International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training EDUCA 2009 will take place in Berlin, Germany from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4. The theme of this year's conference is: Innovate, Share, Succeed.
General themes for the conference are: Next Generation Learning Strategies; The Potential of Brain Science and Its Impact on Learning; E-learning in a Time of Global Financial Restructuring; Innovative Technological Solutions to Support Learning; Learning Futures of a Different Kind; Business Models and the Impact of Open Source Solutions; Mixed Media in Online Learning; Measuring and Understanding the Impact; Pedagogical Strategies for Online Learning; Learning on the Move; Creating, Reusing and Managing Content; Learning as a Social Activity; Creating the New Era of Corporate Learning.
Full programme available at the ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN website.
As 2200 e-learning experts from more than 90 countries are expected to attend, EDUCA is being touted by organizers as the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors.
The participants can choose between many different formats designed to meet the most dynamic agenda possible driven by experts and practitioners. Among the various types of sessions, are: workshops, seminars, meetings, presentations, demonstrations, discussions and debates.
Besides there will be an exhibition, where the e-learning products will be presented by the manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.
I asked some of the participants about the conference and the benefits it delivers for them.
Prof Yoav Yair from the Open University of Israel:
The wealth of participants and the pan-European and international aspects of the meeting, as well as the quality of speakers and sessions were the main motivating factors. EDUCA offers a quick snapshot of the progress and state-of-the-art in educational technology, as it brings together professionals and researchers, companies and universities. This combination is rewarding and allowed me to be updated and acquainted with what's going on in the European arena. I much prefer EDUCA to any of the AACE-type of conferences.
It was my intention to come again to Berlin and bring my top experts with me, unfortunately, due to economic hardship, the OU management had decided not to send anyone to EDUCA this year. It is a pity to miss such a wonderful event, and I sincerely hope to be able to come in 2010.
Jan Beniest from the World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya:
I find EDUCA a most interesting conference because it allows one to see how the world of e-Learning is rapidly involving and provides new, exciting ideas on how to incorporate e-Learning in more traditional learning systems and approaches, also in developing countries. It is also a great event to establish new contacts and network with people working in a similar area. I also like the exhibit event since it provides me with some good ideas about what is on offer by various providers that can help me enhance my e-Learning experience. Finally, many keynote speakers touch on important issues related to e-Learning which in itself provides good food for thought and allows one to better reflect on how e-Learning is reshaping the world of learning and teaching.
Jan Markovic, Polish e-learner working for a big Polish University:
EDUCA is definitely one of the best conference for me, and that actually surprised me. I didn’t have high hopes for such a giant, I thought good presentations would be a few and far between. I was wrong. After being to some conferences where two good talks a day was a success, at EDUCA I heard something interesting at least once a session. EDUCA also seems to be less 'techie' than average e-learning conference. There’s more talk about ideas and directions than specific, local implementations, but that might be just my impression based on the sessions I attended.