I'm delighted to be involved in this year's JISC Innovating Elearning 2009 Online conference which is entitled Thriving, not just surviving. This year’s conference theme reflects the challenges facing further and higher education in the 21st century and it will features keynotes by Charles Leadbeater, Nigel Paine, and ELESIG members Helen Beetham and Rhona Sharpe. There are a variety of other sessions under two themes, each running over two days.
I will be facilitating a session on 24th and 25th November in Theme 1: "Develop me! Support me! Engage (and retain) me!" with Becka Currant, Neil Currant, Neil McKeown.
The session is about the excellent work that's been and is being done at Bradford to support and introduce new students to the University, before they arrive, as they arrive and as they settle in. A Ning social network has been used to encourage students to talk to one another and to staff during induction, as well as special eportfolio features and learning objects to ease transition.