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The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (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. Find more information about the ELI mission and philosophy here.

Transforming the Academy: Building Communities of Practice

Support of the teaching and learning mission is a collaborative enterprise involving multiple campus organizations. Today our success depends on working with a cohort of colleagues to discover the best instructional and learning practices and to leverage the technology needed to enable them. These new practices also have interinstitutional dimensions, as creative partnerships and consortia play an increasingly important role in defining our educational landscape. Join your colleagues to engage in discussions around the key teaching and learning issues and contribute the discoveries you are making at your campus. Together we'll explore these and other questions:

  • What new kinds of leadership are required for this new teaching and learning landscape?
  • How do we re-architect our learning environments to meet the needs of students and educators?
  • How can we best harness our learning data to inform our practice?
  • What emerging technologies are best suited to enable progress toward increased student success?
  • How can we best engage our faculty and instructors, enabling them to innovate and discover more successful practices?

2017 Annual Meeting Tracks

The 2016 ELI Key Issues, as voted on by over 900 community members, served as the basis for the thematic 2017 Annual Meeting tracks. We have blended the 20 key issues to form the set of thematic tracks listed below. Since they represent the areas of keenest interest across the teaching and learning community, proposals that address one or more of these tracks will receive highest priority:

  • Current and future learning environments and spaces
  • Analytics: capturing and using learning data
  • Leading academic transformation
  • What works: evidence of impact and learning science
  • Faculty development and engagement
  • Accessibility and universal design for learning
  • Emerging learning technology and practices
  • Online, blended, and hybrid learning models
  • Other

Learning Objectives and Participant Engagement Strategies

The ELI proposal reviewers will closely examine and rate each proposed session's learning objectives, which should clearly describe what participants will know or be able to do as a result of participating in the session. A successful proposal must also include the specific and creative ways in which the presenter(s) will engage with participants through active learning strategies. The ELI encourages innovative and participatory session design, the creative use of technology, and active engagement by all participants.

Session Types

All ELI annual meeting sessions will be conducted face-to-face in the meeting venue. Please take a moment to view this 4-minute video on how to write an effective proposal.

Preconference Seminars

Preconference seminars will be held Monday, February 13, from 8:00–11:00 a.m. CT, face-to-face, in Houston, TX. Participants pay an additional fee to attend preconference seminars. Each seminar presenter (maximum of two) will be provided with a full complimentary registration to the annual meeting. If you have questions, please contact the Presenter Liaison at

Presentation Sessions

Please note that your presentation session proposal will be carefully evaluated and may be accepted for any of the following presentation formats below, depending on the scope of content and engagement strategies proposed. If you have questions, please contact the Presenter Liaison at

  • Interactive Presentation: These sessions include 30 minutes of presentation time and 15 minutes for audience engagement/interaction, for a total of 45 minutes. Interactive presentations are opportunities to present in detail on a project while enabling audience participation.
  • Short Presentation Pairs: Presentation pairings include two 15-minute presentations followed by a 15-minute question/discussion period, for a total of 45 minutes. Presentation sessions will be paired by the ELI annual meeting program team, based on the track associated with the proposal. Highly visible, presentation pairs highlight pioneering practices by giving institutions a spotlighted venue with condensed presentation time. Please note these are NOT poster sessions.
  • Hands-On Workshop: Workshops are 45-minute sessions where participants experience technology or pedagogical practices firsthand. Presenters 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 experience an emerging, innovative technology or practice.

    Proposals that include a robust interactive learning design will be assigned to the active learning space (designed by Steelcase Education). Workshop 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.

Poster Sessions

Posters give participants and presenters the opportunity to share and examine problems, issues, and solutions in a more casual, personal environment through informal, interactive, brief presentations focused on effective practices, research findings, or technical solutions. The standard setup for a poster includes a six-foot skirted table, wireless Internet access, and boards.

Selection Criteria

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

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

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 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 make it clear that the session demonstrates thought leadership, addressing key challenges and themes universal to innovation in teaching and learning, without reference to specific products or services.

Annual Meeting Fees: Students and Presenters

ELI will provide complimentary registration for up to two full-time undergraduate or graduate student presenters per session. ELI strives to draw the best possible presentations for the annual meeting, regardless of source. To support this goal, presenters selected from non–ELI member institutions register at the member rate for the annual meeting.


Call for Proposals Closed


Important Dates

  • Content Leaders Notified:
    Week of October 3
  • Registration Opens:
    November 7
  • Annual Meeting:
    February 13-15, 2017

Further Assistance

Don't forget to take a moment to view this 4-minute video on how to write an effective proposal.

If you have any questions or would like additional assistance submitting a session proposal to the ELI Annual Meeting, please contact Malcolm Brown or Veronica Diaz

Contact Us

For general information about this event, including registration, please contact EDUCAUSE Member Services: