Theme 1: Educational Values and Values in Education
Theme 2: Transforming Literacies
Theme 3: Humanising Science and Technology
Theme 4: Sites of Learning

The themes for the symposium are drawn from the key themes on which the International Learning Conference are based.

These themes will be applied to the key questions to be addressed by the symposium:

  • How can existing teaching practices and learning content be mapped into the digital environment?
  • How can the digital environment be used to create new and more powerful forms of learning?
  • When do we know it’s working? Evaluating digital, multimedia and online learning environments.
Theme 1: Educational Values and Values in Education
  • What kinds of people? Reviewing the fundamentals of education.
  • Education’s role in responding to social challenges.
  • Developing people in a world of technology.
  • Maintaining culture and identity in the face of global pressures.
  • Creating community in educational settings.
  • When minorities add up to majorities: the new mainstream.
  • The changing purposes of education: shaping new kinds of worker, citizen and personal identities.
  • Learning in and about cultural environments: identity, belonging and the cultural conditions of learning.
  • Values in education and values education.
  • The costs and benefits of freedom: citizenship, responsibility and community.
  • Roles for learning: equity, social justice and social change.
  • Special education, learning difficulties, disability.
  • Diversity in the classroom: cultural, gender, (dis)ability.
  • International, global, multicultural and cross-cultural education.
  • Education for first nations or indigenous peoples.
  • Knowing the world in order to transform the world: education for personal and contextual transformation.
Theme 2: Transforming Literacies
  • Languages of Power: literacy’s role in social access.
  • Literacy and literacies: new perspectives and approaches.
  • Reading and writing since the computer: the screen and connectivity.
  • The visual and the verbal: multiliteracies and multimodal communications.
  • Literacy in learning: language in learning across the subject areas.
  • Libraries in the digital age.
  • Assessing literacies in a meaningful way.
  • Languages education and second language learning.
  • Multilingual learning for a multicultural world.
  • Girls, boys and literacy.
  • The arts and design.
  • Academic literacies.
  • Adult, community and workplace literacies.
Theme 3: Humanising Science and Technology
  • Crossing the digital divide: access to learning in, and about, the digital world.
  • Multimedia, the internet and today's media: educational challenges and responses.
  • New tools for learning: online, multimedia and digitally mediated learning.
  • Virtual worlds, virtual classrooms: interactive, self-paced and autonomous learning.
  • Technology and human values.
  • Apprenticeship and other models of technical and further education.
  • Mathematics, science and technology learning.
  • Learning in and about the natural environment: learning about science, nature and the human presence.
Theme 4: Sites of Learning
  • Learning environments: the changing shape of educational institutions, and changing sites of learning.
  • Curriculum and pedagogy revisited.
  • Formal and informal learning.
  • Lifelong learning for the society of constant change.
  • Learning in local communities: community consultation as an educational process.
  • Popular and community education.
  • Adult, vocational, tertiary and professional learning.
  • The learning organisation.
  • Equity, participation and opportunity: addressing disadvantage in education.
  • Pedagogies for a world in flux.
  • Intelligence or ability, competence or capacity: what are the ends of education?
  • Creating learning pathways: between the real world and places of learning.
  • Teachers' work: how is it changing?
  • Educational leadership and management: how to create institutional change.
  • Educational reform and curriculum redesign for a changing world.
  • Challenges for teacher training and professional development.
  • Distance learning: reducing the distance.
  • The future of the university: its links to work, citizenship and identity.
  • Vocational education and training for the future.
  • Educational leadership, management, and organisational change.
  • New teachers and new teaching: the role of pre-service and inservice professional training.