Since its inception in 2003, the Canadian eLearning Conference (CeLC) has made a name for itself as a comfortable-sized, informal and friendly event, a conference that provides an excellent opportunity for folks to get together, share ideas, learn from each other and network with peers. Whether you are experienced in eLearning or new to the field, our opening dinner, hosted lunches and coffee breaks provide social and learning opportunities. The 2010 Organizing Committee has worked extensively to ensure that this proud tradition continues with this year’s CeLC and welcomes you to the conference. This year we are also adding a “buddy system” - when you register at the event, if the event or crowd is fairly new to you we’ll put you in contact with another CeLC participant who will help you get connected and acclimatized.
While the open and welcoming environment of CeLC remains the same, the theme of this year’s conference - rEvolution - aptly catches the revolutionary and evolutionary changes that have taken place in the Canadian eLearning Conference (CeLC) during the past eight years. Like the changes in the field of eLearning itself, the CeLC has evolved from its beginning as a small, LMS-centric user-group hosted by a eLearning Services at the University of Alberta (U of A), into a multi-institutional conference that addresses a broad variety of eLearning initiatives.
Throughout these changes, the conference has continued to focus on bringing together practitioners, instructors, researchers and students in an inviting and engaging venue where they can share ideas, reports from the field and practices that enhance learning and teaching, regardless of the technology used. Invigorating and timely keynote speakers, engaging presentations, effective workshops and vendors selected for their relevance to eLearning all combine to support this focus.
While the goals of the conference remain the same, the organization and hosting of CeLC have also evolved. Three years ago, the eLearning Services Group at the U of A reached out to partner with Mt. Royal University and the Alberta Distance Education and Technology Association (ADETA) in Calgary and the Office of Learning Technologies, University of British Columbia (UBC), the Educational Technology Users group (ETUG) and BCcampus in Vancouver in a collaborative venture to share hosting and organizing. This partnership resulted in two successful conferences: an informative, broad-based CeLC hosted at the University of Calgary in 2008, and a thought-provoking, forward-looking conference at the UBC Point Grey Campus in 2009 that brought all attendees face-to-face with the power of social media.
This tradition of collaborative conferences continues to evolve with exciting plans for the future iterations of CeLC. Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia welcomes CeLC in 2011 and attendees can be assured of an innovative program with an East Coast welcome. The next year, 2012, CeLC attendees have an opportunity to return to Beautiful BC for another stimulating and enjoyable rendition of CeLC at UBC’s beautiful Point Grey. More details on both these upcoming conferences is coming soon.