Contributions to conferences

...until 2005

eLearning in Africa:Building the Infrastructure and Providing the Services.
Leopold Reif
Slide presentation: eLearning in Africa. Infrastructure, stakeholders, concepts, programmes, and service development.
Online Educa Conference, 2005 (2005/12/02)
eLearning is high on the agenda of many African governments. ICTs are seen as the only tool that will make the Millenium Goal for Education achievable. This presentation gives an overview on the current stakeholders and their multi-billion Euro programmes, on recent significant infrastructure built-up and of concepts for capacity building for sustainable service development in ICT based education and training.
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eLearning in Africa: Building the Infrastructure and Providing the Services

Enabling teaching staff for eLearning
Slide presentation: Enabling teaching staff for eLearning - A generic project model using Open Content and Open Source solutions
Online Educa Conference, 2005 (2005/12/02)
In this presentation a generic project model based on Open Content and Open Source is presented. It is shown how teaching staff can become enabled very cost efficiently when utilising an Open Source and Open Content approach. Lessons learnt in higher and further education for teaching professionals are presented.
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Conference slides, 2 December 2005
Interview: Building eLearning Organisations

Having contributed to building eLearning capacities in India for eight months – how did we do it and what are the results?
Slide presentation
ICDE International Conference hosted by Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi/India (2005/11/21)
Lessons learnt from recent eLearning multiplier programmes; Entry strategy for a sustainable deployment of eLearning service delivery; Elements of action based e-learning programmes; Evaluation criteria; Generic eLearning project model
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ICDE International Conference, New Delhi, India
Presentation slides: Having contributed to building eLearning capacities in India for eight months
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Programme schedule, November 18–23, 2005

Building eLearning Competence Centers
Leopold Reif
Slide presentation: Building eLearning Competence Centers. Concepts, best practices, organisational and service development in educational institutions.
ICDE International Conference hosted by Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi/India (2005/11/21)
eLearning is high on the agenda of many educational institutions. In order to provide sustainable eLearning services an organisational infrastructure needs to be set up. In this presentation concepts, best practices, stumbling blocks and stakeholders are presented and some lessons learnt summarized.
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Building eLearning Competence Centers

Approaches for sustainable Knowledge Sharing and eLearning in Africa in German Development Cooperation
Paper presented to the "Eden 2005" annual Conference in Helsinki: "Lifelong E-Learning - Bringing E-Learning Close to Lifelong Learning and Working Life: A New Period of Uptake" TKK Dipoli, Espoo 20-23 June, 2005
Eden 2005, annual conference (2005/06/23)
The role of Knowledge Sharing and eLearning in Development Cooperation; Three cases: 1.) The Southern African Network for Training and Research on the Environment - SANTREN 2.) Networked Universities in Ethiopia 3.) The blueprint of an eLearning capacity building framework
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Approaches for sustainable Knowledge Sharing and eLearning in Africa in German Development Cooperation

Multi Country TVET Teacher Qualification
S.Hoffmann, "Multi Country TVET Teacher Qualification through Blended Learning in 2004" conference slides presented at International Learntec Forum, 14-15 February 2005, Karlsruhe, Germany
International LEARNTEC-Forum 2005 (accessed 9 August 2005).
International Learntec Forum, ILF (2005/02/15)
Lessons learnt report of a Comprehensive Coaching Programme for Building eLearning Institutions, implemented by German development collaboration (GTZ/Crystal) in Uganda and India in the sector of Technical Vocational Education and Training. The blended learning programme enables teachers
- to initiate local eLearning institutions
- to implement Rapid eLearning
- to produce re-usable instructional contents and eLearning materials cost efficiently
- to publish and share products by using open source based internet technology for Content Management and eLearning
- to participate in international eLearning networks.
The instructional design of the teacher coaching programme is strictly action oriented. Each module represents one step of a Standard Operating Procedure for planning, producing, delivering and evaluating of eLearning services.
A generic project model for action oriented blended learning will be presented. The implementation of this model is experienced as an efficient and sustainable capacity building approach.
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Conference slides, ILF, Feb. 15th, 2005, 14:00 - 17:30
Complete ILF Conference Programme 14-15 February, 2005

eLearning in Development Cooperation
Leopold Reif
Conference slides with many photos from the field at the International Learntec Forum in Karlsruhe, Germany, on recent trends in ICT based education and training in Africa.
International Learntec Forum, Karlsruhe, Germany (2005/02/15)
Recent trends in "ICT for Development" programmes; who are the main drivers of eLearning in development cooperation; Development Cooperation as a highly competitive marketplace; the Ethiopian case; German sustainibility strategy for ICT for Development projects.

