160 delegates attended the inaugural Dark Side of TEL conference hosted by Newcastle University on 22 September 2017. The aim was to bring together a community of TEL enthusiasts to engage in discourse around areas of concern, confess their ‘failed’ initiatives and hear from leading experts.
We had 3 keynote speakers who covered a broad range – challenging conceptions of the virtual campus, surveillance, the politics of open access and the opportunities and threats posed by big data and machine learning. On the day there were some strategically chosen technical hiccups which gave a sense of immediacy to the discussion!
Accepted abstracts with ‘practice points’ were presented in six parallel sessions and prizes were awarded in four categories. Throughout the day, delegates were encouraged to confess their TEL sins, either online or in person. The themes emerging from this exercise will be disseminated in due course.
We were delighted by the interest generated by this idea and by the ‘buzz’ on the day. The topic drew interest from a range of educators both within and outside medicine, but also social scientists, technologists and tech entrepreneurs. For a flavour of the day please take a look at the Twitter site @DarkSideofTEL following the hashtag #thedarksideofTEL2017. Those unable to attend can still join the debate, here
We very much hope this becomes the first of a series, with a ‘DarkSide of X in Medical Education’ running annually., and we would welcome suggestions from ASME members for future topics.
Laura Delgaty, James Fisher, Richard Thomson and Jo Matthan