VLE: Valuable Learning Experience

Details ~ Speakers & Programme ~ Location & Accommodation ~ Registration ~ Users Forum on 12th December

Conference Details:

VLE: Valuable Learning Experience aims to move beyond the evaluation and implementation of a VLE to look at how the learning environment is actually being used to enhance learning and teaching within institutions and will address, amongst others, topics such as distance learning and accessibility. Following the expansion of learning environments into the wider education sector, there will also be one speaker giving an overview of Blackboard in FE.

Date: Tuesday 11th December, 2001 Venue: Collingwood College, University of Durham
Time: 10.30 - 16.00 Cost: £95.00

Refreshments are being sponsored by Blackboard.


Dr Grainne Conole
Institute Director
University of Bristol
VLEs, MLEs and beyond
Gabriel Jezierski
Learning Development Manager
University of Wales, Cardiff
Blackboard, Accessibility and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act - SENDA (2001)
Cathy Ellis
Learning Resource Coordinator
City of Sunderland College
It's the curriculum, stupid! Why pedagogy should drive the MLE

Dr Arthur Loughran
Senior Lecturer
University of Paisley
Supporting distance learners at the University of Paisley
Patris van Boxel
Vrije Universiteit
Using a VLE to support active learning: a model for training of academic staff
Dr Barbara Newland
Learning Technologies Team Leader
University of Durham
Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?
Blackboard Features of Blackboard 5.5

Location and Accommodation:

The conference will be held in the Penthouse Suite of Collingwood College. For a map of Durham showing location, click here (Collingwood College = no. 6). Visitors' parking is available.
Accommodation will be available for delegates in College for Monday and/or Tuesday evenings. Ensuite rooms @ £30.00. Please contact the Conference Office directly on 0191 374 4567 to book, quoting Blackboard/VLE conference. If you are intending to stay, it is likely that an evening meal will be arranged on Monday evening, as last year. More information will be available nearer the date.


Last year's conference was oversubscribed. Due to the size of the venue, numbers will be STRICTLY limited. Applications from no more than two people per institution will be accepted in the first instance, and registration will be processed on a first come, first served basis. To complete the registration form please click here. If you have any questions please contact Barbara Watson on 0191 374 7741.

UK Users Forum, December 12th, University of Newcastle:

Following the Conference, the University of Newcastle are inviting delegates to a UK Users Forum to take up themes from the conference and discuss others, in a regular Forum to be held at the University of Newcastle on Wednesday December 12th. Durham and Newcastle are only 20 miles apart, and a meal/social event is suggested on Tuesday evening following the conference. Further details are available from the University of Newcastle.

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