A half-day conference for educators looking at the practicalities, possibilities and potential pitfalls of online learning.
About this Event
The circumstances of the last year have thrust online learning into the spotlight as never before.
Suitable for educators of 11-24 year olds, this half-day conference is run by TechPathways London in collaboration with the Association for Learning Technology. Participants will have the chance to hear from experts, explore resources and plan the next steps on their digital learning journey.
10:00 Orientation and welcome
10:30 Vision talk: Sheila MacNeill
11:00 Blended learning & BlendEd
Blended learning is a mix of traditional in-person learning with a teacher in a classroom and interactive learning activities using digital technologies, often from home. In this session, the Connected Learning Centre will explore the principles and pedagogy of blended learning. Participants will also have a chance to explore the new BlendEd site, a programme of free professional development and resources for teachers to support blended learning pedagogy.
11:45 Teaching online using copyright protected material
In this invited talk Chris Morrison and Dr Jane Secker, co-chairs of the ALT Copyright and Online Learning Special Interest Group (CoOL SIG), discuss the challenges and practical solutions of teaching online using copyright protected material. They will explain the value of licences and copyright exceptions as legal ways of sharing content, and provide guidance on good practice in managing copyright related risk.
12:15 Digital accessibility is grown up now – but how mature is it?
Digital Accessibility has come of age. 21 years after the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were launched, they are now the legal "accessibility requirement" for public sector websites. This includes thousands of local authority websites and hundreds of universities and colleges. And is not just the externally facing website, it's the learning platform, the library platform, the intranet and all the resources sitting on all these platforms.
Being involved in digital but knowing nothing about accessibility is a bit like being involved in catering and knowing nothing about allergies. It matters.
In this session, Alistair McNaught an independent consultant with 16 years experience in the field, will introduce digital accessibility in an interactive session that focuses on the human experience and pragmatic approaches.
12:45 Reflective session: key take-aways and action planning.