About the Conference
e/merge 2008 - Professionalising Practices is the third virtual conference on educational technology in Africa and builds on the e/merge conferences in 2004 and 2006. e/merge 2008 will take place online from 7 - 18 July 2008 and may include associated face to face events in a number of cities. 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 and practitioners.
There has been exponential growth in the use of online and networked learning environments in tertiary education in Africa. Similar trends seem likely to emerge in secondary education. Successful integration of the new waves of learning technology in teaching and learning depends crucially on the efforts and practices of the emerging profession of educational technologists and the adoption of new practices by lecturers and teachers. e/merge 2008 focuses on professionalising the new practices of teaching with technology. This includes sharing stories, sharing good practices and sharing research. The conversations in e/merge 2008 will engage with our regional context of unequal access to technology and to education within a global context of changes in teaching and learning tools and practices.
Our initial call for proposals closed in March 2008. The final call for proposals closes on 16th April 2008. Please see the Call for Papers for more details.
Who is the conference for?
Who is organising the conference?
What is an online conference?
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?
What do I need to take part?
How much does the conference cost?
There will be a small number of sponsored places.
How do I sign up?