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MobilizeThis 2008 is yearly event which provides a snapshot of a cross-sectorial range of contributions to discussion involving the practical and constructive use of ICT's in the education and related industries.

This is a FREE event with limited spaces for participants no matter where you are located.

MobilizeThis 2008 is about getting connected, exploring and resolving challenges facing organisations as they seek practical means to realising social dividends with clients, creatively engaging in real learning experiences that embrace the horizons and enable others to access what we would otherwise take for granted.

Each year a range of practitioners, teachers, web designers, policy makers, technical staff and countless other combined professions join in online activities which are connected through a central 'hub' hosted by an organisation and staffed by volunteers. This year Charles Darwin University has taken up the main support role with a range of sponsors providing advice and service according to the contribution type.

Most importantly, MobilizeThis involves a global, diverse and amazingly rich audience who come from all walks of life. The participants both online and face-to-face are encouraged to engage in critically constructive conversations where contribution and the collision of ideas result in some interesting knowledge building experiences.

Purpose


The purpose of MobilizeThis2008 is to bring educators, e-learning technologists, managers, tech-heads and cross-sector organisation representatives together in a program that fosters conversations, workshops and online experiences to inform practical examples of employing ICT's in an open and global context.

Audience


The audience ( like the web ) is mixed, diverse and dynamic. Find your way amongst the crowd and form your groups.....or most likely you'll meet people online whom you least expected share the same interests and experiences you do.

Get Involved


You need register to join the events virtually or............. if your Barramundi fishing around Darwin, Northern Territory Australia around the 22 - 24 October 2008 then you can meet with the team face-to-face at our host organisation site, Charles Darwin University. There will be limited seats and event spaces so ensure you select your favourites first.

Speakers / presenters / event facilitators from all parts of the globe have been invited to contribute in 30 - 45 mins sessions with participants given the opportunity to engage in positive, strength based feedback. We acknowledge that ICT's across the world differ markedly and that opinions and positions steer where we are headed as a connected mass, so series of FREE events provides you with an opportunity to connect with a broad and diverse array of opinion, position and understanding of what it means to be living in a connected world.



Some Background Notes


Bill Wade and I met in 2006 at a LearnScope ( Australian Flexible Learning Framework project ) gig in Sydney.

Bill struck me as a very cool character, dedicated, genuine and intrinsically involved in empowering others to access knowledge using online and cultural, creative avenues.

We got to talking.

Access, geographic distance, politics, cost, organisations, art, families, sport, fishing and good food punctuated the conversation but one thing was apparent. We would have to bring in others to the conversation.....so began MobilizeThis2006

Awesome people like Robyn Jay, Stephan Ridgway, Leigh Blackall, Regan Harding, Barbara Dieu, Teemu Lienonen and a host of other educators, technologists and all round creative souls entered the space. Somehow we all ended up engaging in a swag of planning for an event that brought many differing e-learning and m-learning advocates together in both a physical and virtual synchronous environment with a focus on engaging young people in both formal and informal educational settings which suit their needs.

The event was held at the Byron Bay Youth Centre on the sunny east coast of Australia. :)

Questions surfaced : The connected learning environments of today must somehow mesh with what we expect of our learners - theirs, ours, or should there be any distinction ?

MobilizeThis2007 exploded in our face with Iraq top of the discussion list, censorship rife on the home front and a host of other interesting things happening over at the NMC amongst a billion blogs and Flickr feeds. Again, Bill and I met in SL and chewed the fat.....brought in the world and connected through the consoles that we frequent.

The generational debate raged.

MobilizeThis 2008 follows the same premise.....getting connected, exploring and resolving challenges facing organisations as they seek practical means to realising social dividends with clients, creatively engaging in real learning experiences that embrace the horizons and enable others to access what we would otherwise take for granted.