e-learning symposium 2014

Date: 23 January, 2014 - 24 January, 2014
Location: Avenue Campus, University of Southampton
Event type: Conference

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The Future is Now! So come and hear about it…

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? If so, then the e-learning symposium is for you!

LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies will hold its 9th annual elearning symposium on 23/4th January 2014. The aim of the symposium is to seek to bridge the gap between the ‘techie’ and the teacher, giving educators ideas to help them integrate elearning into their practice but also to inspire them to see where the online future could lead. The symposium is always well-attended by practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and institutions, and keynote speakers are live-streamed. Following last year’s successful event, the two-day symposium comprises a practical mix of workshops on authoring tools and elearning techniques and presentations to inspire the mind with exciting ideas about the possibilities that online learning offers. We offer attendees a range of content from areas of more specific interest to our core LLAS community, to topics of wider interest to educators involved in elearning. We highlight best practice in using elearning and feature an exciting mixture of research and reports from practice to inspire our community.

Main themes for the 2014 symposium are:

  • Engaging in CALL research
  • MOOCs: how and why?
  • Technology in language learning: the view from schools
  • Creating apps for language learning
  • Best practice in telecollaboration
  • Open educational resources
  • The use of innovative tools in language teaching
  • Online assessment
  • Use of mobile technologies for language learning

Keynote speakers in 2014 are:

Professor Jozef Colpaert, Vice-chairman of the Institute for Education and Information Sciences, Director of Linguapolis Language Institute at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.  @JozefColpaert

Joe Dale, independent Modern Foreign Languages and technology consultant @joedale

Professor Hugh Davis, Professor of Learning Technologies and University Director of Education at the University of Southampton.  @hughdavis

Dr. Marina Orsini-Jones, Associate Head of Department, English and Languages, Coventry University. @mojcudel

Live streaming of keynote speakers:

For those of you who cannot attend the symposium, we will be live streaming the keynote speakers at: https://www.llas.ac.uk/livestream


  • To view the live streams you will require Microsoft Silverlight. To check your computers comparability and to install Silverlight please click here http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx
  • Please note: whilst viewing this livestream, you may experience technical issues when speakers are displaying video in their presentations. Audio quality should be unaffected.

e-learning symposium fringe

These video presentations have been created by presenters in the LLAS community who cannot attend in person:

The influence of mobile phones on student autonomy – Simon Cooke (Tohoku Institute of Technology), Adrian Leis (Miyagi University of Education) and Akihiko Tohei (Sakura no Seibo Junior College, Fukushima), Japan

Let’s Get Virtual! Embedding experiential learning and teaching in international postgraduate education – Silke Reeploeg (University of the Highlands and Islands) and William Frost (University of Sheffield).

Enjoy their work and contact them if you have any questions!



This year, the e-learning symposium has gone mobile! We are trialling a conference app, Guidebook, which gives you access to the full symposium programme and abstracts, build your own schedule, create your to-do list and access maps of the conference venue. Click here to find out more and try it!

Provisional Programme 

Day one – 23 January

09:45 – 10:15      Registration
10:15 – 10:30      Welcome
10.30 – 11.15      Keynote 1 – CALL research  - Professor Jozef Colpaert – Antwerp University, Belgium - How can I determine for myself which technologies to use, when, where and how?
11.20 – 11.50      Parallel Sessions A





Open Educational Resources  and language teachers’ professional practices -  Tita Beaven -  The Open University

How to make Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) widespread in Higher Education: A model for implementation  -  Gloria  Visintini -   University of Bristol

Is there a place for the use of computer assisted translation (CAT) tools in the general language classroom? -  David Pollard - Aston University

Improving oral skills and reflecting on the year abroad with Voxopop, a voice based e-learning tool  -  Sascha Stollhans -   University of Nottingham

11.50 – 12.15      Tea and coffee
12.15 – 13.00      Keynote 2 – Joe Dale – Language Consultant – Combining hardware, software and mobile technologies to support classroom interaction, participation, distance learning and success: what really happens
13.00 – 14.00      Lunch
14:00 – 14.30      Showcase and demonstration
14.30 – 15.30      Parallel Sessions B

The Year Abroad Student as Pioneer : seizing creative learning opportunities through the Year Abroad online – Cathy Hampton - University of Warwick & Alison Dickens – University of Southampton &  Enza Siciliana Verruccio – University of Reading





