The largest pan-African conference about Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development, Education and Training, eLearning Africa, will take place from 25 to 27 May in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The conference programme features contributions from 260 speakers from 49 countries, including representatives from global organisations such as UNEP, UNESCO/UNEVOC and the World Bank, as well as from national educational institutions across Africa.
eLearning Africa 2011 has set its sights on unlocking the potential of young Africans, the innovative use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and training for teaching, healthcare, farming and banking professionals in Africa. The conference agenda is now online at http://tinyurl.com/4x82o48.
Six sessions will focus exclusively on the central conference theme Youth, Skills & Employability. ‘Wazup? Youth Voices on Life, Love and eLearning’ will be owned by young African people themselves. They will exchange their views on becoming ‘digital’, what this means for their relationships and communities and their engagement with an often ‘clueless’ older generation.
Ten other youth sessions will cover very specific topics as varied as youth entrepreneurship, statistical literacy, applying performing arts to youth employability or, the empowerment of young deaf people. This year’s TVET Summit will focus on skills development for young people and adult learners through technology-supported strategies.
Mobile learning will be a hot topic across sectors and formats. The vague optimism and speculative talk regarding its potential has been replaced by demand for evidence of impact and an increasing focus on learning outcomes.
There will be innovative conference formats such as the ‘Umoja’ sessions, which are named after the Kiswahili word for ‘unity’. They are designed for sharing knowledge and ideas around specific projects or visions.
Open Educational Resources (OERs), a tremendously popular issue in Africa’s eLearning scene, will be at the heart of this year’s conference with a large number of sessions exploring their use.
In a bid to nurture original African research, the newly established research stream will focus on innovative and rigorous eLearning research across the Continent.
Now in its sixth year, eLearning Africa has established itself as the key event about ICT for development, education and training on the African Continent. Its mission is to bring people together who are actively engaged in education and the implementation of learning technologies in schools, universities, corporate training programmes, as well as in education in the public sector.
More information can be found at www.elearning-africa.com.