Friday, October 30, 2009

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2009

The Largest Global E-Learning Conference for the Corporate, Education and Public Service Sectors

Berlin, December 2 - 4, 2009

Example Topics
1. Top Psychologist Warns of the Dangers of the Social Web
2. Giving Voice to People – Even the Voice of Homer Simpson
3. E-Learning in France Is à la mode
4. E-Learning with a Kick
5. Virtual Learning Worlds – Connect Learners within the Web
6. The ONLINE EDUCA Debate
7. ICT to Empower Learning, Creativity & Innovation in Europe
8. OEB Podcast Series 2009
9. Fronter Implements New LMS for the University of Vienna


1. Top Psychologist Warns of the Dangers of the Social Web

An American psychologist, biologist and broadcaster, Dr Aric Sigman is also the author of the award-winning and controversial book Remotely Controlled: How television is damaging our lives and more recently, The Spoilt Generation: Why restoring authority will make our children and our society happier.

Dr Sigman’s talk at the Houses of Parliament, as well as his latest articles on the negative effect of television and the social web have caused widespread public debate. In the following interview, Dr Sigman explains his views on the biological implications of internet usage.

2. Giving Voice to People – Even the Voice of Homer Simpson

Even Homer Simpson can help to make technology more accessible. At least, that is the view of one of the keynote speakers at this year’s OEB. ”I have always worked towards empowering people to speak for themselves“ says Dr Lizbeth Goodman, Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at the University of East London and Director of Research for Futurelab Education. And even Homer Simpson, the crude and boorish character from TV’s ‘The Simpsons’, can be put to good use by lending their voice to someone who otherwise could not speak.

3. E-Learning in France Is à la mode

France is a country known for its savoir-vivre, cuisine and couture – but what about e-learning and related IT innovations? At the “French Pavilion” and in a session dedicated to French e-learning providers and experts, OEB participants will have the opportunity to see original inventions such as the robot Nao, and learn about the latest e-learning trends made in France.

4. E-Learning with a Kick

Sport plays a crucial social role in the integration of young people into society and now it is increasingly being used as an incentive to increase motivation for learning and training. At OEB, four fascinating e-learning projects that revolve around the world of sports will be presented.

The first involves football stadiums, which serve as authentic working worlds to grab pupils’ attention and provide them with orientation for their own career choices. The second is Playing for Success, a UK project that successfully attracts young people by offering the opportunity to
learn in sports venues rather than in the classroom.

Next is the PC learning game Champions for South Africa, in which pupils experience the “Rainbow Nation” during the upcoming World Cup from the perspective of street kids. And finally, participants will be able to discover how video annotations improve the training of table tennis coaches and referees.

5. Virtual Learning Worlds – Connect Learners within the Web

Transforming “Flatland” into an immersive 3D Learning World is the mission of Tony O´Driscoll, virtual worlds expert and Professor of the Practice at Duke University´s Fuqua School of Business. He is profoundly convinced that the demands of globalisation and a new working world with anytime, anyplace work also need an anytime, anyplace educational parallel.

6. The ONLINE EDUCA Debate

Is the increasing use of technology and social software damaging students' minds and undermining the benefits of traditional methods of learning? Four renowned speakers will argue their case at the ONLINE EDUCA Debate on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009.

The event promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s conference. Facebook-Opponent Dr Aric Sigman will talk about the dangers of the Social Web, supported by political columnist Bruce Anderson of The Independent newspaper. The motion will be opposed by Donald Clark, who is well known in the blogosphere as a commentator on developments in education and training and expert Jerry Michalski, Founder and President of Sociate.

7. ICT to Empower Learning, Creativity & Innovation in Europe

Computers and the Internet have arrived in European schools. Virtually all primary schools use computers for learning purposes, and some have even started to move away from dedicated computer labs to the use in class. But what motivates teachers to use technology in the classroom? Does it really affect children's learning? What are outstanding best practices?

STEPS, a comparative study into the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in primary schools in the 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, was undertaken to scrutinise the pedagogical use of technology in the classroom and its impact on learning. Results will be presented – for the first time – at this year's OEB.

The study is one of the activities encouraged by the European Commission as part of its Lifelong Learning Programme (LLL). In a full-day workshop and a conference session, representatives of the EC will give an overview of the EC's key activities related to ICT for learning.

8. OEB Podcast Series 2009

Tune into the second installment of the OEB podcast series, designed to whet your appetite in the run-up to this year’s conference by drawing attention to a selection of the main themes and experts. This podcast features keynote speaker David James Clarke IV discussing the role technology can play in the pedagogic world for both the educator and the student.

9. Fronter Implements New LMS for the University of Vienna

The University of Vienna, the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe, has selected Fronter as its central Learning Management System (LMS). Fronter was chosen to replace the former provider after an extensive tender process and intensive testing. Since March 2009, Fronter has been functioning as the University’s e-learning platform. At OEB, Annabell Lorenz from the University of Vienna will talk about the challenges that came with such a large-scale implementation and give insights into how the changeover process took place.

For additional info: www.online-educa.com

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