E-learning future seen at seminar

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 May, 2012, 12:00am


La Salle College celebrated its 80th anniversary with an education symposium focused on mobile and e-learning.

Keynote speakers Jim Lengel from the City University of New York and Kenneth Chen Wei-on, the undersecretary for education, were among those invited to share their views on how mobile learning and devices like cellphones and iPads have been adopted by schools.

More than 700 parents, teachers, school officials and students attended the talks and workshops held over the weekend.

Some of the ideas discussed included interactive textbooks and lecture databases, illustrating how sources of information for students have never been so extensive.

The talks highlighted how a student's education does not necessarily need to be restricted to a classroom, since they can listen to podcasts on the latest news or read upcoming chapters in their textbooks while on their way to school.

The symposium discussed how mobile learning means most work can be done by students independently or in small groups with the assistance of teachers as needed, rather than with a teacher lecturing to a class.

But although mobile learning can make things easier, La Salle's principal, Brother Steve Hogan, emphasised that electronics won't replace textbooks, but are merely supplements to enhance education and prepare students for a technological future.

'The adoption of new learning systems and methods will help ensure that our students develop a critical, competitive edge, in terms of a well-educated student population, fluent in the literacies of the 21st century,' Hogan said.

In addition to the symposium, an animated moving tapestry and interactive gallery featured artefacts and pictures from the school's archives, highlighting its history.