Also Announcing: The Learning Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 26-29 June 2007

eLearning Symposium, 2006

Welcome to the website for a special Symposium on e-Learning, to be held at RMIT’s Storey Hall in Melbourne, 3-5 December 2006.

Hosted by the Knowledge Design Forum, a research group in the Globalism Institute at RMIT, this symposium will bring together educators from all sectors (teachers, principals, teacher educators and researchers) and experts in the area of e-learning to explore new directions in e-learning.

The e-Learning symposium provides a space for dialogue about the intersection of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and pedagogy, centered on the work of the Knowledge Design Forum.

The Knowledge Design Forum (KDF) is a framework for showcasing, connecting and managing the a cluster of research and development projects, including four ARC (Australian Research Council) grants focused on education and digital technologies and the Microsoft Partners in Learning project - all housed in the Globalism Institute at RMIT University and based on the work of Prof. Mary Kalantzis and Dr Bill Cope.

Main speakers at the symposium will include leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of e-learning. The key questions to be addressed at the symposium are about the nature of learning using digital media and tools and include:

  • 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.

The symposium is associated with the International Conference on Learning that is held annually in different locations around the world, and is being held mid-way between the 2006 International Conference on Learning (at the Montego Bay Community College and the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay, Jamaica 22-25 June 2006) and the 2007 conference (at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa 26-29 June 2007).

The Learning Conference is a participants' conference. In addition to keynote addresses, the symposium program will include parallel presentation and workshop sessions. Participants are invited to submit proposals for:

  • 30 minute presentations on academic questions and research findings
  • 60 minute workshop sessions related to educational initiatives/projects exploring key questions in elearning;
  • 90 minute colloquium sessions that bring practitioners and researchers together around major symposium themes

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session.

Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual participation is also available.


The International Conference on Learning

The Learning Conference is held annually in different locations around the world.

The Learning Conference is a participants' conference, including numerous parallel sessions. The conference organising committee is inviting proposals to present 30 minute papers, or 60 minute workshops or 90 minute colloquium sessions. These can be:

  • Academic or research papers, or
  • Presentations describing educational initiatives.

The International Journal of Learning

Presenters have the option to submit papers to the Learning Journal, before the symposium and up until one month after the symposium. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees' reports. All conference participants receive an online subscription to the journal for one year after the conference.

For those unable to attend the symposium in person, virtual registrations are available. This provides participants access to the electronic version of the journal, and also the option to submit papers to the Learning Journal.

For more information please visit the Publish Your Paper page.

Conference Organisers

Conference Organisers

  • Common Ground
  • RMIT University