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CAL'07 in Dublin

26. 03. 2007

The Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) biennial conference, in association with Computers & Education, and Elsevier, is one of the premier international conferences addressing technology enhanced learning. It has a proud tradition of engendering critical debate on the key challenges of concern to researchers and practitioners.

Proponents of computer assisted learning have long argued that computer technology would – or should – be disruptive in nature. They postulated that because of developments in technology, traditional models of education would not be sustainable. Just as technological development disrupted many traditional industries so too would education & learning be affected. However, despite over 20 years of development in technology enhanced learning since the advent of the PC, this revolution has not taken place. It could be argued that mainstream education, whilst it has been augmented by technology, has not been disrupted.

CAL ’07 will debate the alleged disruptive nature of technological development in the area of learning at the individual, institutional and national level in an attempt to learn from the past while designing for the future. In particular, CAL’07 will explore:

Theme 1: ICT & Learning – So What?
Papers are invited which give critical perspectives on why technology has not had a major disruptive effect on (formal) learning and schooling. Areas to be addressed include: Why has major disruption not taken place? Should it? Will it?; Policy; Roll Out (or Knowledge Relay); Curriculum; Accreditation; Empowerment of Teachers; Design of Buildings and Learning Spaces.

Theme 2: New Directions.
Which current, and imminent, technological and conceptual developments are having, or could have, a disruptive effect on learning organisations? Do developments in mobile devices, pervasive learning spaces, on-line communities, social software, and gaming offer real advantages to learning or are they yet another ‘false dawn’? What are the educational possibilities of the current ‘bleeding edge’ developments in computer science? Papers reporting on current research and speculative ideas are invited.

Track 3: Creative Expression & Learning.
If there is one area in which technology is having a liberating, if not disruptive, effect on learning it is in the area of creativity and the empowering of learner voices. This is not confined to traditional areas such as film & video, music, and art but extends into the sciences and other areas. It also includes the rise of blogging and social software by both teachers and students. Papers are invited which report on research in all areas of creative expression by, or for, learners.

Theme 4: ICT4DEV (ICT for Development Education).
Great hopes are being pinned upon the use of technology to help developing countries overcome the major challenges they face in the field of education and learning. What are the innovative developments in this area? What lessons can be learned from experiences with technology & learning in developed countries? Can the introduction of disruptive technologies allow developing countries to ‘leapfrog’ into the information age? Is this already happening?Papers are invited which analyse policy, practice and technological innovation in this area.

In keeping with the theme of disruption, development and debate, the conference format will include not just traditional presentations but also set debates and themed symposia.

A feature of the conference will be the inclusion of a showcase element that will allow practitioners, new researchers, those involved in on-going field testing and others with an interest in new settings and uses to present work in progress. This will involve posters, live demonstrations and roundtable opportunities.

Abstracts are currently invited for oral and poster presentation at the conference and should be submitted via the Online Submission Form by 29 September 2006.

Proposals for symposia and uses of technology should be addressed directly to the programme chair. Email [email protected]

Deadline Call for Papers:
29. 09. 2006


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