Bringing innovation to life: From adversity comes opportunity.

Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference

Bringing innovation to life: From adversity comes opportunity

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The 5th JISC international online conference

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Dates 23 - 26 November 2010 (plus many other events in the pre-conference activity and reading week)

 (The conference is now closed. However, the presentations are available from the programme page. The results of the survey evaluation are here.)

What do you look for in a conference?

  • Inspiration – from outstanding keynote speakers?
  • Challenges - opportunities to engage in debate with experts and fellow practitioners?
  • Variety - multimedia presentations, discussions and hands-on demonstrations?
  • Interesting programme - participate in as many sessions as you wish?
  • Sense of community - opportunities to blog and chat over coffee?
  • Information - papers and presentations for future reference?
  • Value for money – consider sessions in advance and revisit them afterwards?
  • Environmentally friendly – reduce your carbon footprint and save time and money?
  • Good feedback from previous delegates.

This conference has all these (though the coffee isn't provided)!

Sarah Knight of the JISC talks about online conferences.


Themes and programme 

Theme 1 - Releasing the potential

Focuses on some of the key drivers for institutional change and looks at the impact and implications for universities and colleges and how they are using technology-enhanced learning to sustain innovation and continue to provide high quality learning and teaching.  Drawing on insights from recent JISC-funded research and leading thinkers in the field, this theme asks questions such as:

  • What are educational institutions for and what will the future demand of them in terms of curriculum design and institutional change?
  • We live in a digital age so how can we use technology to improve and transform assessment and feedback practices to offer valuable experiences to learners?
  • How can an organisation develop systems and processes to create an environment where the potential to innovate is fostered and can continue to flourish?
  • What do students really want?  With insights from NUS projects exploring what students expect from their educational experience in terms of assessment and feedback, digital literacies, personal development and green ICT.
Theme 2 - Realising the value

This theme showcases practice from universities and colleges and shows how they are responding to the key drivers for change and embedding innovative practice across their institutions. It will explore:

  • How are innovations adopted and embedded?
  • How are mobile and handheld devices changing learning and teaching? How are they impacting on educational practices and what are the implications in terms of cost-benefits?
  • Maintaining innovation: what does it take to create future-focused learning? How can innovation in curriculum delivery be maintained in a climate of economic restraint?
  • How we can harness the power of partnerships and new ways of working to sustain innovation?  What are the structures and processes that can support this at institutional level and the barriers, enablers and critical success factors that contribute to maintaining successful long-term partnerships?
  • How we can use collaborative technology to enhance and shape an educational future that is effective and financially achievable?
Pre-conference activity and reading week

As well as the main conference themes, above, there are numerous activities in the pre-conference week, which we are using to showcase various JISC projects in the Have-a-Go area, and provide tours of a number of virtual world educational locations. You need to make sure you register early, if you want to be able to fully participate in the pre-conference week.


See the conference programme

Who should attend the conference

If you are a researcher, institutional manager or practitioner involved in technology-enhanced learning and teaching, Innovating e-Learning 2010 will be of interest to you. Delegates from further and higher education and from overseas are welcome.

Proceedings take place in an asynchronous virtual environment which can be accessed wherever and whenever is convenient to you. Most sessions will also be presented live in Elluminate® (a tool for interactive online collaboration, provided by Netskills

See more information about the online conference in our FAQs


Saving costs and reducing your carbon footprint

See the savings both in cost and in carbon footprint by having an online conference rather than a physical conference in this report by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Online professional development conferences: An effective, economical and eco-friendly option