Learning technologists from around the world are in Kelowna next week for the 6th annual International Conference on e-Learning (ICEL).
Hosted at UBC's Okanagan campus on Monday and Tuesday June 27-28, the conference will welcome participants from 37 countries, notes Conference Chair Peter Arthur.
"We are looking forward to meeting our colleagues from as far away as Malaysia, New Zealand, and South Africa," says Arthur, who is director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the Okanagan campus and a professor in the Faculty of Education.
Over the two days of the conference, researchers, practitioners and academics will present their research findings, works in progress, case studies and conceptual advances in areas of work where education and technology intersect.
"We are earning a reputation for leadership in many areas of research and teaching," says Arthur. "Hosting this global conference is an important opportunity to introduce our Okanagan campus to other influential people working at the cross-road of teaching, learning and technology."
A variety of topics will be addressed at this interdisciplinary conference, including issues important in higher education, instructional design, and e-learning -- with applications in law, science, library science, medicine, business, human resources, cultural studies and many other disciplines.
"The conference brings together varied groups of people with different perspectives, experiences and knowledge in one location," says Phil Balcaen, Conference Programme Chair and a professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC's Okanagan campus.
"Our intention is to help practitioners find ways of putting research into practice, and researchers to gain an understanding of real-world problems, needs and aspirations."
The 2011 ICEL conference proceedings will be submitted for publication in the prestigious Electronic Journal of e-Learning.
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