Friday, April 18, 2008

Shaping our Future: Toward a Pan-Canadian E-learning Research Agenda

Planning is well underway for a May online symposium: Shaping our Future: Toward a Pan-Canadian E-learning Research Agenda.

Conference Description:

Canada is one of the only countries in the developed world without a national strategic plan to research, develop and harness new technologies for teaching and learning. E-learning, in combination with other forms of delivery, affords potential to increase not only accessibility, but effectiveness and enjoyment of both formal and lifelong learning for Canadians of all ages. This 3 week online conference is designed to inform, inspire and lead to actions that insure that Canadians maximize the opportunities presented by new technologies and associated pedagogies.


Week 1 May 12-16
The conference begins with an Elluminate presentation on May 12 with Terry Anderson in which he overviews the value, form and function of a large scale research agenda. The week continues with asynchronous forum discussions in which delegates relate their own experiences and expectations for e-learning research and the types of organization models they have experienced to support this research.

Week 2 May 20-23
A series of well known Canadian and international researchers and administrators will present and discuss issues relevant to developing, stimulating and supporting an active e-learning research agenda. The presentations will be hosted live and recorded on Elluminate and take place daily at 11:00AM Central time (9:00 PDT, 12:00 EDT), with one afternoon session to accommodate the May holiday Monday.

Week 3 From May 24th
Delegates work together on a WIKI to overview components, methodologies, important research questions and next steps towards creating a pan Canadian research agenda.

Delegates: Free participation is offered to all individuals with an interest in e-learning research, policy or applications. To register for all or parts of the event visit the event at SCoPE

Hosts and facilitators
  • Terry Anderson – Canada Research Chair in Distance Education
  • Sylvia Currie – BCcampus Online Community Producer
  • George Siemens – Associate Director, R & D. Learning Technologies Centre, University of Manitoba

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