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Understanding the experiences of learners in a digital age

Evolution Suite, Longbridge Technology Park, 1 Devon Way Birmingham B31 2TS
6 March 2008 10:00-16:30

The Experiences of E-Learning Special Interest Group is a HEA funded project for those involved in investigations and evaluations of learners' experiences of e-learning. ELESIG aims to:

  • Identify and exploit the synergies between existing learner experience projects.
  • Build capacity for undertaking learner experience research.
  • Establish a supportive and sustainable network of practitioners who are undertaking learner experience research.
  • Improve our understanding of the skills and strategies needed by learners to participate effectively in technology rich environments and courses.

This first event for ELESIG will bring together practitioners and researchers who have an active interest in evaluating the learning experiences including the JISC Learner Experience projects, University of Bradford’s ALPS CETL, Oxford Brookes University Pathfinder project, and University of Greenwich SEEL Pathfinder project.

This will be a participatory event where you will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience of the learner experience of e-Learning and work with others to identify common themes and issues. All the projects represented and all delegates are asked to contribute something to the event in advance.

This meeting will also help them to establish the needs, aspirations and priorities of the ELESIG community and there will be time for you to suggest strategies for building the ELESIG community.

Provisional programme
10.00    Arrival, registration and continental breakfast

10.30    Welcome
Why should we investigate the learner experience? What could/should be the implications for institutions and their learners?
Rhona Sharpe, Oxford Brookes University

11.00    Scoping the field
Each delegate is asked to bring 7 copies (hard copy with URL if available online) of something which has informed their work on the learner experience. It might be a paper, presentation, project or data collection tool or artefact from a learner.

11.40    Issues and ideas plenary
Facilitated by Rita Headington & Malcolm Ryan, University of Greenwich

12.00    Guest speaker - TBA

12.45    Lunch – networking and viewing of the morning’s outputs

13.45    What do we know about the learner experience?
Rebecca Currant and Carol Higgison, University of Bradford

14.45    Weaving the web – rapporteurs extraordinaire! Including Gráinne Conole and Helen Whitehead to report on their perspectives of the event and ideas for future networking.

15.30    Close of official workshop

15.30    Tea, networking & planning meeting. Project team and anyone else who is interested to stay to discuss future community activities.

To reserve your free place/s  contact Eric Denning (SEEL Project Administrator) at by Friday, 29th February 2008 at the latest. Telephone queries may be made on 0208 331 9948

Contact Name:
Eric Denning (SEEL Project Administrator)
Contact Telephone:
0208 331 9948
Contact Email:

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