Collaboration in Higher Education: Working Across Silos

Concurrent Session 6
OLC Session

Brief Abstract

This session will highlight the benefits, and provide exemplars and models of, intra- and inter-institutional collaboration and was developed by the ELD Executive Board, which consists of librarians, faculty members, instructional designers, and administrators. Known for its annual conference (ELDc) and journal (ELDj), the mission of Emerging Learning Design (ELD), is to showcase innovation and engage in a vibrant and dynamic discourse regarding pedagogy and how technology can better enhance or transform it. ELD is known as a community where voices from many “job titles” come together. The ELD Executive Board sees great synergy between the underlying philosophy of ELD and the growth of transdisciplinary work currently taking place in Higher Education. Members of the board will be joining AJ and Veronica virtually..


Dr. AJ Kelton is the Director of the Center for the Digital Humanities in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is involved in collaborative learning, reflective teaching, academic and emerging technology, digital humanities, social media, games, and virtual worlds for education and has presented on many topics both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Kelton is the Executive Director of Emerging Learning Design (ELD) and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Emerging Learning Design Journal. He received his PhD from NYU and his research areas include, the impact of group formation and composition on learning, affordances of virtual worlds in education, and helping students and parents of students with attention deficit challenges.
Veronica Armour is an educator and learning designer interested in the interdisciplinary connections between people, knowledge, and information, human centered design, and innovation that inform face-to-face and digital environments for 21st century learning. She is an instructional designer in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University where she also teaches part-time for the Information Technology and Informatics program.  Her current work involves designing the student experience for the Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy at Rutgers University. She is also exploring the potential of the design thinking process and mindset to interrupt cognitive bias and develop new models for equity in learning experience design. Her research questions include the interconnectedness of design thinking, entrepreneurship, and 21st century skills. She has served on the Executive Board of the Emerging Learning Design organization and is currently involved with the NJ Makers community.  She has experience with developing online courses, workshops, and events related to teaching and learning with technology, active learning, and maker activities.  She is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops at the local and national level.  As Raspberry Pi Certified Educator she enjoys tinkering with technology and hosting workshops to inspire interest in STEM activities.

Extended Abstract