Call: Designs on eLearning (DeL) 2015: Technology, Culture, Practice

Call for Papers

Designs on eLearning (DeL) 2015: Technology, Culture, Practice
16-17 September 2015

Application deadline: 15 April 2015
Accepted applicants will be notified by late May

The DeL 2015 conference is now accepting applications for panel discussions, workshops or short paper presentations on the following themes (see below):

  • Cross-disciplinarity
  • Understanding practice & culture
  • Engaging students in digital spaces
  • Digital identity
  • Digital scholarship

As digital technologies continue to transform the creative and pedagogic landscape, we face exciting possibilities and new challenges for the future of education. Titled “Technology, Culture, Practice,” DeL 2015 aims to explore forms of learning that take place in digital contexts within and beyond HE institutions.


We welcome panel discussions, paper presentations and workshops along the five themes listed below, each of which invite a series of questions. We don’t expect all submissions to answer these questions directly, but have posed them in order to create a space within each theme.


Cross-disciplinary working encourages innovative forms of production, as students from diverse disciplinary fields introduce each other to new concepts, methods and philosophies. It is also a core skill required in the creative industries, which are increasingly underpinned by digital project-based entrepreneurship. How can cross-disciplinarity take place in and around digital contexts, and what formats or pedagogies are effective? How should we prepare students for a cross-disciplinary digital world of work?

Conference chair: Fred Deakin


How do we know what students actually do when undertaking their learning and practice? What socio-technical cultures shape and inform this? How do we span institutional and wider digital spaces to understand the whole digital ecology of student practices? Where is the ‘edge’ of the institution in the digital landscape and how do we define the limits of what practices we can, or should, support?

Conference chair: Claudia Roeschmann


We have become adept at using the Web to ‘broadcast’ content to students, but is it possible to engage students in more meaningful learning experiences at scale? Can technology support a sense of connection and belonging for learners beyond small groups? Are limiting factors an effect of the way we are designing our pedagogy within the technology or is our ability to connect and collaborate capped by our socio-cognitive limitations and habits?

Conference chair: David White


In an age where value is created through processes of online visibility and valorisation, ‘online identity’ is an increasingly important issue. What does a ‘good’ professional online identity look like for students studying at or leaving art and design Higher Education? To what extent should the institution support the creation and nurturing of this identity? Where does the institution’s and the student’s responsibility begin (and end)?

Conference chair: Charlotte Webb


How might methods of enquiry in the arts and design disciplines be supported, shaped, or otherwise enabled by digital evidence, tools, or communication platforms? How can the participants in communities like DeL advance work involving aspects of digital and/or social media as a legitimate means of research and scholarly communication?

Conference chair: Gary Chinn



Panels typically include four participants or presentations representing a range of ideas and topics together in discussion. There must be a minimum of three participants to constitute a panel. Panels are scheduled for 45 minutes including Q&A time. They ideally comprise of a mix of individuals working in areas of research, theory and practice. DeL will provide a chair for your panel. We will provide a chair for each panel.


Papers give presenters a chance to speak for 20 minutes on their work, research, or a subject relevant to the conference themes. Groups of 2 or 3 presentations will be followed by a Q&A. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words.


Workshops provide an opportunity for hands-on exploration and/or problem solving. They can be organized around a core challenge that participants come together to work on, or around a tool, platform, or concept. Workshops are scheduled for 60 minutes and should be highly participatory.

Enquiries: Claudia Roeschmann,

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