e/merge 2006 - Learning Landscapes in
Southern Africa is the second virtual conference on educational
technology in the SADC region and builds on the e/merge
2004 conference. e/merge 2006 will take place online
from 10 - 21 July 2006 and may include associated face to
face events in a number of cities.
This conference focuses on online collaborative learning
in our regional context of unequal access to technology
and to education. The conference is primarily designed to
share good practice and knowledge about educational technology
innovation within the further and higher education sectors
in the region, as well as to strengthen communities of researchers
Proposals for presentations must be submitted by Tuesday
30 January 2006. Please see the Call
for Papers for more details.
Who is the conference for?
e/merge 2006 is primarily for educational technology
researchers and practitioners based in Southern Africa.
We will forge relationships to attract participants from
other English-speaking African countries. Participants from
other regions who have an interest in the use of educational
technology in Southern Africa will also be warmly welcomed.
Who is organising the conference?
e/merge 2006 is organised by the Centre
for Educational Technology at the University
of Cape Town. We are open to collaborating with other
organisations and networks in the region and beyond to ensure
a high quality, dynamic conference.
What is an online conference?
In a conventional conference everyone travels to
one physical location to debate conference papers and to
network. In an online conference we use a website as the
conference venue. We can view selected presentations, read
conference papers, share useful resources, take part in
debate, share best practices and network informally.
Mostly these online meetings are spread over a few days
to allow us the flexibility to take part when we choose.
There will also be some live meetings online which enhance
the sense of shared presence and energise the conference.
Overall, an online conference creates opportunities for
rich conversations which grow knowledge in a community involving
experts and practitioners.
How much time will it take?
That's entirely up to you. You can choose to focus
on a few discussions that interest you if you have very
limited time available for participation. Most participants
in e/merge 2004 spent up to 10 hours online over a two week
What do I need to take part?
A reliable dialup or network Internet connection
will allow for a full experience of the conference. However
you can participate even if you only have reliable e-mail
access and limited access to the Internet.
How much does the
The conference fees have
been set to encourage participation:
There will be a small number of sponsored places.
- Participants based in Africa - R200
- Participants from other regions - $100
How do I sign up?
Online registration opens in February 2006. if
you would like to contact us before then, please email us