The 2010 Online Fall Focus Session will be held from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, and from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16. All times are listed in US eastern time; please visit The World Clock's Time Zone Converter to determine session times in your time zone.

Virtual Learning Space

Presentations will be offered live inside a virtual learning space that is designed to promote interaction between the presenters and participants while exploring the content. Participants will have ample opportunity to pose questions to the experts and their colleagues, engage in real-life scenarios around blended learning, and learn about best practices relating to blended teaching and learning and like initiatives. The focus session is also supported by the Learning Commons, which will include planning tools and session resources to help you and/or your campus team get the most from this event.


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Meeting Agenda

You can view the full focus session agenda or follow the links below for schedule information for specific dates.

Conference Components

  • Keynote and Plenary Sessions: Sessions designed to provide a broad overview of the topic, probing contemporary theories and emerging approaches related to the focus session theme.
  • Follow-Up Q&A: Informal opportunities to interact with session speakers one-on-one after their sessions have ended.
  • Project Rounds: A series of sessions presented in a sequential fast-paced round format exploring a single project, emerging technology, or campus initiative. Project rounds will be followed by an opportunity for separate discussion with each of the three presenters.
  • Scenario Discussions: Scenario-based group discussions will focus on the session theme. Groups, both virtual and local, will use contemporary campus scenarios or cases to build strategies and solve problems. Campus groups will discuss the scenarios face-to-face at their campus locations. Attendees who registered as individuals will be grouped together and directed to a virtual room for this discussion.
  • Breaks: Opportunities to further probe session topics through guided discussion and collaborative activities, conducted with institutional group or individuals in virtual rooms.

Hosting an On-Site Event

ELI offers both individual and team focus session registration . Individual registrations are designed for single participants who plan to participate in the event from their own computers. Registrants will receive a single login and will be assigned to virtual teams for discussions and team-based activities. Team registrations receive a single login and a customizable team resource packet to be used for hosting a face-to-face group around the online focus session content. Don't forget to access the resources housed inside the Learning Commons, to promote your event, plan your team interaction, and encourage discussion.

Virtual Social Networking

Focus Session Advisory Group

ELI focus sessions are informed, planned, and organized by ELI members who are engaged, passionate, and experienced in the selected theme. ELI thanks the 2010 Online Fall Focus Session Advisory Group.

Page Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010