program (pdf 256 KB)
A symposium is normally a forum in which invited participants discuss recent progress in a field, exchange up-to-date information, have intense discussions around a related set of issues, and identify issues for further study. It is exploratory by nature, and its purpose should be to inform people about the issues so that they can make appropriate decisions when necessary. There should be lots of opportunites for people to join groups, to set up their own topics.
Learning Futures is about swapping ideas, about learning from each other as professionals across education sectors, and about maximising participation for all. As such, there will be no formal papers presented (as per a regular conference).
The style of symposium follows the Unconference model. This model draws content from the participants rather than the speaker or conference organisers.
Please note that the program is only indicative at this stage.
general reading and other source material
- Hartman, Joel, Patsy Moskal and Chuck Dzuiban. 2005. "Preparing the Academy Today for the Learner of Tomorrow" in Diana G. Oblinger and James L. Oblinger (eds) Educating the Net Generation. Chapter available at Educause website.
- Mather, Joanna. 2007. "Panic over Digital Natives' IT Mastery 'premature'" Campus Review 17 (26) 2 July 2007. Password required. Contact Learning Futures for further details.
- Owen, M. 2004. "The myth of the digital native." From Futurelab's web articles website.
- Prensky, Marc. 2001. "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants." in On the Horizon 9 (5) October 2005.
- Spender, Dale. 2007. "Get with the program". Sydney Morning Herald 27 January, 2007 (pdf 29 KB).
- Surowecki, James. 2004. The Wisdom of Crowds. Why the Many are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations. London: Little, Brown.