PeLs holds 4th Philippine National eLearning Conference this August
Calling all advocates of teaching and learning using ICTs: the Philippine eLearning Society (PeLs), the country’s first e-learning association,is holding its 4th National eLearning Conference this August 25-26, 2005 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center (TARC), University of Santo Tomas, Manila. This year’s theme is “Elearning: Promoting Creative ICT Use”.
Looking at the conference’s context, PeLs can lay claim to being the premiere group of e-learning practitioners dedicated to the learning part in “e-learning”. The conference organizers carefully point out that paper presentations are meant to jump start a sharing of experiences, with focus on the pedagogical and instructional design aspects. Software vendors, are you listening?
I’ve attended the conferences for the past two years. I recall how one presenter shared his experience on his ‘e-learning’ implementation and how it curiously sounded like a product pitch. Can’t blame them, though. In any case, I am eagerly looking forward to seeing how ICTs can support the teaching of Music and Dance courses.
Interesting thought that as a nation known for great singers and entertainers, a successfully designed program for courses like these may just be the answer to support the Philippines’ human capital development program espoused by the Commission on Information and Communications Technologies (CICT).
For the Small, Micro and Medium Enterprise (SME) papers, I can imagine that there must successful e-learning or blended learning programs out there, not the least from the booming call center business. With the high turnover rate of representatives, imagine how they can cut on training costs with an innovative e-learning program for teaching call center reps! I do hope there are presentations on e-learning in customer education, new employee induction, and managerial soft skills training. It would be great to see how companies use ICTs to augment their informal learning programs.
Check out the PeLs website for more conference details. Kudos to the organizers for coming up with a bold, attractive site design for this event. I wish, though, that this year’s conference site can maintain the links to research abstracts from past years’ papers. Doing so can provide delegates with more fodder for learning and for collaborative discussion between presentations.
What do you have to share about creative ICT use in education and in industry? Share your thoughts at the PeLs forums.