LLAS 11th annual e-learning Symposium 2016

Date: 21 January, 2016 - 22 January, 2016
Location: University of Southampton
Event type: Symposium

Location map | Event report

Humans and the machine: best practice in using technology for language teaching

In January 2016, we are celebrating our 11th elearning symposium and we have a fantastic event lined up for you - so please join us! 

Keynote Speakers in 2016 are:
Sian Bayne, Professor of Digital Education, University of Edinburgh @sbayne
Teresa MacKinnon, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick @warwicklanguage
Scott Windeatt, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

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 :  http://guidebook.com/guide/57332

We will also have papers presented by colleagues from all over the world on topics including :
MOOCs for cultural studies and language teaching  /  Telecollaboration across borders / Student-teacher roles in MOOCs / open source games / language learning and Facebook / CLIL and effective use of technology / Virtual tools to support the Year Abroad / Tablets in teaching / Technology and effective feedback / Apps for language learning / Students as agents of change in online course design / Integrating MOOCs with face-to-face teaching / open educational resources / Technology and post-humanist education / Use of web tools to engage students / Academic writing to a mass audience via a MOOC / Using effective discussion boards for less widely used  languages

and workshops on :
Tutoring for a mass audience (on MOOCs) / Using Pinterest to develop independent learning skills / How to engage students as agents of change


A provisional programme is now available to download here.  Please keep checking the website for updates to the programme.  Abstracts are available by clicking here

More information about the event:

LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies will hold its 11th annual e-learning symposium on 21/22 January 2016. 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 e-learning 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. The two-day symposium comprises a practical mix of workshops on authoring tools and e-learning 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 e-learning. We highlight best practice in using e-learning and feature an exciting mixture of research and reflection from practice to inspire our community.

A downloadable poster can be found HERE

Look back at e-learning 2015

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

Have you downloaded our free, open access ebook?

In 2015, LLAS (Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies) 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/


REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON : Monday 18 January 2016 - all registrations and payments must be made before this time to secure your place.

Early Bird rate (up to and including 22/12/15) Standard Concessionary rates (available for Postgraduate students)
£185 for both days £225 for both days (from 23/12/15 onwards)
£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 before Friday 8 January 2016 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.

Conference Dinner - Thursday 21 January 2016 - Places limited, register soon!

The conference dinner will take place in the Blue Room Restaurant at the University of Southampton, Highfield Campus. A delicious three-course set meal will be served :

Oak Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream, Capers and Watercress Salad

Seasonal Mushroom and Dolcelatte Cheese Tart with Balsamic and Thyme Shallot (v)

Pan Fried Breast of Chicken, Truffle Fondant Potato, Shallot and Red Pepper confit & Tarragon Cream
Mille Feuille of Pesto Roasted Vegetables with Crumbled Feta Cheese (v)

Classic Bakewell Tart with Creme Fraiche and Raspberry Coulis

Fairtrade Coffee and Petit Fours


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

Fee : £35.00 (includes a glass of wine with your meal)

Please advise if you have any dietary requirements at time of registering.

Event reports

Parallel session recordings

The recordings of the parallel sessions can now be viewed online.


Due to technical difficulties some sessions are not available. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Download/view presentations from the symposium

  • Using Discussion Boards in Teaching Advanced-Level Russian. Olga Helly - Lecturer in Russian, Regent’s University, London Download PowerPoint
  • Glasgow-Gaza Collaboration across Borders. Ania Rolinska – University of Glasgow SlideShare Presentation
  • MOOC 'Cultural Studies and Modern Languages: An Introduction'. Gloria Visintini - University of Bristol Download PowerPoint

  • Leeds-York project: using Padlet for collaborative learning and peer review (CEFR B1-B2 Levels). Lorena Lopez, University of York and Ricardo Michue-Bendez, University of Leeds Download Presentation