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The ELI is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to advancing learning through information technology innovation. The ELI Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for those interested in learning, learning principles and practices, and learning technologies to explore, network, and share.

The ELIaccepted proposals from June 30 through August 28 for the 2015 annual meeting. The Call for Proposals is now closed. Registration and program details will be available the first week of November.

ELI Annual Meeting 2015 Theme

Designing Our Thinking: Crafting New Directions for Digital Engagement

Engagement is the key ingredient in all aspects of learning, and today's thoroughly digital environment presents both opportunities and challenges. As a community, we need not only creative solutions and models but also new ways of thinking that enable us to discover innovations. Join us for a collective exploration of innovations in the ways we can align our resources, as well as our thinking and methods, to build engagement in the service of learning.

Some specific questions we will be exploring include:

  • What are the best methods and techniques that promote innovation and creative thinking to support student learning?
  • How can we best engage with our faculty and instructors to explore new course models?
  • What technology tools and approaches can we deploy to promote engagement in student learning?
  • What tools and research methods do we need to evaluate our efforts in this new environment?

2014 Content Anchors

The 2014 ELI content anchors are the key issues and opportunities in higher education teaching and learning, as voted on by over 500 community members. The six listed below constitute the thematic framework for the 2015 Annual Meeting and while not exclusive, they represent the areas of keenest interest across the teaching and learning community.:

  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Online and Blended Teaching and Learning
  • Faculty Development
  • Working With Emerging Technology, Future Models, and Academic Transformation
  • Learning Analytics
  • Evaluating Technology-Based Instructional Innovations

View the full descriptions for the 2014 Content Anchors

1. Assessment of Student Learning: Example sub-topics include: ties to learning analytics; assessment and reflection methods and techniques; discipline-specific uses; evaluation of impact; e-portfolios; prior learning assessment; connected learning; improving student outcomes through an approach that strategically leverages technology; pre/post degree program assessment; development of effective learning objectives

2. Online and Blended Teaching and Learning: Examples of sub-topics include: innovative course design; student engagement; retention strategies; quality assurance; copyright issues; assessment techniques; evaluation of impact; hyflex course design; faculty development in; funding/business models; determining the role of online/blended learning and developing a strategy; F2F/online ratios; uses for non F2F time.

3. Faculty Development: Examples of sub-topics include: models of; rewards and incentives for participation; sharing innovation and best practices; methods for course re-design; adoption of new course models; evidence of impact; in the instructional integration of information technology; online faculty resources; in support of various instructional delivery modes; centers that support; ROI.

4. Working With Emerging Technology, Future Models, and Academic Transformation: Examples of sub-topics include: methods to identify and pilot emerging technology; diffusion of innovations and new practices; prototyping; rubrics and methods for the evaluation of pilots and experiments; cultural divides; the learning organization; design thinking; breakthrough teaching and learning models

5.Learning Analytics: Examples of sub-topics include: evaluation of impact; faculty-focused, student-focused, and institutional-facing models; dashboards, best practices for follow-up interventions; privacy issues and policies; work with governance and IRB; faculty development in;  teaching analytics; using analytics to help drive critical institutional outcomes; determining institutional readiness; in MOOCs

6. Evaluating Technology-Based Instructional Innovations: Examples of sub-topics include: tools and methods to gather data; analysis techniques; qualitative vs. quantitative; evaluation project design; changing campus practices; educational design research; supporting the practitioner; scholarship of teaching and learning; articulating results to stakeholders.

Venue Options

The ELI Annual Meeting offers three presentation options and those submitting session proposals will be asked about their presentation preferences:

  • Face-to-face meeting program only
    This session will be presented in Anaheim and will not be streamed or recorded.
  • Face-to-face webcast
    The face-to-face presentation will be professionally streamed, recorded, and broadcast live over the Internet to the online audience. View a sample webcast recording.
  • Virtual meeting program only
    The recorded session is offered to the online audience only and is conducted through Adobe Connect. Presenters may conduct their session from the virtual conference broadcast center in Anaheim or may present off-site. View a sample Adobe Connect recording.

Learning Objectives and Participant Engagement Strategies

ELI encourages relevant learning objectives as well as effective participant engagement strategies at all its events, as well as innovative and participatory session design, creative use of technology, and active engagement by all attendees. For the Annual Meeting, the ELI proposal reviewers will closely examine each proposed session’s learning objectives, which must clearly articulate what attendees will know or be able to do as a result of participating in the session. A successful proposal must also include a short description of specific ways in which the presenter(s) will engage with participants through active learning strategies that promote deeper learning. The evaluation of the engagement strategies will count strongly in the proposal’s evaluation.

