Event Date/Time: Jan 26, 2012 End Date/Time: Jan 27, 2012
Registration Date: Jan 25, 2012
Early Registration Date: Dec 08, 2011
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This event is being supported by the Higher Education Academy.

The LLAS Centre's 7th Annual e-Learning symposium will feature the following :

Keynote Speakers :

Professor Claire Warwick, Professor of Digital Humanities; Head of the Department of Information Studies at University College London; Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities; and Vice-Dean for Research for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Mark Stansfield, Reader in Learning Technologies, University of the West of Scotland

Dr. Margaret Southgate, Senior Lecturer, Department of Languages, The Open University in Wales

About the event

This popular symposium is a 2-day event which combines practical activities and guidance with inspiring ideas to fuel the imagination!

  • Hear about the latest research and practice in technology-enhanced learning related to LLAS subjects and Higher education generally

  • attend our practical workshops for discussion, guidance and tips on teaching and learning with technology

Topics to be covered will include:

  • An exploration of the impact of technology on humanities research and teaching

  • Analysis of the power of game-based learning in student motivation and engagement for language learning

  • Description of research and key findings from a recent publication on effective methods for blended teaching

  • Using social media for peer feedback and discussion boards in translation classes

  • Blended approaches to pre-sessional courses for EAP students

  • Language learning in virtual worlds

  • Presentation of an e-tool linking issues of employability to language learning

  • Investigations into the use of Apps and smartphone technology in language learning

  • Student experiences of technology in different cultural contexts

  • Social networking in tandem learning

  • Blogs for Spanish medical students


See videos and information from symposium 2011

We have a range of sponsorship options available. Please contact Kate Borthwick for further details.

Provisional Programme Day One - 26 January 2011

Day one of the symposium, on 26th January, will consist of a day of workshops which will include the following four options. Participants will be asked to select their preferred options in advance of the day.

Time Session
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome
10.15 - 11.45 Workshops 1
11.45 - 12.45 Lunch
12.45 - 14.15 Workshops 2
14.15 - 14.45 Coffee break
14.45 - 16.15 Workshops 3
16.15 Close

Day One - Workshops

1. Interactive WhiteBoards for language teachers – facilitated by Kevin Westbrook, Director of training, Pete Sharma Associates Ltd.

This is a taster session for teachers who want to understand how this sometimes contentious equipment can be used effectively to improve language teaching. It is aimed at teachers with no or limited experience of IWBs and will cover some basic principles, some more advanced techniques, and concrete examples of its application in the language classroom. You will have the opportunity to use interactive whiteboard software to practice some of the techniques you have learned.

2. Best practice with Moodle/VLEs for language teachers – facilitated by Kevin Westbrook, Director of training, Pete Sharma Associates Ltd.

As with any teaching tool, virtual learning environments should be used not as an end in themselves but as a means of improving the learning and teaching experience. This workshop is aimed at those teachers who want to learn about the use of VLEs in language teaching and will not only give an insight into best practice when using VLEs, but also show how the use of VLEs can help promote best practice in language teaching in general. *You will have the opportunity to use the popular, open-source VLE, Moodle to find out how easy it can be to use.

3. Interactive video creation for language immersion: putting choices and actions into words - facilitated by Julien Hamilton-Hart, University of Swansea

The creation of online video adventures in the target language, immerses students of foreign languages in word and action associations. The creation of video adventures involves the choices and stages inherent in completing any given action. By creating one-frame videos with Jaycut’s online video editor and hyper-linking the videos with annotations in YouTube, the student creates a linguistic situation that simulates the same linguistic pathways and associations as those involved in a real action. Once completed the video adventure can be deployed as a learning tool for others to use. This workshop will take participants through the creation of a simple online video adventure for language learning.

4. Understanding digital literacy for Higher Education, facilitated by Fiona Harvey and Lisa Harris, University of Southampton

What are digital literacies? What do we mean as educators and researchers when we talk about digital learners and education and research for 21st century? Fiona Harvey and Lisa Harris will run two interactive sessions exploring ideas around the issues that are raised for all of us as citizens in a digital society with particular reference to Higher Education. The sessions are informal and hope to stimulate debate and create resources to help us evaluate the best approaches for education and research. There will be an opportunity for collaborative working, using web based tools, within the session.


Provisional Programme Day Two- 27 January 2011




09.30 - 10.00


10.00 - 10.40

Impact of the digital world on research and students (exact title tbc)

Claire Warwick, University College London

10.40 - 11.20

Language Teaching in Blended Contexts

Margaret Southgate, Open University in Wales

11.20 - 11.45


11.45 - 12.45

Parallel session 1:

Apps for mobile learning: from theory to real world application

Caroline Moore

LearnAhead Ltd


Rethinking the employability agenda in languages through technology Filippo Nereo

University of Manchester


ePresessional: a blended approach to delivering pre-sessional courses in EAP for international students

Julie Watson and Steven White

University of Southampton


Technological diversity: an investigation into language learners' technology use inside and outside the classroom.

Billy Brick and Tiziana Cervi-Wilson

Coventry University


What HumBox did next: stories of open humanities resources in action

Kate Borthwick

LLAS, University of Southampton


Language Learning in the Virtual World of English City: Using LanguageLab.com to Support International Learner Identity

Michael Thomas

University of Central Lancashire


 Lunch, exhibition and technology showcase


Parallel session 2:

The Online Discussion Board for Translation - An Undergraduate MFL Perspective for the Study of Italian and Russian

Andrea Zhok and Elena McNeilly

University of Bristol


Using a social networking site to facilitate tandem language and culture learning

Cathy Howard

University of Surrey


The Use of technology to facilitate inter and extra Classroom interaction for learners of Portuguese as an additional foreign language

Antônio Márcio da Silva and Lúcia Rottava


Using Social Media for peer-feedback in a translation class: a case-study

Benoît Guilbaud

Manchester Metropolitan University



Blog as a Tool to Develop Cultural Awareness in a Medical Spanish Programme

Ana Nino Alonso and Sandra Torres,

University of Manchester


Students’ Experiences and Attitudes towards Using Social Networking Platforms in a Turkish EFL Context

Zeynap Ersin

Yıldız Technical University, Turkey


Enhancing student engagement and motivation through games based learning

Mark Stansfield, University of the West of Scotland


Closing remarks

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University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Additional Information

This is a fee paying event. When registering please specify in the comments section of the registration form which days you wish to attend.

•   Early bird rate extended:
£150 for both days
This applies to registrations and payments made by 23.59hrs on 8th December 2011

•   Standard:
£200 for both days
£125 for one day

•   Concessionary rates available for Postgraduate students:
£100 for both days
£75 for one day
We will require the name and contact details of your tutor when submitting your registration form.

Please note that we reserve the right to retain half the registration fee if you do not notify us by Friday 13 January 2012 that you are unable to attend.  Full details of our charging policy are available.