Friday, 1 August 2008

ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide

ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide

9-11 September 2008, Leeds, UK

*Bookings close Friday, 15th August 2008 - book soon to confirm your


This conference will explore and extend the debate over the digital

divide, providing an opportunity to develop both thinking and practice.

The premise to be explored in the conference is that the digital divide

is multidimensional, rather than just being a problem of access, and

that the divide is, in different ways, prevalent in many settings, and

is not limited to the divide between first world and lesser developed

countries. In addition, several forms of the digital divide manifest

themselves in everyday situations encountered by many in the learning

technology domain.

Full details of the conference programme can be found at:

There will be major keynotes from:

* *David Cavallo*, Chief Learning Architect for One Laptop Per Child.

David's keynote will stress how solutions to the digital divide should

support the development of collective agency that gives users power over

their own lives.

* *Itiel Dror*, Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton. Itiel brings

a unique perspective on learning and its fit with cognitive systems, and

the bridge between cognition and learning technology.

* *Hans Rosling*, Professor of International Health, Karolinska

Institute, Han's Gapminder Foundation invented the Trendalyzer data

visualisation tool. Hans will use this to analyse the economic, social

and environmental divisions that exist in the world, and while pointing

to the severity of the situation note that there are some reasons for


Alongside our keynote speakers, the programme will be interspersed with

sessions addressed by eight invited speakers: *George Auckland* (Head of

Innovation, BBC Vision); *Lisbeth Goodman* (Professor of Creative

Technology Innovation, Founder and Director of the SMARTlab Digital

Media Institute); *Jane Hart* (Centre for Learning and Performance

Technologies, and creator of the Top 100 Tools for Learning list);

*Denise Kirkpatrick* (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, The

Open University); *Richard Noss* (Professor of Mathematics Education at

the Institute of Education, Co-Director London Knowledge lab, TLRP

Associate Director for Technology Enhanced Learning); *Gilly Salmon*

(Professor of e-Learning and Learning Technologies, University of

Leicester); *Clive Shepherd* (Chair of the eLearning Network); and

*George Siemens* (Associate Director, Research and Development, Learning

Technologies Centre, University of Manitoba).

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