Major education conference showcases new learning technologies

Over one hundred educators, practitioners and organisations will come together at a major conference to benefit from best practice in the use of new technology in education. The focus will be on forging links between businesses, communities and educational institutions.

The plenary speaker at the conference entitled ‘Challenges, Choices and Change in the Age of Enterprise and Engagement’ will be Scott McKenzie from Cloud Logic. In association with Google Free Apps for Education he will be talking about how Cloud Logic works with small and medium businesses and enterprises, not for profit organisations, charities and the public sector, including local government, schools, colleges and Universities.

The conference, organised by the Regional Support Centre South West of the Joint Information Services Committee, brings together managers, academics and support staff from colleges of further education, universities, adult and community learning providers, work based learning providers, specialist colleges and partner schools.

University of Plymouth Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Purcell, who will give the introductory keynote speech, said; “Technology is opening exciting new doors and at the same time presenting interesting challenges for the HE sector. Technology helps us to think differently and create innovative new spaces, this conference is an opportunity to discuss these new opportunities to further enhance our learning experience.”

Simon Whittemore, Programme Manager for Business and Community Engagament (BCE) for JISC, will also provide an opening keynote, speaking about JISC’s work in Business and Community Engagement and highlighting a number of projects associated with this work.

Conference workshops and presentations are divided into six themes, covering a wide range of topics. Workshops include Julia Dando from Cornwall College talking about her experiences of using Second Life in education, and Simon Witts, Director of Training for Flybe will be sharing how the airline established its Training Academy with Exeter College. Julia Taylor, of the Regional Support Centre South West will advise on how to improve accessibility of new technology projects, and Paul Miller from the School of Everything will talk about lifelong learning.

There will also be an exhibition area with both education and commercial providers showcasing new projects and products as well as featuring a wide range of new technologies with the opportunity to try them out including the SPARK exhibition from Futurelab. Practitioners’ Corner will also host a variety of workshops and hands on sessions.

The conference will take place at the Peter Chalk Conference Centre, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter on Thursday, 24 June.

Practitioners who are interested in booking a place should visit www.rsc-south-west.ac.uk.


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