Mason Hosts E-Learning Symposium

Posted: May 24, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Probst

Mason’s Instructional Technology (IT) Program and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) will hold the third annual Innovations in E-Learning Symposium from June 5 to 7 on the Fairfax Campus.

Symposium topics include global e-learning, open source, social software, organizational development and games and simulations.

The idea for the symposium began in 2004 when DAU approached the IT Program faculty at Mason about developing e-learning training and online courses. At the time there was no venue in Northern Virginia that dealt with e-learning, according to Nada Dabbagh, associate professor in the Instructional Technology program in the College of Education and Human Development.

“Three main constituents are attracted to the symposiums – military and government personnel, corporate organizations and academics – who are interested in finding a balance between theory and practice,” says Kevin Clark, associate professor and program coordinator for the Instructional Technology program.

The symposium aims to provide professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to apply a wide range of computer and telecommunications technologies in achieving educational goals within school, community, corporate and public settings.

Sharon Pitt, executive director of the Division of Instructional Technology, will give a presentation on Thursday, June 7, called “Next Level E-Learning: From Increasing Adoption to Increasing Effectiveness.” Pitt believes blending e-learning into campus-based degree programs can help institutions address key issues, such as helping students balance personal and educational demands, meeting regional and global economic development and workforce needs and improving time-to-degree completion.

“The symposium is important because it draws e-learning industry professionals from the [Washington, D.C.] metro and Northern Virginia areas to participate in a cutting-edge symposium that explores the latest e-learning theories, processes and technologies in government and higher education contexts,” says Dabbagh.

For more information and to register for a workshop, visit the web site.

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