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elearning symposium 2016- recordings

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See recordings of most of the sessions from the 11th LLAS elearning symposium, 21-22 Jan 2016.

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Welcome to the e-learning symposium 2016: Humans and the machine

A warm welcome by postgraduate researchers Amira Benabdelkader and Elise Nichols to the 2016, LLAS, University of Southampton, e-learning symposium blog. 

 

It is the 11th birthday of the LLAS e-learning symposium. In 2016, the theme is Humans and the Machine. It represents the co-existence and collaboration of human and technologies in teaching/learning environments. This year the e-symposium gathers experts in e-learning from UK and other parts of the world. It aims at updating academics and educators with the latest practices used in classroom, whether virtual or blended learning environments and giving special interest to language learners' skills improvement. These are targeted through the workshops and talks whose contexts are international. We have a packed and exciting agenda of best practice in real and virtual engagement with e-learning and teaching.  There is a plethora of pedagogical innovations, especially a good number of MOOCs-related initiatives!

LLAS Director, Professor Mike Kelly introduced the symposium with our first keynote speaker, Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at University of Edinburgh who introduced the “Manifesto for Teaching Online” by way of framing discussion about the interaction of humans and machines.  It invited all in academia to “manifest” a more circumspect, critical, explicit, and even radical examination of our changing or embedded practices!  Visit https://onlineteaching manifesto.wordpress.com/ to catch more of this crucial and provocative debate about negotiating the quality of teaching and learning in e-education.

The day continued with lots of parallel events and topics such as virtual classes (Juan Garcia-Precedo, University of Exeter), discussion boards in Russian teaching (Olga Helly, Regent’s University London), synchronous feedback on writing tasks (Consuel de Andres, University of Plymouth),  online exercises with Spanish formal writing skills (Lorena Lopez, University of York) Spanish formal writing skill.  In addition, there were plenty of amazing posters and showcases reflecting the latest and best practices in Digital Education.

The first workshop was run by two postgraduate researchers from the University of Southampton, Manuel Leon and Steve White. It was about the MOOCs platforms, and how they can be used by learners and teachers.  Much focus was given to the Future Learn platform by having a glance at designing courses, starting from the recruitment of appropriate facilitators.

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The 10th E-Learning Symposium 2015 #elearnLLAS- Closing plenary

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Today's plenary to close the conference was led by Benoît Guilbaud from the University of Manchester. He shared his experiences using digital and networked technologies for language teaching. The presentation was full of inspiring ideas for language teachers to make innovative use of technology in their classrooms. His paper on connected learning used reflection on how we engage with different media platforms throughout our lives to look at how we can encourage engagement with new technologies for language teaching and learning. Using previous research, anecdotal evidence and case studies, Benoît argued for Connectivism over Constructivism. Learning with networks involves the idea that connections created by a learner are more valuable than the resulting knowledge. We should not underestimate the value of developing a 'currency' of knowledge. For this reason, we should consider everyone as 'learners', rather than categorising each other as 'students' and 'teachers'. This involves interaction with Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), meaning that the process becomes more collaborative thanks to the 2-way nature of social media.


The conference closed with a huge thank you to all the organisers, presenters and delegates from this 10th anniversary e-learning symposium. Until next year - when we will share more advances in the integration of technology with language teaching - please keep the conversation going!

 

Free ebook! K. Borthwick, E. Corradini, & A. Dickens, (Eds). (2015). 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: Case studies in good practice. Dublin: Research-publishing-net

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The 10th E-Learning Symposium 2015 #elearnLLAS- Day 2 Keynote

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Everyone at the 2nd day of the 10th birthday of the LLAS Centre’s E-Learning Symposium was welcomed by Professor Vicky Wright, Deputy Director of LLAS, Director University Language Strategy. 

