Schedule

Monday, October 26th

  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
    Lunch Break

  • 1:30 PM-5:00 PM

    W1: Instructional Design of Authentic E-Learning Environments
    A ‘new’ view on learning has emerged, based on social-constructivist and situated theories, in which real-world problems are presented to students/trainees. Modern instructional-design (ID) models assume that realistic and rich learning tasks are the driving force for learning. Well-designed learning tasks stimulate learners to integrate and coordinate required skills, knowledge, and attitudes in a way that can be transferred to real-life conditions. This puts forward the need for a design model to accommodate complex learning tasks. However, since such design models are relatively rare, designers often have to fall back on their own ideas and intuition when designing and developing their E-learning materials. Even when models are available, designers are challenged to create learning experiences that leave deep and lasting impacts on learners, targeting not just skill development but changes in identity as learners come to see themselves as competent problem solvers and team contributors. This workshop examines the four-components instructional design model from Jeroen van Merriënboer (1997) for the development of authentic e-learning tasks.
  • 1:30 PM-5:00 PM

    W2: Innovative Education Online: Ideas for the Future of Learning and the Internet
    Matthew Allen
    This workshop focuses on innovation in Internet-enabled learning with particular reference to the way Web 2.0 technologies can be deployed and refashioned to give students more direct engagement with the real-world Internet than most learning management systems permit. Such an approach enables learning to proceed within and through online knowledge networks. Therefore, the underlying goal of the workshop is to assist in re-invigoration of university-level online learning by updating techniques and underlying pedagogic approaches to take account of the changing nature of the Internet in society today. The workshop involves a facilitated exchange of ideas, linking pedagogic techniques and concepts, with explorations of technologies which might be used to move beyond the learning management system
  • 1:30 PM-5:00 PM

    W3: What You Need to Know about Second Life (Bring Your Own Laptop advised)
    This workshop is a tour and examination of Second Life for educators that explores the various possibilities of the platform including its strengths and limitations through a guided demonstration. Attendees can following along either in the conference facilities or within Second Life. The tour will include interviews with some of the key players within Second Life that enable and promote education including members on staff with Linden Research, the makers of the Second Life platform.
  • 3:00-3:15 PM
    Beverage Break

Tuesday, October 27th

  • 8:00-8:30 AM
    Beverage Break

  • 8:30 AM-9:45 AM

    Welcome & Opening Session: Sir John Daniel: Is E-Learning True to the Principles of Technology?
    Sir John Daniel
    What is technology and what are its strengths? We shall define technology in a people-centred way and recall Adam’s Smith’s analysis of technology in terms of division of labour, specialisation, economies of scale and machines. In other areas of life technology has used these principles to increase access, improve quality and lower costs. Is this true of eLearning? If not, how can we make it true? Will Open Educational Resources save the day? We shall address these questions in the light of the experience of the Commonwealth of Learning in 45 developing countries, three-quarters of them being small states.
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

  • 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

  • 12:15 PM-1:30 PM
    Lunch Break

  • 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

  • 2:30-2:45 PM
    Beverage Break

  • 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

  • 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

  • 5:15 PM-6:15 PM

Wednesday, October 28th

  • 8:00-8:30 AM
    Beverage Break

  • 8:30 AM-9:45 AM

    Welcome & Opening Session: Tony Karrer: Changes in Knowledge Work and Implications for Workplace Learning
    Tony Karrer
    Over the past 20 years, knowledge work has been transformed by the explosion of information sources and information flow. This has caused fairly radical changes in core work tools and methods. But the bigger and more profound change is the radically increased accessibility of experts and expertise across organizations and around the world. These changes in knowledge work coupled with fragmentation of jobs, constant change are causing interesting changes to workplace learning. In this talk, Dr. Tony Karrer will describe these profound changes and how learning solutions are evolving in the workplace because of these changes. He will give you a look over the shoulder of a modern knowledge worker using web 2.0 tools such as blogging, social networking, RSS, microblogging, social bookmarking and others as part of their work. Dr. Karrer will give a glimpse of the opportunities for learning professionals and organizations to integrate these skills, tools and processes as part of their learning solutions.
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

  • 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

  • 12:15 PM-1:30 PM
    Lunch Break

  • 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

  • 2:30-2:45 PM
    Beverage Break

  • 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

  • 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

  • 5:15 PM-6:15 PM

  • 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Thursday, October 29th

  • 8:00-8:30 AM
    Beverage Break

  • 8:30 AM-9:45 AM

    Welcome & Opening Session: Barbara Ganley: Bringing it on Home: eLearning and the Neighborhood
    Barbara Ganley
    We talk a good deal about eLearning's impact in the classroom, the office, the home on us individually or institutionally-- but what about in our neighborhoods, our towns and cities--on our communities? Do informal and formal eLearning opportunities bring us together to face local challenges or allow us to remove ourselves from the fray as we connect to the wider world and better ourselves? In this interactive talk, we'll explore how beyond connecting us as individuals to the world of learning anytime any place, the Web also connects us deeply to local expertise, creativity and community. We'll consider how rooting eLearning within our physical communities can enhance learning outcomes while engaging us actively in the future of the local.
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

  • 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

  • 12:15 PM-1:30 PM
    Lunch Break

  • 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

  • 2:30-2:45 PM
    Beverage Break

  • 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

  • 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

  • 5:15 PM-6:15 PM

Friday, October 30th

  • 8:00-8:30 AM
    Beverage Break

  • 8:30 AM-9:45 AM

    Welcome & Opening Session: Jon Bowermaster: Using Adventure and the Internet for Environmental and Global Education
    Jon Bowermaster
    For the past 20 years National Geographic writer, filmmaker and adventurer Jon Bowermaster has been using the media - books, films, magazine stories and now the Internet - to bring the world along as he explores the remote corners of the world. He and his team have reported (always interactively via the Internet!) from Antarctica, Vietnam, the Aleutian Island, French Polynesia, Gabon, Tasmania and more. The interesting thing for Bowermaster has been to watch, during the past decade, as technology - both camera-wise and web-wise - has made leaps and bounds even while he is still out there using the same form of transport, sea kayaks. Using these many years of adventure, this talk is packed with photos, videos, and stories that extend Web-based learning well beyond any classroom to stimulate thinking about what is possible for environmental and global education online. For the past decade he has focused on the health of the world's ocean and the lives of people who live and depend on it; his daily blog - NOTES FROM SEA LEVEL, www.jonbowermaster.com - gives a sea-level look at how they are doing.
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

  • 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

  • 12:15 PM-1:30 PM
    Lunch Break

  • 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

  • 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

Saturday, October 30th

Virtual Papers