THE 2ND ANNUAL FULLY ONLINE DISTANCE EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
20 & 21 OCTOBER 2022
EMERGING TRENDS IN ONLINE LEARNING
The idea of this symposium was born from discussions between learning designers and e-learning specialists late in the year 2020. While COVID-19 magnified the importance of online learning, many universities were already busy transforming face-to-face qualifications to fully online qualifications, entering the Fully OnlineDistance Education market. This transformational journey brings its own challenges. Therefore, the need arises for learning designers, online facilitators, and higher education decision-makers to come together and share their experiences of Fully Online Distance Education.
This symposium aims to invite scholars from all academic and technical backgrounds to participate by presenting work related to Fully Online Distance Education. It is open to national and international presenters to share their experiences, innovative ideas, and pedagogical approaches to transform education practice. The symposium seeks to address the many challenges to technological innovations in online educational settings and provide new directions for growth and development. Through this platform, we hope to create an online community of practice where we bring together like-minded individuals to discuss current thinking and practices in technology applications within Fully Online Distance Education.
Dr Piet Kommers is an early pioneer in media for cognitive- and social support. His doctoral research explored methods for hypertext and concept mapping in learning. Since 1982 he developed educational technology for teacher training. His main thesis is that technology is catalytic for human ambition and awareness. His main function is an associate professor at the University in Twente, the Netherlands and adjunct/visiting professor in various countries. He taught more than fifteen bachelor-, master- and PhD courses and supervised more than 30 PhD students. He instigated and coordinated the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Cognitive Technologies in 1990 and an extensive series of Joint European Research Projects in authoring multimedia, web-based learning, teacher education, virtual 3d worlds, constructivist learning, social media, web-based communities and international student exchange.
UNESCO awarded his work in ICT for Education in Eastern Europe with the title of Honorary Professor. The Capital Normal University in Beijing awarded his work with the title of Honorary Doctor. He is a member of advisory boards in the ministries of education and academia of sciences in Singapore, Finland and Russia.
Piet Kommers is the initiator of the "International Journal For Web-Based Communities" and overall chair of the IADIS conferences on societal applications of ICT. Since the late nineties, he has given more than 40 invited and keynote lectures at main education, media and communication conferences.
His books and journal articles address the social and intellectual transformations at each transition from "traditional" into the "new" media. Instead of regarding media as extrapolating, supplanting, vicarious or even disruptive, Piet's view is that new media elicit and seduce both individuals and organisations to reconsider human nature and challenge existential awareness at that very moment. His main publications and citation score can be found here. His workshop templates and experiences have been implemented into the UNESCO IITE reports, policy briefings and Master Course. Piet Kommers' books and journal articles reach the level of 5012 citations and an h-index of 30.
"Online education is like a rising tide, it's going to lift all boats."
1. Assessment to die for - How Did Bond Survive?
Mari van Wyk
Sean Patrick is a Senior Lecturer in the Disease Control track in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria. His research focus areas are Environmental and Social Impacts on Infectious and Chronic Diseases. He uses trans-disciplinary approaches to deal with complex environmental-social issues that influence existing and emerging diseases, in particular, SDG 3 (targets 3.3 and 3.9), SDG4 (using education as a tool to promote healthy lifestyle and reduce harmful exposures through community interventions) and SDG6 (target 6.2).
Liz Wolvaart is an associate professor, a public health professional and an aspiring education specialist in health professions education. Her undergraduate degree is in nursing, while her master's degree is in public health, and her doctorate is in education. This sometimes-volatile mixture is useful for her official research interest: health systems strengthening and action research. Liz's “side-hustle” research interests are the inclusion and expansion of public health in the undergraduate medical curriculum and the development of health professions educators. She was a regional co-director for SAFRI when it existed, served on the board of an inner-city clinic (my social accountability) and is an associate editor for a health professions education journal. Liz is involved in developing the first journal for undergraduate research done by health sciences students in Africa and is on the committee for the newly launched Association for Health Professions Education and Leadership (AHPEL). She worked for several years as a volunteer at the World Health Organisation where she was first stimulated to explore public health as a career option. Since then, she has developed a parallel passion with similar diverse origins for health professions education/research.
Mari van Wyk is a Senior Learning Designer from the Directorate of Comprehensive Online Education Services at the University of Pretoria. She has 24 years’ experience in teaching and completed her PhD in Computer Integrated Education, where she currently supervises post-graduate students. She has presented, reviewed, and published research on topics such as mobile and blended learning, using videos for learning support, note-taking with mobile devices, student voice in using educational software, and students' experience in fully online qualifications.