Learning Resources Conference 2012:
Discovering New Horizons in the Digital Landscape Thursday 8th November 2012
The JISC Regional Support Centres (North West & Yorkshire & Humber) are proud to present this year’s annual Learning Resources Conference 2012, with keynote speaker Dr Andrew Eynon. The focus of this year’s conference will be on the proliferation of digital technologies and their potential for transforming the way we deliver learning. Who it is aimed at? The Learning Resources Conference 2012 is targeted at librarians, information professionals and learning technologists who are looking for new ways to exploit appropriate technology to promote resources and support learning effectively. Venue
This year the conference will be held at the prestigious Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester (http://www.mosi.org.uk/).
Description All staff have an instrumental role to play in embedding core digital skills in order to empower students and peers with the skills and confidence they need to use digital technology safely and effectively, not only to support their learning but also in the workplace and everyday life. Whether it’s developing critical thinking skills when searching and reviewing web sources, raising awareness about sharing and acknowledging information online, or championing digital inclusion by offering 24/7 access to online sources. This event will provide delegates with a range of interactive workshops where delegates can explore how digital technologies are being developed to provide a responsive and exciting library experience. There will also be an exhibition area for delegates who want to keep abreast of the latest developments with e-‐resources and an opportunity to network with suppliers and peers. Keynote Dr Andrew Eynon (Library & Learning Technology Manager, Coleg Llandrillo) Sample Workshops 1) Get Connected -‐ Using Google tools to work together – Mark Ayton If you’d like an efficient way to collaborate with remote colleagues, survey the needs and perceptions of your customers, or have a “social space” to keep learners informed, Google tools can provide an easy solution.
This workshop will provide hands on experience of Google Docs for collaboration, Google Forms for conducting surveys and an introduction to Google Sites. 2) 23 things, an introduction -‐ social networking tools for CPD – Anthony Beal 23 things is a programme which encourages librarians / information professionals to investigate social media tools for themselves and to discover their potential for continuing professional development (CPD) by using them and reflecting on them. It provides a supportive, online, network of fellow professionals with common interests. During the workshop you will have an opportunity to examine the programme, how it could work for you and some of the tools covered. There will also be a chance to reflect on and discuss the potential benefits of social media in CPD and in your work role. 3) A Belt and Braces Approach to Promoting Safe Behaviours in the Library – Deborah Judah This workshop will provide an overview of how the RSCs can support you with issues around e-‐Safety in the library. In small groups you will explore a variety of contextualised scenarios ranging from how to address cyberbullying to reinforcing safe and responsible behaviour in learners and there will also be the opportunity to share good practise with peers on how to address common issues. 4) "Do your book issues weigh the same as 3 elephants?" – Colin Taylor (Rotherham College) Inspired by the trend in ‘Infographics’ Rotherham College learnt that their gate entries last year matched the population of Iceland,
and it would take someone 347 years of full time work, if they alone did all the study in the service during that time, and that their book issues were taller than 2 Empire State Buildings! Find out such amazing facts about your service and how this can be used for marketing both to students and management. 5) eBooks & eResources: Where do we go from here? – Emily Armstrong & Chris Skerrow (Hull College) In this workshop Emily Armstrong & Chris Skerrow from Hull College will talk about their experiences with eBooks and lead a group discussion on eBook usage and promotion -‐ what works well and how do you know it's working? 6) Managing your Digital Footprint – Scott Hibberson The days when our personal and professional lives were clearly defined ended with the advent of social media when we started to leave digital footprints all over the internet. Now many staff and learners, often managing multiple digital identities, are struggling to establish boundaries and develop positive digital identities that promote safe and responsible behaviour online. This workshop looks at how staff and learners can manage their digital identities by exploring the benefits and pitfalls of applying social media to teaching and learning.