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The Shock of the Old 3: Designing and Developing for the Disciplines
One-Day Conference on Educational Technologies

University of Oxford
Said Business School
24th July 2003, 9:30 - 17:30

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The Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services held the third annual one-day conference on educational technologies on July 24th at the Said Business School, Oxford.

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Grainne Conole
Research and Graduate School of Education
University of Southampton
Professor William Dutton
Director, Oxford Internet Institute
Oxford University

Shock 3 exploreed issues involved in creating materials and tools for disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and/or generic use. We discussed such questions as:
  • What kinds of technologies are best suited to teaching and learning in the sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences?
  • Are truly generic or completely non-disciplinary materials possible (or desirable)?
  • In seeking to make generic tools might we be imposing the methodologies of one discipline onto another?
  • How can discipline- or subject-specific materials be adapted for different disciplines or subjects?
  • What differences are thus exposed or created in the underlying teaching (and research) practices?
  • Conversely, can disciplinary differences expose methodological assumptions in the technologies?
  • Do disciplinary differences affect the ways new technologies are best integrated into teaching practice?
  • Are proprietary solutions and "corporatization" of learning technologies shaping the way subjects are taught? If so, is this leading to increased or decreased choice and flexibility?

  • In addition, we'll be finding out about exciting new projects in process.

    The setting was the beautful new Said Business School, conveniently located across the street from the Oxford Rail Station.

    • Conference Programme •
    (talks' slides available online)

    Information is also available for Shock 2002

    Learning Technologies Group
    Oxford University Computing Services
    13 Banbury Road
    Oxford OX2 6NN
    Tel: 01865 273221
    Fax: 01865 273275

    Picture credits: 'c.1958 science class'. Taken c.1958 by an unknown photographer. London College of Fashion. Obtained through the VADS online catalogue. Image from 'Metal Ions in Solution', part of the Virtual Chemistry site, Dept of Chemistry, University of Oxford.