Technology plays a critical part in all businesses and organisations these days, not least of all in education and learning.
The explosion in online delivery now spans the globe, including everything you can imagine, from products and services from retailers to the rapid expansion of e-learning.
The Internet has given everyone, including students at all levels of education, from primary or high school, university and TAFE, unparalleled access to information.
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn ensure information on people, businesses, governments – and almost any topic you choose – is accessible on the Internet.
The Internet has become so pervasive in all our lives. From those early days at school right through to university and beyond. It has now graduated from being called ‘The Internet of Things’ to the ‘Internet of Everything’!
As one technology vendor, Cisco observed, there are now more things connected to the Internet than there are people on the planet. Using the world’s current population figure, that means there is more than 7.3 billion ‘things’ connected to the Internet!
In step with the global growth of online activity, there are endless conferences and talk-fests around the world, including in Australia, on all manner of topics, particularly ‘Internet-fuelled online information dissemination’ with education and learning included.
In a newly announced international conference, education and learning will be the centre of attention at the Online Educa Berlin conference to be staged in the German city of Berlin from 3 – 5 December.
Online Educa Berlin has attracted a line-up of over 300 international speakers on a wide-range of topics looking at current and future trends in technology-supported learning and training. Some of the topics on the agenda include:
- Social media and learning (in and out of the classroom)
- Whether e-learning programmes for employees really boost business and improve staff retention
- What radical democratisation of technology means for society
- Why and how to use video in learning