Conf: U-Learning

Voyaging into a new decade!
April 17-19, 2007
Pre-conference dates: April 3-4, 2007Conf: TCC Online: U-Learning
INTRODUCTION. E-Learning is passe. U-learning is the new wave
globally in higher education. Ubiquitous learning encompasses e-
learning and emphasizes learning anytime, anywhere and anyway in both
formal and informal lifelong learning environments. As u-learning and
Web 2.0 technology evolve, social interaction, intercultural
communications, and global collaboration increases in importance.
Social networking and learning communities are integral components of
Through online social networks, young adults today gain a sense of
community that is important in their daily and social life. How can
we learn from this? How can we learn from our students?
What is the status of social networking (Facebook, Mixi, etc.) and
online learning communities today? Have they succeeded or have they
withered away? How can we complement our students’ prior experiences
with interacting socially online? How can we assess learning in this
new environment? Will mobile phones become synonymous with u-learning
as proponents advocate? How do we train faculty and staff and engage
them to support productive learning communities? Will learning
communities help bridge the Internet divide? How do we “feed and
weed” effective learning communities or social networking systems in
the U-learning era? Will virtual worlds such as Second Life become a
new learning environment?
THEME. TCC will offer papers and presentations on the evolution,
trends, successes, or failures of learning communities and social
networking systems in higher education. The coordinators, however,
are interested in a broad range of topics that highlight the use of
educational technology, including but not limited to the following:
* Online, hybrid, blended or other modes of technology enhanced learning
* Distance learning including mobile learning
* E-learning and ubiquitous learning
* Student success factors in online learning
* E-portfolios and other online assessment tools
* Technology implementation and services in learner centered
* Emerging technologies for teaching and learning (blogs, wikis,
podcasts, etc)
* Creating and delivering multimedia including learning objects
* Building and sustaining learning communities
* Student orientation and preparation
* Open content and open source
* Accessibility for persons with disabilities
* Global learning and international education
* Professional development for faculty and staff
* Gender equity, the Digital Divide, and open access
* Online student services (tutoring, advising, payments, etc)
* Technology use to enhance communication and collaboration
* Institutional planning and change catalyzed by technology advances
* Educational technology use in Asia & the Pacific, Europe, South
America, and Africa.

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