Sandra Sinfield suggested we create a Blog as a place where we can share information about conferences and events about to happen and our reflections on conferences we've been to.

This is an experiment. Please contribute and suggest how we can make it better.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

LMBS conference

International Conference on Corporate Responsibility
Corporate Responsibility and Global Challenges
August 25-27, 2010
Centre for Corporate Responsibility
London Metropolitan Business School, London
Call for Papers
The conference is intended to provide a leading international forum for presentation and discussion of research in corporate responsibility and sustainability. We welcome contributions from researchers, practitioners, community representatives, and anyone who has a perspective on these issues.
Theme: Global Challenges for Sustainability and Equity
The fashionable language in CSR circles has for a while now centred on sustainability. However, one party’s idea of a sustainable strategy may easily conflict with other stakeholders’ priorities. The notion of sustainability seems under-examined, its meaning taken for granted. Further, as important as the long view is, there is a danger of other equally important markers of human development being sidelined, such as equity, meaning fair or just outcomes. Which begs the question ‘what is fair or just’?, and ‘who gets to decide what is equitable’?

Among the areas where the rhetoric of sustainability and the demand for equity are proving challenging are the financial crisis and climate change; issues demanding coordinated responses at a global level, yet equally any ‘solutions’ need to be locally relevant and equitable. In these and other areas issues of economic power, political influence and competing ethical perspectives seem embedded in any attempt to develop sustainable strategies and undoubtedly shape what counts as equitable. With these challenges in mind we need to explore and conceive innovative approaches to social and economic development that are both sustainable and equitable.
The scope of the conference is interdisciplinary. We encourage contributions that focus both on single issues whether social, environmental, economic or technological, as well as contributions that focus on the challenges and opportunities where these streams seem to merge. We seek to develop nuanced knowledge and locally relevant practice. Such ambition requires perspectives that are critical, situated in the context of an evolving global dynamic.
Participants are invited to submit proposals involving either 30 minutes presentations or 60 minute workshops. 30 minute presentations comprise 15-20 minutes presentation and 10-15 minutes questions and brief discussion. Workshops are intended for topics that seek to stimulate much more audience participation and debate than can be achieved in a 30 minute presentation. Papers may focus on practice, research or theory, and may be Full Papers or Developmental Papers. We also encourage Doctoral researchers to submit Work-in-Progress papers and Posters.

Submission Options
• Full Papers
• Developmental (Work-in-Progress) Papers
• Workshop Proposals
• January 2010 - call for papers
• Monday 29th March - deadline for all papers (full, developmental, workshop)
• 1st April to 18th April - refereeing period
• 30th April - authors receive decisions on accepted papers
• 30th June - deadline for revisions to accepted papers
• 20th July - papers and draft Track schedules available online
Please send papers and enquiries to the secretariat at

Papers will be published as Conference proceedings. Further publishing opportunities will be offered at the conference.
Track Chairs
We need volunteers to Chair Presentations and Workshops, and poster sessions. The Conference will be divided into streams, representing loosely related perspectives and interests, and we aim to program parallel sessions relating to each stream.

Friday, 30 April 2010

C-SAP Open Symposium: Pressure, Principles & Power

Friday 9 July 2010, Kensington Close Hotel, Kensington, London. W8 5SP (11am - 1pm)

Universities and the higher education sector are entering a rapid period of change. Shifts are occurring in terms of our relationships with students, parents, enhancement, assurance, funding bodies and government the very nature and importance of a university experience is being questioned.

We invite you to join us at an open symposium to discuss the themes of power, principles and pressure in Higher Education. Presentations will be made by Clare Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas, Mike Boxall Senior Management Consultant, PA Consulting Group.

This event is free to attend but you will need to register using the online link from the events page on our website:

Alternatively contact Frances Worrall

C-SAP e-Learning Forum: Sharing Materials and Practice in the Social Sciences

Thursday 8 July 2010, Kensington Close Hotel, Kensington, London. W8 5SP (10am 0 4.30pm).

This event will provide a forum for presenting some of our recent project work around the sharing of electronic educational resources, and explore the processes, methods and practices of sharing and using e-learning materials and tools which engage our colleagues in the social sciences.

The scope of the day will include presentations from the C-SAP Open Educational Resources project, findings from current C-SAP mini-project focused around e-learning, and a 'show and share' session in the afternoon offering an opportunity to disseminate examples of practice from across our disciplinary networks.

If you would like to offer a show and share presentation, please email a 500 word abstract to Darren Marsh  by 14 June 2010 including your name and contact details.

This event is free to attend but you will need to register using the online link from the events page on our website:

Alternatively contact Frances Worrall

Thursday, 29 April 2010

K12 Online Conference 2009 - Bridging the Divide

This was an interesting event to take part in. We created a short video showing some of our work in Second Life concentrating on the issue of how long it takes people to get used to a system before they can begin to get something out of it. The video was a group task, Virtually Linked - a London based media company creating a Second Life London, Lawal Mohammed - one of my MSc students, and me making the visuals and editing it all together. I rather stupidly decided to upgrade to Windows 7 just before begining the work so the final product was made in great haste. However, the whole process was done without the three of us meeting, everything was swapped via online repositories and the planning was all online too.

The conference as a whole is well worth looking at.  Some obscure Australian FE colleges are doing some realy fantastic work but there was perhaps far too much technology used to run the conference.

As presenters we had to load our videos to two online sites, then create entries in the Ning, create forums and put the embed video code in a whole variety of places. At best it was confusing and some presenters apparently needed a lot of help. I think this is a comon e-learning problem - we want one faciltiy form one system and another from a very different one. Then we attempt to 'seamlessly' link them!

I've experienced similar problems as a student on a course with Cornwall College. They used Second Life, Ning, MOODLE and a web site! Repeatedly students would say - "just tell me where to go to find out what to do."