Like in previous years, what strikes me is the sense of collaboration and willingness to give back to the region that permeates the presenters’ attitude. Yet again, the organising team were swamped with suggestions for presentations. We are very thankful to all those who submitted a proposal and particularly grateful to those who will be presenting.
A key message from last year still resonates with us. The event was an e-learning strategy in itself where just under 200 hundred delegates gathered to see, over 30 presenters showcasing the good work that they do with technology in their organisations. It’s an e-learning strategy that learning providers would do well to emulate because they are not presented by technologists, but by sector specialists who have embraced the use of technology in their day to day work.
In the last two years, we have added a different buzz created by the themed exhibitions that we have managed to attract. The theme of our e-Factor 2013 is It’s all about… Motivation! Both presenters and exhibitors have once again been asked to show how the people they serve, their customers, students and staff are motivated by their work and their technological solutions.
Judging by the programme this year, e-Factor 2013 is bound to be as successful. We are delighted that Cathy Walsh, Principal and CEO of Barking and Dagenham College, has agreed to join us with the role to participate in the showcases during the day, in order to give her reflections in the plenary session in the afternoon.
Showcases and exhibitions will cover virtually all and sundries of what’s important to the FE and Skills world in terms of technology planning and deployment. Some of the titles of the presentations can give a flavour of what to expect:
- Online resources
- Augmented reality
- Mini Moocs
- eILPs in ACL
- Mobile phones for teaching
- Personalised learning environments
- e-learning for WBL
- iPads and education
- Netbooks and learners
- Mobile phone Moodle
- Tracker in Moodle
- Mobile learning
- Digital professionalism & e-Safety
- Blended learning in ITT
- Flipped classroom
- Avatars and animations
- Learner creativity
Most of what’s being presented has been identified by the Jisc RSC London team throughout our engagement with the region over the year. We are well aware that learning providers in the region are at different stages of their technological development. We know that bringing these showcases under one event is a great opportunity for staff from all levels of learning providers in the sector to see for themselves how innovation with technology is being achieved to tackle key organisational challenges.
If this was not enough, an array of exhibitors will bring you up-to-date solutions currently successful in London providers.
- Klick Computing
- Newham New Horizons
- Planet PC
- VLE Support – eTracker
- Also confirmed to attend e-Factor are:
- Smart Assessor
- Softcat Ltd
Thanks to the exhibitors again, we will be able to offer a raffle prize at the end and a drinks reception.
This is our fifth edition of our e-Factor. The growing attendance, targeted exhibitions, sector showcases and learning provider participation all contribute immensely to the success of such events.
The Jisc RSC London team are all looking forward to welcoming our delegates there.
Graciano de Santana Soares
Regional Manager, JISC RSC London