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Ebooks and Econtent 2012 First announcement

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E-books and E-content 2012:

Econtent2012.com <http://www.econtent2012.com/>

Ebooks and Elearning. University College London, 10 May 2012, 10.00 to
17.00

This is the next event in the series which has been held under the
auspices of University College London Department of Information Studies
for the last three years. The theme in 2012 will be supporting learning
and e-learning.


Student expectations of their education are increasing worldwide, in
line with their own increasing investment, and this is especially true
of the learning resources needed to support and complete a course; so
that students not only expect that material will be easily and cheaply
available, but that it will also fit into their digital world of IPads,
e-readers, and laptops. The ambition of students, publishers and
universities alike is the delivery of ebooks and econtent to a
proliferation of mobile devices to suit the user. It serves to ensure
that all students have access to the same learning content at the same
time and at their convenience rather than having to depend on the
vagaries of library lending or availability of second hand copies. But
there are many barriers to this perfect world: it begs many questions.
Who is responsible for delivering for this process? Who builds and
manages the platforms on which the econtent resides? How should the
content be structured and is it always the best way to deliver all
content. Where does the source material come from and who pays? Should
it be free or paid for by the students or the library?


There have been a number of pilot programmes examining these models such
as the global initiatives funded by Elsevier, the development of new
technologies to support learning on screen, the development of course
and content databanks and emerging standards such as Epub3 to support
new multi media developments.


Ebooks 2012 will explore the questions behind the increasing uptake of
econtent to support learning and through a mix of experts,
educationalists and others with an interest in the topic. It will be of
keen interest to librarians trying to understand their role in the
processes which apply to learning support staff, to learning
technologists who need a better understanding of econtent and how it can
be deployed and academics interested in what undoubtedly will be a key
component in the future education.


The programme will include keynotes from Leslie Lees, Vice President of
Content Development Ebrary <http://www.ebrary.com/> and David Ball Head
of Academic Development Services at Bournemouth University
<http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/>, whilst Jill Taylor-Rowe of the
University of Newcastle <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/>, Avtar Natt of BPP
University College of Professional Studies <http://www.bpp.com/> and
Anne Worden of Portsmouth University <http://www.port.ac.uk/> will
present case studies of their respective institutions. Publisher input
will come from the European Director of innovative e-textbook supplier
Coursesmart <http://www.coursesmart.com/> and Alan Nelson of elearning
developer Nelson-Croom <http://www.nelsoncroom.co.uk/>. Other agreed
speakers include Graham Bell of Editeur <http://www.editeur.org/> who
will address the new Epub 3 format and its applicability (or not) to
elearning and multimedia and Kate Worlock of publishing consultants
Outsell <http://www.outsellinc.com/> who will detail the emerging
etextbook scene.


Registration fee: 110 per delegate

Registration form: click HERE
<http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/e-books/ebooks2012regform.doc> to
download the registration form.

Venue: The JZ Young lecture theatre, with registration and reception in
the Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer lecture theatre. Both venues are in the
Anatomy Building, Gower Street.
Map link: <http://www.ucl.ac.uk/locations/ucl-maps/map2_low_res>

Programme: To be finalised
Please click here
<http://river-valley.tv/conferences/ebooks-econtent-2011> to view
previous presentations.


For further information, please email
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