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News Alert: Learning Technologies Conference Delegates go to the Reef, Canada, New Zealand, Zurich without leaving their seats

  • 02 December, 2003 16:34

<p>Good afternoon,</p>
<p>Learning Technologies 2003 Conference (<http:>) is taking place from 3-6 December this week. The conference brings together practitioners and experts in the use of real-time communications technologies in education and training. This is an opportunity for teachers, lecturers, trainers and educators in any field to learn about the latest interactive leaning technologies and how they can be used effectively.</http:></p>
<p>Polycom is the world’s technology leader in high-quality, easy-to-use video, voice, data and web conferencing and collaboration solutions. Polycom conferencing technology is used extensively in all aspects of training and education. The company is one of the sponsors of the conference.</p>
<p>For more information or to arrange an interview with Polycom please contact:</p>
<p>Michelle Zahra
Porter Novelli Australia
Tel: 02 9463 7600 | Mobile: 0412 375 101</p>
<p>Delegates at Learning Technologies Conference go to the Reef, Canada, New Zealand, Zurich without leaving their seats</p>
<p>Latest technologies bring a classroom without walls</p>
<p>For Immediate Release: December 2, 2003 - The latest learning technologies will be showcased at an upcoming conference being held 4-6 December at the Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE, Mooloolaba Campus, Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek. The theme of the conference is E2 Learning: Future Dimensions and it will showcase technologies being used in TAFE Colleges, Universities and Schools to extend E-learning beyond that which we currently know.</p>
<p>This is the sixth annual conference organised by LearnTel, a Sydney based company that uses these real-time conferencing technologies to conduct it’s own business nationally and internationally.</p>
<p>LearnTel’s founder and Managing Director, Carol Daunt, said that E-learning was moving beyond the bounds of the computer and programs delivered online. “In the next two years, students will be using one device to interact real-time with each other and their teachers from wherever they are in the world. Teachers will be able to design rich and engaging learning experiences that take students beyond the classroom walls to experience environments that they would not normally be able to visit.,” she said.</p>
<p>Videolinq, TAFE Queensland is an organisation at the forefront in the use of conferencing and streaming technologies to deliver its programs.</p>
<p>Manager of Videolinq, Paul Crosisca said “Videolinq harnesses videoconferencing, videostreaming and web based technology to provide services across multiple sites. We provide quality educational and communication outcomes to internal and external TAFE Queensland clients when-ever and where-ever they may be.”</p>
<p>One highlight of the conference is the journey to the reef that delegates will be taking from the comfort of their conference chair. Through the use of videoconferencing, they will travel underwater with a diver and experience the wonders of the reef without getting their feet wet. They will be able to talk to the diver and ask him to take them closer to any of the local inhabitants. This experience is part of a broader program available to all students (9:00am, 4 December)</p>
<p>Other highlights of the conference are:
* A presentation from Canada, which will not only be seen live by those attending the conference, but will be streamed for later viewing by those not able to attend. (9:45am, 4 December)
* A group of Maori teachers linking to their students and other colleagues in New Zealand to discuss the way in which videoconferencing has been used to extend teaching and learning. (1:45pm, 4 December)
* A hypothetical addressing the topic E2 Learning: Destination Unknown. This will be an entertaining and informative look at education in 2015 and beyond. (4:00pm, 4 December)
* An overview of the conference and future directions by Laurence Zwimpfer, internationally renowned for his work in this field. (4:15pm, 3 December)</p>
<p>Several exhibitors will also be displaying the latest technologies at their stands during 4 &amp; 5 December. These include:
* Polycom &amp; Integrated Vision: Polycom &amp; Integrated Vision: Showcasing the Polycom VSX 7000 (the revolutionary new video conferencing product combining top quality audio and video in a single set-top system that’s easy to use, easy to manage and at an entry level price) in addition to a number of complementary video, voice, data and web products from The Polycom Office suite. (Contact Graham Williams: 03 8420 4000)
* KEEpad: An interactive handheld keypad that allows presenters to gauge the thoughts of participants during a session. (Contact Sally Bateman: 0403 057 201)
* Broadreach Services: Specialise in provision of a comprehensive range of products and services in the area of voice, video, data and web conferencing, streaming media, video telephony delivered over private networks, the Internet or 3G. (Contact Shaun Wormald: 0414 223 020)
* Virtual Travel: National supply and service network for Sony Videoconferencing products. (Contact Peter Smithson: 0417 618 505)
* Centra: Enables users to work, learn, and communicate together online via easy-to-use interfaces for Web conferencing, Web events, Web seminars, online meetings, virtual classes for online training and for technical and customer support. (Contact Nigel Wilson: 0414 741 678)</p>
<p>We invite you to join us for any of the above highlights and to interview organisers, speakers or delegates.</p>
<p>- ENDS -</p>

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