Author: Gareth Beeston
Between the 24th and 25th of January 2013, the University of Southampton hosted an outstanding event named: the LLAS e-Learning Symposium 2013 #elearnLLAS. This was the 8th annual event and the university was proud to be part of the growing trends of e-learning and e-learning technologies. This event bridged the gap between the teaching methods and technology, bringing with it a common passion for e-learning across a large range of disciplines in the languages sector. The event honed the passion and drive of the delegates, enabling all to collaborate on and share their experiences of how e-learning technologies and innovations can provide and enhance rapid learning of languages.
Keynotes and talks were performed on many areas of e-learning and e-learning technologies including; MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Course’s), Social Media Engagement and Learning, Augmented Reality, QR Codes, Innovations and Digital Literacies. Mr Nik Peachey (@NikPeachey), from Bell Educational Services, kicked-off the symposium with a keynote noting the developments of social media in e-learning. Subsequent keynotes took us on a journey from Student as Producer by Prof Mike Neary (@mikeneary), Open Educational Practice by Prof Allison Littlejohn (@allisonl), and Pedagogical Innovation by Prof Gráinne Conole (@gconole).
In attendance were many lecturers, learning support, e-learning enthusiasts and teachers from all over the UK including; Swansea University, The Open University, Coventry University, Newcastle University, University of Portsmouth and University of Bristol, among others. The Digital Champions also attended the event supporting the interaction and communication of delegates using #elearnLLAS on twitter. This emphasized the impact of community-based learning and how social technologies can facilitate the communication between individuals within conferences, and furthermore, the classroom.
The event brought about passion, drive, commitment, innovation, leadership and excellence in a welcoming and interactive environment. We hope that you enjoyed the LLAS e-Learning Symposium 2013 and we welcome you back to the University of Southampton.