Dr Suzanne Kapelari, University of Innsbruck
Dr Fco. Javier Garcia, University of Jaen
Prof. Dr Ulrich Kortenkamp, University of Potsdam
Here you can download the schedule for track 2 (final version): Conference Programme Track 2.pdf
Information technologies have rapidly transformed the landscape within which both academic and applied learning now takes place (cf. Learning and Skills Network 2007). Innovative technologies enable new approaches and powerful possibilities for collaborative, learner-centred and research-oriented learning and provide unrivalled access and flexibility to individuals.
E-learning courses, for example, provide opportunities not found in face-to-face educational situations. With e-learning, teachers can work together despite being geographically wide-spread. Further, teachers can work according to their own schedule, thus not affecting school hours. Teachers can work as a virtual community, mediated through synchronous (chats and virtual meetings) and asynchronous communication (forums, uploading documents and resources, giving feedback to the work of others). Asynchronous communication through e-forums allows more time for reflection and the ability to revise and repost on the given forum. Blended learning combines the advantages of e-learning support with face-to-face meetings, and thus ensures sustained interaction and collaboration both within and across school communities and networks.
However, the issue of to what extent e-learning is suited for complex content that also affects teachers’ focal points and attitudes (i.e. IBL, more closely connecting school to the world of work) should also be examined.
Proposals of paper, poster or multi-media presentations in this track will address some of the following questions (examples):