The International Symposium on eLearning will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured-a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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  • Prof. Colin Lankshear,is currently part-time Research Leadership Professor in the School of Education at James Cook University of North Queensland, Cairns, Australia.

  • He is also an educational researcher and writer based in Mexico, where he has lived since 1999. Formerly a Professor of Education and Research Director, his current academic interests lie mostly in exploring emerging literacies and cultural practices associated with new information and communications technologies, and research methods in qualitative inquiry. His recent books include:

    His recent books include:

    • Ways of Knowing, Maneras de Ver, and New Literacies (all with Michele Knobel),
    • Teachers and Technoliteracy (with Ilana Snyder),
    • Cyber Spaces/Social Spaces: Culture Clash in Computerized Classrooms (with Ivor Goodson, Michele Knobel and Marshall Mangan),
    • and the forthcoming Handbook of Teacher Research (with Michele Knobel).

  • Prof. Ian W. Gibson ,comes from a background in teaching, school based curriculum development, school leadership, and teacher education.

    He holds the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Chair in Education at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. As part of the responsibilities for that position he leads the Teachers for the Future Initiative. In a previous position he was the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Wichita State University in the United States. He taught Leadership, Technology, and Research in the doctoral program in educational leadership, and based this approach on a strong curriculum foundation. His research agenda focuses upon learning, leading, and teaching in technology-rich learning environments. Prior to this he had the responsibility for coordinating Curriculum, Research Methods, and Technology in the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia for both campus-based and distance education courses. He has received awards, honours, and grants for publications and presentations on global learning, technology use, and leadership. He recently delivered a keynote address entitled “Developing Global Learning Communities” at Microsoft's Innovative Teacher's Forum in London, and was the external evaluator for the International Leadership in Educational Technology (ILET) project. Among other evaluation projects, he has conducted large scale evaluations of the distance education materials used in K-12 schools in Queensland, Australia; the Human Relationships Education curriculum used in the Queensland schools; the policy implementation process of the Queensland Department of Education; and the teacher preparation programs used throughout Bangladesh. He is the current President of an international association, the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) and delivered a keynote address at its annual conference focusing upon learning as the purpose for educational technology. He was one of the original recipients of a Global Learning Grant at Wichita State University and continues to experiment and write about these activities in a variety of contexts.

  • Dr. Michelle Selinger, joined Cisco in 2001 after a career as a secondary school teacher, a teacher educator and latterly as director of a research centre for new technology in education at the University of Warwick, UK.

    She is now Cisco's global education strategist for Corporate Affairs and advises on technology in education across the world with a strong focus on emerging and developing countries. She works with the World Economic Forum's Global Education Initiative and chairs the GEI's International Academic Advisory Board. She is also working with UNESCO to develop an international framework for the integration of ICT in teacher training. She was a member of the European Commission's advisory group for e-Europe 2005 which informed the i2010 initiative. Her personal research interests are in exploring effective pedagogies with a special interest in cultural factors, with a focus on the role of the teacher in online forums, e-learning environments, and in working with students learning through ICT in traditional classroom settings.

  • Mary Kalantzis, is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinios Urbana Campaign US.

  • She also is an Adjunct professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, attached to the Globailsm Institute and Research Director of the Knowledge Design Forum. She was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia from 1997-2003, the President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education from 2000-2004 and an inaugural member of the Australian National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership 2004 – 2005. She has also been a Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Chair of the Queensland Ethnic Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee and a member of the Australia Council’s Community Cultural Development Board. Her academic research and writing, crosses a number of disciplines, including history, linguistics, education and sociology; and examines themes as varied as Australian immigration, leadership and workplace change, professional learning, pedagogy and literacy learning. With Bill Cope, she is co-author of a number of books, including: 'The Powers of Literacy', Falmer Press, London, 1993, 'Productive Diversity', Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997; 'A Place in the Sun: Re-Creating the Australian Way of Life', Harper Collins, Sydney, 2000; 'Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures', Routledge, London, 2000; and 'Learning by Design', Victorian Schools Innovation Commission, Melbourne, 2005.

  • Michael A Peters

    Michael A Peters is professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also holds a professorship at the University of Glasgow. His research interests are in educational philosophy and policy studies with a focus on the significance of both contemporary philosophers (Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger) and movements of poststructralism, critical theory and analytic philosophy to the framing of educational theory and practice. His major current projects include work on knowledge futures, educational policy futures, critical theory anthologies, and the rise of global science. He is the author or editor of over thirty books including,

    • Peters, M. A., & Besley, T. (Eds.) (2006) Why Foucault? New directions in educational research. New York: Peter Lang.
    • Peters, M. A., & Besley, T. (2006) Building Knowledge Cultures: Education & development in the Age of Knowledge Capitalism. Boulder & Oxford, Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Peters, M. A., & Freeman-Moir, J. (Eds.). (2006). Edutopias: New utopian thinking in education. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
    • Trifnoas, P. & Peters, M.A. (Eds.) (2005) Deconstructing Derrida: Tasks for the New Humanities. New York, Palgrave.
    • Peters, M. A., & Besley, T. (in press). Subjectivity and truth: Foucault, education and the culture of the self. New York: Peter Lang.

    Presentation: Extratextual Practices of E-Learning

    This presentation focuses on the 'governmentality' of the digital text suggesting that it is part of a network of social practices that bring together the 'government of the State' and the 'government of oneself' around a set of legal-juridcal questions concerning freedom and its definition in the age of information.