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eLearning Symposium – Humans and the machine

LLAS

The 11th LLAS eLearning Symposium was held on January 21-22 at the University of Southampton. The Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) is part of Modern Languages at Southampton, and this annual event has become an established fixture for the language-teaching community to come together and share their work.

The event ran over two days and featured contributions from teachers and researchers around the globe. Our keynote presentations from Professor Sian Bayne (Edinburgh), Teresa MacKinnon (Warwick) and Scott Windeatt (Newcastle) covered the day-to-day place of technology in our teaching: from the perspective of how machines can help us in teaching and a manifesto for online teaching; through how social media and technology can help in building a career in languages and drive change, to how computers can be used in assessment and the effect on teacher education. Our presenters all showed us good examples of how we can embrace ‘the machine’ in our professional lives and offered inspiring examples of how this might happen. See all the keynote presentations at: https://www.llas.ac.uk/livestream.

Many conversations were had over the two days, with contacts being made, ideas being shared, and inspiration being ignited. We saw workshops on tutoring MOOCs, harnessing students as agents of change and using cool tools (Pinterest) in education. These themes ran through our paper presentations too, as we heard about different aspects of running and embedding MOOCs in traditional teaching; the use of social media for effective learning, and ideas on how students can influence and have an impact on course design. It was an inspiring and enjoyable two days and you can see more about the event here: http://www.scoop.it/t/e-learning-symposium.

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