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#ELD15 Event Partners

The 2015 Emerging Learning Design Conference would like to thank our Event Partners: NMC.Org and Montclair State University

Info for ELD15 Attendees

Are you looking forward to #ELD15? Your conference organizers are hard at work these last few days making sure all the details are just right for an exceptional event.

Whether you’ve joined us every year or are new to the ELD Experience this year, please read the following information carefully, it is likely to make the day easier and more enjoyable.

Check-in will be open from 8:00am until 1:30pm.  The check-in desk is located just inside the main entrance of University Hall, at the entrance end of the Grand Concourse.  Everyone must check in here.

Bring a paper copy of your tickets (a duplicate will be sent to you a couple of days before the conference) or display the code from your ticket on a mobile device. If you don’t have either, please see the staff member at the CONCIERGE DESK

This desk, located just inside the main entrance to University Hall, will be open from 8:00am until 9:30am.  The primary purpose of this desk it to assist those who may need help getting attached to the MSU Network.  It is also where those who do not bring a paper or electronic copy of their ticket will check in.

A Continental Breakfast will be served in the Grand Concourse, just beyond the Check-In area.  Breakfast will open at 8:00am and will remain open until 9:30am. The breakfast included assorted mini bagels, muffins, Danish, fresh sliced fruit, OJ, coffee and tea.

There will be a Beverage Break in the ADP Center Lobby from 10:30am to 11:00am and then again from 11:45am to 12:00pm.  A buffet lunch will be served on the 7th floor.  Use the elevators nearest the Check-In area.  Lunch will be served from 1pm to 2pm.

Visit for a link to a Google Map set for MSU as a destination.  You’ll also find a link for directions to campus and campus maps here.

Please note there is construction going on and some walkways are closed, which may affect listed walking direction on campus.  One of those is the direct path from the Red Hawk Parking Deck to University Hall.  If that path, blocked off behind Dickson Hall, is open, you can take that directly to University Hall.  If it is not open (and you can see it as you walk), then you’ll need to walk around to the front of Dickson Hall and then to University Hall.

If you plan to stay in the area overnight, there are two local hotels listed at that link.  Both are within 15 minutes drive to MSU and have told us they offer shuttle service.  Check with the hotel for details.

The best place to park on campus is the Red Hawk Deck.  You can find the rate card below.

RHD parking rate card

Park on the 5th floor and exit the deck through the NORTH CAMPUS exit.  You’ll see a soccer pitch, two large white buildings, and a brick building, in front of you as you exit.  The larger white building in the background, with the 7+ story bell tower, is University Hall.  There is a campus map located at and a map kiosk as soon as you come out of the parking deck.

ELD has made special arrangements with MSU Parking Services to offer you a special day-rate for parking in the Red Hawk Deck.  The special rate is $6.00 cash.  You can see a parking service representative in the Check-In area between 8am and 9am or outside the lunch area from 1pm to 2pm.  You provide the parking representative with six dollar cash along with the white parking entrance card you receive when you enter the deck and s/he will give you a validated green card to be presented when exiting the parking deck.  Regrettably, the parking vendor does not accept credit cards for the purchase of the discounted parking passes.  You can use your credit card to pay at a parking kiosk in the deck (or the exit gate), you’d just need to pay the regular non-discounted rate.  Please see the Parking Services representative at the times indicated above if you have any questions.

What would a conference be without access to the Internet? We have arranged for wifi Internet access for the entire conference day.  There are several things you will need to do, however, in order to make sure you’ll be able to access the network.  Please read the following page carefully it will save you time once you get here.  Although we will have tech support on hand to help address any potential issues accessing the networking, we cannot do anything about devices that do not meet MSU’s requirements, so please check your devices early in order to be able to have as much time as possible to trouble shoot any issues.

The very popular Lunchtime Roundtables are back again and we have a nice selection of topics this year, each one was suggested and voted on by this year’s attendees.

