The CAL Conference 2011
The CAL Conference 2011

A Conversation with the BBC’s George Auckland

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On the evening of Tuesday 12th April, the BBC and the CAL Conference will be hosting a special event with George Auckland, Head of Learning Innovation at the BBC for over thirty years. George Auckland is one of the world’s pioneers of disruptive innovation in learning, media and technology. CAL delegates will have privileged access to this exciting event and a reception afterwards!

The event will be held at the Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 7.00pm, Tuesday 12th April. Spaces are limited so please REGISTER NOW to guarantee your place.

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Announcing Best Postgraduate Paper Award!

Stellar (the European network of excellence in TEL) is sponsoring an award for the best conference paper authored by a current EU doctoral student. The winner will enjoy travel and accommodation funding to attend a forthcoming Stellar doctoral event.
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CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) is one of the leading international conferences in the field of education and technology. It brings together researchers across all education sectors, from primary years, to informal learning, to higher education, and across a range of disciplines from psychology to computer science, media and cultural studies.

In 2011, the conference will lead a challenging international debate about the future of research and practice in educational technology. CAL 11 aims to:

  • Explore the role of educational technology research in addressing questions of global and social justice, widening participation and digital democracy
  • Assess what role educational technology might play in the context of low carbon, energy constrained futures
  • Explore how emerging technologies from diverse fields (e.g. gaming, AI, biotech, ubiquitous computing) might offer new environments for learning
  • Examine the informal learning practices emerging in children, youth and adults’ digital cultures and their implications for education
  • Reflect on what lessons have been learned over the last thirty years of education technology research, and what these might mean for the future of research in the field.
Our four themes for the conference are:

Theme 1: Sustainability, globalisation and social justice
Theme 2: The future of learning technologies
Theme 3: Informal learning and digital cultures
Theme 4: Looking back to look forward


Prizes for the best oral and poster presentations will be available. The Prizes consist of a year’s subscription to Computers & Education and The Internet and Higher Education.

Conference format

Within the main conference individual paper sessions, workshops and symposia are organised around the four themes. An informal fringe activity is run by the local organising committee to give a chance for participants to showcase and experiment with emerging technologies. If researchers wish to informally ‘demo’ innovative learning resources during the conference, please contact the conference chairs to discuss this possibility.

Watch the video to find out why you should attend!

In this video Professor Keri Facer, the conference Co-chair, gives a tribute to previous CAL conferences, outlines the key themes of the 2011 conference, exciting activities and cutting edge research that will be part of CAL 11.

The CAL Conference 2011 sponsorship opportunities