Conference > Keynotes
We are delighted to announce that our Keynote speakers for the 12th Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference are Professor Gráinne Conole (University of Leicester) and Professor Ray Land (Durham University)
Professor of Learning Innovation
& Director of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance
Previously, Grainne was Professor of Educational Innovation in Post-Compulsory Education at the University of Southampton, and was Director of the Institute for Learning and Research Technology at the University of Bristol, a centre of excellence on the development and use of information and communication technology in education.
Gráinne has research interests in the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning and impact on organisational change. Gráinne has research, development and project management experience across the educational and technical domains; funding sources have included HEFCE, ESRC, EU and commercial sponsors.
Very recent projects include the EU-funded projects OPAL, Design-Practice, and X-Delia, the JISC-funded learner experience project, the ESRC TLRP Technology-Enhanced Learning project, PI led by Eileen Scanlon and Mike Sharples, as well as an OU Learning Design Project.
Past projects include the JISC LXP Learner Experience Proect, the HEFCE-funded E-Learning Research Centre, the JISC/NSF funded DialogPlus digital libraries project and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Also see Gráinne’s website: http://e4innovation.com/ .
Ray Land was recently appointed Professor of Higher Education at Durham University and Director of Durham’s Centre for Learning Teaching and Research in Higher Education. He previously held similar positions at the Universities of Strathclyde, Coventry and Edinburgh. He has been a higher education consultant for the OECD and the European Commission and is currently involved in two EC higher education projects. He has published widely in the field of educational research, including two co-edited books on learning technology – Education in Cyberspace (RoutledgeFalmer 2005) and Digital Difference: perspectives on online learning (Sense 2011)—and guest editing a double issue of E-learning. He has also produced several volumes on the theme of threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge, including the most recent Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning (Sense 2010).