah Bickford, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives, University of Dayton, Panelists: Carole Wedge, President, Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott; Marvin Malecha, Dean, College of Design, North Carolina State University; Shannon Ritter, Social Networks Adviser, Penn State World Campus, The Pennsylvania State University
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?
Academic technology directors
Teaching and learning center directors
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.