22 September 2004
e-Learning Focus of Education Conference
e-Learning and digital technologies are rapidly becoming standard features in the delivery of today's tertiary education. In this continually evolving environment, educators and those in related fields are challenged to keep abreast of change.
e-Fest, a conference of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics New Zealand (ITPNZ) held next month in Wellington, will provide an opportunity for those working in the field to catch up on the latest issues, trends and developments in e-Learning.
A varied lineup is scheduled. Internationally acclaimed futurist, writer, consultant and designer in education and learning Marc Prensky heads the list of keynote speakers. New York-based, Marc specialises in the development and use of games and activities to enhance learning.
Others keynote speakers include Martin Dougiamas, a proponent of open-source learning management systems, and Dr Sandy Britain from the University of Wales, who has worked on several UK-government policy projects. Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education) Hon Steve Maharey and Tertiary Education Commission Acting Chair Kaye Turner will speak as well.
e-Fest also features presentations from people actively engaged in e-Learning in teaching, course design, policy and information communication technology.
The conference will be of interest to a wide audience including tertiary education professionals from New Zealand and Australia, industry groups and public sector policymakers.
e-Fest 2004 is sponsored by the Ministry of Education and organised by The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand in conjunction with Whitireia Community Polytechnic. It will be held 11-12 October at the Wellington Events Centre.