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What’s in a name?: Event review of the ‘Designs on eLearning: Anxiety and Security’ conference, at The New School, New York, 21st – 22nd September 2016


Event review of the eleventh Designs on eLearning conference (also known as DeL), held on the 21st and 22nd September 2016, hosted by The New School in New York. Coordinated in partnership by The New School along with the University of the Arts London (UAL), Penn State University and Texas State University and centred on the theme of ‘Anxiety and Security’, DeL 2016 explored digital anxieties in art and design higher education. 


DeL, E-learning, Anxiety, Digital Pedagogy, Wellbeing, EdTech


Author Biography

Graham Hibbert

Graham Hibbert is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University. His photography and moving image-based work primarily explores ideas of the abstract in relation to Digital Imaging, while his research focuses on the relationships between public transport wayfinding and the user interfaces of online systems. The outcome of this research is CAGD — an online portfolio management and community learning environment used by the School of Art, Architecture and Design for the past eleven years and other institutions in the UK and worldwide.

Jon Martin

Jon Martin is an Associate Lecturer on the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Foundation Course and the PgCert and MA in Academic Practice at the Teaching and Learning Exchange, UAL. Working with those at the start of, and those who are ostensibly post-, their own creative education (but fundamentally concerned with the education of others), his academic practice is variously-stranded and underpinned by his primary discipline of printmaking.


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