 

The keynote speaker was professor Marion Sadoux, Director of the Language Centre, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, and a contributing author to the LLAS e-book. She has looked at how e-learning in languages has developed over the last decade and questions the state of language teaching in the digital age. Because some of the assumptions held by E-learning practitioners and language teachers around the world stop us from implementing the full range of available technologies, these assumptions need to be known and challenged.

Free ebook! K. Borthwick, E. Corradini, & A. Dickens, (Eds). (2015). 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: Case studies in good practice. Dublin: Research-publishing-net

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The 10th E-Learning Symposium 2015 #elearnLLAS- Panel Sessions A & B

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After the keynote presentation, we kicked off Day 1 with parallel sessions on the use of different educational technologies including: Blackboard wiki pages; WhatsApp; telecollaboration; and Twitter along with a workshop on how blended learning techniques can maximise retention of lexicon.

One of the main themes was student engagement: how to motivate students to participate in new learning initiatives; adapt to their developing needs while using these tools; and respond to students engaging with materials in new or unexpected ways. 

 

Another discussion topic was around the use of both wikis and screencasts for distance learning. Both tools, when used separately and in conjunction with other media platforms, encourage autonomous student learning while allowing personalised feedback through teacher recordings. An innovative model for improving students’ learning outcomes was presented alongside the challenges it raised for monitoring student motivation in a session on the Spanish N(ottingham)OOC, which differs from MOOCs in that it is accessible only to students at the institution. Other sessions addressed online interpreter training, interactive computer marked assigments (iCMAs) for language learning, and how to introduce undergraduates to ethnographic research methods.

 

For further details, see the symposium guidebook at https://guidebook.com/guide/30212/.

 

Free ebook! K. Borthwick, E. Corradini, & A. Dickens, (Eds). (2015). 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: Case studies in good practice. Dublin: Research-publishing-net

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Hello from the e-learning symposium 2015 official bloggers!

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Hi everybody,

 

I am a PhD candidate in Modern Languages at University of Southampton. I am a lecturer of English interested in the multiple new ways where technology is implemented in Language teaching and learning nowadays. The LLAS centre’s 10th annual E-learning symposium is an excellent opportunity for me and for those with the same interest to be updated with the latest practice in this field and to network with people from around the world with similar interests.

 

Sahar Alzahrani

 

Hello everyone,

 

My name is Charlotte Medland and I am a current PhD candidate in Modern Languages here at Southampton. I also work part-time for Humanities as Employability Coordinator, so am particularly interested in the range of teaching and learning techniques being showcased at this year’s E-learning symposium; especially independent learning, group work, and social media. I am excited to learn more about the innovative educational methods on show at the symposium, and I hope our blogs prove both interesting and useful to you all!

 

Charlotte

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e-learning symposium 2015 | CALL FOR PAPERS

e-learning symposium 2015 | CALL FOR PAPERS | e-learning symposium | Scoop.it

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Come and celebrate our 10th anniversary!

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? If so, then the LLAS community would like to hear from you!

LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the 10th annual e-learning symposium, on 22/3 January, 2015. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words.

Topics may include but are not limited to, the use in language teaching or research of:
- social networking sites
- mobile technology
- MOOCs and open learning
- blogs or wikis
- open educational resources
- virtual worlds, such as Second Life
- virtual learning environments
- online tools or courses
- innovative online learning designs or environments
- autonomous learning
- blended learning
- social media, e.g. micro-blogging (e.g. Twitter)
- student-generated digital content

Submissions deadline: Monday, 13th October, 2014
Submit your abstract online

Presentations (20+10 mins) should describe and evaluate an innovative use of technology with students in higher education. Our focus is the LLAS subject areas; however, we also welcome proposals related to other disciplines, if the ideas can be generally applied cross-discipline. This might include examples of student engagement for academic purposes with virtual worlds, social networking websites, open educational resources or other Web.2.0 tools; use of innovative learning designs or creative elearning environments and methods. Presentations can be delivered in person or may be by video link. Accepted speakers are also welcome to bring a poster for display in the poster area, and to take part in a lunchtime showcase of tools/projects.