Using the glossary function on Moodle to create a shared learning resource  - Sibylle RatzChristine Penman - Edinburgh Napier University

Whatsapp: language learning on-the-go - Billy Brick & Tiziana Cervi-Wilson - Coventry University

Community sourcing and wikis in Norwegian and Mandarin language-learning - Christopher Dillon & Margrethe Alexandroni  - University College London

Using learning analytics to gauge information about learners’ interactions with online activities on a French beginners’ course - Hélène Pulker &  Elodie Vialleton - The Open University

Teaching students to type diacritics in a lab setting using Google Documents and the American International Keyboard  -  Julien Hamilton-Hart - Swansea University

Foreign language enhancement through art in higher education: the FLETA project - Beatriz De Paiva &  Teresa Torres - University of Essex

Developing a Mobile app to teach Chinese characters to beginners: pedagogical design, user profile and evaluation – Fernando Rosell-Aguilar & Qian Kan -  The Open University

Usage of wikis and discussions boards to enhance Russian Language teaching - Olga
Helly – Regent’s college London

15.30 – 16.15      Posters

Interactive Weblogs : Breaking Barriers in L2 Writing in the Philippines – Shiela Manzanilla - Southern Luzon State University, Philippines

Training of Pre-Service students in the acquiring of knowledge and skills in the usage of ICT tools - – Rachel Baruch - Achva Academic College of Education

The Development of English Online Learning using Local Cultural Education Resources in Bangkok, Thailand - Panomuang Sudasna Na Ayudhya - Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University

Eseeusee.com based workshop. A horizontal micro-texts cocreation environment to support creative communities and ponder a new authorship model – Beatriz Lopez - UNED

Ubiquitous Lesson Plan: Teaching Languages Beyond Traditional Classroom  - Abdulrahman Alsheail - The Institute of Public Administration

16.15 – 16.45      Parallel Sessions C




The Great Languages Bake Off - Jenny Hayes - University of Sunderland & Andrew Grenfell - Newcastle University 

Free choice of social media as a didactic tool – Daniel Michaud Maturana - Zuyd University & Catholic University of Leuven

Reflections on telecollaboration – Gwenola Bescond & Fiona Lee - Coventry University

17.00 Drinks reception sponsored by Rosetta Stone
19.00 Dinner

Day Two – 24 January

9.15 – 9.45          Registration and coffee
9.45 – 10.00        Welcome
10.00 – 10.45      Keynote: Professor Hugh Davis – University of Southampton - Why Make MOOCs?
10.50 – 11.50      Parallel Sessions D





Digital natives, digital learners? Students’ assessment of the role of technology in language learning – Ruth Trinder  - Vienna University of Business and Economics

Innovation in on-line assessment and feedback – Annie Morton & Catherine Franc - University of Manchester

The Creation and Use of Free Digital Resources Integrated in the Teaching and Learning of Spanish at University Level – Pilar Alderete-Diez - National University of Ireland, Galway

Developing digital Language Learning Strategies collaboratively: OLLE (Online Language Learning Exchange) a Chinese student lead tri-campus Nottingham Advantage Award - Marion Sadoux - University of Nottingham, Ningbo China

Developing self-regulated learners through e-learning – Cathy Dantec - University of York

Interactive, systematic ICT-mediated corrective feedback –Hanne Wacher Kjaergaard - VIA University College, Aarhus, Denmark

‘Promoting Student-Authored Tools in the Spanish Curriculum: The Case of Audiobooks’  - Susana Lorenzo – Zamorano  - University of Manchester

Does the combination of Web 2.0 tools and collaborative learning environments really make a difference in the students' language learning process? - Marcarena Ortiz Jimenez - The University of Sydney 

11.50 – 12.15      Coffee
12.15 – 13.15      Parallel Sessions E

Promoting student engagement with Response technology – Rachael-Anne Knight – City University London





Bossier Parish Community College's Open-Campus : Opening the book on Open-Sourcing Developmental Education  - Allison Martin - Bossier Parish Community College, USA

Students’ perceptions of asynchronous voice discussion tool – Sandra Torres, Esther Heredero &  Maria Alvarez -  University of Manchester