Session Types

Preconference Seminars (face-to-face or online only)

ELI is accepting proposals for preconference seminars to be held on Monday, February 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT, face-to-face in Anaheim, or 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MT, online via Adobe Connect.

Attendees pay an additional fee to attend preconference seminars. An honorarium of $750 is awarded on presentation of the seminar (honorarium is PER SEMINAR, not per speaker) and each seminar speaker (maximum of 2) will be provided with a full complimentary registration to the annual meeting. To submit a proposal for a preconference seminar, please use the online submission form. If you have any questions, please contact the Speaker Liaison at

Interactive Presentations (face-to-face, face-to-face webcast, online only)

These sessions are 45 minutes long; presenters are asked to allocate at least 15 to 20 minutes to engage the audience. Interactive presentations are opportunities to present in detail on a project. Proposals will be evaluated against the selection criteria listed below.

TED-Style Presentations (face-to-face, face-to-face webcast, online only)

These sessions are TED-style in the sense that they are 15-minutes in length. The TED-style presentations will be thematically paired in a single, 45 minute time slot. The pair of presentations will be followed by a 15-minute question/discussion period. Sessions may be held in the model learning space or in other meeting spaces. They are highly visible and highlight pioneering practices by giving institutions a spotlighted venue with condensed presentation time. Please note that these are NOT poster sessions. Proposals will be evaluated against the same selection criteria used for all proposal submissions."

Learnshops (face-to-face)

Learnshops are 45-minute sessions where participants experience technology or pedagogical practices first hand (aka Experience IT sessions).  Session leader(s) guide a hands-on, tutorial-like experience using applications and resources.  Participants are asked to bring mobile devices (e.g., smart phone, tablet, laptop) to the session in order to fully participate and to learn how an emerging, innovative technology or practice works.

Note: Learnshop room sets include a hard drop Internet connection at the podium, sound patch, projector, and screen. Presenters are responsible for providing any additional technologies needed to ensure an engaging hands-on experience. Proposals will be evaluated against the selection criteria listed below.

Poster Sessions (face-to-face and Digital Poster Gallery)

These sessions offer the opportunity to share campus experiences through informal, interactive, brief presentations focused on effective practices, research findings, or technical solutions. This format, with a synchronous face-to-face session as well as an online digital poster gallery [insert URL], gives attendees and presenters the opportunity to share and examine problems, issues, and solutions in a more casual, direct, one-on-one environment. Poster sessions, offered during the program and online through the Digital Poster Gallery, are a great way to learn from interactions with individual and small groups of participants. Poster sessions will be included in the online conference program through the Digital Poster Gallery.

The standard setup for a poster includes the following:

  • 6’ skirted table or a high cabaret skirted table
  • Electricity
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Boards will be available

Corporate Participation

Researchers with corporate affiliation are welcome to submit proposals, either on their own or in collaboration with campus partners. These proposals must demonstrate very clearly that the presentation will report on objective, product-independent research. The presentation’s subject must be of wide and general interest to the teaching and learning community, independent of any local vendor relationships and marketing interests.
The proposal must demonstrate thought leadership, and address key challenges and themes universal to innovation in teaching and learning.

Selection Criteria

All submitted proposals are reviewed and evaluated by the ELI Annual Meeting Program Committee and invited readers against the following criteria:

  • The relevance of the proposed session to this year’s content anchors
  • Relevance of the ideas, innovations, and methods to other institutions
  • Clarity and appropriateness of the learning objectives for the session
  • Effectiveness and appropriateness of active learning and audience engagement strategies
  • Faculty members, instructors, or students as co-presenters
  • Quality, clarity, and economy of the written proposal
  • Evidence of supporting research or assessment
  • Team involvement, either from one or more institutions

important Dates

October: Speakers Notified

Registration Opens

February 9-11, 2015:
Annual Meeting

Upon Acceptance

By accepting the offer to present at the ELI Annual Meeting, presenters agree to the following terms and conditions:

Creative Commons License
An Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) Creative Commons license to any work produced. You will be asked to agree to these terms at the time you submit your proposal.

Upload Session Materials
Prior to the Annual Meeting, please upload session materials, handouts or other resources to the ELI website so they are accessible to meeting participants.

Annual Meeting Fees
Register for ELI 2015 prior to the meeting, paying the full conference registration fee, and securing and paying for travel and lodging . The exception would be for student presenters as outlined on the registration page.


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