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Light up ELD16! Submit a Sparks! Session proposal

The ELD16 conference, being held on June 2nd & 3rd, 2016, is looking for additional Spark Session proposals!

Sparks! sessions are 5 minute ‘mini-keynote’ presentations delivered in the main conference room to all conference attendees.  Although short, these presentations have the opportunity to be very dynamic and engaging to the audience.

Submit your proposal today and share your ideas with us!

[Shhh – if you have a great idea for a concurrent session, you may be able to sneak it in – but don’t wait too long]

Want to experience ELD as an attendee? No problem – registration is open now, with a limited number of $99 Early Bird Registrations left.

Call for Proposals still open


ELD16 is still looking for additional Spark Session proposals!

Submit your proposal today and share your ideas with us!

[Shhh – if you have a great idea for a concurrent session, you may be able to sneak it in – but don’t wait too long]

For details on session type, see below.

[however, if you are still seeing this information, proposals are still being accepted]
  • For the Call for Proposals Submission Form – click HERE
  • For the ELD16 Session Types – click HERE
  • For the Call for Proposals FAQ – click HERE

ELD16 will take place on June 2nd and 3rd, 2016, on the campus of Montclair State University.  The theme for this year’s conference is Adopt & Adapt: Connecting Learning to Life


ELD uses a “rolling submission” model for proposals: every proposal will be reviewed and given feedback within 2 weeks of submission. Your submission will either be accepted or you’ll be provided feedback from our reviewers and offered an opportunity to revise and resubmit. We’ll continue this process of accepting or giving constructive feedback to proposals until all presentation slots are filled, or February 29th, 2016 – whichever comes first.

Why this model? The revise-and-resubmit cycles make our conference’s presentations the best they can be for our attendees, and accepting excellent proposals as they arrive is a great way to let our prospective audience know what to look forward to even before the whole program is finalized. In addition, this model is easier on our reviewers as we don’t get a rush of proposals on deadline day.

How do you submit a proposal? Go here to read some brief instructions on what we need in your submission, and then go HERE and supply that information. We’ll be in touch to confirm your submission was complete, and then let you know within a couple weeks the response from our reviewers.

Tentative ELD16 Schedule posted

While our Program Committee continues to work with those who have already submitted proposals for the 6th Annual ELD Conference in June, 2016, we’ve posted a tentative schedule of events for the two days.  The page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Bloomfield College Students Designing Game for ELD16

The students of the Game Design Program, and the Game Design Club, at Bloomfield College are hard at work designing a game for the 6th Annual Emerging Learning Design Conference.  More details will be posted as we get closer to the conference date, but you can follow some of the groups work at their blog.

ELD16 Keywords

The Emerging Learning Design Conference uses KEYWORDS to categorize presentation sessions, instead of tracks.  We’ve found that keywords provide a greater flexibility for presenters to convey what audience might be most interested in their work and attendees a greater range of options to consider when trying to determine which sessions to attend.

The KEYWORD for the 6th Annual Emerging Learning Design Conference will be:

  • accessibility

  • assessment

  • blended learning (Sponsored by

  • collaboration

  • communities (Sponsored by

  • digital citizenship

  • digital humanities

  • diversity

  • evidence of impact

  • flipped pedagogy

  • games and learning

  • gamification

  • k-12

  • learning from failure

  • learning spaces (Sponsored by

  • learner-centered

  • learner analytics (Sponsored by

  • libraries

  • maker space

  • mobile learning

  • new literacies

  • open sources

  • problem-based learning


  • Usability


ELD Announces Theme for 6th Annual Conference: ADOPT & ADAPT: CONNECTING LEARNING TO LIFE

ELD is pleased to introduce the theme and description for the 6th Annual Emerging Learning Design Conference


Developments in technology and instructional design are now a constant for today’s teachers and learners, and we all need help separating the wheat from the chaff. Should I adopt this new pedagogical tool?  And, how?  Can I take ‘non-educational’ tech and adapt it for high-impact learning?  Can we successfully integrate tech in learning contexts with tech ‘outside the classroom’?  Can we leverage changes in modern life to support deeper learning? How do new developments in design and technology immerse students in learning, to promote enduring and continued growth after they leave the classroom?  ELD16 is the venue to muse on these questions and present your answers to a community of fellow instructors and researchers who are looking for ways to engage with the process and improve their own practice.

ELD15 Organizing Committee

We are pleased to introduce the Organizing Committee for the 2015 Emerging Learning Design Conference (ELD15), scheduled for Friday, May 29th, 2015.

AJ Kelton (Conference Chair), Montclair State University
Kirk McDermid (Program Chair), Montclair State University
Catherine Baird, Montclair State University
Michelle Brannen (Evaluations Chair), University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Joanne Cote-Bonanno, Montclair State University
Shelley Kurland, County College of Morris
Danielle Mirliss (Social Media Director), Seton Hall University
Teresa Slobuski – San Jose State University



NMC and ELD Announce Partnership



The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Emerging Learning Design Conference (ELD14) are pleased to announce a collaboration. NMC will be a Platinum Partner for the 2014 Emerging Learning Design Conference and ELD will be an NMC Association Partner for the 2014 NMC Summer Conference.

The #ELD14 Conference will take place on May 30th, 2014 on the campus of Montclair State University, in New Jersey. The Call for Proposals is currently open, details can be found at #ELD14 uses early acceptance as well as a revise & resubmit process. Proceedings will appear in the 2015 Journal of Emerging Learning Design, Registration for #ELD14 is also currently open, with rates starting at only $95.

The New Media Consortium Summer Conference will take place from June 17th-19th, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. The Call for Proposals is now open; details can be found at  Registration for the NMC Summer Conference will open in March, 2014 – details can be found at

NMC and ELD encourage their membership, and all interested, to check out these two exceptional events and join us in Montclair and Portland.

Announcing the new Journal of Emerging Learning Design (ELDJ).

Emerging Learning Design is pleased to announce the new Journal of Emerging Learning Design (ELDJ).

This journal is an outgrowth of the annual Emerging Learning Design Conference, which makes its home at Montclair State University (MSU).   The journal will present best practices in technology design and implementation by offering articles that propose or review how technology can further enhance the pedagogy of engaging and dynamic approaches to learning.

Visti to find  the inaugural issue of this journal with the ensuing issue being made up of proceedings from the ELD Conference this year on June 7, 2013.

The journal’s editor-in-chief is Cigdem Penbeci Talgar, Acting Director of the Research Academy for University Learning and the managing editor is AJ Kelton, Director of Emerging & Instructional Technology for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, both at MSU.

ELD and Social Networks

Think our only online presence is here on our web site?  We don’t just want you to come to us, we want to go to you!  Check us out at:

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