I was recently invited by Elcid Pangilinan,( special asst to SEC Jess lapuz at DEPED) to a discussion on e-learning. indeed when I saw everybody around, i felt like what am I doing here?

Seeing people from the three levels of education (primary, secondary and tertiary), as well as other stakeholders in the education sector, I was wondering why did i ever think of going there?

However, I remembered, I was a Moro educator based in Manila. It was my duty not only as a teacher to learn new trends in E-Learning, but also as a Moro I must be able to use this experience to enhance the Moro inteligensia in the field of E-learning.

What was ironic was that when the guest speaker was about to talk, he suddenly changed his mind.

He let everybody talk and enumerate the problems faced in e-learning and then he let the other participants explain their individual experiences in solving problems in e-learning.

Cool. The British council spends money to fly in a specialist based in Catalonia Spain to facilitate academics and indutry practitioners on how to solve problems in e-learning. That was the lesson I learned for the round tables discussion in SEAMEO.

Here’s the profile of our facilitator and the supposed program that ended in what we all thought was a contrast to educators.

Gavin Dudeney – Gavin has worked in education since 1988, as a teacher, materials developer, IT manager and web/user interface designer. His blend of pedagogical and technical skills has taken him around the world. Gavin has published ‘The Internet and the Language Classroom’

Additional info taken from his website

Until the end of 2003 he held two posts: the first as Head of the New Technologies Department at International House Barcelona , and the second as Lead Developer for the online training centre Net Languages . In 2003 he left to set up the Consultants-E and has worked as the Project Director since then. His work involves project planning and delivery, as well as the EduNation presence in Second Life.

Apart from his work with the Consultants-E, he is the web manager for a  wide range of educational organisations and is a past Cooordinator of the IATEFL Learning Teachnologies Special Interest Group, as well as editor of its newsletter – The CALL Journal. His other work for IATEFL includes the management of the Associates website and discussion form (PAL). In 2007 he was elected Honorary Secretary.

Gavin has published ‘The Internet and the Language Classroom’ (Cambridge University Press 2000, Second Edition 2007) and – with Nicky Hockly – ‘How to Teach English with Technology’ (Longman, 2007). He is also the author of numerous print and online articles

The program for the roundtable is as follows:

9:00

Registration

9:30

Program Proper

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Erlinda Pefianco

Center Director

SEAMEO-INNOTECH

Opening Remarks

Andrew Pickens

Director

British Council

Introduction of the Speaker

Elcid Pangilinan

Special Assistant to the Secretary

Department of Education

Presentation by Gavin Dudeney

Q&A to be facilitated by Elcid Pangilinan

12:00

Lunch