E-learning has rapidly become part of the fore front of education, with a number of institutions providing an exemplary platform for digital education which loses no ground when up against traditional learning. Recently, The London Institute of Banking & Finance lecturers; Trevor Russell and Wendy Chowne, whom was recently elected to the EDEN NAP Steering Committee, attended the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Conference to research the benefits of both distance and traditional learning:
'The European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) hold an annual conference drawing together many educational institutions from across Europe and more globally. This year the Conference was held in Jonkoping, Sweden, a beautiful and modern city at the southern tip of Lake Vattern in south west Sweden.
The Conference theme was 'Diversity Matters' providing an excellent platform for the Keynote Addresses and individual presentations to explore research into how digital technology will draw learners from every background and culture into a lifelong involvement and participation in the development of their individual knowledge and skills.
Key speakers noted how digital technology is increasing our ability to reach learners globally - the Open University was cited as an exemplar of that ability to reach out and engage learners from a multitude of backgrounds across many geographic locations. However, equally, the challenges of digital learning, teaching and assessment were also acknowledged both for the academic community and student cohorts. New skills are needed by both teachers and learners to fully and successfully, embrace the new delivery platforms. Several Conference presenters noted their student’s preference towards a more 'blended' approach mixing both digital and more traditional learning delivery mechanisms.
Throughout the four days conference attendees shared experiences, concerns and ideas which provided an excellent platform from which to take those discussions back to individual universities and educational institutions to explore with their own colleagues and student cohorts.'
- Trevor Russell, University Lecturer for The London Institute of Banking & Finance
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