Thursday, December 21, 2006

[TIPS] Connectivism Online Conference

Will Richardson mentioned this event in his post yesterday. It's another no-cost online conference, this time on the topic of connectivism delivered in real time using Elluminate and Moodle. Some of the featured guests/presenters include Will Richardson, Stephen Downes, Terry Anderson, and Bill Kerr. (What? No Karl Fisch?) But, it should be time well spent.
Dates: Feb 2-9, 2007
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The evolution of teaching and learning is accelerated with technology. After several decades of duplicating classroom functionality with technology, new opportunities now exist to alter the spaces and structures of knowledge to align with both needs of learners today, and affordances of new tools and processes.

Yet our understanding of the impact on teaching and learning trails behind rapidly forming trends. What are critical trends? How does technology influence learning? Is learning fundamentally different today than when most prominent views of learning were first formulated (under the broad umbrellas of cognitivism, behaviourism, and constructivsm)? Have the last 15 years of web, technology, and social trends altered the act of learning? How is knowledge itself, in a digital era, related to learning?

Connectivism Online Conference is an open online forum exploring how learning has been impacted by ongoing changes. The conference will run from February 2 - 9, 2007.

Key themes will include: trends in K-12 sector, trends in higher education, research and net pedagogy, technological and societal trends, and connective knowledge and connectivism.

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