Third annual ELLI Conference set for April 2-4

The Experiential Learning Leadership Institute (ELLI) will host its third annual conference April 2-4 at the Boling University Center at UT Martin and at Discovery Park of America in Union City.

ELLI is a nonprofit organization that promotes experiential learning in educational institutions and teaches educators how to implement this in the classroom.

“Vast amounts of educational research since the 1950s discuss the importance of providing ‘learning by doing’ experiences for students,” said Dr. Lajuan Davis, professor of information systems and co-chair of the ELLI planning committee.

The conference is open to educators and students at any level of education to learn more about experiential learning through panel discussions, presentations and hands-on activities that they get to participate in.

“The goal of the conference is to offer a setting in which educators and students from all over the region (or nation) can work together toward honing teaching and learning skills that include hands-on or experiential learning,” said Davis.

Events and sessions (with their locations) include:

• Tuesday, April 2: Early registration 3 to 6 p.m., Champions Club, Hardy M. Graham Stadium; criminal justice simulation, 4 to 7 p.m., Lawrence D. Bromley Training Center, C.E. Weldon Building, 100 Main St., downtown Martin.

• Wednesday, April 3: Registration, 8 a.m., Boling University Center; presentation sessions, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boling University Center.

• Thursday, April 4: Poster board presentations, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Discovery Park of America, Union City; keynote speaker Dr. George Pacheco, associate professor of communication at West Texsa A&M University and co-advisor of F1RSTGEN, a student organization for first-generation college students, 11 a.m., Discovery Park of America.

The deadline for proposal submission has been extended to Friday, March 8.

For more information, contact Dr. Lajuan Davis at or Dr. Dexter Davis, ELLI planning committee co-chair, at

Registration information can be found on the ELLI Web page at

Photo: Dr. Lajuan Davis (left), professor of information systems, and Dr. Dexter Davis, professor sport management – are the co-chairs of the ELLI Conference planning committee.

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