SOLSTICE Conference 2008

5th Jun 2008 - 9:00am

Edge Hill University

The SOLSTICE Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Edge Hill University is pleased to announce its 3rd international conference.

Building on the success of the 2007 conference, which attracted over 200 delegates from across the UK and as far away as Russia and New Zealand, the 2008 conference will focus on the relationships between research, innovation, and development. There will be a distinct spotlight on the concepts of learning environments and their elearning components – as they exist now, and as they might transpire as time progresses – to respond to some compelling and perhaps pressing questions:

  • What is informing our current and future conceptions of elearning and learning environments?
  • What theoretical and evidence bases are structuring our thinking, policy making and implementations?
  • How might we juxtapose the physical, virtual and cognitive dimensions of learning environments?
  • On what bases might we predict the learning environments of 2020 for the learners of that point in time?
  • What is the status of the current research agenda and is it robust enough to serve as a foundation for predictions and aspirations?

Keynote Speakers are:

  • Les Watson, Freelance Educational Adviser and Interim Director of Information Services at the Royal Holloway University of London & Consultant to the Joint Information Systems Committee e-learning programme on Technology Enhanced Learning Environments
  • Eric Hamilton, Research Professor and Director, Centre for Research on Learning and Teaching, Institute for Information Technology Applications, US Air Force Academy.

Key themes of the conference will be:

  • Research methods
  • Theoretical bases of elearning and learning environments
  • Technologies and learning environments – physical and virtual spaces
  • Impacting on students’ learning – cause and effect
  • Registration and Fees

The conference offers over 42 sessions with speakers from the UK and overseas with some specific topics including:

  • From this life to Second Life – modelling the Sport Development programme
  • ePortfolios in Education: a cause for reflection
  • Interactivity in the Wireless University: engaging students through the use of interactive whiteboards and personal response systems
  • Student Perceptions of eLearning with a Wiki
  • eLearning 2.0 and Kolb’s Learning Styles Inventory
  • Space for Learning: creating technology-rich informal learning opportunities through institutional space planning
  • From Space to Place

… and many more!

The conference is open to everyone working in further and higher education, both nationally and internationally. You can register a place at the conference by completing the online electronic registration form.

For further information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice.