Future Focus 2011 - Programme


9:30 - 10:00 Registration

Freshly baked Danish pastries with tea or coffee on arrival

10:00 - 10:15 - Introduction & Welcome

Fionnuala Carmichael, Manager - JISC RSC Scotland South & West


10:15 - 11:00 - Keynote Speaker

The Future of Learning is Social!

Jane Hart, Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

Social media are having a big impact on all aspects of our daily life - including the way we work and learn. Jane will explore some of the exciting ways that social media is changing the way we think about learning, and its future in higher and further education.

11:00 - 11:30 - Freshly brewed tea & coffee with biscuits


11:30 - 12:15 - Focus Sessions - Session 1

Focus Session 1a - Who needs social media?

Ever effervescent and insightful, Pauline Randall's session will take you through some of the better known and less well known social media tools and look at the ways they can be used in an educational setting, whether for marketing to potential students, keeping up with alumni or facilitating learning.

Focus Session 1b - Sign On Screen Using Technology to Overcome Communication Barriers

Gordon Chapman will showcase Sign On Screen, a new remote video communication service for British Sign Language (BSL) users. With the mainstreaming of front facing cameras on mobile phones and iPads, this on-line video interpreting service will provide quick and easy access to BSL interpreter service and will allow BSL users to tailor the way they use interpreters to suit their needs.

Focus Session 1c - Check Out the Coolest of eBooks!

Even the simplest of eBooks is more than a digital version of a conventional printed book. Access is improved in terms of portability and storage. The advantages of being able to personalise the publication should not be underestimated both for accessibility reasons and for general educational use. Add to that the opportunities to enhance eBooks with multimedia and social software applications and the possibilities will astound you. The RSC's Joan Walker and Mark Clark will demonstrate how you can maximise the benefits of existing services available in libraries and learning resource centers, introduce you to some stunning multimedia enhanced examples, and take a sneaky peek at what developments are just around the corner.

Focus Session 1d - The Doctor will see you now.... In 3D!

Medical education is an area of rapid incorporation of computer based technology aiming at the enhancement of the user's experience and at a higher level of knowledge acquisition.

Dr Vassilis Charissis has developed prototype 3D and VR educational systems for The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is currently funded by the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to develop and evaluate a knowledge acquisition system for GP and allied health professionals based on highly detailed 3D anatomical models. Other than aesthetically pleasing, these models are anatomically accurate through collaboration in their construction with medical professionals and cross referencing with medical imaging. Combined with an intuitive interface, user trials have indicated an increase in user understanding and information retention in comparison to the traditional techniques.

Dr Charissis is currently investigating through a pilot web application project the feasibility of full transferability of this system in a web-based environment accessible by the end user anywhere. This pilot stage is primarily aimed at GPs in Scotland with view to national transferability with a wider target group.

VR anatomy and pathology could also be used for surgical rehearsal and acquisition of patient consent. Wouldn't it be nice if you knew your doctor could practise your operation in VR prior to performing it? And would you not like to see what is planned for you prior to signing on the dotted line?

The future of medicine is virtually here.

12:15 - 13:00 - Focus Sessions - Session 2

Focus Session 2a - Build Your Own Blocks: Looking at Making Networkable Games

Since 2006, the Consolarium at Learning and Teaching Scotland, in partnership with local authorities and schools have been using commercially available computer games in Scottish curriculum. These games offer a stimulating learning resource for use in the classroom that sit within the cultural framework of today's learners. This presentation will illustrate some of the Consolarium success stories and ask why these games have had such an impact in Scotland's classrooms. However, it is not just Game Based Learning the Consolarium have been engaging with, but Game Design. The Consolarium have been rolling out a program of support in this area in order for all learners to become creators, not just consumers of digital content.

Focus Session 2b - Using Mobile Technology to support and engage learners

This presentation from Carol Walker will demonstrate how mobile technology and the growing range of apps can be used in innovative ways to provide portable and often reasonably priced solutions for learners. Carol will have lots of mobile technologies on show and will be able to talk about examples from the Further and Higher education sectors to excite and inspire you.

Focus Session 2c - Using the Workplace as the Training Resource - Augmented Reality Approaches to Delivering Workplace Learning.

In this session, Keith Quinn will demonstrate how augmented reality can be used in the workplace for in situ training. Keith has recently run a pilot with Glasgow City Council, where new staff use augmented reality to discover and access learning resources, while exploring the workplace. PSPs (handheld gaming consoles) enabled a low cost solution for this augmented reality approach and you will have the opportunity to use these while trying the concept for yourself during the session. This approach could be applied to a variety of scenarios within education and student placements and there will be an opportunity at the end of the session for questions and discussion.

Focus Session 2d - If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!

The digital revolution is creating new ways to engage with music, transforming music-making opportunities in the classroom and wider musical environment. While learners are increasingly engaged with music outside the classroom, evidence indicates learners are increasingly disengaged with formal music education. Focusing on educational potential, Gianna Cassidy will encourage delegates to use digital technology as a tool to create new opportunities to inspire and engage learners with music in educational contexts. This session will be music to your ears!

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch: Buffet selection with juice


14:00 - 14:10 - Afternoon Introduction

Fionnuala Carmichael, Manager - JISC RSC Scotland South & West


14:10 - 15:15 - Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Gavin Oattes, Managing Director, Tree of Knowledge

Ready to jilt your job? Are you exhausted with education? Prepare to be challenged by Gavin in the way that you think, learn and work. Renowned for uplifting and entertaining keynotes that leave you feeling energised and enthusiastic, Gavin recognises the power of fun and humour in the workplace. A perfect tonic for a Friday afternoon!

15:15 - 15:45 - iTech Awards Ceremony

and the winner is .... find out if your institution will be carrying home an iTech trophy! As a finale to the day the RSC will be awarding the very best of the west in Scottish education for Innovative use of technology in learning and teaching.

15:45 - 16:30 - Wine & Chocolate

Stick around afterwards for an opportunity to mingle and chat over a glass of sultry shiraz or chilled chardonnay and indulge in a chunk of Green & Black's chocolate - probably the best end to a conference in the world ;)

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