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International Conference on LEARNING COMMUNITIES

09. 11. 2006

The rapidly changing society has established learning as a permanent demand for virtually every sphere of life. The new information and communication technologies offer new learning and knowledge-platforms which represent chances for cooperative and intercultural learning unknown so far. Learning communities may emerge across geographical boundaries and hence correspond to the needs of an increasingly networking society.

The international conference will give an overview of the variety of learning opportunities with computer-supported media.

Main Questions during the conference:

- What kind of knowledge is produced and communicated in the cyberspace?

- What can we do with this very knowledge?

- Does it help children to be better prepared for their future, to cope with the requirements of their jobs, to practice cross-boundary, intercultural communication that becomes increasingly important in relation to the globalization of economy, politics and culture?

- To what extent does the Internet create new demands on apprenticeship and higher education?

- How can schools, universities and economical companies prepare themselves for the new era of teaching and learning? Which innovative potential can the learning communities offer?

Internationally renowned researchers such as Howard Rheingold, who decisively coined the term “virtual community”, the futurologist Matthias Horx, the educationalist Oskar Negt from the University of Hannover and the psychologist and Internet researcher Nicola Döring have been invited as speakers for the conference respectively have accepted the invitation.

Practical experience will also be represented at the conference. Partners of a project of the European Union, the Chamber of Commerce, companies of computing, learning centres and competence centres will give lectures on the new possibilities of qualification in e-business.

The conference will offer a mix of lectures, panels and workshops aiming at setting impulses for a productive and successful examination of computers and the Internet as learning media. This examination should not only have an impact on the academic field, but also on companies, educational institutions and the interested public in Carinthia as well as the whole Alpen-Adria-Region.

Conference location:
Klagenfurt University / Austria
Universitätsstrasse 65-67
A 9020 Klagenfurt
Austria

Conference date:
November 9 – 11, 2006
Welcome desk starts at half past 2 p.m.

Registration:
Registration deadline for Guests: October 15, 2006
Registration deadline for Speakers: November 01, 2006

Conference fee:
€ 90 – conference fee (including two times lunch and catering during coffee breaks)
€ 40 – reduced conference fee for students
€ 10 – lecture-evening with Matthias Horx

For more information, please check the conference website

source: Learning Communities website

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