The Ninth Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference took place on Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th January 2009.
The conference was a mix of invited speakers, panel sessions and submitted papers.
The theme of the conference was “E-Learning: A Reality Check ~ Do We Practice What We Preach?”
Andy Ramsden – University of Bath
Our first keynote was Andy Ramsden. Andy Ramsden is Head of e-Learning at the University of Bath. He took up this role in February 2008, having previously worked at the University of Bristol. As such he has moved from a Blackboard to Moodle environment. His current interests lie in re-visiting how technology can be effectively used to enhance the learning experience in large group teaching, factoring in the mobile dimension, and the direction of personal learning environments. For instance, how web 2.0 technologies (externally hosted) can be effectively integrated with institutional systems.
Paul Lowe – University of Arts, London
Our second keynote was Paul Lowe, who is the Course Director of the Masters programme in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. An award-winning photographer, his work has been published in Time, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer and The Independent. He has covered breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandelas release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the destruction of Grozny. His research interests include using blended learning environments in the delivery of photographic education, especially blogging, web conferencing and e-portfolios. He will be talking from the practitioner’s perspective
Click link for – Full Conference Booklet
We offer our thanks to the companies and institutions below who have sponsored our conference to help keep costs down so that we can offer reasonable charges for attendance: