Preparing for a Knowledge Network

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What are the factors that shape the effective adoption of innovations in  education technologies to particular local situations? How to scale-up  promising innovations in ICT in education from a near  erfect ‘pilot’ environment in which they were conceived to the striking realities in the vast majority of schools? Are teachers’ capabilities and effective pedagogy the most  crucial contextual variables that shape the effectiveness of an innovation?  Questions abound, so does the efforts to find out viable solutions to the many
challenges that confront a seamless integration of ICTs in education. The Digital Learning Asia Conference and Exhibition (6-8 February, 2007) at Putrajaya,
Malaysia, a part of eAsia 2007 Conference, is an initiative towards providing a platform for collaborative learning, knowledge networking and strategising among innovators and practitioners in ICT in education in schools, universities and lifelong learning for communities. The conference, second in the series of regional forums organised by CSDMS is being hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications, Malaysia and is supported by key government organisations and International thought leaders in Asia and outside.While most countries in Asia are struggling to close the existing divides – digital  andeducational, countries that have adopted ICT-enabled education are  evaluating their interventions and strategising for the most effective processes for a sustainable ICT invention for improving the quality and reach in  ducation. The Digital Learning conference is aimed at providing an opportunity to stakeholders to share practical experience of ICT use in education in geographically and culturally diverse regions. The knowledge networking opportunities provided through structured sessions and discussions, and informal networking spaces in the conference, are aimed at bringing businesses and the knowledge base together and connecting the stakeholders to catalyse
collaboration and partnerships that are mutually beneficial. While innovators will showcase their products and practices and get a informed feedback from the practitioners and users of their products, donors and investors may get to look at some of the programmes and researches that are currently in practice and require support for deepening the process, field testing of experiments and up-scaling and expansion of operations. In this special issue on the learning opportunities in Digital Asia, we have covered some experiments and researches in this sector. The conference is an extension of the knowledge  sharing and networking space that we provide though this publication. While in this issue we continue our focus on Asian countries, Malaysia in particular, as the Digital Learning magazine and Digital Learning Asia 2007 Conference takes a step further in bridging the knowledge gap between decision-makers and practitioners and promotes dialogues, new alliances, inter-personal networks, and cross-sectoral links so that “useful knowledge” is shared and channeled to develop “best management practices” and practical decision support in ICT in education. We invite you to join and expand this knowledge network. Happy Reading!

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