Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Fwd: Ebooks and Elearning

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.

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Registration fee: £110 per delegate

Registration form: click HERE to download the registration form.

Programme: click HERE to download the programme.

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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David Andrew, 
Head of Academic Practice
Senior Tutor

The Learning Institute 
Queen Mary, University of London

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