Institutions believe that e-learning helps learners to learn. Initial investigations have revealed the need to enquire more deeply into the learners’ experiences of e-learning so that we may better understand where when and how technology can be employed more effectively.

There is growing tension between institutional provision of technology and its use by learners. This demands that we revisit initial beliefs and question widely held assumptions about the relationships between learning, teaching and technology. Establishing effective ways of listening and responding to learners will become evermore important with the increasing prevalence and impact of technology on society.

Our sixth annual conference aims to ensure that the learners' voices are heard. It provides an opportunity for teachers, researchers and learners to listen to one another's experience and explore the nature of learning in today's society. It places learning in a social context where digital and mobile communication are part of everyday life, helping create new social networks which lead to new identities, relationships and practices.