Workshops (60 mins) should introduce a way of using technology in the higher education classroom. They should be highly practical and involve participants in discussion and hands-on use of tools/methods introduced.

Posters should present work on a particular project or topic. They should summarise the key points and give enough appropriate information for the topic/project to be understood in 5-15 minutes. They should be visually interesting and designed to provoke informal discussion of the topic/project amongst colleagues.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31st October, 2014 and will be assigned a session on receipt of conference registration and fee. If you have any questions about this call or would like feedback on your draft abstract please contact K.Borthwick@soton.ac.uk  before 1st October 2014.

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Another year, another great e-learning symposium!

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Well, it is February again and I’m basking in the memory of another excellent LLAS elearning symposium on 23/24 January… This year was our 9th and biggest yet, with speakers and attendees from around the globe delighting and inspiring us with stories of innovation in the use of technology in language teaching.

We kicked off on day one, with an entertaining and informative keynote presentation from Professor Jozef Colpaert (University of Antwerp) who proposed a theory of ‘educational engineering’ as an approach to understanding when, where and how to use technology in teaching. At one point, he likened his theory to a moment in the cooking show ‘Cupcake Wars’ (when the judge notes that in making good cupcakes, one should focus on getting the process right rather than fixating on the final output) and so I can’t help but think of his ideas in a new light: the cupcake theory! In this respect, his keynote presentation certainly gave us ‘food for thought’ and I know his ideas will have wide-ranging and lasting impact on our delegates. Catch-up with a recording of his talk at: https://www.llas.ac.uk/livestream

Our second keynote speaker was independent language consultant Joe Dale, who is more used to addressing international gatherings of school teachers rather than practitioners in higher education, so he brought a new perspective to the day. He has founded a large, global community of MFL practitioners through Twitter (the #MFLtwitterati) who exchange teaching ideas, tips and experiences about the use of technology in language teaching. He outlined their experiences and then bombarded us with links demonstrating good tools and good practices which are used in the schools sector. At an early point, I (and just about everyone else) gave up writing everything down and so I know you’ll need to return to our website to enjoy his presentation again: https://www.llas.ac.uk/livestream

Professor Hugh Davis opened our second day with a keynote session asking the timely question: ‘why make MOOCs?’ He talked in the light of Southampton’s own recent experience of running MOOCs through the FutureLearn project and described the perceived benefits to institutions, the challenges – financial, technical and pedagogical – in running a MOOC, and the real costs of doing so. He suggested an innovative vision of the future in HE, in which the MOOC-model is an offering to all students, with increased support, tutor interaction and extended materials available to students on site. Find out more about this idea by catching up with his presentation at: https://www.llas.ac.uk/livestream

Our final, closing keynote was given by Marina Orsini-Jones whose lively and interesting session on ‘web 2.0 intercultural communicative competence’ rejuvenated us and sent us back to our classrooms with renewed energy for the semester ahead. She acknowledged that recent developments in technology and social networking offer a wealth of opportunities for language learning. In this context, she advocated a need for our students to have an understanding of Intercultural Cyberpragmatic Communicative Competence (ICCC). Find out more about this idea and its theoretical foundations at: https://www.llas.ac.uk/livestream

Our keynotes were surrounded and supported by an excellent range of presentations from language researchers and teachers across the world. Topics included open educational resources, computer assisted translation, apps and other innovative tools, good practice with wikis and Google Docs, telecollaboration, research on social media usage, online assessment and feedback and online learning for less widely-used languages. We also had workshops on the Year Abroad online and subtitling and dubbing using Clipfair Studio, and interesting poster and demo sessions.

This year, we also had a symposium ‘fringe’ for presenters who could not come in person. Several presenters kindly recorded their presentations in advance for our website and conference app. Enjoy their work and contact them if you have any questions!

