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ELI is a community of higher education
institutions and organizations committed
to the advancement of learning through
the innovative application of technology.
Three Pillars of ELI
Effective teaching and learning is, first and foremost, about the learner. ELI believes that its efforts begin with a consideration of the learner, whether a Net Generation student; an adult learner; or a faculty member, staff member, or administrator seeking to use technology to improve a student's success. Learn more >
Learning Principles and Practices
Learning science research has identified a number of principles that can guide the selection of pedagogies and technologies to support successful learning. ELI emphasizes those principles, but goes a step farther by linking them to practices that work. Learn more >
This term encompasses information and instructional technology, as well as telecommunications tools, applications, and systems that support learning. ELI explores the possible benefits and challenges of individual learning technologies, but also considers the potential impact their integration may have on advancing teaching and learning. Learn more >
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) began as the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative, or NLII. The NLII started in 1994, at a time when most campuses had adopted IT for administrative purposes, but few viewed technology as central to a successful learning environment. NLII sought to drive systemic change in higher education by identifying how technology could best support effective teaching and learning.
The NLII initially focused on creating a technology infrastructure to improve higher education access and quality while reducing costs. In addition to new tools and standards, institutions needed principles, practices, and partnerships to ensure that the infrastructure appropriately supported high-quality, affordable education.
Recognizing that continuously anticipating and adjusting is the key to success, a strategic planning group met in August 2004 to anticipate and adjust the direction of the NLII for the next 10 years of its operation. The resulting strategic plan moves beyond infrastructure to a mission of advancing learning through IT innovation, with learners and successful learning as the strategic focus. As part of this transition, the NLII became the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) to better reflect its emphasis on learning, learning principles and practices, and the use of learning technologies to support it.
Many of ELI’s goals overlap with the interests of other organizations. Rather than duplicate efforts, ELI establishes partnerships that increase the ability of all parties to fulfill their missions and strategic objectives. ELI’s current partners include:
- Coalition for Networked Information
- Committee on Institutional Cooperation
- IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.
- New Media Consortium
As we continue to pursue our strategic objectives, ELI will explore new partnerships and other relationships with organizations that share our interests and goals.