We’re making the final touches to the programme to ensure the event will be a delightful Learner Experience! In the meantime, check out the announced sessions at #iEdTech17!

Day 1
11 Nov 2017

Panel: Multiple Perspectives on Learner Experience Design

This panel discussion brings together a teacher, Chair of school Governors, edtech company and a learner association to discuss how lessons, resources and planning might be designed around the needs of learners, whilst engaging the best of instructors' expertise. This session will be recorded for The Edtech Podcast, with representatives from School21, Harris Federation, Detective Dot and the British Dyslexia Association.
What will you get out of this session? Understand how educators and edtech companies are addressing specific learner needs though practical and creative processes.
Sophie Bailey

Recognising, developing and credentialing digital literacies

Digital literacies are plural and context-dependent. Instead of taking definitions, models, and frameworks off-the-shelf, these should be co-created in, and tailored for, your particular situation. In this session we'll explore ways to develop digital literacies in yourself and others. We'll then learn how to capture them using Open Badges. This is an introduction to both digital literacies and digital credentials. No prior experience or knowledge is required or expected.
What will you get out of this session? The confidence to develop digital literacies in staff and students, and an insight into how Open Badges can be useful in this context.
Doug Belshaw

The best of classroom practice and the best of social media come together

Inspire and engage pupils using a new collaborative platform In this workshop we will look at the evolution of learning technologies vs social media and identify why a combined approach is valuable for the industry, in particular the engagement of learners and the safe development of digital and social literacy. We will then create a real-time social learning community and look at the interaction this offers learners and the organisational benefits to staff. What will you get out of this session? A new perspective on the opportunities and threats surrounding the future of ed-tech, plus a free voucher to launch a community at your school.
Jonny Driscoll

Creating a Good User Experience in Education

Having a user-centered design approach when creating a new service, in this case education, is key. The talk will cover concepts to help you create a good user experience, and we'll discuss methods we use daily to push our products and services forward, and to ensure they’ll succeed and stand out.
What will you get out of this session? A foundation in how to create an enjoyable, end-to-end user experience for your students
Amit Patel

Curating digital resources and planning for the year ahead

Practical advice on how to harness the power of social media by curating links and ideas with social bookmarking and note taking services. This presentation will look at practical ways teachers can curate digital resources they find via social media with free tools such as Flipboard, Pinterest, Storify, Google Keep and Autodraw to plan for the year ahead.
What will you get out of this session? Raised awareness of the power of social bookmarking tools to curate useful links and ideas they come across online.
Joe Dale

Personalised learning: Is EdTech up to it?

Intelligent tutoring systems provide unprecedented opportunities to respond to every learner’s individual needs. But just how capable are these technologies at simulating the behaviours of a human tutor? How personal can a virtual learning experience ever be for a student? And what does it all mean for teachers? This talk reviews the opportunities and threats posed by these technologies and, in doing so, brings the human dimension of learning into sharp focus.
What will you get out of this session? Attendees will be challenged to think about the human elements of personalised learning, and the extent to which they are served by technology.
Junaid Mubeen

Data matters: what can data tell us about learner engagement?

Data is big news, described as ‘the world’s most valuable resource’ on the cover of The Economist this year. Nevertheless, it is difficult to get excited by something as intangible as data analytics, right? Wrong! This presentation shares insights into learner engagement with online language learning materials based on data from Cambridge’s Learning Management System, and discusses implications for educators and learners alike.
What will you get out of this session? Insights into what data analytics can tell us about how learners engage with online language learning materials.
Caroline Thiriau

Empowering learners to take centre stage in the virtual classroom

How engaged are your learners during your live virtual classes? Live sessions in virtual classrooms can be one-dimensional and teacher-centred, with groups of passive learners listening to a ‘sage on the stage’ talking head. We listened to the experience of our trainers and learners, and have identified ways to enable the learner to be at the centre of the learning experience. We’ll share techniques for overcoming some pitfalls of the virtual classroom for both content and teaching.
What will you get out of this session? Whether you’re a teacher, content developer or course designer, this session will help you reflect on your own use of live virtual classrooms. We’ll discuss how they can boost the learning experience you’re offering, and you’ll come away with some practical tips and tools for engaging and inspiring your learners.
Bindi Clements

Why AI matters for Education and how Education matters for AI

AI is everywhere but mostly it is invisible. When it is not invisible it is almost always seen as technology. But AI is about intelligence, both Artificial and human (HI). In this talk I'll explore where the right blend of AI and HI might be for Education and how we can create it.
What will you get out of this session? An understanding of what AI has to offer to Education.
Rose Luckin

Reading Screens – the principles of legibility for a digital world

The talk will begin by establishing the models by which humans make sense of words and images. The focus will be on digital displays and electronic modes of communication and will draw on examples from educational websites and applications. Ed will cover the core principles of layout, typography, naming, feedback and form design to give attendees the fundamentals of how to make the written word more effective.
What will you get out of this session? A foundation in the core principles of designing effective UX.
Ed Jones

The Future of Assessment in English Language Teaching

What, how, when and where do we test people’s English Language skills? How will it be different in the future? This workshop looks at how this field is changing in the digital landscape, what opportunities exist and showcases some products we are working on to give you an insight into our current thinking. It is also the chance for you to input into this exciting discussion and give us your feedback on our ideas. What will you get out of this session? An insight into how Cambridge Assessment English expects testing in the field to change, having had an opportunity to give their input.
Karen Barns