The influence of mobile phones on student autonomy – Simon Cooke (Tohoku Institute of Technology), Adrian Leis (Miyagi University of Education) and Akihiko Tohei (Sakura no Seibo Junior College, Fukushima), Japan

Let’s Get Virtual! Embedding experiential learning and teaching in international postgraduate education – Silke Reeploeg (University of the Highlands and Islands) and William Frost (University of Sheffield).

Keep up to date with symposium news by following our Twitter feed @elearnllas, tweeting using our hashtag #elearnllas, and looking at our scoop.it page http://www.scoop.it/t/e-learning-symposium

Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees who always make the LLAS elearning symposium such a joy to be part of. I look forward to seeing you next year for our 10th birthday, and hearing about more exciting innovations in technology and language teaching!

Kate Borthwick,

Senior Academic Coordinator, LLAS Centre

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e-learning symposium | the 2014 keynotes are: LLAS 9th e-learning symposium keynote speakers are: @JozefColpaert @joedale @HughDavis @mojcudel

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Early bird rates at the 9th LLAS e-learning symposium, 23-24 January 2014

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Another month of early bird rate left to attend the 9th LLAS e-learning symposium! Find out more and register at www.llas.ac.uk/elearning2014 ;

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e-learning symposium 2014 | Call for Contributions - EXTENDED until 11 October 2013

e-learning symposium 2014 | Call for Contributions - EXTENDED until 11 October 2013 | e-learning symposium | Scoop.it

The Future is Now! So come and tell us about it…

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? If so, then the LLAS community would like to hear from you!

LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the 9th annual elearning symposium, on 23/4 January, 2014. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words.

Topics may include but are not limited to, the use in language teaching or research of:

social networking sitesmobile technologyMOOCs and open learningblogs or wikisopen educational resourcesvirtual worlds, such as Second Lifevirtual learning environmentsonline tools or coursesinnovative online learning designs or environmentsautonomous learningblended learningsocial media, e.g. micro-blogging (e.g. Twitter)student-generated digital content

Submissions deadline: Friday, 4th October, 2013
Submissions to: llas@soton.ac.uk, using the downloadable submission form

Presentations (20+10 mins) should describe and evaluate an innovative use of technology with students in higher education. Our focus is the LLAS subject areas; however, we also welcome proposals related to other disciplines, if the ideas can be generally applied cross-discipline. This might include examples of student engagement for academic purposes with virtual worlds, social networking websites, open educational resources or other Web.2.0 tools; use of innovative learning designs or creative elearning environments and methods. Presentations can be delivered in person or by video link. Accepted speakers are also welcome to bring a poster for display in the poster area, and to take part in a lunchtime showcase of tools/projects.

Workshops (60 mins) should introduce a way of using technology in the higher education classroom. They should be highly practical and involve participants in discussion and hands-on use of tools/methods introduced.

Posters should present work on a particular project or topic. They should summarise the key points and give enough appropriate information for the topic/project to be understood in 5-15 minutes. They should be visually interesting and designed to provoke informal discussion of the topic/project amongst colleagues.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31st October, 2013 and will be assigned a session on receipt of conference registration and fee. If you have any questions about this call or would like feedback on your draft abstract please contact K.Borthwick@soton.ac.uk before 1st October 2013.

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LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies will hold its 9th annual elearning symposium on 23/4th January 2014. The aim of the symposium is to seek to bridge the gap between the ‘techie’ and the teacher, giving educators ideas to help them integrate elearning into their practice but also to inspire them to see where the online future could lead. The symposium is always well-attended by practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and institutions, and keynote speakers are live-streamed. Following last year’s successful event, the two-day symposium comprises a practical mix of workshops on authoring tools and elearning techniques and presentations to inspire the mind with exciting ideas about the possibilities that online learning offers. We offer attendees a range of content from areas of more specific interest to our core LLAS community, to topics of wider interest to educators involved in elearning. We highlight best practice in using elearning and feature an exciting mixture of research and reports from practice to inspire our community.


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LLAS e-learning symposium 2014 | call for papers - coming soon!

