Beyond Digital Natives - Oxford University Conference

1. Beyond Digital Natives: Old Problem, New Systems

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April 4th 2008, Said Business School, University of Oxford


Time Speaker and Subject
10:00 Coffee in reception area
10:30 Welcome, Introductory talk and Interactive audience session
11:00 Students panel session - Don't teach me, help me pass exams
12:00 Joan K Lippincott - The march of the digital native in the US
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Sugata Mitra - The computer in the wall project
14:30 Debate

Proposition: This house believes that the continuing introduction of new technologies and new media adds little to the quality of most education.

For: Ajit Jaokar & Rose Luckin

Against: Brian Kelly & John Fazey

15:55 Final vote
16:00 Close


Biographies of speakers

Joan K. Lippincott

Joan K. Lippincott is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint project of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. CNI, based in Washington, DC, is an institutional membership organization that advances the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. She has been with CNI since 1990.

At CNI, Joan has provided leadership for programs such as New Learning Communities, Assessment of the Networked Environment, Working Together, and collaborative facilities and learning spaces. She has written articles and made presentations on such topics as networked information, learning spaces, collaboration among professional groups, assessment, and teaching and learning in the networked environment. Her chapter on “Net Generation Students and Libraries” in an EDUCAUSE book on Educating the Net Gen has received wide distribution. She is past chair of the editorial board of College & Research Libraries News and is on the board of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

Joan previously held positions at the libraries of Cornell University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and SUNY at Brockport. In addition, she worked at the Research and Policy Analysis Division of the American Council on Education and the National Center for Postsecondary Governance and Finance at the University of Maryland.

Joan received her Ph.D. in higher education policy, planning, and administration from the University of Maryland, her M.L.S. from SUNY Geneseo, and an A.B. from Vassar College.

Additional information is available at:

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is UK Web Focus, a post funded by the JISC and the MLA which advises the UK's higher and further education communities and museums, libraries and archives sector on innovative technologies, standards and best practices to support use of the Web. Brian has been active in promoting the benefits of the Web since January 1993 when he helped to set up a Web site at the University of Leeds - possibly the first institutional Web sites in the UK higher education community and one of the first 50 Web sites registered at CERN.

Brian encouraged the take-up of the Web within the UK higher education community during 1993 and 1994 - a time when many institutions appeared committed to making use of Gopher to provide this campus wide information system. In 1995 he moved from the University of Leeds to work as the senior trainer for the Netskills training organisation, based at the University of Newcastle. A year later Brian moved to UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information management based at the University of Bath.

Over the past two years Brian has been active in promoting the benefits which Web 2.0 can provide to the higher and further education communities. As well as giving many talks around the country Brian also set up the annual Institutional Web Management Workshop series, which has been running since 1997.

Brian's publications are available at the URL Brian also posts regularly on the UK Web Focus blog which is available at the URL

Rose Luckin

Rose Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at the London Knowledge Lab and a Visiting Professor in the Informatics Dept. at the University of Sussex. The aim of her research is to increase our understanding of the process of learning with technology and to use this to design technology effectively to stimulate curiosity, maintain engagement and foster creativity. Rose is particularly interested in the development of participatory methods to engage learners and teachers in the process of designing technology to fit their needs and to enable them to access the range of resources within their environment that might effectively scaffold learning. She is also a founder of the Ideas Lab at the University of Sussex and the Learner Generated Contexts research group hosted by the LKL. She is an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow and a member of the Becta Board.

Prof. Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK.

Prof. Mitra works in the areas of Cognitive Science, Information Science and Educational Technology. He has been working on these areas as well as on Physics and Energy for more than 30 years.

His contributions include a number of inventions and first-time applications. Among other applications, he is credited with having started the database publishing industry (particularly the Yellow Page industry) in India and Bangladesh, as well as having implemented the first applications of digital multimedia and Internet based education in India. His experiments (often referred to as “The Hole In The Wall” experiments) with children and the Internet have been reported worldwide since 1999.

His current research interests include technologies for remote and rural education, distance education, instructional robotics, self organizing systems, and collaborative systems on the Internet.

John Fazey

John Fazey is an Oxford University Visiting Lecturer with responsibility for the Institute’s Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Having led a similar Higher Education Academy accredited programme for over 12 years at the University of Wales, Bangor, he was instrumental in spreading the course to five other Universities in Wales. His role at the Institute includes a close collaboration with other Institute staff in the enhancement of the current four stage programme for development in learning and teaching at Oxford.

Originally trained in the teaching of Physical Education and Mathematics, John worked in schools, the youth and community service and colleges. He also held honorary appointments as the National and Olympic Coach in wildwater canoeing for 15 years. Having completed graduate training in Sport Psychology he took a Ph.D. in experimental psychology and developed the research oriented degree programmes in PE and Sports Science at Bangor. His teaching and research backgrounds have combined to give him a particular perspective on the purposes, principles and practices of higher education. That perspective, that understanding is the relationship between the person and the world in which he or she operates, informs his major interest in how people (especially university students and staff) can be helped to become adaptive, expert learners.


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