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e/merge 2008 took place over the weeks from Monday 7 July to Friday 18 July 2008. Presentations were grouped into 4 phases: "zooming into the landscape", "facing new challenges", "connecting communities" and "opening worlds". Presentations and discussion of papers in each phase, took place over 3 days and workshops ran for a week.

ISBN Number 978-0-620-42519-3 e/merge 2008 online conference proceedings (http://emerge2008.net)

Peer Reviewed Papers

Peer Review Statement: Except for the case of five keynote addresses and nine invited presentations all proposals for presentations were double blind peer reviewed. Thirteen papers were double blind peer reviewed by at least two reviewers. The conference chairs then prepared a report based on reviewer feedback for each author including a decision to accept, accept with changes or to reject the paper.

Review Panel: The e/merge 2008 review panel members were from 9 universities, one Polytechnic and one College of Technology in 7 countries across 4 continents. Seven members of the review panel are at Professor or Associate Professor level and five others have Doctorates in their fields of specialisation.

Journal Publication: Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz and Tony Carr will co-edit a peer reviewed special issue of The International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/) based on edited versions of selected papers from e/merge 2008, for publication in early 2009.

starPeer reviewed papers are marked below with a star star

1. zooming into the landscape

Week I (Monday 7 - Wednesday 9 July 2008)

Keynote: Reaching the potential of ICTs in African Higher Education Institutions: Lessons learned from the AVU Capacity Enhancement Program Bakary Diallo, African Virtual University
Increasing Access, Reducing Costs Sandra Aluoch, Bandwidth Consortium
Beyond technology: bandwidth as a strategic asset Duncan Greaves, Tenet

starGood practices necessary for effective implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in secondary schools - a case of Gayaza High School, Uganda

Ronald Ddungu, Gayaza High School Uganda

starAn instructional design model for e-Learning in schools education

Osman Sadeck, Western Cape Department of Education , South Africa

starICT Access & Use in Rural schools in South Africa: A case of the Mpumalanga Province

Nhlanhla Mlitwa and Joy Nonyane, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

starTeaching old dogs new tricks - developing lifelong learning skills in mature learners through eLearning

Daniela Gachago, University of Edinburgh, UK

starProfessional Development of Academic Staff: Learning with ICTs to learn about ICTs in teaching and learning

Markus Mostert and Lynn Quinn, Rhodes University, South Africa
Workshop: Connected Teacher Toolkit Bronwyn Stuckey, Indiana University and Maggie Verster, ICT4Champions, South Africa

2. facing new challenges

Week I (Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 July 2008)

Keynote: A Social Media Classroom for Student-Generated Learning Howard Rheingold, Visiting Professor Stanford University and UC Berkely
Keynote: Does Context Sensitive Instructional Design Really Matter? Ross Perkins, Virginia Tech

starScarce resources: Conflict and sharing in discourse around primary school email use

Nicola Pallitt, University of Cape Town, South Africa
ICT on the margins: Lessons for Ugandan education Harriet Mutonyi and Bonny Norton, University of British Columbia, Canada
Learning with Computers in Project-Based Learning Victor Ngobeni, Rotterdam Secondary School, Limpopo, South Africa

starInvestigating Popular Internet Applications as Supporting E-Learning Technologies for Teaching and Learning with Generation Y

Mici Halse and Brenda Mallinson, Rhodes University
Learning technologies and global aspects in disadvantaged communities in South Africa Jakob Pedersen, University of Cape Town, South Africa

starIssues in Integrating Indigenous Contents and ICT Application in Nigeria: The “i-CLAP” Model Experience

Joseph Azi, A. O. Aboderin and A. A. Nkom, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, M Schweppe, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), New York, USA
Workshop: Connected Teacher Toolkit Bronwyn Stuckey, Indiana University and Maggie Verster, ICT4Champions, South Africa

3. connecting communities

Week II (Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 July 2008)

Keynote: Digital Learning Ecosystems: Authoring, Collaboration, Immersion and Mobility Irene Karaguilla Ficheman, University of Sao Paulo Brazil
Wots ur ASLR? Adolescent girls’ use of cellphones in Cape Town Tanja Bosch, University of Cape Town, South Africa

star“Him & Her”: Gender differentials in ICT uptake

Ruth Nsibirano, Makerere University, Uganda
Creating an Online Learning Ecology in Support of Mathematical Literacy Teachers Maggie Verster, ICT4Champions
Mobile Learning at Makerere University Paul Muyinda, Makerere University, Uganda

starThe Virtual Journey in Real Life: exploring the implications of an innovative online degree course.

Sarah Jones, Core Education, United Kingdom
The Global Internet Video Classroom Project Oliver Lawrence, Elmhurst College, United States

starDynamic Approach in the Application of ICT Models in the provision of Flexible Learning for Distance Education

Sello Sekgwelea, UNISA, South Africa
“TEACHING ‘2.0’” Shathley Q, University of Cape Town
Wikilessons, wikiquizzes and wikiwebquests in OSS and OER environment Salvor Gissurardottir, Iceland University of Education
Workshop: Creativity in New Learning - Putting Learning First Nico Baird, Dreamagineers

4. opening worlds

Week II (Wednesday 16 - Friday 18 July 2008)

Keynote: Conceptual Play and Multiuser Virtual Worlds: Worked Examples from the Quest Atlantis Project Sasha Barab and Melissa Gresalfi, Indiana University, United States

starRAT Online The Belt: En Route to Effective Online Self-Defence Courses

Steven Yates, Knowledge Braid, Australia
Peer to Peer Models in Education Robin Good, Master New Media, Italy and Michel Bauwens, Foundation for P2P Alternatives
Inkundla yeHlabathi / World Forum Salim Nakhjavani, University of Cape Town, South Africa

starEducators and the Cape Town Open Learning Declaration: Rhetorically reducing distance

Andrew Deacon and Catherine Wynsculley, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Degrees of Openness Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Eve Gray, OpeningScholarship Project, South Africa

Maximising the potential of OER for sustainable higher education in Africa

Catherine Ngugi, OER Africa
Promoting Technology Use and Classroom Connections Deborah Tatar, Virginia Tech, United States
The OER Commons Initiative: Transforming Teaching and Learning Lisa Petrides, OER Commons and Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education
Assessing Mobile Technology Usage in a South African Township School Tino Kreutzer, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Workshop: Creativity in New Learning - Putting Learning First Nico Baird, Dreamagineers
Quest Atlantis Hands On Bronwyn Stuckey, Indiana University