Tuesday, 27 May 2008

e-Learning Africa 2008 conference

Accra 28-30/2008. More than 1390 delegates from 78 countries are registered so far for the third edition of the eLearning Africa conference. The event will be opened by His Excellency Alhaji Aliu Mahama, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana on Thursday, May 29th. The Opening Plenary will mark the kick-off for two full days of sessions, discussions and debates around ICT-supported education and training in Africa.

315 speakers and chairpersons from 54 countries will offer an abundance of opportunities for participants to learn, share and network with colleagues from all over the world. With 4 plenary sessions, 66 sessions in 11 parallel conference strands, 48 demonstrations and best practice examples, 14 pre-conference events and a number of exciting new features, the event will again be a landmark in pan-African capacity building for ICT-enhanced education and training.
Relevant topics for agricultural research in Africa:

Thu. 29/05: Mobile Phones Offering a Lifeline to Learners
Patrick Kiirya, Busoga Farmer Network (Bufanet), Uganda & Ignatz Heinz, Avallain AG, Switzerland
Uganda-MarketlnInfon et: ICT-Driven Agricultural Knowledge and Market Information for Small-Scale Farmers

Thu. 29/05: Using Open Source Technologies and Tools in Practice
Kwaku Boadu, Arrow Network Systems Ltd., Ghana
Javelin - Delivering On-line Educational Content in Poor Infrastructure Areas in Africa

Thu. 29/05: ICT for African Mother Tongue Language Education
Lauryn Oates, University of British Columbia, Canada

Thu. 29/05: Repositories, Knowledge Banks and Online Resources
Dr Petr Kosina, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico
Cereal Knowledge Bank – Empowering Research to Reach the Doorstep of the Farmers
He was also in Addis

Thu. 29/05: Unleashing the Capabilities of Universities Through Information and Communication Technologies
Jan Beniest, World Agroforestry, Kenya
Lessons Learned from a Blended Learning Event on ‘Research Induction – Thinking Scientifically’

Thu. 29/05: Demonstrations
Oluremi A. Omowaiye, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria
Science Without Borders - the New Single Reference Science Community Portal for Africa-Europe

Fri. 30/05 Access Solutions for Rural and Poorly Connected Regions
Ugo Vallauri, Computer Aid International, Kenya
Rural Access to ICT: The Importance of a Low-Power Approach

Fri. 30/05 Libraries as Access Providers to Resources and Expertise
Marga Koelen, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, The Netherlands
Fri. 30/05 Ongoing Research in the African Technology-Enhanced Learning Sector (Part I)
Wanyenda Leonard Chilimo, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania.
Challenges and Opportunities of eLearning from Learners’ Perspective: Experiences of Graduates of NetTel@Africa eLearning Programme

Fri. 30/05 Putting in Place ICT-Supported Libraries in Africa
Dr Justin Chisenga, Food and Agriculture Organization, Ghana

Fri. 30/05 Best Practice Examples
Prof Virginie Levasseur, Université de Moncton, Campus d'Edmundston, Canada
L'Agroforesterie en Afrique Sub-Saharienne: Principes et Pratiques

Dr Bedilu Habte, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Blended Learning Using Moodle in the Course Design of Concrete Structures

Programme of the eLearning Africa 2008 conference: online.
If you would like to print the conference programme: PDF 260 kB