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eLearning Africa 2017: Learning in Context 

 

Date: 27 - 29 September 2017
Venue: Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius
Deadline for submissions: 2 May 2017

eLearning Africa is the largest gathering of eLearning and ICT supported education and training professionals in Africa, enabling participants to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities. This year's theme is Learning in Context. In Africa, context is all-important. No-one can afford to ignore it. It is a vital factor in decisions affecting investment, job-creation and development. Africa is a continent, not a single country - a fact many outsiders forget. It has 54 countries and 5 time zones. So, in education and training, an understanding of context is essential. As new communication technologies extend the reach of opportunity, it is vital for educators, policy makers, partners and investors to take account of the local context and conditions. So what are the main contextual and cultural considerations affecting the development of new opportunities through technology supported learning? How can we localise content to maximise opportunity? How should we apply or adapt technology to meet local conditions and needs? Above all, in an Africa that is changing rapidly, how can we maintain and safeguard our connection to tradition and context?    

Contact: Dr Nicola Pallitt

 

HELTASA 2017: Higher education well-being: Transcending boundaries, Reframing excellence 

 

Date: 21 - 24 November 2017
Venue: Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre
Deadline for submissions: Second call closing date 31 July 2017

The HELTASA 2017 conference theme provides opportunities to interrogate and respond to the current challenges to higher education well-being. It brings to the fore academic conversations on the greater purpose of higher education and the need to engender, revive and preserve the roles of higher education and for institutions, students, academics and researchers to look beyond themselves to a greater good. The theme allows for problematising transformative public good that is beyond a narrowed, essentialist, ideological and politicised pursuit.

This conference encourages a disruption of current thinking about higher education and its connection to educational and social development and promotes transcending paradigmatic as well as disciplinary boundaries. This calls further for rethinking of traditional, limited orientations of learning and success and reframing excellence in higher education.

The conference includes workshops, oral papers, poster presentations, flipped paper session (a new format) and critical dialogue sessions. In presenting these, the conference organisers also encourage alternative and creative presentation modes that include poetry or drama.

Contact: Dr. Kasturi Behari-Leak