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Beyond the Red Tape, Are the needs of governments, institutions, and learners inherently at odds with e-learning?

Why do many teachers and lecturers feel reluctant to use IT in their courses? Is it just an aversion to trying out new things, are they afraid of technology, or do they have justifiable reasons based on their teaching practices? Are the Government and educational institutions doing enough to support and promote e-learning, or do they actually hinder its adoption? Are things like traditional exam methods to blame? Or is it the measures by which teachers are externally audited?

All these and more will be discussed at 'Beyond the Red Tape'! This is a
premier event in the e-learning calendar, with the Beyond series going
back 10 years. This is your chance to engage in debates with key policy

Speakers and chairs include:

* Martin Ripley (Head of e-Strategy at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority);

* Niel McLean (Executive Director, Educational Prcatice, BECTA);

* Claire Fox (Director of the Institute of Ideas);

* Dom Antony Sutch (Radio Four presenter and former Headmaster at Downside School);

* Philip Pothen (JISC);

* Keri Facer (Director of Learning Research, Futurelab);

* Mary Barker (Managing Director, NILTA);

* David Perks (Teacher at Graveney School);

* John Cook (Research Fellow, London Metropolitan University);

* and four students (two A-Level and two Undergraduates)

There will be three plenary speakers and two debates based on the motions:

"Should technology revolutionize education?"


"Attitudes not policies are stifling innovation in educational uses of technology"

Cost: 20.00 students; 80.00 academics; 200.00* commercial - to cover coffees, teas, and lunch.

[* includes fee for publicity inserts into delegates' packs]

N.B. On the 7th April you may also wish to attend the conference 'The Shock of the Old: Implementing Innovation' also held in Oxford. Details at:

Date: 08 April, 2005
Venue: Said Business School, University of Oxford
Event website:
Contact email:

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