For those who aren’t familiar with it, the Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting is a conference that meets every year to discuss technology, teaching and learning in the upcoming year. The 2011 meeting took place on February 14-16 in both Washington D.C. and around the world online. The focus was heavily on open education–covering topics such as open resources, open textbooks, open curriculum, etc. If you missed out this year, good news: The sessions are currently available online and can be accessed here. If you don’t know where to start, here are some of our favorite sessions from the meeting:
- Using Technology to Engage Students by Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Dean of Applied Physics, Harvard University (you can use the slider at the bottom of the screen to move to the presentation which starts at about the 21st minute of the recording). Dr. Mazur talks about using clickers to significantly increase student learning.
- Gathering Evidence to Make an Impact: How Less Can Be More by Thomas Angelo, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Centre, La Trobe University and author of Classroom Assessment Techniques.
- Blended Learning Designs: A Learning Science Perspective by Barbara Means, Director, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International. Dr. Means presents some of the most comprehensive research done to date on blended/hybrid learning, and how this mode of learning shows statistically significant enhanced learning outcomes as compared to face-to-face instruction.