E-Learning Symposium Debuts at Mason

Posted: June 6, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Graham

George Mason will host Innovations in eLearning Symposium tomorrow through Wednesday at the Fairfax Campus. Conducted in partnership with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and the Naval Education and Training Command, the symposium will cover various aspects of e-learning, which is online training delivered in a synchronous (real-time; instructor-led) or asynchronous (self-paced) format.

More than 300 e-learning developers, computer engineers, multimedia specialists, training directors, and knowledge project officers from Australia, Canada, and across the United States are expected to attend the symposium, which will be held in Student Union II.

Government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor, as well as military officials from the Air Force, Army, and Navy will participate with private sector representatives and professors from George Mason, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, and the University of Indiana-Central.

College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) faculty members giving presentations at the symposium are Brenda Bannan-Ritland, Michael Behrmann, Kevin Clark, Nada Dabbagh, Gary Dickelman, Eamonn Kelly, Kristine Neuber, Priscilla Norton, and Shuangbao Wang.

These sessions will answer participants’ questions on:

  • Promoting a research-to-practice and practice-to-research connection in e-learning

  • How the emerging method of design research may hold promise for academic, corporate, and military e-learning developers

  • How e-learning developers can creatively conduct evaluations and research within design and development cycles to improve e-learning products

For more information about the symposium and registration fees, visit the web site.

After the conference, there will be a free lecture by one of the symposium’s speakers, Etienne Wenger, founder of CPsquare. On Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m., Wenger will speak on “Learning in Communities: A Journey of the Self” in Student Union II, Room 5. Those interested in attending are requested to RSVP to bmueller@gmu.edu or 703-993-3798.

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