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ELI 2010 Annual Meeting
January 17, 2010, 5:33 pm
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I have the very fortunate opportunity to attend the 2010 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting next week.  The theme of this event is on “Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World”, and I will be presenting with Kimberly Arnold (Purdue University), and John Fritz (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) on the topic: “Using Analytics to Intervene with Underperforming College Students”.

I’ll be presenting Project ASTRO which was $25,000 Blackboard Greenhouse Grant that GRCC received back in 2006, along with Seneca College in Toronto. I also plan to present GRCC’s plans to use Starfish Retention Solutions to help provide an early alert system that is also integrated with Blackboard.  Kim Arnold will be presenting their custom Signals application for early alert which was recently featured on NBC news, and John Fritz will be presenting data on Blackboard use as it correlates to student success.

I’m anxious to attend this conference and to return to GRCC with fresh innovative ideas, resources, and useful information that will contribute to the growth and enhancement of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies. I am also looking forward to continue to build rapport and to network with peers and colleagues in the field.

ELI 2010 Annual Meeting:

  • “Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World”
  • January 19–21, 2010
  • Hilton Austin, Austin, Texas
  • Conference Web Site

Conference Notes:

About ELI:

  • Learning is at the center of higher education. It is an essential part of the mission of all colleges and universities. The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to advancing learning through IT innovation. View the ELI Mission.

About ELI 2010 and Learning Environment for a Web 2.0 World:

  • Join us at the 2010 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, “Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World,” where we’ll explore models for the future of learning that fuse emerging technologies and learner-centered strategies to yield new learning environments designed for student success.Today’s technologies have fundamentally altered the very lenses we use to examine the world around us. Smartphones, PDAs, and MP3 players have granted instant access to information irrespective of location, creating ubiquitous, mobile access to entertainment and information. The rise of social networks and virtual communities like Flickr, YouTube, and Ustream has transformed the web from a place to seek information into a gateway to share, build, and interact with content and communities. High-performance networks and collaborative tools like wikis and videoconferencing also allow us to reach across hallways and beyond oceans to share interests, work with colleagues, and seek advice from peers.But how have these new tools and our emergent participatory culture changed the way we imagine learning environments on campus? Or, perhaps the more pertinent question is, How should our perspectives be changing? And how can we begin to move past an educational model that is tethered to time and place and move closer to learning that is immersive, mobile, collaborative, and social?
  • Sessions will highlight:
    • The ways that technology-enhanced environments can open up learning, thereby dissolving traditional boundaries of space and time
    • The value of cross-campus collaboration in the creation of new learning environments
    • Strategies to develop campus environments built on engagement, collaboration, authenticity, and co-creation
    • Opportunities to leverage shared networks and Web 2.0 tools to construct truly global learning environments, where students interact and collaborate with peers across geographic boundaries
    • New learning environments that elevate the importance of participation and social interaction as a way to empower both instructors and students

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Who is here at the conference?

  • Currently 460 people are registered for the full conference with about 93% are from the United States. Also registered are participants from Canada, Egypt, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. There is representation from 7 countries and 39 states. And attendees come from every type of institution from the very large public research universities to small private colleges.
      • 40 % are faculty.
      • 15% are senior IT
      • 12% are support IT staff from front line help desk to systems administrators
      • 8% are CIOs, deans, or academic officers
      • 5% are librarians
      • 1.5% students
      • Others include administrators, vendors, etc.

I’ll continue to post daily updates on this blog… stay tuned for more information!

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