First International conference on ICT for Education in Sardinia

Prima conferenza internazionale sulle ICT al servizio dell'apprendimento in Sardegna

The First International conference on ICT for Education in Sardinia (Prima conferenza internazionale sulle ICT al servizio dell'apprendimento in Sardegna) takes place on 12 September 2008 at the Auditorium,Sardegna Ricerche, Building 2, Loc. Piscina Manna, 09010 Pula (Cagliari) Italy.
The Learning Development Institute will participate through its President, Jan Visser, alongside the following other invited speakers:
  • Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Claude Moulin, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Ileana De La Teja, Centre de Recherche LICEF, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, and International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction
  • Philip Barker, Teesside University, UK
  • Giulio Concas, DIEE Università di Cagliari, Italy
  • Lourdes Guàrdia, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Albert Sangrà Morer, Univ. Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Jan Visser's paper will be on Students and teachers navigating a learning landscape in constant flux. The abstract for the paper reads as follows:
This presentation reports on a two-year collaboratively creative effort, conducted from late 2005 till the end of 2007 among a group of 18 researchers, lifelong learners, educators and thinkers to explore how learning is becoming different from what it used to be; how it changes the roles taken on by learners (and consequently changes the teachers' roles as well); and how it leads to new expectations. The most unsurprising conclusion of this quest is that whatever can be said now about such new roles and expectations will likely have to be fundamentally reviewed before long as the mechanisms through which we gain access to learning opportunities evolve with the rapidly evolving technological landscape. In other words, the learning landscape is in flux and will remain so. We better be prepared.
I will argue that the best way to deal with the new reality is by being proactive rather than reactive or retroactive. To be proactive we must constantly critically reassess what we mean by such simple phrases as 'I learn' or 'she learns.' Not only does the meaning of such phrases change; they may take on multiple meanings simultaneously. I will thus furthermore argue that we must look at learning from a broader perspective than is ordinarily done (much more than just what we do in school or its electronic equivalent); emphasize learning along the lifespan; explore both formal and informal settings for learning; speak to the role played in connection with the above issues by technology in ways that are driven by design as well as by spontaneous decisions on the part of different actors in the learning environment; and highlight the importance of community, collaboration and creativity. My talk will be referenced to explorations regarding the Meaning of Learning (MOL) undertaken by the Learning Development Institute <> as well as to a book that should be rolling off the press in early 2008 on 'Learners in a Changing Learning Landscape: Reflections from a Dialogue on New Roles and Expectations' (published by Springer). As I have worked for decades on education development across the world, I am likely also to explore the meaning of all of the above in a global setting. After all, thanks to technology learners and educators can now look upon themselves as actors in a global environment.
In addition to presenting a paper, Jan Visser will also conduct a round table exploratory discussion on Creative collaboration and the use of technology.