EmergingEdTech has been a fan of EDUCAUSE for years now, but this particular initiativeÂ had slipped under our radar until we came across it last week.
“While EDUCAUSE serves those interested in advancing higher education through technology, ELI specifically explores innovative technologies and practices that advance learning. As these innovations mature, ELI works with the larger EDUCAUSE community to integrate them into the higher education mainstream.” Check out their About page for a more complete overview.
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) began as the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative, which beganÂ in 1994,Â when most campuses had adopted information technologyÂ to some degree for administrative purposes, but not manyÂ sawÂ it as part of their learning environment. NLII was aÂ part of Educom at the time, and sought to bring aboutÂ systemic change in higher education by identifying how technology couldÂ facilitateÂ effective teaching and learning. In August 2004, the NLIIÂ examinedÂ its position in the market and the changes that might the organizationÂ stronger, and this ultimately resulted inÂ aÂ transition to the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) as it exists today.
- Links toÂ events, like the 2012 ELI Annual Meeting (to be held Feb 13 – 15 in Austin Texas, but it will also have an expanded online presence).
- Podcasts and Video presentations and interviews
- A variety of upcoming online Focus Sessions and Seminars noted on the EventsÂ page, as well as Proceedings from those past.
- Another ELI resource we like is the “Learners” page, which groups resources into 3 subgroups – Net Generation Learners, Adults, and Faculty.
- EDUCAUSE's first e-Book, “Educating the Net Generation“, published in 2005 (but still an informative and relevant read), as well as a variety of additional resources.
Stop by the ELI site today and learn about the resource available there, and get involved if you wish!
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