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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our annual conference, Research and Innovation in Distance Education and E-learning 2017, which will be held on Friday 24 March.

Our two keynote speakers for this year will be:

Professor Anne Boyer, University of Lorraine, Nancy.

Anne Boyer is a Professor of Computer Science at Université Nancy 2, France. She heads a research team called KIWI (Knowledge, Information and Web Intelligence) at the LORIA laboratory. Her teaching and research interests include recommender systems, user modeling as well as interdisciplinary approaches to personalization of e-services.

Simon Nelson, CEO, Futurelearn.

Simon Nelson is Chief Executive of FutureLearn, the social learning platform and first UK-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

This one day event explores new directions and developments in distance education and technology-enhanced learning. It has a strong research focus and incorporates outputs from the CDE’s programme of Teaching and Research Awards. The programme features seminars, workshops and showcases around three themes: Open Educational Resources, Massive Open Online Courses, and Innovation.

Tickets are priced at £50 with free places for CDE Fellows, University of London International Academy staff and International Programme Community members from Member Institutions. Tickets can be reserved on our booking website.

In Focus: Serious games and gamification >>

The CDE’s third annual In Focus technology symposium will take place at the beginning of 2015 at Senate House, London (date to be announced). Following engaging events on mobile apps and learning analytics we are now moving the focus onto the subjects of serious games and gamification in higher education.

The In Focus symposium features presentations from expert speakers drawn from both public and private sectors, who provide a variety of HE-focused research and case studies. More details will follow in the coming months.

Recent activity

Seminar: Writing course materials and formative assessment for successful flexible learning >>

Audio and slides from our recent seminar looking at writing course design and materials for flexible learning are now available on the CDE website.

Research: Integrating library literacy through distance learning module design >>

Reports from a recent CDE Teaching and Research Award project are now available. The project team from the Institute of Education looked at the impact of integrating library literacy strategies in MA Education distance learning programme.

Blog: Running a technology enhanced learning FAIL faire, and not failing to share and learn >>

“Failure is not a myth. It happens every day with our socio-technical interactions and is one of the most important sources of learning.”

Research: Teaching observations at a distance – the effectiveness of the process and the impact on practice >>

Reports from a recent CDE Teaching and Research Award project with the Royal Veterinary College are now available. The research evaluated teaching observations in face-to-face and distance learning forms.

Research: Open educational resources in distance learning: Adopting a model of open learning in academic practice >>

Reports from a recent CDE Teaching and Research Award project with King’s College London are now available. The research looked at how tutors can identify beneficial educational resources on academic practice from Open and Distance Learning (ODL) environments.


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