Powerful new technologies
promise to transform education and training in ways
previously unimaginable. Rapid advancements in educational
technologies in the years ahead could enable new learning
environments using simulations, visualizations, immersive
environments, game playing, intelligent tutors and avatars,
reusable building blocks of content, address distributed
communities of learners, and many more.
There are many challenges in the process of educational
innovation that must be addressed in order to take advantage
of these technologies to improve learning. Advanced
technologies developed to meet other purposes must be
translated into affordable tools for learners to use.
Technical standards must be deployed to help guide the
development of educational content that will be drawn
from countless sources throughout the world. The technology
community has to form stronger partnerships with the
educational community. The educational institutions
need to prepare for rapid technological change.
In this framework, the symposium aims to bring together
individuals and teams from a wide range of technology
and education fields to look into the future and to
share their visions as to what the learning experiences
and educational technologies could be like. A rich collection
of examples of futuristic scenarios and visions will
be presented and discussed in detail. These will offer
a glimpse of a future in which learners could explore
worlds and cultures beyond their own, both in distance
and time, as if they were there. And they will serve
to remind us that we must strive to apply the power
of technology in ways that empower people, enlighten
the mind and enrich our lives.