WELCOME

LETTER FROM SOUTH AFRICAN ORGANISERS

UPDATE (June 18, 2007)

A few final points concerning your arrival in Johannesburg and pre-conference events:

1. Arrival at OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg
i)  Money exchange bureaus are available in the international arrivals lounge.
ii)  Cell phones for hire and purchase.
iii)  Transport to hotels: Please make your own way to your hotel. If you are a group, take the Magic Bus, a special mini-bus service that runs to and from the airport. As a group, the cost will be slightly less. Alternatively, a number of recognised taxi services are available at a cost of approx R250.00 per person. You will find the taxis lined up outside the Departure Hall Exit.
2. Ernest Oppenheimer Residence

If you are staying at Ernest Oppenheimer Residence, make sure you are aware of the check-in times: 08h00 – 18h00. Delegates who arrive outside these times must contact one of these three Residence Committee Members on arrival: Nazime Randera - 082 905 9251; David Maphakela – 073 635 9653 or Fana Sihlongonyane – 079 688 7025.

This is a university residence rather than a hotel. Getting to the Conference venue is an easy walk of about 5-10 minutes. Please be careful when crossing the road to the University Education campus premises, and not advertise any valuable jewellery or items such as cameras. If all possible, ask the residence to store valuable items in a safe.

When you reach the security gate in Victoria Road, please identify yourself as a delegate at the Learning Conference.

3. Transport from hotels to Wits

The main Conference hotels, the Rosebank Hotel and the Milpark Hotel, are situated some 10 or 15 minutes’ drive from the conference venue. We have therefore organised a special bus service to take delegates from their hotels to the conference and back again at the end of the day/evening. Please avail yourselves of this service as Johannesburg does not have a good public transport system. It will be best to purchase a bus ticket/pass for the duration of the conference at a cost of R320.00-R395.00. Make your bus booking for the four days of the Conference on check-in at your hotel, payment must on booking. Buses will leave at a stipulated time in the morning from your hotel and take you back in the late afternoon or evening. A bus timetable will be displayed in the hotel and at the Conference venue. For more information speak to your hotel transport organiser, Milpark Hotel – Bronwen Field and Rosebank Hotel – Andre Botes

The Sunnyside Park Hotel is closer to the conference venue. Details of transport will be available from the hotel, speak to Evert or Nisha. Should you enjoy walking, the walk to the conference venue is a fairly steep uphill walk, and should take approx 20 minutes. For safety reasons, please only walk in groups, not alone.

4. Registration

Conference registration takes place 7h30 – 9h15 on the opening morning, Tuesday 26 June, in the foyer of the Linder Auditorium. Try to arrive early in order to avoid queues and delays. Delegates will have an opportunity to book and pay for tours, dinner and theatre tickets at registration.

5. Conference opening ceremony

We are delighted that Graça Machel, wife of former president, Nelson Mandela, and a human rights activist of international standing, will be opening the conference. Angie Motshekga , MEC for Education in Gauteng will also be speaking, as will Mary Kalantzis, one of the international organisers of the Learning conferences across the world. South African youth musicians and dancers will also participate in the opening ceremony.

We intend to start promptly, so please arrive early and take your places.

6. Tour desk

A desk will be manned by our special tour operators, Cultural Encounters, during registration. We urge you to book your tours of Johannesburg, Soweto and environs as early as possible. We recommend that you do these tours either before or after the conference, as is convenient for you.

7. Pre-conference event

If you will be here on Sunday 24 June, you are cordially invited to attend the opening of the Africa Remix Art Exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, corner King George St and Klein St, Joubert Park, an interesting urban site. Contemporary art by 85 artists from about 25 different African countries will be on show in this provocative exhibition that has been to other parts of the world and now returns to Africa. Take a taxi from your hotel. Admission is free.

8. Booking of theatre tickets and conference dinner

Book online for both, or if not, please check if there is still availability during the registration session. We have substantially reduced tickets for two important South African plays at The Market Theatre for Tuesday 26. Buses will leave from the conference at about 18h00, and take delegates to the Newtown Precinct, one of the cultural centres of Johannesburg. Victory is a drama that comments on South Africa’s present in the light of history, and Ghoema is a musical based on slave songs.

