Desire2Learn hosts inaugural annual eLearning Roundtable event leading into the ACODE Conference in Wellington, New Zealand
Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, recently hosted a roundtable event on the evening before the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and E-Learning (ACODE) conference at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. This invitation only event provided an opportunity for eLearning thought leaders in Australia and New Zealand to discuss crucial issues in the educational use of social software tools.
Keynote speaker, Leigh Blackall, an Educational Developer for Otago Polytechnic who specialises in the use of socially networked media and communication and its relationship to socially constructed learning, led the foundational discussion. Mr. Blackall addressed the current advantages and pitfalls to educational institutions of using free social software tools (such as MSN, Skype, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Second Life) as well as presented a perspective of how peers are adopting, implementing and taking advantage of these tools.
Twenty-five eLearning managers and directors from 20 institutions in New Zealand and Australia participated in the deliberations, on using Web 2.0 tools in online learning courses, providing their input and experience to uncover how these technological innovations play an important role in educating their students. Outcomes from the forum will be presented in a forthcoming co-authored whitepaper, promoting further understanding on this topic.
“It is through the passion and expertise of the individuals that we have gathered together in this forum that education and innovation will partner to place students at the forefront of learning,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Open discussion of new media and its role in education enables educational professionals to determine how they can incorporate informal with formal learning modalities and facilitate student success through increased accessibility.”
To learn more about the Desire2Learn Roundtable sessions and participating in upcoming events, contact Kristin Greene at Kristin.Greene@Desire2Learn.com; call 1.888.772.0325 or email Info@Desire2Learn.com for details.
About Desire2Learn Incorporated
Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn supports more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com or call 1.888.772.0325.
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