Designing online conferences to promote professional development in Africa
Tony Carr, University of Cape Town, South Africa and University of Oslo, Norway
IJEDICT Volume 12, Number 2, ISSN 1814-0556 Publisher: Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies
Online conferences have become an increasingly well accepted mode of delivery and interaction for professional development processes. This is partly driven by changing online conference designs, improved bandwidth and increasing takeup of internet services globally. The growth of online conferences is also in part a response to the travel costs, security fears, and ecological impacts related to traditional face to face conferences.. The e/merge online conference series on the use of educational technology in Africa is an example of how online conferences can enhance professional networking and development of practitioners and researchers. Such conferences can bring together professionals with shared practices, facilitate learning at the boundaries of overlapping communities of practice and bring African and global experiences into a shared conversation about new opportunities and local contexts.
Carr, T. (2016). Designing online conferences to promote professional development in Africa. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, 12(2),. Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies.