E-books and E-content 2012
Ebooks and Elearning. University College London, 10 May 2012, 10.00 to 17.00
This is the next event in the series, which has been held under the auspices of University College London Department of Information Studies for the last three years. The theme in 2012 will be supporting learning and e-learning.
Student expectations of their education are increasing worldwide, in line with their own increasing investment, and this is especially true of the learning resources needed to support and complete a course; so that students not only expect that material will be easily and cheaply available, but that it will also fit into their digital world of IPads, e-readers, and laptops. The ambition of students, publishers and universities alike is the delivery of ebooks and econtent to a proliferation of mobile devices to suit the user. It serves to ensure that all students have access to the same learning content at the same time and at their convenience rather than having to depend on the vagaries of library lending or availability of second hand copies. But there are many barriers to this perfect world: it begs many questions. Who is responsible for delivering for this process? Who builds and manages the platforms on which the econtent resides? How should the content be structured and is it always the best way to deliver all content. Where does the source material come from and who pays? Should it be free or paid for by the students or the library?
There have been a number of pilot programmes examining these models such as the global initiatives funded by Elsevier, the development of new technologies to support learning on screen, the development of course and content databanks and emerging standards such as Epub3 to support new multi media developments.
Ebooks 2012 will explore the questions behind the increasing uptake of econtent to support learning and through a mix of experts, educationalists and others with an interest in the topic. It will be of keen interest to librarians trying to understand their role in the processes which apply to learning support staff, to learning technologists who need a better understanding of econtent and how it can be deployed and academics interested in what undoubtedly will be a key component in the future education.
The final programme will include keynotes from David Ball Head of Academic Development Services at Bournemouth University and Aine Rice of Ebook Supplier Ebrary whilst Jill Taylor-Rowe of the University of Newcastle, Avtar Natt of BPP University College of Professional Studies Anne Worden of Portsmouth University and Dr Steven Warburton of University of London International Programmes will present case studies of their respective institutions. Publisher input will come from the European Director of innovative e-textbook supplier Coursesmart and Alan Nelson of elearning developer Nelson-Croom. Other agreed speakers include Graham Bell of Editeur who will address the new Epub 3 format and its applicability (or not) to elearning and multimedia and Kate Worlock of publishing consultants Outsell who will detail the emerging etextbook scene.
Registration fee: £110 per delegate
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Venue: The JZ Young lecture theatre, with registration and reception in the Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer lecture theatre. Both venues are in the Anatomy Building, Gower Street.
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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
E-books and E-content 2012
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
The Orient Expressed: higher education policy and change in the Far East
Thursday 26 April 2012
Venue: SRHE Seminar Suite, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE
Registration and lunch: 13.00- 13.30
Programme 13.30 - 15.45
Higher education – who owns and who owes accountability in Korea?
A comparative critique on public-private binary ambivalence in higher education
Dr Terri Kim, Brunel University
This paper's focus is the policy and practices of restructuring higher education in South Korea in the light of the distinctive characteristics of Korean development and the (un)changing relationship between the state and higher education. Private universities are dominant: eight of Korea's top ten HEIs are private universities, and the direct involvement and investment of Chaebol [conglomerates] in the governance and management of universities has been notable. This trend has further intensified amid the process of neoliberal restructuring and global marketisation. There is a public rhetoric about neo-liberal public sector reforms and restructuring, and policy reforms are being made. The Korean example, with its changing but continuous triadic relationships between the state, the corporate and the university, implies a sharp contemporary question that is relevant to many countries including the UK: accountability for whom, in whose interests, and for what purposes, and what will be the long-term consequences?
Internationalisation and reform of China's higher education:
Beyond the expansion
Dr Qing Gu, University of Nottingham
This paper provides a critical analysis of the structures, policies and consequences of the recent expansion and change in China's higher education system. The analysis takes into account a range of ideological, social, cultural and historical factors and, through these, examines the major obstacles and achievements of the unprecedented expansion, diversification and internationalisation that Chinese higher education has experienced in the past three decades. The paper thus looks beyond the facts and numbers related to the articulated goals of the radical reforms over time. Rather, it looks into the history and context to understand in depth the nature and forms of the challenges and tensions that are embedded in the reform processes and their intended and unintended impact on individuals, institutions and society.
Event booking details
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012
The Higher Education Academy are running two seminar series in the thematic area of assessment and feedback which will share institutions' learning on these important issues in higher education. Each seminar will be hosted and delivered by an HE institution and will focus on the learning and teaching aspects of the themes.Details of all the events, including how to register can be found on the workshop and seminar series page: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/seminars-themesDetails of the next assessment and feedback seminars can be found at the following links:
- Innovations in assessment: the student learning experience
23 February 2012, UCL
- Visualising the holistic assessment experience – tools to support effective design
13 March 2012, University of Greenwich
- Innovative Assessment Practice – Evaluating and managing the impact on student experience
22 March 2012, University of Derby
- Non-traditional assessment in 'traditional' subjects: diversifying course assignments and enabling student-led learning through e-portfolios
4 April 2012, University of Roehampton
- Assessment & Feedback: students as change agents
19 April 2012, Univeristy of Ulster
- Inclusive Practice in Assessment and Feedback
23 April 2012, Staffordshire University
Friday, 17 February 2012