The first Unisa Cambridge conference in the Southern Hemisphere is a small-scale international conference for sharing ODeL experience and knowledge while highlighting issues particularly relevant to the Global South. The conference is held 29 September to 2 October 2013 at Spier Estate in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.
The University of South Africa in association with the Commonwealth of Learning and Cambridge Distance Education presents The Unisa Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance and eLearning 2013.
The first Unisa Cambridge conference in the Southern Hemisphere will continue the tradition, established by the Cambridge conference over the last thirty years, of a small-scale international conference for sharing ODeL experience and knowledge while highlighting issues particularly relevant to the Global South. Total participation will be limited to 100 delegates.
This conference will examine continuity and change in Open, Distance and eLearning within the context of political, economic, social and technological transformations that impel a re-examination of current assumptions and structures. Participants will have opportunities to explore those principles and practices that are worth maintaining and preserving from previous generations of ODeL and those which should inform the development of ODeL in the immediate future and on the longer term. Papers, presentations and discussions will promote discussions around the following themes:
- The present and the future of ODeL – disjunction, rupture or continuity; a straight path, a winding road, or a brand new superhighway
- The North and the South – what can we learn from areas of convergence and difference?
- Structure and fluidity – what is worth preserving and what should we let go?
- The current and potential impact of OER on ODeL
- Global change and its impact on ODeL –the potential impacts on ODeL of escalating inequalities, the digital divide, poverty, economic downturns and a mass demand for education?
- Technologies in whose hands? Exploring issues: re-purposing social media technologies for ODeL applications; weighing the effectiveness and viability of new technologies; considering the various dimensions of accessibility
- The increasing convergence of ODeL and traditional face-to-face universities and the consequences for ODeL institutions.
Professor Asha Kanwar: Commonwealth of Learning
Professor Bakary Diallo: African Virtual University
Professor Alan Tait: Open University UK
Professor Saleem Badat: Council for Higher Education South Africa