Summit to discuss how technology will transform higher education in 2020 and beyond

Federated Management Institute in partnership with its industry partners will host the e-Learning and  Technology in Higher Education Summit 2020 on September 16 -18, 2020 at the Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa. The summit will be held as a full contact and virtual online event to allow remote participation.

Online education (or e-Learning) is changing the way we approach teaching and learning. Changes in education delivery models have been rapid and transformational. As institutions worldwide adapt to these changes, a very dynamic education landscape has generated immense interest among researchers, educators, administrators, policymakers, publishers, and businesses. Online education in its various modes has been growing steadily worldwide due to the confluence of new technologies, global adoption of the Internet, and intensifying demand for a workforce trained periodically for the ever-evolving digital economy.

As ICTs have kept advancing, online education has become more feasible technologically, economically,and operationally. Incentives for universities to offer online programs include financial constraints and rewards (e.g. reduced infrastructure for classrooms, offices, cafeterias, dorms, and libraries), increase in nontraditional students that are working full time, and the advanced state of technology making it easy to implement.

Instead of “correspondence” courses that started in England in the mid-nineteenth century and involved sending of hard copy documents that were subject to long ?me delays, e-learning facilitates asynchronous as well as synchronous education delivery methods along with access to online discussion boards, chat rooms, and video conferencing.

This two-and-a half-day event divided into a half-day workshop and 2-days of presentations will look at the latest trends in E-Learning and the impact of technology in Higher Education across the continent. It will also look into emerging technologies for teaching and learning, curriculum and course design, and will use case studies and panel discussions to unpack modern learning tools and applications.

The workshop is designed primarily for learning professionals – trainers, instructional designers, and organisational development practitioners – but also greatly benefit anyone within an organisation who is responsible for developing others, from managers.

It’s targeted at:

  • Practitioners new to asynchronous e-learning design and development but experienced in training and performance, and those who want to brush up on the newest techniques.
  • Instructional designers, curriculum builders, learning managers, and courseware producers.

Among the key topics to be featured are:

  1. What’s on the horizon for education technology in 2020 and beyond?
  2. Emerging technologies for teaching and learning
  3. Exploring the real use of AI in higher education today
  4. Developing university capacity and capability in digital education through external partnerships
  5. Using AR and VR in preparing students for vocational careers
  6. Why investing in education is the only way to create a sustainable talent pipeline of women in technology
  7. Case study: Wits University Digital Campus: Creating the future digital environment for our students, staff and community
  8. Policy and strategy formula?on for sustainable development goals and e-learning in higher educa?on
  9. Panel: Harnessing technology to support graduate employability
  10. The VC Panel: What’s on the horizon for education technology in 2020 and beyond?


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