Core activity 5.1: The elearning world

eLearning focus in different parts of the world.

The eLearning Guild is a community of practice for designers, developers, and managers of e-Learning. It is based in America and a recent conference focused on the following areas;

  • Mobile Learning
  • Social Learning
  • Gaming for learning

http://www.elearningguild.com/content.cfm?selection=doc.1275

The elearning Africa conference in Zambia is focusing on the following solutions and technical innovations;

  • Open Source Solutions
  • Open Content and Open Educational Resources
  • Technical access and networking Models
    • Computing Models
    • Multi User Computing Models
    • Low Cost Connectivity Solutions
    • Mobile Solutions
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Power and Alternative Energy Solutions

http://www.elearning-africa.com/themes.php

The Australian Learning Technologies Conference 2009 has the theme “the power of you” and topics include;

–          Virtual worlds

–          Mobile learning

–          Wikis

–          Open Learning environments

–          Eportfolios

http://www.learningtechnologies.com.au/index.cfm?action=papers

The second international conference of elearning is to be held in Malaysia and has the theme “Go online, Go Mobile”

http://i-learn.uitm.edu.my/icel2009/

The 2009 JISC Conference in Edinburgh had the theme of Opening Digital Doors.

Topics included

–          Access & Identity

–          Admissions

–          Business & Community Engagement

–          Data Services & Collections

–          Digital Repositories

–          Green ICT

–          Institutional ICT

–          Interoperability

–          Learner Experience

–          Learning & Teaching Practice

–          Learning Environments

–          Learning Resources

–          Legal & Ethical

–          Network & Infrastructure

–          Open Technologies

–          Research & Innovation

–          Web 2.0

Internationally, the key themes seem to be mobile learning, web 2.0/social software and open content.  These are all areas I have looked at thoughout other OU courses, but not, so far, on the H808

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