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eLearning Symposium 2019 Event

25 January 2019
Building 65 Avenue Campus SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email eLearning Symposium 2019 Team at .

Event details

Following a three-year break, the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton is delighted to invite you to the new re-branded eLearning symposium, previously successfully run by LLAS, the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.


This one-day event will enable participants to discuss innovative teaching and learning practices in the ever-transforming educational landscape, where technology constantly challenges and opens new horizons both to teaching practitioners and learners.

Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton will hold the 12th in a series of e-learning symposia on 25th January 2019. This popular event was formerly organised the LLAS, the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. 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. The one-day symposium comprises practical presentations to inspire the mind with exciting ideas about the possibilities that teaching and learning with technology offer. Attendees will experience a range of content from areas of more specific interest to our core language teaching and learning, 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.


Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words. Topics may include but are not limited to, the use in language teaching or research of:

– social networking sites
– Personal Learning Environment
– Communities of Practice
– mobile technology
– MOOCs and open learning
– blogs or wikis
– open educational resources
– Virtual reality and augmented reality
– Gamification
– virtual learning environments
– online tools or courses
– innovative online learning designs or environments
– autonomous learning
– blended learning
– social media, e.g. micro-blogging (e.g. Twitter)
– student-generated digital content

Short papers from the event will be published as an open access ebook.



Presentations (20 mins + 5 mins questions) should describe and evaluate an innovative use of technology with students in higher education and other sectors. Our focus is language teaching; however, we also welcome proposals related to other disciplines, if the ideas can be generally applied cross-discipline.

This might include examples of student engagement for academic purposes with virtual worlds, social networking websites, open educational resources or other Web.2.0 tools; use of innovative learning designs or creative e-learning environments and methods.


Posters should present work on a particular project or topic. They should summarise the key points and give enough appropriate information for the topic/project to be understood in 5-15 minutes. They should be visually interesting and designed to provoke informal discussion of the topic/project amongst colleagues.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31st October 2018 and will be assigned a session on receipt of conference registration and fee. If you have any questions about this call for contributions please email us at: before 5th October 2018.


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Speaker information

Prof Sara de Freitas,Murdoch University,Sara has worked as an educator, researcher and senior executive in four universities in Australia and the United Kingdom, most recently as Pro Vice Chancellor at Murdoch University, leading on cross-university curriculum change, blended learning and transnational education. Before working in Australia, Sara was Director of Research at Coventry University, UK, where she founded and developed the Serious Games Institute, bringing together commercial and academic partnerships to fuel regional economic growth. Her research findings are published in seven books and over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and technical reports (with over 7,000 citations). Sara is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and sits on over 60 international programme committees and advisory groups, and has undertaken over 120 international keynotes, presentations and public lectures in four continents.

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