Digital Education delegates, suppliers, and renowned speakers from Australia and all over the world are currently meeting in Brisbane. The reason for their gathering is EduTECH, the largest annual education technology conference and exhibition in Australia. It is the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector (primary, secondary, tertiary, higher education and workplace learning) under one roof, including libraries, the government and suppliers.
EduTECH is the largest education event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – digital education is a priority in Australia.
Exposing and discussing
200 exhibitors showcase everything from the latest in cutting-edge classroom technologies, through to large enterprise-scale infrastructure used by Australia’s biggest universities through to the back-end infrastructure needed to support it all. And in 8 masterclasses and 9 congresses, the high-order and strategic opportunities that technology offers for improving learning outcomes are discussed.
Congresses for higher education
One of these congresses is geared to higher education leaders. The aim is to explore how higher education is evolving with technology and social-behaviour changes, what strategies university VCs and leadership teams need to adopt to in order to improve standards, attract more students, compete domestically and internationally and climb the international rankings.
Among others, MOCCs and how they are different from SMOCs (synchronous massive online courses – professors broadcast their lectures live) are issues.
Speakers include different Australian experts like Gregor Kennedy, Director of eLearning from the University of Melbourne or Yvette Adams, founder of The Creative Collective and ICT Woman of the Year 2013. But also internationals are represented, e.g. Sir Ken Robinson, one of the world’s biggest names in education and creativity, or Dr. Yong Zhao, Associate Dean for Global Education from the Center for Advanced Technology in Education, University of Oregon.
Another congress is geared to tertiary technology leaders and aims at exploring the technical challenges facing CIOs and ICT managers from the entire training, tertiary and higher education sector.
Also geared to the VET sector
The Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector is represented, too: EduTECH includes a congress for VET leaders. “Technology is bringing new opportunities and new challenges. Regulatory requirements are getting steeper and non-compliance is becoming a waking nightmare for more training organisations”, as you can read on the event’s website.
Link to the event: http://www.edutech.net.au/