The presentation given by Duncan Christelow at E-merging Forum 2 begins with an overview of blended learning as a concept, examining both benefits and pitfalls from the student and teacher perspectives.

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Duncan Christelow is a graduate of Leeds University in the UK, and has focused his career on the electronic delivery of learning materials since the late 1980s.  He worked on some of the very earliest full-text electronic databases with the Cambridge based innovative publisher Chadwyck-Healey, which later became part of the ProQuest Group, and subsequently contributed to the first 'internet revolution' of the late 1990s when he was a member of the launch team for Encyclopaedia Britannica's Britannica.com.  After a period as Commercial Director at Justis Legal Publishing, Duncan joined Cambridge University Press in 2008, where his role is to promote the successful implementation of online and blended language learning programmes throughout Europe and Asia.
 
Topic: The New Digital Landscape of English Language Teaching
 
Technology has been used in teaching for many years, but adoption has been inconsistent and trends have been hard to identify. This presentation will show how a new learning landscape is emerging where students can be offered a rich variety of opportunities through new media. We will look at the changing role of the classroom, and the delicate relationship between the classroom and the computer. We will examine how the introduction of the latest digital tools can bring learning into the social and collaborative environments that are familiar to today's web-savvy generation, and how this development can lead to greater success.
 
Video recording of the plenary session
 
You can watch the full recording of Duncan’s talk on British Council Russia’s YouTube channel by clicking the link below:
 
Interview
 
In this interview Duncan Christelow gave us his thoughts about a new learning landscape in ELT where students can be offered a rich variety of opportunities through new media, blended learning and the Internet.
 
Watch the interview by clicking on this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOTGMqMmNIY&index=12&list=PLE49ECA189C83F044

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