Enabling knowledge owners to set up sustainable training services for Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET)
Sebastian Hoffmann
Conference slides "Enabling knowledge owners to set up sustainable training services for Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) - a report from the field", presented at The World Summit on the Information Society, 12th December, 2003, Geneva/Switzerland
World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva Palexpo (2003/12/12)
Presentation of an enabling strategy at German booth during the World Summit in Geneva.
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Download presentation, WSIS Geneva, Dec 12, 2003 (1MB)
WSIS Conference Website


Online Educa 2002

27-29 November, 2002, Berlin

The night before the conference starts at the speakers’ meeting (from left to right): Prof. Tim Unwin , Prof. Caspar Schutte, Gunnar Brückner, Sebastian Hoffmann

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is the largest annual gathering of e-learning professionals in Europe. The three day conference has become the meeting point for the international e-learning community of practice. In 2002 more than 1400 participants from 63 different countries joined the event in the Intercontinental Hotel Berlin.
The conference's rich agenda included more than 200 people including key-note speakers, presenters, panelists, chair-people and workshop leaders from 30 different countries.

Leopold Reif has been a member of the Advisory Committee since the launch of the conference in 1995.

Sebastian Hoffmann talked about “ Open Source based Applications for Knowledge Networks in Africa and Asia” in a session on effective development strategies. The chairman of this session was Gunnar Brueckner from coachingplatform Inc., Canada.

The other speakers at this session were
Prof. Tim Unwin, Imfundo, United Kingdom: "Lessons from Africa: Imfundo’s partnerships for IT in education"

The presenters after their session (from left to right): Prof. Tim Unwin, Sebastian Hoffmann, Leopold Reif.

Dr. Christof Peltason (Condat, Berlin) and Prof. Charles Jennings (Reuters, London) at the speakers' meeting

Online Information and Directory Services for Universities

11 October, 2002, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

In summer 2002 Hoffmann&Reif and the software engineering company Saxess developed jointly a directory service framework based on open source technologies for the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.

The Ministry of Education of North Rhine-Westphalia invited selected companies to a conference on "Information and Directory Services of Universities" at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf. The conference addressed university employees of computing centres, libraries and adminstration.
Sebastian Hoffmann and Dr. Hussayn Dabbous presented the innovative features of the recently developed open source based framework for the education sector.

Dr. Hussayn Dabbous, CEO of Saxess, and Sebastian Hoffmann discussing about information infrastructure projects for the university sector.

Presentation of the software solution "HISLSF" developed by the leading software provider for German Universities, HIS (Hochschul-Informations-System GmbH). The web based application HISLSF facilitates planning and administration for teaching, study and research events.

International Policy Dialogue "Networked Readiness"

29-30 January, 2002, Berlin

As a follow-up of last year's DSE conference on "Digital Inclusion" the Networked Readiness conference was an important contribution to the ongoing international debate on harnessing the full potential of ICT for development and poverty reduction.
Sebastian Hoffmann and Leopold Reif were invited as observers to this event.

"E-working, Distant Training and Environmental Monitoring"

13-14 December, 2001, Baku, Azerbaijan

More than 200 participants joined the conference, coordinated by the “Earth Data Network for Education and Scientific Exchange” (EDNES, France) and organised by the Baku Scientific and Training Center ( BSTC, Azerbaijan), AZRENA (Azerbaijan), Azerbaijan State Economic University and the EDNES Azerbaijan branch. The audience consisted of representatives from environmental, educational and research communities of Azerbaijan. Furthermore participants from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian took part in the event. The conference was a milestone for enhancing the cooperation between the region and their ICT based projects with the European Community and especially the Information Society Technologies programme. BSTC and the conference chairman Dr. Tofig Babayev in Baku did a great job in hosting this important event.
Leopold Reif did a presentation on the "Distributed and cooperative publishing and project management for education, training and research in extended virtual organisations" at the plenary session, moderated a plenary discussion and demonstrated an Open Source based publishing system on the Internet.

Some of the workshop speakers from Azerbaidjan, Belarus, France, Germany, Moldova, Netherlands and Russia.

Hands-on demonstration on the Internet: Leopold Reif presents the concepts of a European Knowledge Platform based on the OpenSource technology framework ZMS and BSCW.

The plenary session.

Online Educa 2001

28-30 November, 2001, Berlin

Dr. Enala Mwase-Ngulube (School of Veterinay Medicine, University of Zambia), Prof. Thomson Sinaka (School of Mines, University of Zambia) and Prof. Schutte (University of South Africa) are discussing the potentials of internet based training in Zambia.

On behalf of the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, Hoffmann&Reif presented the consultancy model for SANTREN´s e-learning activities at the Online Educa session on "eLearning in the Context of International Development Co-operation".