How Online Innovations are Transforming Learning: ELI Fall Focus Event

The past few years have witnessed some dramatic and interesting changes within the landscape of higher education. Phenomena like MOOCs (massive open online courses), learning analytics, and new concepts such as personalized and adaptive learning not only represent innovations, but also entirely new models for teaching and learning.  In many ways, these remain emerging conversations that many faculty members are just beginning to conceptualize and raise questions about.

In an effort to invite a university-wide conversation about these topics and ideas, the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Online Education, VCU Libraries, and the Office of Faculty Affairs in the School of Medicine, are partnering to host participation in a series of EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) sessions.

The ELI event titled: How Online Innovations are Transforming Learning, will be conducted via webinar on November 5-7. Participation in this event is intended to stimulate thinking and catalyze a university dialogue of how innovations in technology and pedagogy are shaping higher education. In addition to those who have general interest in working with online innovations, this event will be of particular interest to:

  • Learning technologists and designers

  • Faculty members and instructors

  • Librarians

  • Administrators

  • Information technology professionals

Faculty and staff from across the university are invited to attend sessions at one of two locations:

Monroe Park Campus: Academic Learning Commons (ALC), 4100
Contact: Britt Watwood,, 804.827.1896

MCV Campus: McGlothlin Medical Education Center (MMEC), 7-102
Contact: Kenneth Warren,, 804-828-3848

An overview of the Fall Focus Session 2013 is located here:

Specific descriptions of sessions are located here:

Local discussions concerning the impact of online innovations at VCU will be facilitated between select presentations. Additionally, both locations hosting the webinar (ALC and MMEC) will be connected via teleconference allowing participants to explore this impact across multiple disciplines. Light refreshments will be served each day.

We look forward to your participation in this event.

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