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Shock of the Old 7 Conference : Web 2.0 and the Connected Future


1. The Shock of the Social

Thursday April 3rd 2008 Said Business School, University of Oxford

1.1. Registration

[Programme][Venue and Accomodation] [Previous Shock of the Old]

The Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services is pleased to announce its seventh annual one-day conference on educational technologies. (see previous Shock of the Old conferences).

News 27/3/2007: Final Programme announced, including early bird sessions.

News 20/3/2007: The Shock of the Old Conference is now fully booked

Shock 7 will explore the issues arising from an increasingly connected future. The rise of online content-creation tools, personalised information services and new rivals to institutional learning spaces presents both an opportunity and challenge to educational technologists. How can we make the best use of these exciting new opportunities for teaching, learning and research?

Figure images/shock2008_logo.jpg [Shock 7 conference logo]

Can we, and should we, integrate Web 2.0 personal technologies used by the socially networked learner?

The connected future has arrived and we are now seeing a rapid expansion of internet use within our personal and social lives, with the increasing ability to pick and choose where we as individuals and educators create our own information environments. Is there now an implicit challenge to institutional services, educators and learning technologists to compete and offer equally compelling learning tools and spaces for our students? Can education keep pace with the fast development of technology in an era of social tools?

if the connected future has arrived, can education keep pace?

Conference themes

Papers will address the following broad areas:

Topics include:

The technologies and their implications for teaching and learning

Embedding the technologies within institutions

Embedding the technologies within institutions


Presentations will be 25 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

1.2. Booking Information

The conference booking system is now closed.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the price:90.00 (academic); 200.00 (commercial); 40.00 (members of Oxford University and/or students). There will be a wine reception in the evening at the conference from 5pm to 7pm.

More information will be added to this site as conference details are confirmed. If you have any questions, please contact the coordinator:
Peter Robinson

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