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Educause Learning Initiative 2015 Fall Focus Session

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Leadership for Teaching and Learning: More Choices, More Complexities, New Model

Tuesday, September 15 & Wednesday, September 16, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days
Blackhawk Annex, Holmes Student Center



Every year, the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) hosts Fall and Spring Focus Sessions. These online sessions are opportunities to exchange ideas and collaborate with the teaching and learning community - all without leaving NIU.  

This year, the theme is Leadership for Teaching and Learning: More Choices, More Complexities, New Models. Today support for teaching and learning is no longer the province of a single campus organization. Instead, it involves a heterogeneous cohort of campus partners, which can include academic technology, centers for teaching and learning, libraries, and the dean's and provost's offices, as well as professional and continuing education. Through presentations by leading institutions and small-group activities where can collaborate locally, we will delve more deeply into topics such as:

  • Organizational and governance models that support cohort-based leadership and institutional community building
  • Approaches to support teams in developing and sustaining innovative practices
  • The role of consortia and cross-institutional collaboration to support local initiatives
  • How institutional and cross-institutional data can support teaching and learning initiatives and promote student success


Each day's session is from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. You can view the full agenda at

Topics each day include:


  • Kindergarten Tips for Success in Teaching and Learning IT
  • Teaching, Learning, and Technology: Leadership That Brings it All Together
  • Digital Learning R&D: Making Space for Participatory Leadership
  • Curious, Creative, and Collaborative Approaches to Innovative Organizations
  • Structuring and Supporting Cross-Functional Teams to Develop and Sustain Innovative Practices


  • The Unizin Consortium: How Universities Are Working to Shape the Future of Digital Learning
  • New Multi-Institutional Collaboration Models for Supporting Online Students
  • Using Dynamic Technology to Curate Content and Track Student Engagement: An Example from CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Initiative
  • Organizing to Get Analytics Right
  • Practical Learning Analytics: Putting Data to Use in Support of Teaching and Learning
  • Harnessing Analytics to Drive and Measure Academic Outcomes
  • Insights at the Intersection of Teaching, Learning, and Technology


Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

This workshop is only for NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS and Civil Service staff. Advance registration is appreciated. No lunch or refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring a lunch with you, or purchase one at the Blackhawk Food Court