Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Free online connectivism conference

I see that there is a free online connectivism conference organised by the University of Manitoba's Institute of Learning Technologies, with confirmed speakers Terry Anderson, Stephen Downes, Bill Kerr, Will Richardson, and George Siemens. The conference is on 2-9 February 2007.

The description here reads:

"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."

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