LLAS e-learning symposium 2014 | call for papers - coming soon! | e-learning symposium | Scoop.it

Do you make innovative use of technology in delivering language teaching content or assessments? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? If so, then the LLAS community would like to hear from you!

 

LLAS’s successful annual symposium on the use of technology in HE language education is a 2-day event of practical presentations, workshops and inspiring ideas to fuel the imagination.

 

We will release the call for papers soon. Don't miss it! Keep checking this page for more information on the e-learning symposium 2014!

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E-Learning Symposium 2013 #elearnLLAS - Day One (with images, tweets)

Here's a catch-up on the 1st day of the 8th E-Learning Symposium, the event that was organised by LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies on 24-25th January 2013 at the University of Southampton.

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The elearning symposium 2016: the talks in snapshots (Day 1) #elearnllas

 

Some talks were interested in engaging international students and preparing them to study in UK universities, namely the talks of Julie Watson from the University of Southampton, and Ania Rolinska from the University of Glasgow. The former was about the use of Linoit.com, a space for international students to introduce themselves. The second presented the EAST project which opens up the doors for Glasgow-Gaza collaboration mainly in the domain of engineering.  Both projects aimed at engaging and improving students’ skills, cultural awareness, and knowledge.

Sascha Stollans, University of Nottingham detailed a hybrid approach to the use of technology in support of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).  Teaching German “target” language was detailed with the need not to forget the “first” language.

Cathy Molinaro presented the use of Facebook groups and a “wall” as a French language teaching and learning tool.  Student engagement and independence were clearly mobilised amongst many benefits and challenges.

Ruth Trinder informed us about the state of online informal learning, the ubiquitous access to English language, synchronous or asynchronous factors and the exploration of students’ preferences.  Ruth’s study gave insights on learners’ preferences or reservations and showed that the debate about pedagogical practice, awareness-raising of the benefits and reasons for use or rejection in the light of the results are of essence.

Jelena Gledic, University of Belgrade shared her experience of teaching Chinese language, literature and cultural studies in a context of often limited resources and variable students’ technology exposure or literacy.  Clarity of learning outcomes, encouraging peer learning, human creativity and enthusiasm are key beyond the availability of technology itself in optimising its use.

The notion of post-humanism gained a lion’s share in the talk by Laurence Georgin, University of Southampton, who unpacked its philosophical meaning in contrast with humanist model of education whilst presenting student-involving Feedback project. 

Virtual role-plays were seen as a motivating and effective tool in preparing learners for a study abroad according to Nicola Halenko, University of Lancashire. The findings showed that this tool did not only raise learners’ cultural awareness but also played a crucial role in confidence-building.

Students on pre-sessional EAP programmes were targeted in the presentation of Jonathan Smith, University of Reading. The Activity Builder was put forward as one of the facilities that could help students improve their academic writing skills.

Andrea Zhok and Marcella Oliviero, University of Bristol presented the Xerte open source toolkit and emphasised peer-teaching, collaboration and ownership as important elements in Italian Grammar teaching and learning.

Cathy Howard and Julia Ker, University of Surrey demonstrated learner autonomy and ownership with the creation of online self-access resources for both English for Academic Purpose (EAP) and British Sign Language (BSL) -with Wimba Create and Articulate Storyline-.

During the afternoon workshop, the Symposium’s sponsor Rosetta Stone was represented by LeeAnn Stone. She addressed student engagement using a variety of methods as key with communicating and securing leadership support in order to create a path of successful collaboration towards leveraging efficient and cost-effective Language instructional Technology and quality teaching and learning.

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LLAS 11th annual e-learning Symposium 2016 | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

LLAS 11th annual e-learning Symposium 2016 | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies | e-learning symposium | Scoop.it

Humans and the machine: best practice in using technology for language teaching

 

In January 2016, we are celebrating our 11th elearning symposium and we have a fantastic event lined up for you! 

