e-learning symposium 2015

Date: 22 January, 2015 - 23 January, 2015
Location: Avenue Campus, University of Southampton
Event type: Conference

Location map

Come and celebrate our 10th anniversary!


In January 2015, we are celebrating our 10th elearning symposium and we have a fantastic event lined up for you - so please join us! 

Keynote Speakers in 2015 are :
Sara Pierson, Head of English for Education Systems and Chris Cavey, Product Development Consultant, British Council  - "Strategy and impact: lessons the British Council is learning from running MOOCs"

Marion Sadoux, Director of the Language Centre, University of Nottingham Ningbo - "10 years on, challenging 10 venerable Assumptions about Languages and e-Learning"

Benoit Guilbaud, University of Manchester - "Connected practice: a language tutor's journey through digital and networked technologies"

We will also have papers presented by colleagues from all over the world on topics including :
Mobile language learning using WhatsApp  /  Digital tools for cultural engagement during the Year Abroad  /  Motivation in MOOCs  /  Using wikis for real-life translation projects and for language learning  /  Screencasting for pronunciation and assessment  /  Twitter for Italian  /  Computer-based assessment for languages  /  Digitising the EAP classroom  /  E-portfolios  /  Literature and language learning  /  Tutoring different numbers and different levels on MOOCs  /  Online interpreting  /  Open educational practice  /  Blended tandem learning  /  Listening skills at distance

and workshops on :
Digital video-making  /  Telecollaboration techniques  /  Tips for effective online discussions  /  SpeakApps tools for online speaking practice

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.



We are pleased to advise that again this year, the e-learning symposium has 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!

You can also access the Guidebook app from your computer at :  https://guidebook.com/om/guide/30212/

LLAS publishes free, open access ebook to celebrate 10th elearning symposium

LLAS (Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies) in ML has just published a free, open access ebook: ’10 Years of the LLAS elearning symposium: case studies in good practice’. This edited collection celebrates the 10th anniversary of the elearning symposium and features contributions from practitioners across the UK and the world. The book includes case studies and reflective pieces which showcase good practice in the use of technology for language teaching and learning. Many contributors to the ebook will be speaking at elearning symposium.

Download the book from: http://research-publishing.net/publications/10-years-of-the-llas-elearning-symposium-case-studies-in-good-practice/

Provisional Programme 

(Click here to download full programme)

Day one – 22 January 2015

09:30 – 10:15      Registration, tea and coffee
10:15 – 10:30      Introduction to day
10.30 – 11.35      Welcome from the Vice Chancellor of University of Southampton, Professor Don Nutbeam           Plenary Keynote 1 – Sara Pierson and Chris Cavey, British Council - 'Strategy and impact: lessons the British Council has learnt from running MOOCs'
11.40 – 12.40      Parallel Sessions A
12.45 – 14.00      Lunch
14.00 – 15.00      Parallel Sessions B
15.00 – 15.45      Showcase, Photo Booth, tea and coffee
15.50 – 16.50      Parallel Sessions C

17.00 – 15.00      Drinks reception, launch of ebook and Photo Booth
19.00 – 15.45      Conference Dinner at Cenos Restaurant

Day two– 23 January 2015

09:15 – 09.45      Registration, tea and coffee
09:45 – 10:00      Welcome
10.00 – 11.00      Plenary Keynote 2 – Marion Sadoux, University of Nottingham Ningbo - '10 years on, challenging 10 venerable Assumptions and Languages and e-Learning'
11.00 – 11.30      Tea and coffee
11.30 – 12.30      Parallel Sessions D
12.30 – 13.30      Lunch
13.30 – 14.30      Parallel Sessions E
14.45 – 15.00      Prize Draw
15.00 – 15.45      Closing Plenary Keynote 3 - Benoit Guilbaud, University of Manchester - 'Connected practice: a language tutor's journey digital and networked technologies'
15.45 – 15.15      Close

Conference Dinner - Thursday 22 January 2015 - Places limited, register soon!

The conference dinner will take place at Ceno's, which is conveniently located next door to the Highfield House Hotel. 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:

Shredded lamb, crunch salad, Mongolian sauce
Pate, onion chutney, thyme toasts
Baked mushrooms, goats cheese, wild muschroom bruschetta, aioli
Tempura tiger prawns, sweet chilli

Crispy duck confit, duck rosti, rosemary carrots, redcurrant gravy
Chargrilled salmon, crispy pancetta, warm lentil salad, confit tomato, basil
Slow cooked pork, potato fondant, winter greens, apple sacue, crackling
Roasted vegetable, white bean and lentil hash, carrot puree, greens, onion gravy

Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, ice cream
Vanilla creme 
brûlée, fruit compote, shortbread
Warm chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce, chocolate ice cream
English cheese, water biscuits, crostini

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

Fee : £40.00


Look back at e-learning 2014

Please see our website and our Scoop.it page for information about last year's event: http://www.scoop.it/t/e-learning-symposium

See the videos and presentations from last years symposium 


REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON : Monday 19 January 2015 - all registrations and payments must be made before this time to secure your place.

Early Bird rate EXTENDED (up to and including 24/12/14) Standard (from 25/12/14 to 19/01/15 inclusive) Concessionary rates (available for Postgraduate students)
£185 for both days £225 for both days
£130 for one day                                                                   
£110 for both days
£65 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 9 January 2015 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.  Please mention, when booking, that you are attending a University of Southampton event to receive discounted rates.