Theorising the a-theoretical: principles underlying the development of a univerrsity e-course for pre-service language teachers - Maria Stathopoulou  - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 

Close your eyes and I’ll tell you what’s going on: Audio description tasks to promote language learning – Marga Navarrete - University College London

Learning Oral Language Skills: can the use of open educational resources in a face to face language course lead to it?  - Marta Giralt - University of Limerick, Ireland & Raul Alfonso - University of Barcelona, Spain 

Online Finnish course for beginners -Riitta-Liisa Valijarvi - University College London

Using Blended Learning to enhance the constructivist approach to language teaching and learning in a multilingual context – Grace Obaigbona - University of Grenoble, France

Using websites as assessments – Tricia Coverdale-Jones - University of Portsmouth

13.15 – 14.30      Lunch
14.30 – 15.30      Parallel Sessions F

Creating subtitling and dubbing activities to learn a foreign language with ClipFlair Studio 
Rocío Baños  - University College London




How and why do Open University language students use mobile devices for language learning? - Valérie Demouy - The Open University

Student-led e-Learning. Turning the ePortfolio into a Social Network amongst first and final-year language students. JC Penet - Newcastle University

Using wikis for translation teaching – Jonas Langner - University of Bristol

The Online Facilitator: Exploring the nature of the role in MOOCs and other online courses - Julie Watson - University of Southampton

Virtual Learning Environments and Blended Learning: Are the Students Autonomous? - Nathalie Ticheler - London Metropolitan University

The King’s Speech Approach to teaching (English) pronunciation - Sibylle Nalezinski  & Jackie Watson - University College London

15.30 – 15.40      Prize draw
15.40 – 16.25      Keynote – Marina Orsini-Jones – Coventry University - Multimodal Multiliteracies: Web 2.0 Intercultural Communicative Competence
16.25     Close

Conference dinner - Thursday 23 January 2014 - Places limited, register soon!

The conference dinner will take place at Ceno's, which is conveniently located next door to the Highfield House Hotel (details below). A delicious three-course meal will be served and you will be invited to choose from the following menu while drinks will be available to purchase at the bar:

Tempura tiger prawns, sweet chilli sauce
Shredded lamb, crunchy salad, Mongolian sauce
Baked mushrooms, goats cheese, gremulata, roasted garlic, rocket

Main course
Daube of beef, baby onions, smoked bacon, mushrooms, olive oil mash
Pan fried cod in Parma ham, leek potato and sweetcorn chowder, spinach, garlic ciabatta
Roasted vegetable, bean and lentil hash, root vegetable puree, greens, onion gravy

Vanilla creme brûlée, peanut butter cookie
Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, ice cream
English cheese, onion chutney, water biscuits, crostini

The meal is a great opportunity to share your work with your peers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Fee : £30.00

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Social media

Tweets about the conference use the twitter hashtag #elearnLLAS. We encourage you to tweet before, during and after the conference to share your experience with the whole community! Follow the conference twitter account @elearnLLAS 
You can view storify summaries of the symposium at: day 1 and day 2

You can also check  the e-learning symposium Scoop.it page at  http://www.scoop.it/t/e-learning-symposium  


We have a range of sponsorship options available.Click on the image below to find out more: 

If you would like to support the event or discuss sponsorship options further, please get in touch
with Laurence Georgin at l.i.georgin@soton.ac.uk or 023 8059 6860.

Like last year, we are organising a prize draw. If you want to offer a prize, please do let us know!


REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON : Monday 20 January 2014 - all registrations and payments must be made before this time to secure your place.

Early Bird (up to and including 20/12/13) Standard (from 21/12/13 to 20/01/14 inclusive) Concessionary rates (available for Postgraduate students)
£150 for both days £200 for both days
£125 for one day                                                                   
£80 for both days
£60 for one day

We will require the name and contact details of your tutor for Postgraduate students when submitting your registration form.

Cancellation charges
Please note that we reserve the right to retain half the registration fee if you do not notify us in writing by Friday 10 January 2014 that you are unable to attend.  We will retain the whole registration fee after that date. Full details of our charging policy are available here.

You may wish to book overnight accommodation at one of the following places. They are located near the University of Southampton Avenue Campus. 
Highfield House Hotel 
Elizabeth House Hotel 
Jury's Inn 
Please note that we are not taking accommodation bookings - these are only suggestions.