A few weeks ago (February 4-6), I had the privilege to travel to Denver, Colorado, for the ELI (Educause Learning Initiative) Annual Meeting. This is one of the leading conferences for those working with technology in higher education. It’s always a great time to break away from OSU for a few days to learn about projects others around the world are doing.
I co-presented at two sessions. The first was with Jackie Miller, Statistics, on our use of the Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) Model. More about our session, as well as the resources we provided, may be found at: http://www.educause.edu/eli/events/eli-annual-meeting/2013/hyflex-polling-and-backchannel-positive-learning-experience-large-courses. My colleague, Henry Griffy, and I presented on our work with the Departmental Impact Grant. Those resources are at: http://www.educause.edu/eli/events/eli-annual-meeting/2013/cascading-learning-technology-support-model-making-impact. In both cases, about 40 folks attended our sessions and our feedback was overwhelming positive. In many ways, our work at OSU is ahead of the curve.
While the first two plenary sessions weren’t as inspiring or impactful as they have been in previous conferences, I really enjoyed the final plenary that focused on the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement. Robbie Kendall-Melton, who works for the Tennessee Board of Regents, gave a funny and meaningful presentation about how Tennessee is handling the influx of devices with which students are entering higher education. She gave examples how students are using everything from Nintendo DSs to iPad minis to further their education. You may watch her keynote at: http://www.educause.edu/eli/events/eli-annual-meeting/2013/are-all-mobile-devices-equal-when-it-comes-teaching-and-learning-sponsored-ellucian-platin.
The major themes of this year’s meeting centered around MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses), which Ohio State is involved through our partnership with Coursera; Data Analytics, which we’ve begun investigating; and badges, which we’ve begun investigating.
If you only have a few minutes to poke around the conference site, I suggest downloading the NMC Horizon Report at: http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/2013-horizon-report to learn more about MOOCs, Tablet Computing, Games and Gamification, Learning Analytics, 3D Printing, and Wearable Technology. Or, walk through the virtual poster gallery at http://www.educause.edu/eli/events/eli-annual-meeting/innovation-and-networking/digital-poster-gallery.