The theme and the priorities of the conference reflect the conceptual principles underlying the modernization of education and the reform of the educational systems in European countries, particularly in the Czech Republic, Poland, the Slovak Republic, as well as national development strategies for the XXI century. One of the European Union’s key educational objectives is the provision of equal opportunities for all with regard to access to learning and knowledge, regardless of gender, financial and physical ability, and place of residence. That is why, distance learning has now been granted a status of high priority. If introduced on a wide scale, distance teaching may make significant contribution towards the achievement of educational goals in member states.
The Faculty of Ethnology and Sciences of Education at the University of Silesia has extensive experience in the implementation of distance learning in other departments across the university. The Faculty’s Distance Learning Platform and Erudite educational portal operates smoothly and continues to expand. The conference is designed to bring together all those involved in e-learning – university students, faculty staff, and educators – to explore and share experiences with e-learning and distance learning, both at home and abroad. The partners and the co-organizers of the conference include the University of Ostrava, Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, University of Silesia in Opava, which are also involved in many activities in the field of e-learning and ICT.
The topics of the conference DLCC2011 include:
1) E-learning in the Development of the Key Competences
- key competences in the knowledge society;
- use of e-learning in improving the level of the students’ key competences;
- teachers’ and learners’ competences in distance learning and computer science;
2) Theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of distance learning:
- theoretical and methodological aspects of distance learning;
- successful examples of e-learning;
- distance learning of humanities;
- distance learning of science and mathematics.
3) Multimedia in distance learning:
- multimedia means in distance learning;
- multimedia tools in distance learning;
- multimedia resources and didactic materials;
- video-tutorial design.
4) Distance learning and lifelong learning:
- computer training, for prospective and actual teachers, in distance learning;
- lifelong learning supported by distance learning;
5) Psychological, social, ethical and legal aspects of distance learning:
- e-learning for the disabled;
- cultural, social and legal aspects of distance learning;
- psychological and ethical aspects of distance learning;
- teacher-student and student-student relationships in distance learning.
6) Other alternative methods, forms and techniques in distance learning:
- simulations, models in distance learning;
- collaboration work in distance learning;
- distance learning systems;