Programs and Tracks

ELI 2020 Online will explore solutions to our learning community's key issues, engage innovative technology and service providers, and unite expertise across our institutions. As a community, we are working to create a cohesive and connected environment for all students and instructors.

Did you miss the live event? You can still gain access to the recorded sessions, on demand content, virtual corporate exhibits, and more. Register to gain full on-demand access for one year.

Event Schedule

Tuesday, April 28

11:30 a.m. ET
Event Opens

11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET
Event Orientation and Welcome

12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
General Session | Understanding Students' Lived Experiences and Closing Equity Gaps—Nani Jackins Park, Founding Principal, equityworksNW

1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Discussion Circles 

  • Cross-Campus Collaboration for Sustainable Affordable Learning Content
  • Faculty Support in the Time of the Virus
  • More topics coming soon!


Wednesday, April 29

"Choose Your Own Experience" and check out the On Demand Content, Discussion Boards, and Corporate Exhibits at your leisure


Thursday, April 30

11:30 a.m. ET
Event Opens

12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
General Session | Building AI That Works for Everyone—Cathy O'Neil, Big Data Scientist and New York Times Bestselling Author 

1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Discussion Circles 

  • Digital Transformation: What You Need to Know

  • Creating a Culture of Accessibility Across the Organization

  • More topics coming soon!


General Session Presenters

Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O'Neil, Big Data Scientist and New York Times Bestselling Author  

Building AI That Works for Everyone
Too often algorithms are opaque "silver bullets" that work for the people who make and own them but have negative consequences for others. In this talk, Cathy O'Neil will discuss the kinds of mistakes people unintentionally make, how to anticipate them, and how to improve the design of algorithms to avoid algorithmic harm.


Nani Jackins Park

Nani Jackins Park, Founding Principal, equityworksNW

Understanding Students' Lived Experiences and Closing Equity Gaps
Among the prominent themes playing out at all levels of higher education pedagogy and practice is the need to understand the lived experiences and life contexts students from historically underserved populations bring to their educational endeavors. In this keynote presentation, Nani Jackins Park will discuss why these knowledge sets are critical to the design and implementation of culturally relevant and responsive curriculum and educational practice and closing attainment and equity gaps.


Event Highlights 

  • General Sessions: Our original general session speakers will be kicking off each session, speaking to the key issues of equity, inclusion, and bias in algorithms. 

  • Discussion Circles: Discussion circles will enable you to discuss, share, and find out how others are meeting today’s and tomorrow's challenges. 

  • On-Demand Content: Much of the ELI Annual Meeting session content will be available on an on-demand basis and in a variety of formats so you can stay up-to-date on issues relevant to the future of teaching and learning at your convenience. 

  • Corporate Exhibits: Visit virtual exhibits and talk with innovative solution providers online.

Empowering Learners and Instructors: Transformational Practices and Technologies

The horizon of teaching and learning today is characterized by ever greater degrees of agency for learners, instructors, instructional designers, and technologists. From active learning classrooms to integrated student advising and from rapidly improving XR technologies to learning analytics, we all have more options for invention, innovation, and new designs in support of our teaching and learning mission. Join your colleagues as we collectively explore this ever-changing landscape of the new possibilities for learning, addressing these and many other questions:

  • What new kinds of leadership are required for this new teaching and learning landscape?
  • What are the best methods and techniques that promote innovation and creative thinking to support student learning?
  • What new educational technologies seem most promising?
  • What role should data and analytics play, and what are the trade-offs between analytics and privacy?
  • How can we best determine the efficacy of our learning innovations and technologies?
  • What learning spaces and environments best promote active learning?

2020 ELI Annual Meeting Tracks

Promoting the teaching, learning, and student success mission is a complex enterprise, calling for the careful interweaving of a variety of aspects and dimensions. The thematic tracks for the 2020 Annual Meeting cover this wide spectrum.

  • Analytics:
    Privacy, learning data, student advising, interventions, and course and learning success
  • Designing for Learning:
    Instructional design, learning design, learning engineering, and learning science
  • Digital & Information Literacy:
    Digital literacies (e.g., data, information, visual, media); interpretive and evaluative competencies; information and technology skills; communication skills; building citizenship competencies
  • Evidence of Impact:
    What works: learning research, evidence-based practice, seeking evidence of impact, evaluation tools, frameworks, and techniques
  • Inclusivity & Accessibility:
    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Leading Academic Transformation:
    Culture, institutional strategy, cross-organizational collaboration, and change management and leadership
  • Learning Horizons:
    Emerging technology, mixed reality and AI applications, ground-breaking practices, and educational futures
  • Open Education:
    Inclusive access, content, educational designs and practices, and policies, cost containment
  • Spaces for Learning:
    Learning spaces, high-impact experiences, and next-generation digital learning environments (NGDLEs)
  • Student Success:
    Student-centered practices, partnerships, and technologies that support equity in experience and outcomes
  • Teaching for Learning:
    New approaches in faculty engagement and development, tools, frameworks, and team-based faculty support