Virtual Reality and Interaction Design for Education

Virtual reality (VR) is becoming increasingly prevalent in a range of fields, including medicine, entertainment and language teaching. Providing users with choice and control, it can also capture spatial audio, increasing the sense of immersion. 360-degree video has significant potential but designing for immersion means designing for context, interaction and experience. We will consider these implications and look at the new skillset required to best take advantage of the affordances of VR.
Paul Driver

Creating UX labs and conducting quick studies

We’ll demo a portable UX lab that can record, broadcast, tag and mix several video and audio inputs on the fly, and present a research methodology that allows quickly introduce UX to the product team and stakeholders. What will you get out of this session? You’ll learn how quickly incorporate UX into product development through a a portable UX lab.
Konstantin Samoylov

Learner experience design consultancy drop-in

Drop in and speak to the ELTjam Directors about how to improve the experience you provide for your learners. Whether you are a teacher, a budding entrepreneur, a materials director or an employee at an educational organisation, ELTjam’s learner experience design framework offers a step-by-step approach to help you design learning experiences that solve real learner problems, improve outcomes and make learning more enjoyable. Come and find out how.
Tim Gifford

Digitalising the student card

As universities continue to invest in IT infrastructure for the future, a common discussion point is digitalising the student card. During this workshop we will review the current technologies available, and the pros and cons of implementing this change across campus.
What will you get out of this session? On completion of the workshop, attendees will be fully informed about the different types of technology available, paving the way for more digitalised campuses.
Brad Vanstone

Build your profile and increase your influence with social media

Launching and updating social media channels is easy. But ensuring they effectively engage with your audience and meet your business objectives is a bit more challenging. Whether you're an educator, a professional, a business owner, or an aspiring entrepreneur, understanding how to optimise your social media channels is not only essential in helping your company grow, but also arms you with the skills you need for the future. If you're looking to raise your personal profile (or your school's profile), build on your professional development or you simply wish to learn more about the power of social, pop into my clinic and ask me anything. There's no such thing as a stupid question.
What will you get out of this session? Deepen your understanding of social media by thinking about the WHY opposed to the WHAT. - How can I generate more sales? - What's the best way to reach new customers? - Where should I spend my time to get the most return? Whatever your concern, you have the opportunity to speak with Rebecca one-on-one and tap into her social expertise. So be sure to bring your questions!
Rebecca Fordham

The ‘invisible’ learner: being learner centred in the digital world

In a world where more and more people are gaining access to education through technology, contact time between teachers and learners is becoming more difficult to achieve. My talk will touch on the challenges this presents in creating a language learning app and outline some of the practices we employ at busuu to not only maintain contact with our learners, but to use their feedback to shape what we do next.
What will you get out of this session? An insight into finding and acting upon learner feedback on a language learning app; some ways of keeping in touch with your own remote learners.
Harriet Ballantyne

Using a startup approach to mobile learning design

The talk starts with introducing WeChat as a lifestyle mobile app, and the challenges of using it as an educational tool. It goes on to articulate the pedagogy of Connect Academy: Community of Practice for career exploration (learning as being, belonging, experiencing and doing; combination of alignment, imagination and engagement). The final part explains its start-up approach to learning design: solve a real problem, MVP and learning as primary indicator for each experiment. What will you get out of this session? A framework for a start-up approach to learning design: never stops asking (1) what is the real world problem I am trying to solve? (2) What is the minimum requirement?
Minji Xu

How to make mobile learning work. Practical hints and tips on the use of BYOD in the class

Modern learners are called by some 'the net generation' or 'digital natives' referring to the ways the students cope with reality around them, study, work and build social networks. There are myriad ways of working with the current generation, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) might have potential to help students increase their skills. This talk will present the pros and cons of the BYOD trend, and introduce ways to integrate mobile learning into daily lesson planning and syllabus design.
What will you get out of this session? This session will allow participants move from the traditional classroom approach to a more innovative one with using SAMR model of technology integration. Attendees will be provided with some examples of Device Neutral instructions for classrooms and language lesson plans with BYOD examples.
Eva Kilar

Choosing and evaluating digital tools and resources for your classroom

Do you find it confusing to choose the best digital learning products and tools for your classrooms and your learners? This talk will present the Digital Product Evaluation Criteria currently under development by Cambridge Assessment English, which aims to help foreign and second language teachers make informed digital choices for their teaching and learning contexts. We will explore three research-based principles we believe are crucial to consider when evaluating a new digital tool or product. What will you get out of this session? The knowledge and confidence to make informed digital choices for your language teaching and learning contexts.
Roisin Vaughan

EdTech for Teacher Training and Development

Most EdTech is positioned toward students: courses, apps and other tools to help young people learn particular topics. But what can ed tech do to improve the ongoing learning experience of teachers? This talk will focus on the potential of online courses to help teachers continue their own learning. In particular, it will look at how online courses can enable cross-disciplinary conversations, increase the diversity of voices, and allow teachers to personalise their professional training.
What will you get out of this session? An introduction to online courses for teacher training; the theory and pedagogy of social learning; benefits of social learning for teacher CPD.
Katherine Weber