Positively Disruptive 2010

Positively Disruptive

7–14 January 2010

More networking, more keynotes, more workshops, for less cost, less effort...

Daily address and 24/7 academic input from Professor Gilly Salmon.

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The Beyond Distance Research Alliance welcomes you to participate in our Fifth International Conference under the title of Learning Futures. This year's event will be exclusively online so you can take part from wherever you want and at whatever time suits you!


Keynotes and papers will be presented via a browser-based Elluminate web classroom; other e-tivities can be done anytime on our conference site. All you need is a computer connected to the internet, speakers, optional microphone and the eagerness to learn and share with e-learning practitioners around the world.

We may recognise ‘too late’ the impact of innovation ... because it may shake up sustaining (even good) practice ... or be too risky ... too challenging ... too difficult ... unproven. Therefore, to greet the second decade of the 21st century, we invite you to explore positive disruption for learning from a variety of worldwide perspectives and themes.

"The aims of wide access, high quality, and low cost are not achievable, even in principle, with traditional models of higher education based on classroom teaching in campus communities." Sir John Daniel, March 2009


Economics: why waste a good crisis?

Economic challenge can be an opportunity to create solutions and methods that are less expensive, cleverer, and better than before!. The economic crisis may be just the opportunity e-learning has been waiting for to show that it has come of age.

Opening the e-doors to learner generated and open content: contributing or shrieking?

The open education movement can be polarising, but whether you love it or hate it, it looks as if it’s here to stay. Let’s have some healthy debate here.

Learning from the learners: do they know?

Today’s learners can exercise greater choice over what to learn – and how to learn it – than earlier generations, and are more demanding customers. The role of learner experience in shaping the content and the delivery of the curriculum has been debated for decades. Do we have innovative answers for the 21st century?

Personalising the info-cloud: rain or sun?

Today’s learners have amazing opportunities to personalise their learning and work informally with each other. Worries for HE include security risks and loss of privacy. How can we make the benefits outweigh the risks?

Silos in universities: can you make the connections?

Is your quest too complex? Innovation in universities can be  hindered by lack of communication between and even within departments. Success stories happen when individuals employ creative strategies to bridge the gaps. Tell us yours!

Learning from failure: if you had your time again...?

Often the most valuable data is gathered when things don’t go according to plan. Time to share, time to expose, time to learn from each other...

Geo-everything: we know where you are - where are you going?

GPS, mobile learning, Google Earth – what is the future for learning in this virtual global village we inhabit today? Tell us how you’re deploying it.

Second Life for the Second Decade: are we human or are we avatars?

Second Life sometimes reflects First Life and sometimes contradicts it. Image and Build! Establishing an online identity is key to collaboration – can your avatar tell us how? 

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