Symposium “The Future of Learning: Critical Perspectives on Higher Education in the Digital Age”.

Professor Michael Thomas,  University of Central Lancashire, organised the symposium “The Future of Learning: Critical Perspectives on Higher Education in the Digital Age” on June 22, in Preston, UK.

The symposium sought to  give insights and encourage critical thinking with respect to the following questions: What is the future of learning in the digital age? How is learning being shaped by neoliberalism? How are digital technologies promoting and hindering learning? This interdisciplinary symposium will be of interest to students, teachers, researchers, support staff and policy-makers working in the field of education in general and technology-enhanced learning in particular.

Plenary Speakers and their topics follow:

Professor Stephen Bax: “The Future of Learning in the Digital Age: How to Achieve Normalisation” (The Open University, UK).

Professor Jozef Colpaert: “The Future of Content, Learning and Data Analytics in an Educational Engineering Perspective” (University of Antwerp, Belgium).

Professor Grainne Conole: “The Landscape of Digital Practices” (Bath Spa University, UK).

Rajay Naik: “Enabling Online Learning” (Keypath Education, UK).

Professor Hayo Reinders: “The Internet of Things: Implications for Education and Research” (Unitec University New Zealand and Annaheim University, USA).

Professor Randall Sadler (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA) and Dr Melinda Dooly (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain): “Critical Perspectives on Teacher Education: A Pedagogical Proposal for the Digital Age”

Katerina Zourou was invited to give a talk about LangOER results with the title  “User Perspectives on Open, Social Network-Based Learning and Teaching”. The slides of the talk are available here . Katerina highlighted the role of OER in broading access to open education and the limitations of this endeavour, based on recent findings from the LangOER project, namely the survey on the affordances of social networks in open educational practice (journal paper accessible here).


Katerina starting her LangOER talk, June 22.

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