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A new narrative for understanding learning

We need a new narrative for understanding learning, suggest George Siemens. In his vision of the future, learners are part of – not only recipients of – information, knowledge, learning and teaching. The well-known Canadian eLearning expert will open eLearning Africa 2008 with a keynote presentation. Siemens is one of the most innovative thinkers in the fields of learning and technology. His work is […]

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Interview with Ferruh Gurtas, Intel Corporate Affairs Group Director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa

  Intel has long been committed to improving education on a global scale. The company has invested over US$1 billion in education programmes through the Intel Education Initiative in more than 50 countries on all continents, thus helping to train four million teachers in more than 40 countries to date. Especially in Africa, Intel is actively supporting teacher education. According to Ferruh Gurtas, Intel […]

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Interview with Alan Yates, General Manager of the Worldwide Education Group at Microsoft

  Alan Yates is general manager of the worldwide education group at Microsoft, where he works with education customers and leaders around the globe conducting groundbreaking work in support of the educational and economic aspirations of emerging markets. With three advanced degrees from Harvard and Stanford, Alan has also been a teacher and a state public policy director. He will be attending the African […]

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Digital inclusion for Africa

Established in 1958, ECA is one of five regional commissions under the administrative direction of United Nations (UN) headquarters. As the regional arm of the UN in Africa, it is mandated to support the economic and social development of its 53 member States. Aida Opoku-Mensah is Officer-in-Charge of the Development Information Services Division at the UNECA. Her ICT Team is primarily responsible for implementing […]

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Interview with Eric Broug, Emerald Business Manager for Africa

  As the world’s leading English-language publisher of management research, Emerald is always working on new ways to distribute and collect management and engineering knowledge efficiently. At eLearning Africa 2008, the publisher will present the open web space and hosting service Emerald InTouch in its effort to enhance African community building, look for authors and encourage African researchers to publish their findings. eLA newsletter […]

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eLearning key to solving Africa’s health care human resource crisis

It is in Africa where people are more exposed to a heavy and wide-ranging burden of disease – partly because of the region’s unique geography and climate. Nowhere has the HIV/AIDS epidemic killed such large proportions of the population; and nowhere has the old scourge of tuberculosis re-emerged in such big numbers. Poverty is very prevalent – about 40 percent of Africa’s people live […]

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eLearning for African higher education

The African Virtual University Module Authoring Workshop
Wednesday, May 28, Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT

At eLearning Africa, the AVU will hold a workshop led by Prof Thierry Karsenti on Module Authoring. The workshop will provide the participants with clear guidance on the eLearning module development process that is easy to understand and can be utilised by all interested authors or module developers. The sessions will ensure that the modules that are developed can be readily shared / accepted across various institutions and can also be used as open source content. The event targets academics and subject matter experts interested in basic authoring skills for eLearning materials.

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Interview with Dr Wolfram Laaser, Academic Director, Fernuniversität Hagen

  What is the real economic contribution of eLearning? What indicators are necessary to track the efficiency of courses and programmes? Dr Wolfram Laaser from Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany’s most important distance learning university, has extensive experience in this field. The economist has been involved with distance education and specifically with instructional design and media development at Hagen since the University’s inception in the mid-1970s. […]

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eLearning in medical education: Explore the virtual patient

David Dewhurst (BSc, PhD) is Professor of eLearning and Director of the Learning Technology Section in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh. He is an international figure in eLearning research in the bio/medical domain and has published widely in this area. He is also Principal Investigator for a number of eLearning grants. The eLearning Unit of the Learning […]

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Increasing efficiency for the poor

  Biography Dr. Jiping Zhang is Senior Distance Learning Specialist and Instructional Designer at the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) of the World Bank. She started distance learning in 1997 by developing the Internet-based-training and CD-ROM version with streaming video on water resources management and rural development policy courses for World Bank staff training. Before joining TDLC, she worked in the World Bank Institute […]