This Year's Conference

EAN Annual Conference 2014

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John McIntyre Centre, University of Edinburgh

The 23rd EAN Annual Conference

2nd – 4th June 2014

University of Edinburgh

John McIntyre Conference Centre

Scotland, UK









Hidden Potential or Hollow Promise?

Can Technologies Deliver Wider Access and Success in Higher Education?

Higher education is changing, with the development and application of new technologies driving much of this change. For those of us concerned with achieving wider access and success a key concern is whether these changes can help or hinder our efforts. Can innovation accelerate progress, or will it have no effect or even worse, negative impacts?

The following presentations from the conference are now available:

How Are Technologies Changing the Landscape, Dr Albin Wallace, Director of IT & School Development, The Education Fellowship

Using Technologies to Deliver Wider Access in Post-secondary Education - ideas, challenges, and success, Mike Feerick, CEO & Founder, ALISON

E-Pathways Towards Equal Opportunities: Good Practices and Big Challenges, Blazenka Divjak, Vice Rector, University of Zagreb

Open Learning: A Brilliant Idea - Extended, Mike Sharples, Chair in Educational Technologies - The Open University, Academic Lead - FutureLearn

Maggie Woodrow Memorial Lecture:

Beyond the "Effortless Acquisition of Superficial Information" (Woodrow, 1999) - Equity of Access to Higher Learning for Adults, Maria Slowey, Dublin City University

Parallel Paper Sessions available:

James Lamb, University of Edinburgh: Context and criticality in course design: using digital technology to support academic transition into higher education

Neil Speirs, University of Edinburgh: Computer anxiety, digital literacy and widening participation

Emma Thomas, James Cook University, Australia: Virtually there? Motivations, constraints, and mediations for widening tertiary access via technologies across Australia's regional North

Ghada Awada & Abir Abdallah, Beirut, Lebanon: The use of Wiki and Google Drive in a public school;
PowerPoint slides available here.

More from the conference:

Podcast: Interview with Dr Tom Mortensen discussing regressive government policy consequences for low income students in the US , by Andrew Ferrier, Greenwich University, UK

Poster presentation: Professional development for online instructors engaging in multicultural equity pedagogy, by Sara Schoen, University of Minnesota, USA