We signed up today for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2010 Online Fall Focus Session - "Blended Learning: The 21st-Century Learning Environment". The sessions are on September 15th and 16th (noon to 5:30), and include keynote and plenary sessions, follow-up Q&A's, project rounds, and scenario discussions.
Check out the full conference agenda at this site. If you are running hybrid courses, thinking about running hybrid courses, or trying to convince others at your institution that you should be running hybrid courses, than the program will have a session for you.
Some of the sessions that I'm particularly excited about include:
- UMBC's Alternate Delivery Program: Supporting Hybrid Course Redesign
- Closing the Loop: How to Redesign a Course for Blended Learning
- Implementing a Blended Learning Approach: Factors Influencing Students' Academic Outcomes
This is only a partial list of sessions, I encourage you to look at the program to view the full slate.
Beyond the quality of the sessions, I've been extremely impressed with how ELI puts together and runs their online conferences. Dean Dad had complained about the quality of webinars - I think he should participate in this ELI Online Focus Session so he can experience the upside of the medium. Best of all, ELI Online Sessions are incredibly affordable. For an ELI member the cost is $125 for an individual registration, $275 for your whole team to gather and participate. Non-member registrations are only marginally more expensive. This is an incredible deal, really the best value going in higher ed professional development.
Are you planning on participating? Why or why not?