ERIC Number: EJ901250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Expanding Access through Technology: "The Drexel Virtual Symposium"
Clothey, Rebecca A.
Educational Technology, v50 n6 p50-52 Nov-Dec 2010
Distance learning, open source courseware, e-books, wikis, and many other innovative technologies have impacted the education fields by connecting any topic in any discipline to any learner in any place. Drexel University's School of Education capitalized on these possibilities earlier this year by hosting its second annual live and online Virtual Symposium built upon the theme "Education for Everyone: Expanding Access Through Technology." The symposium highlighted innovations, as well as looked at challenges to access, for example, among poor and rural communities, and possibilities for overcoming them. A major feature of the symposium was the ability to share experiences among peers in both developing and developed countries. The live events of the Symposium were hosted in two locations: at the World Bank Institute in Beijing, China, and at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. The virtual nature of this symposium also enabled the organizers to expand the reach of expertise, drawing from a worldwide group of experts in the field. This proved to be particularly important as many of the confirmed panelists and speakers were traveling during the live events, and had to participate from remote locations themselves. (Contains 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developed Nations, Access to Education, Geographic Isolation, Distance Education, Rural Areas, Conferences (Gatherings), Technology Uses in Education, Virtual Classrooms, Computer Simulation
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Identifiers - Location: China; Pennsylvania