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Innovating e-Learning 2011

The conference is now over. The presentations are now available  - click on the links below:

You can also view the final reflections from the conference and the evaluation highlights. As a delegate said: 

'I just want to say #jiscel11 was awesome...'

Venue: online, both live and asynchronous


  • Pre-conference activity week: 15th - 21st November 2011
  • Main conference sessions: 22nd - 25th November 2011

Innovating e-Learning 2011, the sixth in the popular series of JISC online conferences, brings together delegates from further and higher education with an interest in technology-enhanced learning and teaching. 

This year’s programme offers more than ever before with two distinct elements demonstrating the advantages of online conferencing. Firstly, the pre-conference activity week, starting on the 15th November, provides a platform for delegates and agencies, such as the JISC Regional Support Centres, to run their own short presentations and showcase events. The main conference then starts on the 22nd November with sessions programmed under two themes, each with its own keynote presentation and plenary. The conference opening keynote is by David Puttnam (Lord Puttnam of Queensgate); and the final keynote is delivered this year by Ewan McIntosh. All sessions in the main conference are live but recorded for delegates who cannot attend at the time. Sessions are also supported by asynchronous discussion forums open to all delegates. 

Themes and programme overview

(View detailed programme)

  Pre-conference activity week
During the week beginning 15th November, a variety of events and activities will provide a lively pre-conference experience. You will need to register early to fully participate in these events. (For more information on how to give a session in this week, see the Activity Week information).
Theme 1: learning landscapes
Advances in digital technology are making possible cross- and inter-institutional initiatives that were previously beyond reach. Theme 1 selects for closer analysis some innovative approaches to assessment and lifelong learning, plus institutional practice that extends our understanding of the potential role of students in curriculum design and delivery. These sessions illustrate the depth of response from UK further and higher education to the continuing need for flexible, efficient and forward-looking learning experiences, aided and enhanced by technology.
Theme 2: navigating pathways
New developments also bring new challenges. Theme 2 explores some of the potential benefits and issues associated with technology-enhanced learning and teaching, including the need for to support the development of sharable resources and high-quality digital literacy skills among staff and students, plus ways of ensuring flexibility and relevance in curriculum design.

What do you look for in a conference?

  • Inspiration: outstanding speakers, new ideas, evidence of challenges overcome
  • Keeping abreast: finding out what’s new and what really matters
  • Fresh experiences: debating with experts, making new contacts, discovering what technology can offer you
  • Variety: hands-on demonstrations, expert presentations, blogging, social and have-a-go areas
  • A chance to think: asynchronous discussions that let you ponder before you reply 
  • Sense of control: participate in as many sessions as you wish (or are able to) 
  • Sense of community: opportunities to chat with others over (admittedly your own) coffee
  • Efficiency and eco-awareness:  reduce your carbon footprint, save time and money
  • Value for money: four days of live expert sessions, plus more in the pre-conference activity week

You can also listen to a special edition of JISC On Air Learning in Transition Radio Show featuring interviews with some of the keynote speakers from the conference.

If you haven’t attended before, the JISC Innovating e-Learning conference offers all of these! Make this the year you join in. Book your place here. Note: it is best to book well before the 15th November, to allow you to make the most of the pre-conference Activity Week