EDUCA: Online EDUCA Berlin 1999 - 5th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning, Berlin 1999.

YEAR: 1999
Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary Session

Thursday 09.30 - 11.00


Dr. Walter F. Kugemann
, University of Erlangen, Germany

09.30 Welcome

09.40 Official Opening by Veronika Pahl, Director-General for General Education and Vocational Education, Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Germany

Andy DiPaolo, Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Professional Development, USA
"Online Education: Myth or Reality?"

In this key-note presentation Dr. DiPaolo will share his views as to
where distance education is headed and will offer advice based on lessons learned in developing Stanford Online, one of the largest online educational services for professionals in the world.

Lucio Stanca, Chairman of the Board, IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa
"A Vision of Networked Learning from IBM"

In this presentation, Mr. Stanca will outline IBM's vision of networked learning, both within IBM itself as well as with customers.

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Plenary Session
(Friday 09.30 - 11.00)
Cost Effectiveness of Online Learning

Prof. Paul Bacsich
, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

This plenary session will start with a keynote presentation (09.30 - 10.00) from Paul Bacsich entitled
"The Hidden Costs of Networked Learning in UK Universities". This talk will describe the state of the art in providing a planning document and financial schema using which the actual costs of Networked Learning can be estimated, with particular focus on the unrecorded or hidden costs. It is hoped that such a planning document will inform the decisions made by institutional policy makers and course providers planning Networked Learning initiatives - and also students, especially lifelong learners - aiming to participate in Networked Learning. The planning document is one of the outcomes from a 6-month study project funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the UK Higher Education Funding Councils.

This session will include presentations from the following speakers:

10.00 Frank Jewett, California State University, USA
"A Simulation Model for Comparing the Costs of Expanding a Campus Using Distributed Instruction versus Classroom Instruction (One Costs Less)"

10.20 Clive Shepherd, Fastrak Consulting, UK
"Perspectives on Cost and Effectiveness in Online Training"

10.40 Prof. Lou Van Wyk, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Africa
"A Financial Model for the Application of Telematic Learning Programmes at Potchefstroom University in South Africa"

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Closing Plenary Session
(Friday 16.15 - 17.30)

Sally Reynolds
, ICEF, Belgium

Key-note presentations given by:

Oleg Liber, Director, University of Wales Bangor Centre for Learning Technology, UK
"Re-inventing Learning for a Networked World."

As background to his presentation, Oleg states: Ivan Illich argued that institutions such as school systems are rational artifacts and so may be considered man-made tools, supposedly in existence to benefit people. It is therefore strange to observe that these are now serviced by more than serve people, and that the cost of servicing these tools far outruns the benefits they purportedly render. Learning technologies allow us to see educational establishments for what they are, and to begin to re-invent how we organise learning to better fit the modern world.

16.40 Anton Jensen, European Commission Directorate General Education and Culture
"Minerva - A Redesigned European Commission Programme for ODL and ICT"

16.55 Issues arising from Online Educa Berlin '99, discussion with members of the Conference Steering Committee intended to highlight some of the key topics discussed at this year's conference.

17.30 Close

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