Web 2.0 Meets Conference: The EduCamp as a New Format of Participation and Exchange in the World of Education

Web 2.0 Meets Conference: The EduCamp as a New Format of Participation and Exchange in the World of Education

Thomas Bernhardt (University of Bremen, Germany) and Marcel Kirchner (University of Technology Ilmenau, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-678-0.ch011
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Abstract

Admittedly the usual conference format stays in opposite to the thoughts of participation and equality in Web 2.0. The EduCamp is a special BarCamp for trends in teaching and learning. It is focused on the educational context and considers important topics like E-Learning 2.0 in schools, universities or business and many others. The main intention of an EduCamp will become obvious which aims on conversations and discussions about different problem areas, searching and finding solutions together and exchanging on application scenarios or appropriate tools for education. It is based on a new concept that finally offers potentials for developing a conference culture with improved participation.
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2 Background And Origins

To give an overview about the current situation of the EduCamp there should be an explanation over the roots of this conference concept at first. Therefor BarCamps and their origins are characterized and afterwards the development of EduCamps in international context and in German-speaking regions are represented.

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