 

Keynote Speakers in 2016 are:


Sian Bayne, Professor of Digital Education, University of Edinburgh @sbayne


Teresa MacKinnon, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick @warwicklanguage


Scott Windeatt, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

 

We will also have papers presented by colleagues from all over the world on topics including :


MOOCs for cultural studies and language teaching  /  Telecollaboration across borders / Student-teacher roles in MOOCs / open source games / language learning and Facebook / CLIL and effective use of technology / Virtual tools to support the Year Abroad / Tablets in teaching / Technology and effective feedback / Apps for language learning / Students as agents of change in online course design / Integrating MOOCs with face-to-face teaching / open educational resources / Technology and post-humanist education / Use of web tools to engage students / Academic writing to a mass audience via a MOOC / Using effective discussion boards for less widely used  languages

 

and workshops on:

 

Tutoring for a mass audience (on MOOCs) / Using Pinterest to develop independent learning skills / How to engage students as agents of change

 

Check out our full programme at https://www.llas.ac.uk/events/6950

 

Watch this space for our student blog reports from Amira and Elise. 

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The 10th E-Learning Symposium 2015 #elearnLLAS- Day Two

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After our brains had been stimulated by the Day 2 keynote, everyone rushed to join the sessions they had selected for Day 2.

 

 An interesting talk about the production of learners’ E-portfolios in a collaborative project between the Universities of Belgrade, Southampton, and Virginia showcased a variety of educational tools to make students more aware of their learning styles and progression through the use of digital resources. Other papers responded to language learners’ demands for further listening and oral skills practice using both Blended Tandem learning and the design of new online activities. Blended learning is also being applied at the University of Southampton in their presessional courses, as another paper discussed. The Digital English Project by Ania Rolinska explored how multimodal teaching and learning techniques can be used to improve academic writing. Elsewhere, technological innovations in Moodle quizzes have also innovated teaching, being used for language learning alongside traditional assessment as demonstrated in Lafuente & Mossmann’s presentation. 

 

Today’s workshops included a highly interactive look by the University of Warwick at the Video for All project. This session gave delegates the opportunity to try out a set of teaching and learning practices with digital video which can be applied in a range of contexts for language learning. The afternoon workshop, led by Jane Sjoberg, University of Birmingham, highlighted best practice for using online discussions to encourage student engagement.

 

Many of the final papers returned to yesterday’s topics of telecollaboration and social media, with blogging featured and Twitter shown to be a ‘real’ global language staffroom and a good use of community practice.  Learning Object Creator (LOC) software was also presented as a way of enhancing the learning experience for students studying something outside their usual topics.

 

After all these motivational discussions, all delegates gathered for the prize draw and closing plenary by Benoît Guilbaud.

 

Free ebook! K. Borthwick, E. Corradini, & A. Dickens, (Eds). (2015). 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: Case studies in good practice. Dublin: Research-publishing-net


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The 10th E-Learning Symposium 2015 #elearnLLAS- Showcase, Panel Session C & ebook launch!

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In the afternoon, prior to the panels restarting, delegates had the opportunity to learn more about the projects at the symposium through a showcase. This gave participants an excellent opportunity to engage on a one-to-one basis with presenters and to discuss papers in more detail.

 

Following this, the panels reconvened with presentations on: the strong relationship between e-learning environments and students’ attribution to success and failure; digitising the EAP classroom to shed light on the importance of students developing 21st-century skills to increase engagement; and the interesting ways to keep the Prepare for Success tool popular and up-to-date. In addition, papers on teacher research into Open Access Resources for language teaching, a FutureLearn MOOC on ‘’Understanding Language’’, and English for Business using mixed media to teach adults in Taiwan were well-received and initiated much discussion among attendees. At the same time, Jackie Robbins led an interactive workshop on the use of SpeakApps in conjunction with other media (e.g. Skype) to encourage students in their speaking and listening skills.

