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BeyondTheoryConference 2003


9.30-10.00 - Registration

10.00 - Welcome: Stuart Lee, Head of the Learning Technologies Group, University of Oxford

10.05-10.30 - Opening Plenary:

  • 'Alone Together - Learning in Higher Education'
  • Professor Angela McFarlane, University of Bristol

10.30-12.30 - Round Table Discussion: 'The influence of educational best practice on ICT in teaching and learning'

  • Andrew Ravencroft, London Metropolitan University
  • Professor David Unwin, Learning Programmes Director, UK eUniversities Worldwide
  • Bill Olivier, Director of the Centre for Educational Technology Interoperability Standards (CETIS)
  • Vijay Kumar, OCW/OKI, MIT

Including a discussion on 'The impetus behind the development of ICT material and major national projects is always one of two things: advances in technology or economic necessity. The needs of education always come a poor third.'

12.30-1.00 - Second Plenary:

  • 'Reclaiming the Teritory'
  • Gilly Salmon, Open University Business School

1.00-2.30 - Lunch

2.30-4.30 - Formal Debate: 'This house believes that commercial Virtual Learning Environments (LMS) provide sufficient facilities for the teaching and learning needs of Higher and Further Education'

(Chair: John Stone, JISC Committee for Learning and Teaching)


  • Tom Franklin, TechLearn
  • Andy Syson, Coventry University


  • Oleg Liber, Bolton Institute
  • Andrew Booth, Leeds University


  • 35 FOR
  • 96 AGAINST




Written by IT Services. Latest revision 26 February 2015