Tuesday, 8 April 2008

CIDER online events: an ICT4D expert from Catalonia

The Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research, University of Athabasca, presents the next presentation in their series of free CIDER sessions. Their next session features a presentation and discussion with Ismael Peña-López, Lecturer and Researcher, Open University of Catalonia.

Title: The Personal Research Portal: The Virtual Faculty or the Net behind the Classroom.

He has an abstract of his presentation posted on his blog. If you are interested in ICT4D, you better check out his blog, he calls it a personal research portal and by Jove that is so true.

In this presentation, Ismael Pena-Lopez expands on his previous research into personal research portals to propose ways in which educators may use web 2.0 tools to build themselves a place on the net - a personal research portal where they may weave their own network of colleagues, share resources, and exchange experiences. The presentation will look at how these personal research portals may impact on the tasks in which educators engage in outside of the classroom, be it of bricks and mortar or virtual. In addition, the presentation will examine the possibility of a virtual faculty based on personal portals built with web 2.0 tools.

When: Friday, April 11, 2008, 11am-12pm Mountain Standard Time (= 19 PM London, UK)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP functionality built into the web conferencing software. Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Please don't wait until the day of the session to do this. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at http://www.elluminate.com/support/ in the "First Time Users" section.

The session will be recorded and available for future playback from http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions/
(which I will look at because I cannot make it to the live session - a real pity, because it will be inspiring).