Plymouth eLearning Conference Apr 2011

Digital Futures: Learning in a Connected World

Venue The Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
Date Wednesday – Friday, April 6 – 8, 2011
Deadline for abstracts January 14, 2011
Notification of Acceptance February 11, 2011
Early Bird Registration February 18, 2011
Conference Chair Steve Wheeler


For the first time, this year’s conference will be held over three days. We start at 1pm on Day 1 and run through to 1pm on Day 3. As usual, the conference will be full of events, including paper presentations, workshops, demonstrations and plenty of time and space for networking.

We live in a world of increased mobility where proliferation of smart, mobile technologies is creating a host of new anytime, anywhere contexts. Pervasive computing and handheld devices are creating opportunities for learning to become ubiquitous – anytime, anywhere. Tech-savvy students are more demanding, and often less comfortable with traditional settings and homogenised provision where ‘one size fits all’. There is a migration of students toward tools and services that are beyond the control of the institution. The emerging social media of Web 2.0 are more flexible, sociable and more visually attractive. The surge in popularity of user generated content (including the likes of Wikipedia) is challenging the long held beliefs that experts are the main arbiters of knowledge. The informality of massively multiplayer online games is pushing informal learning to the fore. In short, we live and learn in a connected world.

Schools, colleges and universities are attempting to change to adapt to these new needs and expectations, but such transformation can be slow and problematic. The 6th Plymouth e-Learning Conference will highlight the need for innovative solutions in education and training, and will provide opportunities for delegates to discuss the tensions that exist between institutional provision and personalised learning. We will explore a number of issues surrounding the use of technologies in learning, providing a platform for informed debate across all sectors of education and training. The conference will showcase key examples of e-learning research, innovative use of new and established learning technologies, practical solutions, debates and speculative pieces on the future of education in a connected world.

Keynote Speakers: Stephen Heppell, John Davitt, Inge de Waard.

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