Virtual School Meanderings

June 5, 2012

Reminder: EDEN 2012 And K-12 Online Learning

A reminder that the European Distance Education Network 2012 Annual Conference begins tomorrow.  About seven weeks ago, I have searched the program and here are the K-12 online learning sessions that I was able to find.

7 June 2012 – Thursday

09:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session 1

Keynote Speech
Isabel Leite, State Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Science, Portugal

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions A

Session A4

Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of an Innovative Blended Learning Environment – Case Porvoo Campus
Kitte Marttinen, Adulta, Teemu Patala, Context Learning Finland, Elina Ketonen, Reijo Ruusunen, University of Helsinki, Kirsti Lonka, University of Helsinki / Karolinska Institutet, Finland

14:30 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions B

Session B2

A Delphi Study on the Competencies of 21st Century Teachers
Heeok Heo, Sunchon National University, Kyu Yon Lim, Ewha Womans University, Korea (Republic of South Korea), Jeong-Hee Seo, Korea Education & Research Information Service, Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea)

Session B4

Does Familiarity Breed Contempt? Examining Distance Learning Students’ Perceptions
Dale Kirby, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Michael K. Barbour, Wayne State University, United States of America, Dennis Sharpe, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

8 June 2012 – Friday

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions D

Session D3

Virtual Schooling for All Ages – The News from VISCED
Paul Bacsich, Barry Phillips, Sara Frank Bristow, Giles Pepler, Sero Consulting Ltd., George Watley, University of Northampton, United Kingdom

Session D4

Willingness of People of Different Ages to Learn Online – Taking Guizhou Cadre Online Learning School as Example
Tang Huilin, Li Yuebo, Guizhou Radio and TV University, China

9 June 2012 – Saturday

09:30 – 10:45 Parallel Sessions G

Session G3

Roadmap to Digital School: A Case Study from Italy
Giuseppina Cannella, Elena Mosa, Leonardo Tosi, INDIRE (ANSAS), Italy
The workshop session aims at providing a general overview on the Italian strategy for helping the schools become digital. This includes massive investments on technology, training and content. These key elements represent the focus of different project that fall under the “umbrella name” of Digital School ( whose general aim is to go beyond the limit of the physical classroom and build a new concept of learning environment. The workshop will present and discuss the aims and outcomes of the five projects that, together, depict the strategy of the digital school: Interactive Whiteboard National project, 2.0 Cl@ssroom project, 2.0 Schools project, Connecting geographically isolated schools (small islands) and Digital Publishing project to produce a new generation of digital content for schools.

I won’t be in attendance, Dennis Sharpe will be presenting for our team I believe.  However, if someone is there I would welcome guest entries from them.

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