Past Conferences:

2004 2003 2002 2001

The Long-Awaited Breakthrough?

Sir John Daniel
, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth of Learning

8:00AM – 9:30AM (Central Time), Tuesday, July 26, 2005 (Watch his session any time!)

Half the population now undertakes tertiary education in industrialized countries, yet it reaches less than 10% in developing countries. Technology has allowed the creation of some large open universities (e.g. India's IGNOU with 1.5 million students) that have begun to attack the problem. However, the four billion people at the bottom of the world pyramid miss out on opportunities for tertiary education (and many other benefits of contemporary life). Analyzing the cost structures of technology-mediated learning shows what is required to correct this. The combination of good connectivity and Open Educational Resources could be the breakthrough that brings the opportunity to learn to most of humankind."


The Sounds of Invisible Hands Collaborating: MERLOT’s First and Next Five Years
Dr. Gerard Hanley
, Executive Director, MERLOT

8:00AM – 9:30AM (Central Time), Wednesday, July 27, 2005 (Watch his session any time!)

MERLOT's Executive Director will highlight MERLOT's development as a worldwide online community of people with passions for education as well as MERLOT's vision for the next five years. Gerry will illustrate the principles behind building MERLOT's tools and services that reveal the invisible work that faculty, students, staff, librarians, and administrators contribute to education. MERLOT's "wine steward" will introduce plans for enabling its members to become more thoroughly engaged in the effective use of technology in teaching and learning and provide a member-driven mechanism to become recognized for their academic technology skills. Wednesday's session will conclude with the celebration of the MERLOT 2005 awards.

Taking Teaching by the Tusks: Introducing Pachyderm

Dr. Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, New Media Consortium (NMC)

10:45AM – 12:00PM (Central Time), Thursday, July 28, 2005 (Watch his session any time!)

Larry Johnson will introduce a new approach to multimedia authoring, Pachyderm, which is an authoring environment designed from the ground up to allow faculty, students -- anyone really -- to create high-quality media-rich learning experiences with a minimum of technical skill required.  If you can fill out a form on a web browser, you can author in Pachyderm. The multi-million-dollar Pachyderm 2.0 Project is a partnership led by The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The project has brought software development teams and digital library experts from six NMC universities together with counterparts from six major museums to create this open-source authoring environment especially to meet the needs of content experts in the university and museum communities.  (For more on the project, see

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