At each themed table we will have a few conversation prompting question cards to get things going and there may also be a facilitator for part of the time.  Twice during lunch a horn will be sounded and an announcement made indicating that those who’d like may change topic tables.  You’re welcome to visit as many as you want, or just one (or none, there will be a handful of tables with no discussion topic).

The #ELD15 Lunchtime Roundtable topics are:

  • Assessment
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Gamification & Games
  • New Educational Technologies
  • Instructional Design
  • Learning Technologies
  • Pedagogy and Design
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Twitter Users
  • Web Development & Trends

Do any of the above interest you enough to help facilitate the start of conversation at the table?  You don’t need to be an expert in the topic area, just interested.  The facilitator’s task is just to encourage folks to talk about the topic.  If you’d be willing to begin lunch at one of the above topic tables and to help facilitate, please email me at and let me know what topic(s) you’re interested in.

We have an excellent program for you this year and we know it is often hard to decide which of our exceptional presentations to go to.  In order to help with that process, please visit for a downloadable version of the program or visit  A limited number of printed programs will be available on site.  We encourage you to “go green” and use a digital copy of the program is that works for you.  If not, there’s always the paper version.

Do you know what a QR code is?  It’s one of those funny looking squares made up of dots and lines.  When you use a QR Code Reader from your mobile device (a camera is needed in order to snap the QR code), the QR code redirects you to a specific web page.

This year ELD has assigned a QR code to each presentation evaluation form.  After each presentation you’ll be able to snap the QR code and complete the online evaluation, on-the-spot.  QR codes will be posted on the door sign for each session and (hopefully) each presenter will display it at the end of the session.

There is also a QR code on the back page of the program – this code is for the general “conference” evaluation, for all those things that are not specific to the individual sessions.  This evaluation form will not be available online until after the conference has ended.

In case you don’t plan to use the QR codes, no worries, there is also a shortened URL below each QR Code and it will take you to the same page.

All evaluations will stay open for two weeks after the conference has ended.  All responses are eligible for our evaluation giveaway if you submit contact information with each evaluation. If you choose to participate, each session evaluation will earn you one (1) entry and completing the general conference evaluation will earn you two entries. Four entries will be randomly drawn and we will be giving away one (1) Kindle Fire 7, 7” HD Display, wi-fi, 16GB, and three (3) Registration Plus Cocktail Party registrations for the 6th Annual Emerging Learning Design Conference on June 2nd, 2016.

You’re registered, so you’ve already seen the benefit of attending #ELD15, why not share that with your colleagues – make it party!  There are still a very limited number of Advanced Registrations open and at $135, I’m sure you agree, ELD is an amazing value for the return-on-investment.

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t send out a special thank-you to Larry Johnson and the amazing folks over at The New Media Consortium ( and Provost Gingerich, Associate Provost Cote-Bonanno, and the great folks here at MSU.  Both NMC and MSU are the Event Partners for #ELD15, which would not have be possible without their support.

A lot to digest, but you’ve got a week to check it all out.  See you on Friday.

The ELD15 Organizing Committee

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

NMC joins #ELD15 as Event Partner

The 2015 Emerging Learning Design Conference is pleased to announce that The New Media Consortium ( will be our Event Partner for this year’s event.

NMC joined us for the first time last year and we are thrilled to renew and expand our partnership.  Look for more information coming soon.

Don’t miss connecting with the NMC and all of the wonderful presenters we have lined up for #ELD15 on May 29th, 2015.

For registration information, visit and for general information on the conference, visit

The NMC is an international community of experts in educational technology — from the practitioners who work with new technologies on campuses every day; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs, and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the expert panels and others helping the NMC conduct cutting-edge research. The role of the NMC is to help our hundreds of member universities, colleges, museums, and organizations drive innovation across their campuses. For more information and to join the NMC, visit



2015 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Halverson

The Organizing Committee for the Emerging Learning Design Conference is proud to announce Dr. Richard Halverson as our keynote speaker for our 2015 annual conference on May 29th, 2015.


