Learning & Teaching Conference 2007 – Managed Learning in the World of Web 2.0
Thursday 20th December 2007
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Over the last eight years there has been much talk about the concept of Managed Learning Environments (MLE). The term was initially coined in 1999 to describe the arrangement in educational institutions which has successfully linked Virtual Learning Environments, like Blackboard and WebCT to student record systems, library records and on-line repositories. As originally conceived MLEs were supposed to offer university staff the possibility of controlling the curriculum, developing reusable learning objects and delivering standardised teaching and learning anywhere at anytime.
In the last two years the notion of institutionally based standard managed learning environments has come into question as student use of Web 2.0 technologies has increased. These Web 2.0 technologies include: MySpace, FaceBook, YouTube, Wikipedia, Blogs, Podcasts, Skype and RSS feeds. For a number of writers and commentators these technologies, when put together in different ways offer the prospect of personalised rather than managed learning environments.
At this conference we will be exploring the issues raised by institutional and individual attempts to reconcile the desire of University teachers and administrators to manage the learning of their students, and the desire of many university researchers and students to manage their own learning. In looking at these issues the conference will attempt to comment on the ways in which these tensions might be reconciled.