Campus response to the call for proposals was overwhelmingly positive. The symposium was held on February 27, 2015 at the Hyatt Place, Champaign (8:00 AM – 2:30 PM).
The program featured 60 lightning talks, and interactive posters, round tables, and demonstrations. Presenters were 122 faculty, students, and staff from across the Illinois campus, representing:
- 7 colleges
- 3 schools
- Beckman and NCSA
- 37 academic units, centers, and institutes.
The lightning symposium demonstrated an enormous capacity across campus to tackle grand challenges associated with inventing the next generation tools for learning across contexts and the life span. Nonetheless, symposium participants articulated the need for a structure and mechanism, as well as resources to bridge the work of faculty and students across campus, and initiate and sustain collaborative research and development efforts, thus, generating an Illinois advantage for becoming leaders in transforming learning for the future. The ILSDI would serve these purposes.