Emerging Learning Design needs you!

Consider offering your talents, creativity, and skills to help shape future conversations about teaching, learning, technology, and pedagogy by volunteering for Emerging Learning Design (ELD), including the Annual Emerging Learning Design Conference (ELDc) and the Journal of Emerging Learning Design (ELDj).   Responsibilities range in both assigned duties and time requirements to fit your schedule and details can be found below.
Some benefits of being an ELD volunteer are:

  • help shape the mission and direction of the conference and/or journal
  • participate in decisions and development for the conference
  • work with academics, technologists, and librarians from multiple institutions
  • gain experience in interdisciplinary conference planning or journal article review

Select volunteers receive free or discounted conference registration.


Consider volunteering for ELD – complete the following form


For details on specific volunteer opportunities please read the descriptions below


ELD Executive Board

The ELD Executive Board is the life blood of the conference planning process.  A medium size group, members have the opportunity to think about the “big picture” of the conference and it’s mission.  Much of the work is through conversations around educational topics and trends; therefore, as a member of the Executive Board. it is critical to have an open mind and to be able to work collaboratively. Every major aspect of the conference event planning is discussed with the organizing committee at virtual meetings.  These meetings, held entirely online, average once a month for an hour; however, at the height of the planning process, a second monthly meeting is sometimes needed.  During the peak planning time frame (late summer/early fall), as well as on occasion as necessary, there will be tasks to preform between meetings (investigating keynote suggestions, theme research, brainstorming, etc.).  During the months where this is necessary, an additional 2-4 hours per month are needed.


Membership / Subscribers

Since its inception, the Emerging Learning Design Conference has worked with a variety of partners who have supported the conference via our Partners Program.  The Partners Program, and very structure of our member organization, are being reconsidered by the ELD Executive Board.  If you have experience with membership or subscriber environment, please volunteer for this group.


Social Media/Communications

Engage community members and promote both the annual conference and journal by sharing, liking, +ing, and spreading the posts to their own networks.  ELD social media efforts currently focus on our Facebook Group, our LinkedIn Community, and our Twitter Community.  Depending on the individual, other opportunities include:

  • Manage and schedule messaging through various social media channels
  • Monitor conversations regarding ELD on various social media channels
  • Respond to any inquires, concerns or other comments made on social media channels regarding
  • Organize a group of volunteers to assist in social media efforts
  • Identify speakers, ideally ELD conference presenters and journal contributors, to host monthly
  • Promote ELD conference and partners through social media channels
  • Manage social media on the day of ELD conference

Time commitment is minimal June-December (2-3 hours per week) but will increase January – May (3-4) in order to promote the conference.


Proposal Review Committee (CPRC)

Under the leadership of the Program Chair, members of the CPRC review submitted proposals for conference presentations.  As a conference focused on the interdisciplinary edge of teaching, learning and technology, we are always looking for people to contribute their expertise and interests.  With our collaborative revise-and-resubmit method, our reviewers get a chance to do more than just be gatekeepers: they can meaningfully improve the quality of the proposals they see.  The time commitment is quite light; proposals are brief and we aim to have a focused set of review criteria that give constructive feedback to submitters.  You do need to be responsive, though: rapid feedback cycles are a priority!  Conference submissions are accepted from (roughly) November through February.


Evaluation & Assessment

The role of the Evaluation and Assessment group is to organize evaluation efforts for the conference.  This involves creating an overall conference survey with input providing feedback on the current conference as well as input for planning the next conference.  Individual session surveys are created to provide direct feedback to the presenter as well as to input to the program committee when making selections for the next conference.   Survey questions are well established so updating and customizing the surveys for the current year does not take long.

Reviewing data from previous years can happen anytime during the year.  Creating surveys (1 overall conference surveys, and brief surveys for each session) is work that can be completed in early April, once the program comes together.   During the conference, this group will monitor the survey software and encourage survey participation.  Following the conference, data extraction and analysis will require some time with feedback being provided to the Executive Board.  Additionally, feedback for individual presenters will be organized into a report and shared with each presenter.  Post-conference (early June) will be the heaviest work time for the Evaluation and Assessment group.


Submission Review Committee (SRC)

Under the leadership of the Editor(s)-in-Chief of the Journal of Emerging Learning Design, the SRC will review articles that result from proceedings of the ELD conference as well as any articles submitted for consideration in a special issue.





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