e/merge 2006 - Learning Landscapes in Southern
Africa is the second virtual conference on educational technology
in the SADC region and builds on the e/merge
2004 conference. e/merge 2006 will take place online from
10 - 21 July 2006 and may include associated face to face events
in a number of cities.
This conference focuses on online collaborative learning in
our regional context of unequal access to technology and to
education. The conference is primarily designed to share good
practice and knowledge about educational technology innovation
within the further and higher education sectors in the region,
as well as to strengthen communities of researchers and practitioners.
Proposals for presentations must be submitted by Tuesday 30
January 2006. Please see the Call
for Papers for more details.
Who is the conference for?
e/merge 2006 is primarily for educational technology
researchers and practitioners based in Southern Africa. We
will forge relationships to attract participants from other
English-speaking African countries. Participants from other
regions who have an interest in the use of educational technology
in Southern Africa will also be warmly welcomed.
Who is organising the conference?
e/merge 2006 is organised by the Centre
for Educational Technology at the University
of Cape Town. We are open to collaborating with other organisations
and networks in the region and beyond to ensure a high quality,
What is an online conference?
In a conventional conference everyone travels to one
physical location to debate conference papers and to network.
In an online conference we use a website as the conference
venue. We can view selected presentations, read conference
papers, share useful resources, take part in debate, share
best practices and network informally.
Mostly these online meetings are spread over a few days to
allow us the flexibility to take part when we choose. There
will also be some live meetings online which enhance the sense
of shared presence and energise the conference. Overall, an
online conference creates opportunities for rich conversations
which grow knowledge in a community involving experts and practitioners.
How much time will it take?
That's entirely up to you. You can choose to focus
on a few discussions that interest you if you have very limited
time available for participation. Most participants in e/merge
2004 spent up to 10 hours online over a two week period.
What do I need to take part?
A reliable dialup or network Internet connection will
allow for a full experience of the conference. However you
can participate even if you only have reliable e-mail access
and limited access to the Internet.
How much does the conference
The conference fees have been
set to encourage participation:
There will be a small number of sponsored places.
- Participants based in Africa - R200
- Participants from other regions - $100
How do I sign up?
Online registration opens in February 2006. if you
would like to contact us before then, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.