VII International Seminar of the UOC UNESCO Chair in e-Learning Mobile Technologies for Learning and (eLChair10)
Venue: Casa Asia
|Event Date/Time: Oct 06, 2010||End Date/Time: Oct 07, 2010|
|Registration Date: Oct 01, 2010|
|Abstract Submission Date: Sep 06, 2010|
|Paper Submission Date: Sep 06, 2010|
Since its first edition in 2004, the International SeminarÂ´ focus has evolved from fundamental changes in the field of the higher education with the intensive use of technologies during the first years of massive introduction of e-learning at universities, moving towards a more specific focus which, year after year, will come to analyze the emerging trends and challenges in this rapidly changing area and its practical implication for the educational policies and institutional dynamics of schools at different levels. Since 2009, the mission of UNESCO was given higher priority in the work of the Chair in general. The development issues, i.e. the enabling power of the educational technologies to change the world for the better, are being considered an important element in the design of our International Seminars.
This year, we will explore the potential of mobile technologies as a learning medium which every day lures more and more educators, software and hardware developers, policymakers and telecom providers. The seminar will address issues relevant for each of these sectors and, most importantly, the issues emerging at the crossing points of them. That is why we invite representatives of different knowledge fields to actively participate in this event.
As the UNESCO Chair, we would like to contribute to the analysis of the current state and future development trends in m-learning promises and practices, to make a reality check in regards of mobile technologies in its broadest sense (mobile phones, networks, computers, electronic books, tablets and all sorts of systems and devices) for development, learning and education of individuals and communities, focusing on poorer communities, nationally and internationally. Relevant case studies from various regions of the world (Europe, Latin America, India, South Africa) will demonstrate possibilities for empowering the disadvantaged people.
We ARE believers into the potential of mobile technologies for learning, however we will try to separate the media-heated excitement from facts and challenges and to address the latter in a professional, constructive way. Here is what Matthew Kam, one of our keynote speakers, wrote:
"...We adopt a participatory approach in which we work with end-users to understand their needs, attitudes, sociocultural practices and political environments. Despite being technology innovators, we maintain a healthy skepticism about technology, using numerous feasibility studies and field trials as our reality check."
Started with the VI Seminar on Open Educational Resources, we adopted a new format for an academic event, which builds on the interaction, engagement of all participants and the powerful tools of web2.0, with a sequence of presentations and open discussions of equal length (30Â´- 30Â´ or 20Â´-20, in case of demos), thus overcoming the constraints of traditional conferences.
The working language of the seminar is English