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The Learning Conference 2003

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Overall Theme:

What Learning Means

Theme 1: Designs of Meaning
  • 'New basics': what do you need to learn today?
  • New tools for learning: online, multimedia and digitally mediated learning.
  • Learning about technology.
  • Crossing the digital divide.
  • Reading and writing since the computer: the internet and multimedia.
  • Literacy and literacies: new perspectives and approaches
  • The visual and the verbal: multiliteracies and multimodal communications.
Theme 2: Designs of Learning
  • Blurring the institutional boundaries: where will we learn in the future?
  • New and old places of learning: home schooling, community schooling, charter schools, no school.
  • New economy and future work: the nature of the learning organisation.
  • Proliferation in the sites of learning: Lifelong and lifewide learning, from early childhood to retirement.
  • Investment in education: public or personal economics?
  • University education in transition.
  • The changing shape of vocational education and training.
  • Academic, workplace and community literacies.
Theme 3: Global Diversity, Local Diversity
  • Identity, belonging and the cultural conditions of learning.
  • Individual and social learning: tensions in a world of difference.
  • Diversities in the classroom: cultural, gender, (dis)ability.
  • International, global, multicultural and cross-cultural education.
  • Equity, participation and opportunity: addressing disadvantage in education.
  • Education for first nations or indigenous peoples.
  • 'Mainstream' and 'minority': redefining the terms.
  • Languages learning: 'foreign', ESL, bilingual, multilingual, global.
Theme 4: Learning Paths
  • Pedagogies for a world in flux.
  • Intelligence or ability, competence or capacity: what are the ends of education?
  • Creating learning pathways: linking different institutional settings and institutional learning with community and 'real world' learning.
  • Defining and measuring learning outcomes: dilemmas in assessment and evaluation Teachers' work: how is it changing?
  • Educational leadership and management: how to create institutional change.