The Eighth Durham Blackboard Users' Conference took place on Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th December 2007. The conference was a mix of invited speakers, panel sessions and submitted papers.
The theme of the conference was "Connectivism" - and we looked at the following strands:
Our first keynote was Dr Sian Bayne is a Lecturer in Higher and Community Education at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in how internet technologies subvert, challenge and bring into question the process and project of higher education. From that starting point, she runs an online Masters programme in E-learning at the University of Edinburgh, and researches some of the ways in which the internet prompts us to re-think what education is and can be. At present, this research is focused around social media and the ways in which online higher education and lifelong learning are engaging with it.
Our second keynote was Lawrie Phipps who is the Programme Manager for the JISC Users and Innovation Programme. His background is in Environmental Sciences and Learning Technology, working on various projects and programmes supporting and enhancing learning and teaching in Higher Education. His most immediate previous role was in advising staff on supporting disabled students through the application of technology. His current programme (Users and Innovation) is looking at emerging technologies (some of which are characterised by the phrase Web 2.0) and the role that they may play in education. Lawrie is a registered practitioner with the Higher Education Academy, and member of the Staff and Educational Development (SEDA) Executive Committee.
If you have any queries regarding the Eighth Durham Blackboard Users' Conference, please contact a member of the Learning Technologies Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.