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Ravensbourne Digital Futures: Making Connections

Ravensbourne, The Walker Space 6 Penrose Way, London, SE10 OEW
19 January 2011 13:30-19:00

One of the founding fathers of social media, Howard Rheingold, and Euan Semple, blogger and social media guru, will be featuring in an event to explore collaborative innovation.  The afternoon aims to encourage participation and group activity around learning and teaching in higher education for mutual benefit.  The event will also be of interest to all those who wish to explore new ways of engaging young people online and via mobile phones, and new ways to capture attention and stimulate an interest in lifelong learning.  In addition there will be an opportunity to see demonstrations with technologies such as GeoLocate games, 3DTV, Augmented Reality and conversational user-interfaces.  Howard Rheinbold will be presenting his work and the Social Media classroom live from San Francisco.

To see the full programme and to book a ticket (£35 per delegate) go to:

Additional information:

Howard Rheingold

Experimenting in Collaborative Learning and Teaching: The Social Media Classroom
Howard Rheingold has gone back to the lab to create new pedagogies using chat, forums, streaming and other collaborative technologies. Funded by a small award from the MacArthur Foundation Howard worked with a developer to create the free and open source Social Media Classroom ( The classroom will be demonstrated and Howard will give the findings from his experiments with using social media to capture and lead the attention of students, including organising students to take the role of the facilitator of learning at times. 

Presentation style: Howard will briefly run through a screen-shared demonstration of the classroom in action and talk about the affordances of social media for teaching and learning. Again, we can collect questions on a Twitter stream to ask Howard at the end.

Euan Semple
Working Collaboratively for Learning and Business
There has been a fundamental shift in the way we learn. Driven by online social networking tools such as Blogging, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, how we learn from each other and organise that learning has changed forever. Euan Semple will examine what these changes mean for people in business and education, how they represent a new wave of exciting opportunities for 21st century organisations and what lies in store for managers and teachers and the role they will play in the future of business.

Further Information:
Ravensbourne is a world-class digital destination developing talented individuals and leading-edge businesses through learning, skills, applied research, enterprise and innovation.

It is a university sector college innovating in digital media and design, with a vocationally focused portfolio of courses, spanning fashion, television and broadcasting, interactive product design, architecture and environment design, graphic design, animation, moving image, music production for media and sound design. It is a centre of excellence, industry accredited and a Skillset Media Academy. It has a community of approximately 1,400 students.

Ravensbourne has relocated from Chislehurst to Greenwich Peninsula into a purpose built, state-of-the-art building which offers collaborative work spaces, resources for networking, high-tech creative suites and wi-fi access throughout. The building is as much as destination for creative professionals and businesses as it is for students, and is built to the highest environmental standards as part of Ravensbourne’s strategy to minimise its carbon footprint.

Ravensbourne Digital Futures

‘Ravensbourne Digital Futures: Making Connections’ is the first of a series of events under the banner of Ravensbourne Digital Futures.  Each event showcases research and innovation in a particular area of digital technologies.  They will be of interest to both industry and academia and aim to draw together a collaborative community to share and exchange knowledge.


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