Universities talk latest developments in e-learning and MOOCs at BBS Conference

newsElearning2012The fifth e-Learning 2.0 Conference was held in Brunel Business School, Brunel University- London today and brought together representatives from universities across the UK, USA, Canada and Kazakhstan.

This international conference explored Technology-Enhanced Learning and social media technologies including Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Wikis and YouTube with the main theme of this year’s conference being Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and social media for teaching. The conference considered evolving pedagogical approaches and raising the profile of research in technology-enhanced learning; spreading good practice in the use of Web 2.0 technologies for learning; and facilitating collaboration between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

Excellent contributions to the conference included:

  • Steven Warburton, Head of Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Surrey – In his talk Professor Warburton explores how technological innovations can be disruptive or sustaining to higher education systems and whether the increasing pace of change will force institutions to rethink their educational and business models.
  • Pamela F. Wik-Grimm, eCornell, USA – In her presentation, Pamela 2 Wik-­Grimm, Manager of Learner Outcomes at eCornell, the online certificate subsidiary of Cornell University, discusses how they use student data metrics to examine student behaviour patterns and outcomes, coupled with student profile data, to design courses that leverage online social behaviours.
  • Matt Glowatz, University College Dublin, Ireland – His presentation looks at a proposed eLearning 2.0 implementation framework that will offer a better understanding of both student and staff’s attitude towards SM and eLearning tools within any given module’s structures, the perceived impact and how best to employ  them.
  •  Kate Dickens and Martin Counihan, University of Southampton, UK- This presentation takes as its starting point an analysis of current digital literacies activities being developed across the curriculum within a large UK, research intensive university.
  • Lampros Stergioulas, Brunel University, UK – His  research  provides  an  insight  into  bridging  the  gap  between  the current state and the desired future of e-­‐learning  through investigation of best practices for the implementation of e-learning in higher education and its future enhancements by conducting three different  case  studies.
  • Thomas Walker, Concordia University, Canada – His presentation adds to the growing research findings on the benefits and disadvantages of Massive Open Online Courses   (MOOCs).
  • Benjamin Brabon, Edge Hill University, UK –This   presentation   explores   the quality   and   credit   challenges   and   opportunities   in   the development  of  the  UK’s  first  credit-­‐bearing  MOOC  on  Vampire  Fictions  at  Edge  Hill  University.
  •  Peter Bryant, University of Greenwich, UK  – This presentations looks at two critical questions. Firstly, why does the use of social media in higher education learning, teaching and assessment remain a fringe activity within an institution, defined by potential and not by impact? Secondly, what are the critical assumptions and practices of higher education that have to adapt in order to change teaching and curricular (in)activity around social media into action?
  • Masoud Fakhimi, Brunel University, UK  – His presentation considers the methodology of developing business models in the context of the European open education project Open Discovery Space (ODS) and also compares and explores application of different types of business models in the context of the eLearning market.
  • Gemma Holtam, University of Derby, UK –This interactive presentation examines the support strategies and independent model of learning developed by a dyslexic student currently studying for an MSc; the different  ways  that  mobile  technology  can  be  used  to  support  both  mainstream  and  dyslexic students; and a  range  of  mobile  learning  applications  and  how  these  can  be  utilised  with  your  own students. What to think about when recommending the use of mobile applications will also be discussed.
  • TanSholpan  Tampayeva and Aizhan Tampayeva, Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan – Their presentation looks at Revitalising Universities’ Links with the Public through Internet Resources in Kazakhstan.

The e-Learning Conference has been hosted by Brunel Business School and Senior Lecturer Dr Chris Evans and Prof Ray Hackney chaired the conference. Dr Chris Evans has recently been awarded a prize for Innovative Teaching as voted by Brunel University students.

Chris Evans is also a contributor to the innovative MSc in Business Intelligence and Social Media that will be launching in BBS this September.

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