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Learning Futures Festival Online 2011 'Follow the Sun' - University of Leicester Beyond Distance Research Alliance

12 April 2011 - 14 April 2011

Beyond Distance and Australian Digital Futures Institute present a 48-hr-straight online conference on the future of learning.

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Terese Bird
8 March 2011

What lasts 48 hours without a break, takes place on three continents and features a chance to visit an archaeological excavation, a nursing school and an oil rig without leaving your desk?

The answer is University of Leicester's annual conference on e-learning, the Learning Futures Festival, organised by the Beyond Distance Research Alliance. Over the course of 48 hours, from 13-15 April 2011, academics and experts across the globe will discuss and debate the use of cutting edge technology in education, including some field trips into the virtual world of Second Life.

Since last year's Learning Futures Festival (the first one that was completely online), Professor Gilly Salmon has relocated from Leicester to the University of Southern Queensland as Executive Director of the Australian Digital Futures Institute. So this year’s event is a collaboration between the BDRA here and the ADFI in Toowoomba* with a venue in Seattle providing additional hosting duties. But you can attend from anywhere in the world!

Keynote speakers include:

  • Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University
  • Charles Jennings, Former Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters, currently Managing Director of Duntroon Associates
  • Terry Anderson, Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, Athabasca University
  • Gardner Campbell, Director, Professional Development and Innovativ Initiatives, Division of Learning Technologies, and Associate Professor of English, Virginia Tech
  • Ron Oliver, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Edith Cowan University
  • Gilly Salmon, Professor of Learning Futures and Executive Director of the Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland

Follow the Sun kicks off at breakfast time (9.00am British Summer Time) in the UK on Wednesday 13 April which is tea-time (6.00pm Eastern Standard Time) in Australia and the small hours of the morning (1.00am Pacific Daylight Time) in Washington State. Britain, Oz and the US each take two eight-hour shifts until the Festival wraps up 48 hours later.

You can try and attend the whole thing if you want, but you’ll need a lot of coffee…

Registration costs £30 (students, £20) at the ‘early bird’ rate which runs up to midnight GMT on 25 March 2011. After that it will cost you £50/£25 so sign up now. Discount for staff of ICDE members.