The Conference Dinner, which takes place at Moyo, an African restaurant in Melrose Arch, is almost booked out, but there are a few places still available. Transport will be available from the Conference venue to Moyo and back to your hotel/residence, the bus will depart at 18h00 from the conference venue.

9. Safety

Please be vigilant. Pay attention to safety and security as you would in any large city with which you are unfamiliar. If you arrive before the conference, take advice from your hotel about where you can take a stroll, go shopping and so on.

Don’t explore unfamiliar areas of town on your own (for example, the park opposite the Wits School of Education).

ESSENTIAL NUMBERS

Ambulance 10177
Police 10111
Campus Security 6161 or 082 327 4174
On site mini cab/taxi Lewis - 083 383 3673
10. Weather

Average temperatures for June in Johannesburg are minimum 4 degrees celcius, maximum 17. We are enjoying balmy weather at the moment, chilly at night and in the mornings but warm and sunny in the day. However, the weather 10 days ago was wet and icy cold (most unusual for Johannesburg). Also, although the conference rooms are heated, the passages are not. You should therefore come prepared for cold and for warmer weather. Layering is best.

If you have any further queries, or wish to contact the conference organisers on your arrival here, they may be reached on:
Karen Clohessy
011 717 3171
Karen.Clohessy@wits.ac.za

Mmabatho Leeuw
011 717 3079
leeuwc@educ.wits.ac.za

Pippa Stein
011 717 3188
Phillippa.Stein@wits.ac.za

Denise Newfield
011 717 4110/ 011 442 7850
newfield@iafrica.com

David Andrew
011 717 4636
David.Andrew@wits.ac.za

Finally, we wish you a pleasant trip to South Africa and look forward to welcoming you in person!

All good wishes

The South African Conference Committee.


Learning Conference, 2007

Welcome to the website of the International Conference on Learning.

In 2007, the conference is to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 June 2007. This conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to education today. Main speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers in the field of education, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations by researchers and practitioners.

This is a conference for any person with an interest in, and concern for, education at any of its levels and in any of its forms, from early childhood, to schools, to higher education and lifelong learning — and in any of its sites, from home to school to university to workplace. All are encouraged to register and attend this significant and timely conference. A range of tour and accommodation options is also available.

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session.

Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual participation is also available.

We encourage all presenters to submit written papers to The Learner Collection, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants may also submit papers for consideration by the journal. All conference participants who have finalised their registration will receive a complimentary online subscription to the journal. This subscription is valid until one year after the conference end date.

If you would like to know more about this conference, bookmark the Learning Conference site and return for further information-the site is regularly updated. You might also wish to subscribe to the conference and journal newsletter.

For all inquiries, please contact the conference secretariat.

 

Background

The International Conference on Learning

The Learning Conference is held annually in different locations around the world, each selected for the particular role education is playing in social, cultural and economic change. In recent years, the conference has been held with the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia 1999, with RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia 2000, with the University of Athens in Spetses, Greece 2001, with Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China 2002, the Institute of Education, London University in London, UK 2003, the Institute of Pedagogical Sciences, Havana, Cuba 2004, the University of Granada, in Granada, Spain 2005 and the Sam Sharpe Teachers College and Montego Bay Community College in Jamaica 2006.

The Learning Conference is a participants' conference, including numerous parallel sessions. The conference organising committee is inviting proposals to present 30 minute papers, or 60 minute workshops or 90 minute colloquium sessions. These can be:

  • Academic or research papers, or
  • Presentations describing educational initiatives.
 

The International Journal of Learning

Conference participants can submit papers to the Learning Journal, before the conference and up until one month after the conference. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees' reports.

For those unable to attend the conference in person, a virtual registration will provide participants access to the electronic version of the journal, as well as the option to submit papers to the Learning Journal.

For more information about the journal please visit the Publish Your Paper page.


Who Should Attend

  • Academics and researchers
  • Teachers
  • Educational managers
  • Higher degree students
  • Educators or educational administrators working in areas ranging from early childhood, to school, to vocational and higher education, to workplace and lifelong learning


Conference Organisers

  • Common Ground