Dr. Halverson is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the UW-Madison School of Education. His research aims to bring the research methods and practices of the Learning Sciences to the world of educational leadership and interactive media. Dr. Halverson co-directs the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network and the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning project, and was a co-founder and co-director the Games + Learning + Society Research Center. He holds affiliate appointments in Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction Departments, and is a Fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Dr. Halverson is a former high school teacher and administrator, and earned an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. He is co-author (with Allan Collins) of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America.

Register today for the best rate possible.



ELD15 Opens Call for Proposal

The 2015 Emerging Learning Design Conference is please to announce the opening of our Call for Proposals.

Details can be found at and the Initial Proposal Deadline is November 21st, 2015.




ELD15 Theme and Keywords

The Emerging Learning Design 2015 Organizing Committee is thrilled to announce the theme and session keywords for our ELD15 conference on May 29th, 2015.

The theme for ELD15 is:

Connect, Construct, Create: Engaging Approaches to Teaching and Learning

A descriptive paragraph of this year’s theme is forthcoming, check back soon.

Categorizing our sessions by keyword last year, compared to tracks, was broadly applauded.  Attendees found it incredibly helpful in determining which sessions to see and presenters found it liberating, being able to use multiple terms to inform potential session members the gist of what they will be presenting.

The Keywords for ELD15 will be as follows:

      • Assessment
      • Blended Learning
      • Classroom Practices
      • Collaboration
      • Communities
      • Digital Citizenship
      • Diversity
      • Evidence of Impact
      • Flexible Learning
      • Flipped Pedagogy
      • Gamification
      • K-12
      • Learning Spaces
      • Libraries
      • Maker Space
      • Mobile Learning
      • New Literacies
      • Old Tech New Use
      • Open Source
      • Problem-Based Learning
      • Repurposing Tech
      • Social Media
      • Storytelling
      • Usability & Accessibility




ELD15 Seeking Keynote Speaker Suggestions

The 2015 Emerging Learning Design Organizing Committee will soon be announcing the Theme for the 2015 Emerging Learning Design Conference as well as the opening of our call for proposals! Look for details in the coming week.

As we continue planning for our May 29th, 2015 event, we are considering a wonderful range of speakers for our opening Keynote. The Organizing Committee, as we review candidates, wanted to reach out to our community and see if there are any keynote presenters YOU would like to see headline ELD15.

If you have any suggestions for keynote speakers, please email with the full name of your recommended speaker. If you also have any information on past presentations and/or work by that presenter, including a link to any biographical information, the Organization Committee would be most grateful.




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



Readers and Reviewers

The Emerging Learning Design (ELD) Conference and the Journal of Emerging Learning Design (ELDJ) are looking for volunteers. Here is an opportunity for anyone to be an active part of the community as well as add an exceptional experience to your CV or resume.  We are looking for people at all levels of experience and expertise.
The Journal of Emerging Learning Design is looking for Reviewers.  The ELDJ currently publishes proceedings from the ELD Conference but expects to publish its first call-for-manuscripts edition either late 2015 or early 2016.  The ELDJ articles are either full manuscripts, of 2500-4500 words, or Brief or Trend articles at a maximum of 1000 words.  The ELDJ is currently looking for reviewers in all areas of expertise to review submissions and provide feedback to the Editor-in-Chief.  The review process is double-blind.
If you are interested in being a Reviewer for the ELDJ, please email your interest to
The Emerging Learning Design Conference is looking for Readers to consider presentation proposals.  This process will not begin until mid-to-late September and will continue until December/January.  The submissions are fairly short (about 300 words) and providing input takes only a few minutes per submission.  In past years, reviewers have, on average, considered 3 or 4 submissions.  ELD is looking for reviewers in a variety of fields of interest and levels of expertise.  Those who are planning on submitting for ELD15 can also be a Reader.
If you are interested in being a Reader for the ELD15 submissions, please email your interest to
Please feel free to share this with colleagues who you believe may be interested.

ELD14 cover photo

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.


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