 

Following the final sessions of the day, all delegates gathered to celebrate the launch of the free LLAS e-learning symposium ebook (details below), which includes contributions from:

 

Benoît Guilbaud – University of Manchester, UK

Marina Orsini-Jones – Coventry University, UK

Marion Sadoux - University of Nottingham in Ningbo

Tita Beaven - Open University

Juliet Vine - University of Westminster

Billy Brick – Coventry University

Tiziana Cervi-Wilson - Coventry University

Aiden Yeh - Wenzao Ursuline University, Taiwan

Teresa MacKinnon - University of Warwick

Christine Penman - Edinburgh Napier University

Ania Rolinska - University of Glasgow

Sascha Stollhans - University of Nottingham

Fernando Rosell-Aguilar – Open University

 

Free ebook! K. Borthwick, E. Corradini, & A. Dickens, (Eds). (2015). 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: Case studies in good practice. Dublin: Research-publishing-net

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The 10th E-Learning Symposium 2015 #elearnLLAS- Day 1 Keynote and Vice Chancellor speech

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In 2015, the LLAS Centre is celebrating the 10th birthday of its e-learning symposium. This year the programme has a mixture of practical workshops, showcases and paper presentations from different teaching and learning contexts all over the UK and internationally! Keynote speakers are being live-streamed over both days (https://www.llas.ac.uk/livestream ).

 

The aim of the symposium is to link the practices of the ‘techie’ and the teacher, helping educators to incorporate e-learning into their teaching practices and update them with the latest educational technology.

 

Day one of the e-symposium was opened in a welcoming speech given by Professor Don Nutbeam, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton.

 

Sara Pierson and Chris Cavey from the British Council then opened the conference papers with a keynote on their English culture MOOC in collaboration with Future Learn. The audience were highly interested in this rich and innovative learning tool which has opened the door to a new area of teaching and learning research. Don’t forget, all of our keynotes can be viewed through the live stream at: http://www.llas.ac.uk/livestream.

 

More information on Day 1 coming soon!

 

Keep up to date with symposium news by following our Twitter feed @elearnllas and keeping an eye on our scoop.it page http://www.scoop.it/t/e-learning-symposium. You can tweet through our hashtag #elearnllas.

 

Free ebook! K. Borthwick, E. Corradini, & A. Dickens, (Eds). (2015). 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: Case studies in good practice. Dublin: Research-publishing-net

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THE LLAS CENTRE'S 10TH E-LEARNING SYMPOSIUM - Rosetta Stone®‎ Blog

THE LLAS CENTRE'S 10TH E-LEARNING SYMPOSIUM - Rosetta Stone®‎ Blog | e-learning symposium | Scoop.it
In January 2015, the LLAS Centre is celebrating its 10th e-learning symposium with an exciting programme of activities including workshops, showcase and presentations from speakers from all over the UK!
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Many thanks to Rosetta Stone for supporting the 10th LLAS e-learning symposium!

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e-learning symposium 2015 | Call for contributions | 10 years anniversary e-book

We are planning the publication of a selection of case studies showcasing the excellent and inspiring work of language teachers using technology in the classroom and to support the learning of their students. This collection will form a snapshot of good practice as we celebrate our 10th anniversary symposium, and will accompany articles from invited contributors describing how technology has changed and transformed their own professional practice over the last ten years.
This open access e-book will be freely available for download and will be aimed at practitioners in secondary and tertiary education. The focus of the book will be around practical experience ‘in the field’ and reflective practice, rather than research.  It will be officially launched at the 10th LLAS e-learning symposium, to be held in Southampton on 22-23 January, 2015.

Possible themes include:

Technology-related projects which were inspired by community activity or engagement with the LLAS elearning symposiumEngaging in CALL researchMOOCs and other types of large-scale or online teachingSocial media in language learningBest practice in telecollaborationOpen educational resources and their use in teaching and learning languageThe use of innovative tools in language teachingMethods of online and computer-aided assessmentUse of mobile technologies for language learning

We anticipate case studies to be c.3000 words and we will issue a template to all accepted authors to work to, which is likely to include Context/rationale, aims/outcomes, what you did, evaluation/impact and conclusion. Case studies may also link to papers to be presented in the 2015 symposium (event call for papers due in September).

