ELD Conference 2018, Montclair NJ,

May 31-June 1, 2018

From Learner Centered to Learner Experience (LX)

Montclair, New Jersey, USA, May 31-June 1, 2018

Education has changed more in the last 25 years than the 250 before that. Whereas once the norm was teacher-focused, sage-on-the-stage, a shift is still going on that places the learner at the core of the learning experience.  Driven by the wide adoption of design thinking and user experience processes, LX pushes to make sure the learner voice is integrated more purposefully by sharing the experience development and iteration process with those for whom it is designed.

From an emphasis on scaffolding and creating software with Learner Centered Design to the wide adoption of design thinking and user experience processes with Learning Experience (LX) Design the goal continues to be to create effective and meaningful experiences for the learner.  ELDc18 seeks to bring together diverse voices and innovative approaches to designing with the learner in mind.

The following topics are examples, but are in no way exhaustive or limited:

  • How might learners be involved in the design and evaluation of learning experiences?
  • What are examples of personalized learning and what can we learn from these experiments?
  • How can we use learning analytics to better understand aspects of learning experiences?
  • What are some organizational approaches to incorporating user experience research and iteration into the design process?



Breakfast – 7:00-9:00am
Opening Remarks – 8:30-9:00am
Workshops – 9:00-11:00am
Concurrent Session: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Lunch – 12:00-1:00pm

Boxed lunch provided.

Concurrent Session: 1:00 – 1:45pm
Concurrent Session: 2:00 – 2:45pm
Cohort Meetings – 3:00-4:00pm
Social Event – 4:00-5:00
Social Event – 5:00+

Friday – June 1st, 2018

Breakfast – 7:00-9:00am
Concurrent Session – 8:30-9:15am
Opening Remarks – 9:30-10:00am
Keynote – 10:00-11:00am
June Ahn, Associate Professor at New York University (NYU), Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Dr. Ahn works in the Educational Communication and Technology (ECT) program within the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology. He teachs in the Digital Media Design for Learning, Games for Learning, and ECT PhD programs.

Prior to NYU, Dr. Ahn was an Assistant/Associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the College of Information Studies with a joint appointment in the College of Education. He directed the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) during his time at UMD (one of the oldest HCI labs in the country).

Concurrent Session – 11:15-12:00pm
Lunch – 12:00-1:30pm
Sparks – 1:30-2:00pm
Cocktail Party 2:00-3:00pm

ELD conferences provide physical space for the ongoing discussion of how pedagogy, research, and scholarship can be be enhanced and transformed by technology. The ELD Annual Conference is a space designed to showcase innovation as well as to engage in a vibrant and dynamic discourse. The ELD Annual Conference makes its home at Montclair State University (MSU.)

Call for Proposals

Venue & Logistics

Montclair State University

The conference will be hosted at Montclair State University (MSU) in New Jersey. MSU is conveniently located close to New York City via public transportation.

Contact Us

Please direct questions to the organizing committee at eldc.program@gmail.com.


Are there grants or funding opportunities for either attendees or presenters?

ELD works to keep the annual conference as reasonably priced as possible, allowing greater opportunity for those who would like to attend.  At this time, we do not have any grants for attendance or presenting.  Those who have a presentation accepted are provided a code that allows for a discount on registration.  Although a discount will be offered for the conference, pricing and discount information is not yet available.