Flipping the Institution: Higher Education in the Post Digital Age (APT Conference 2015)

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This year’s APT (Academic Practice and Technology) conference is entitled “Flipping the Institution: Higher Education in the Post Digital Age” and will take place on the Tuesday 7th July 2015 on the world heritage campus at the University of Greenwich.

From the conference website:

Once I began thinking in terms of waves of change, colliding and overlapping, causing conflict and tension around us, it changed my perception of change itself. In every field, from education and health to technology, from personal life to politics, it became possible to distinguish those innovations that are merely cosmetic, or just extensions of the industrial past, from those that are truly revolutionary.Alvin Toffler - The Third Wave (1980)

‘Flipping the Institution’ will debate the revolutionary v. cosmetic polemic and consider the pedagogical and technological innovations that have impacted on higher education over the past decade, and continue to do so. If we have entered the post-digital age, characterised by transitions of practice and redefining of the individual’s relationships with technology, and perhaps by the assertion of Nicholas Negroponte in 1998 that the ‘Digital Revolution is over’, what is its impact on higher education, and to what extent does this shape the future of our institutions?

We are seeking papers, innovative workshops, presentations and engaging debates that address one or more of these questions:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges for educational institutions heading towards 2020?
  • What does it mean for higher education to be in engaging in a post digital age?
  • What does it mean for the learner of the future and of today?
  • What does it mean to be a connected learner and a connected institution?
  • What is the impact of ‘disruptive’ technologies on the student and academic experience, and on learning, teaching and assessment?
  • What are challenges for pedagogical design and development in a post digital age?
  • What are the emerging practices, tools and approaches that may enhance student learning?
  • What is the role of research and evaluation in the post digital university?
  • What are the impacts for learners, for practitioners and for the institution of the waves of ‘disruptive’ or ‘transformative’ change brought about by flipped classroom, MOOCs, learning analytics, global competition and social media?

Closing date for submissions is: Monday 2rd March 2015

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About Simon Walker

Simon Walker, a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, is the Head of Educational Development at the University of Greenwich, responsible for developing university policy and strategy on learning and teaching, and professional development for academic staff. He is currently director the Students as Change Agents UK Network ( http://www.hei-flyers.org/wordpress/). He led a number of national Technology Enhanced Learning projects working in Higher Education, schools and colleges including director of the Digital Literacy in Higher Education project (http://dlinhe.ning.com/), director of (BECTA) International Baccalaureate e-Learning Laboratory (iBEL, )deputy director JISC (DEL) eLISA project; deputy director: JISC (D4L) eLIDA CAMEL project, For 9 years he was programme leader for the Professional Development in Technology Enhanced Learning certificated framework. He was a founding member of the original CAMEL model, which continues to be used to support the work of many innovative national projects (http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/camel/). Simon’s research and publication lies mainly in the development and evaluation of learning design, and he is a co-author of the Larnaca Declaration on Learning Design (http://www.larnacadeclaration.org/). In 2012 he led a University of Greenwich team as part of a university consortium, coordinated by the Open University to develop the first MOOC on Learning Design (http://www.olds.ac.uk/home). He is a co-director of the eCentre for Learning and Innovation Research (http://www2.gre.ac.uk/research/centres/ecentre), which convenes the annual Academic Practice and Technology (APT) international conference, now in its 12th year: https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/ecentre . He established Compass: the Journal of Learning & Teaching) in 2009 as a means to raise the profile of teaching and learning, and e-learning. The journal is now in its 11th issue and available online (https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/compass . A keen cyclist I lead the university’s Bicycle Users Group.
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