We invite all former and yet-to-be e-learning symposium attendees to contribute examples of your good work to this publication by sending an expression of interest to the co-editors at LLAS: Kate Borthwick, Alison Dickens and Erika Corradini.

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an opportunity to describe our work #clavier 

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The e-learning symposium 2014 has gone mobile | download the Guidebook app to access the programme, abstracts and more

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e-learning symposium 2014 | full programme incl. keynote speakers available online - places still available - Last chance to register!

e-learning symposium 2014 | full programme incl. keynote speakers available online - places still available - Last chance to register! | e-learning symposium | Scoop.it
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LLAS e-learning symposium 23-24 January 2014 - Introduction by Kate Borthwick

The Future is Now! So come and tell us about it... Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting wi...
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e-learning symposium 2014 | Call for Contributions NOW OPEN!

e-learning symposium 2014 | Call for Contributions NOW OPEN! | e-learning symposium | Scoop.it

The Future is Now! So come and tell us about it…

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? If so, then the LLAS community would like to hear from you!

LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the 9th annual elearning symposium, on 23/4 January, 2014. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words.

Topics may include but are not limited to, the use in language teaching or research of:

social networking sitesmobile technologyMOOCs and open learningblogs or wikisopen educational resourcesvirtual worlds, such as Second Lifevirtual learning environmentsonline tools or coursesinnovative online learning designs or environmentsautonomous learningblended learningsocial media, e.g. micro-blogging (e.g. Twitter)student-generated digital content

Submissions deadline: Friday, 4th October, 2013
Submissions to: llas@soton.ac.uk, using the downloadable submission form

Presentations (20+10 mins) should describe and evaluate an innovative use of technology with students in higher education. Our focus is the LLAS subject areas; however, we also welcome proposals related to other disciplines, if the ideas can be generally applied cross-discipline. This might include examples of student engagement for academic purposes with virtual worlds, social networking websites, open educational resources or other Web.2.0 tools; use of innovative learning designs or creative elearning environments and methods. Presentations can be delivered in person or by video link. Accepted speakers are also welcome to bring a poster for display in the poster area, and to take part in a lunchtime showcase of tools/projects.

Workshops (60 mins) should introduce a way of using technology in the higher education classroom. They should be highly practical and involve participants in discussion and hands-on use of tools/methods introduced.

Posters should present work on a particular project or topic. They should summarise the key points and give enough appropriate information for the topic/project to be understood in 5-15 minutes. They should be visually interesting and designed to provoke informal discussion of the topic/project amongst colleagues.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31st October, 2013 and will be assigned a session on receipt of conference registration and fee. If you have any questions about this call or would like feedback on your draft abstract please contact K.Borthwick@soton.ac.uk before 1st October 2013.

More information about the event:
LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies will hold its 9th annual elearning symposium on 23/4th January 2014. The aim of the symposium is to seek to bridge the gap between the ‘techie’ and the teacher, giving educators ideas to help them integrate elearning into their practice but also to inspire them to see where the online future could lead. The symposium is always well-attended by practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and institutions, and keynote speakers are live-streamed. Following last year’s successful event, the two-day symposium comprises a practical mix of workshops on authoring tools and elearning techniques and presentations to inspire the mind with exciting ideas about the possibilities that online learning offers. We offer attendees a range of content from areas of more specific interest to our core LLAS community, to topics of wider interest to educators involved in elearning. We highlight best practice in using elearning and feature an exciting mixture of research and reports from practice to inspire our community.

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E-Learning Symposium 2013 #elearnLLAS - Day Two (with images, tweets)

Here's a catch-up on the 2nd day of the 8th E-Learning Symposium, the event that was organised by LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies on 24-25th January 2013 at the University of Southampton.

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