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Beyond the Learner: Student and Government Perceptions of the E-Learning Experience

Organised by Oxford University's Learning Technologies Group and sponsored by the JISC Committee for Learning and Teaching (JCLT), this conference aims to let education managers, Learners, Vendors and ICT Developers debate high level questions about the desirability and direction of e-learning.

This event will discuss, at a high level, the student and Government perceptions of e-learning. In particular what do learners actually think of e-learning? Do they respond well to it, or do they see it as a cheap and inadequate replacement for more prized learning experiences such as face-to-face contact? Will student reaction against e-learning build up? How thought through are Government policies towards e-learning? Is there sufficient funding being pumped into this area, or is there too much money being used to chase the E-learning holy grail which could be put to better use elsewhere?

These questions and many more will be discussed, debated, and maybe even answered in the one-day colloquium "Beyond the Learner: Student and Government Perceptions of the E-Learning Experience". For the last nine years Oxford University has organised a series of successful events which have discussed the place of technology in the spheres of learning, culture, and society and 'Beyond the Learner' continues this.

The event will also include a lengthy debate on the motion:

"This house believes that Government promotion and investment in e-learning is justified"

Speakers so far include:

Alison Wolf, Institute of Education;
Margaret Bennett, DfES;
Martin Oliver, UCL;
Chris Weavers, NUS;
Keith Lindsay, Researcher/Consultant.

There will also be a panel session in the morning with student representatives giving a frank and honest opinion about e-learning. This will include:

Andrew Chennery (A Level Student, Kemnal Technical College)
Dagan Lonsdale (3rd year, Medicine, UCL)
Richard Coomber (lifelong and online learner, and sports journalist)

Date: 16 April, 2004
Venue: Said Business School University of Oxford
Event website: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/events/beyond2004/
Contact email: stuart.lee@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk

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