Traveling Today to Attend the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting in New Orleans!

Dear Commons Community,

I leave today for New Orleans to attend the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting.  Achieving Student Success through New Models of Learning is the theme of this year’s meeting. ELI will feature hands-on workshops, interactive presentations, poster sessions, and preconference seminars, along with other ELI session formats. Like every year, there will be numerous opportunities to network and discuss current trends and issues within higher education teaching and learning.

All of the details about the program are available at the Conference website.

I have a session on Wednesday morning with colleagues Chuck Dziuban, Patsy Moskal, Mary Niemiec, and Karen Swan on Higher Education’s Digital Future Is Closer Than We Think!  Below is the abstract.

If you are attending, please feel free to stop by.  We would love to see you!



Higher Education’s Digital Future Is Closer Than We Think! – Sponsored by CloudEnablers

Wednesday, January 31 | 8:30am – 9:15am CT | Grand Ballroom – Acadia, Third Floor
Session Type: Featured Session
Delivery Format: Featured Session
A panel of leading educators will speculate on higher education’s digital future. The discussants will consider both the near future (2020s) and more distant future (2030s and beyond). Critical issues examined will include the changing role of college faculty, the ascendency of instructional design and off-the-shelf courses, the role of online education in promoting changes in institutional missions, strategies, and student social class separation. We will specifically examine predictions described in the book Online Education Policy and Practice: The Past, Present, and Future of the Digital University, authored by Anthony G. Picciano, who will co-lead the panel.

Outcomes: Articulate the impact of digital learning on higher ed faculty roles * Understand the impact of new digital technologies on the future of teaching and learning in higher ed * Be able to engage leaders in digital learning evaluation to question and understand what the research indicates regarding the impact of new digital technologies

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