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Announcing the Premiere of Global Learn: Global Conference on Learning and Technology (May 17-20, 2010)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Introducing Global Learn:
During the past year, with my colleagues, Tom Reynolds from National University in San Diego and Mimi Miyoung Lee from the University of Houston, I have helped create a new conference called Global Learn: Global Conference on Learning and Technology. The three of us collaborated to write the mission statement and also the first draft of the conference topics and subtopics (which others expanded upon). We were also involved in site selection, the creation of the executive board for the conference, and initial keynote and invited speaker nominations. Lots of work. But often fun work. Seeing something new come into fruition is highly motivating; especially something with global educational consequences.

Gary Marks, the Founder and Director of AACE, also was heavily involved in all of this (actually he led the way). The four of us made for a great team. Tom and Mimi have the insightful global and international educational perspectives that helped shape the GL conference in a highly positive direction. And Gary has created or expanded many conferences in the past (SITE, Ed Media, E-Learn, etc.) so he knows what is possible and what is not. It is always fun working with talented people.

Once the initial plans were in place, many others got involved as well. You can see the program and executive board at the Global Learn site. All are fabulous people. I am talking about people like Insung Jung in Tokyo, Okhwa Lee in Seoul, Zoraini Wati Abas in Kuala Lumpur, Joe Luca in Perth, Siew-Mee Barton in Melbourne, Theo Bastiaens in the Netherlands, Sanjaya Misra in New Dehli, Grace Lin in Hawaii, Marc Curcher in Dubai, Betty Collis in the Netherlands, Tom Reeves in Georgia, Wenxia Wu in Columbus, Ohio, and dozens more peoeple including Tracy Jacobs and Sarah from AACE headquarters. So many brilliant and kind people helping make this thing happen. I am really blessed to know them all.

You might wonder how we created such a major conference without meeting face-to-face in over a year (we did have a couple of FTF meetings in Las Vegas during E-Learn last November). Answer: An assortment of collaborative Web tools were employed. Technologies like PBWiki (now PBWorks), Google Docs, Adobe Connect Pro, Skype, Google Groups, and email helped us collaboratively create the conference. We also shared numerous Web resources each week.

More information on Global Learn is below. See what you think of it.

Global Learn will be in Asia and the Pacific Rim each year in April or May. As alluded to, this conference will be run by AACE (the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education). AACE also runs E-Learn, Ed Media, and SITE. The call for papers for Global Learn is below (proposals for this call are due tomorrow--November 23rd). Also noted below are the keynote and invited speakers. I think many of the invited speakers would be keynotes at other conferences. This is going to be a fabulous conference! There are speakers from the Millennium Project, the Pocket School Project, the Hole in the Wall Project in India, Commonwealth of Learning, and so on. How cool is that?

YOU must consider this conference. It could be the conference of the decade. Global learning--that is where all learning is at today. Everything is moving global. Everything. And so should you! And this conference is in a fantastic location. No, not just anyplace, but the Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort in Penang. It is the the Pearl of the Orient (even Wikipesia says so). Read on.

From: Educational Technology & E-Learning [EDUCTECH@LISTSERV.UH.EDU] On Behalf Of AACE Announcements [announce@AACE.ORG]
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 3:08 PM
Subject: Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010: Keynotes Announced & Call Due: Nov. 23


A Fantastic Group of Keynote/Invited Speakers Is Announced!

Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010--
Global Conference on Learning and Technology

May 17-20, 2010 * Penang (island), Malaysia

(Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort)


** Submission Deadline: November 23, 2009 **

Organized by:
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Co-sponsored by:
Education & Information Technology Digital Library

Hosted by:
Open University of Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Wawasan Open University

COLOR POSTER: Global Learn 2010 Asia Pacific (Available to Print & Distribute)


1. UPDATE: Keynote/Invited Speakers:
2. Introduction
3. Topics:
4. Program Activities & Submission Information, Deadline November 23:
5. Presentation Categories:
6. Penang (island), Malaysia:
7. Deadlines:


Keynote Speakers:
Teaching Learning Framework through the Power of Innovation
Anuwar Ali, Open University Malaysia, Malaysia

Sustainable Higher Education Learning Futures
James Taylor, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Increasing Individual and Collective Intelligence
Jerome Glenn, Executive Director, The Millennium Project, USA

Title to be announced
Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada

Invited Speakers: (partial list)
Global Educational Technology: A Luddite View
Jon Baggaley, Athabasca University, Canada

Authentic Mobile Learning: The Affordances of Mobile Technologies in Authentic Learning
Jan Herrington, Murdoch University, Australia

Mobile Innovation and Global Education Ecosystem
Paul Kim
, Stanford University, USA

Distance and Blended Learning in Asia: An Overview
Colin Latchem, Open Learning Consultant, Australia

Beyond Dichotomies: Rethinking the World Through New Technologies
Merry Merryfield, Ohio State University, USA

An Alternative Schooling: Self Organising Systems in Education
Sugata Mitra, Newcastle University, UK


Global Learn Asia Pacific is an annual, international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). The conference will be guided by a respected, international Executive Committee, primarily from countries of the Asia Pacific region. ( )

This conference serves to further the advancement and innovation in learning and technology. As the educational world becomes increasingly global, new ways to explore, learn, and share knowledge are needed.
Global Learn is a means to connect and engage creative educators, researchers, consultants, training managers, policy makers, curriculum developers, entrepreneurs, and others in the topics and fields in which they are passionate about. Many individuals are transforming learning environments in local as well as more global ways. Global Learn offers them an opportunity to meet and discuss their ideas, findings, and next steps.

The following nine themes exemplify the vision and goals of Global Learn for advancement and innovation in:
1. Advanced Technologies for Learning and Teaching
2. Assessment and Research
3. Educational Reform, Policy, and Innovation
4. Evaluation and Quality Improvement Advances
5. Global Networks, Partnerships, and Exchanges
6. Innovative Approaches to Learning and Learning Environments
7. Open Education
8. Technologies for Socially Responsive Learning
9. Virtual and Distance Education

For specific topics within these themes, see:

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES & SUBMISSION INFORMATION, Deadline November 23::--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* Keynote Speakers & Invited Panels/Speakers
* Papers, Best Practice Sessions & Roundtables
* Research/Technical Showcases & Products/Services Showcases
* Tutorials/Workshops
* Virtual Sessions

All presentation proposals are peer reviewed and selected by a Program Committee, based on merit and the perceived value for attendees.
Call for Presentations:
Submission guidelines:
Presentation and AV Guidelines, see:

The Program includes a wide range of interesting and useful activities designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information.

Experience the Pearl of the Orient; Culture, Dining, Shopping, Attractions, & Tours!


Submissions Due: November 23, 2009
Authors Notified: December 22, 2009
Proceedings File Due: March 22, 2010
Early Registration: March 22, 2010
Advanced Registration: April 26, 2010
Conference: May 17-20, 2010


To be added to the mailing list for this conference, link to

Global Learn Community:
AACE Blog:

If you have a question about Global Learn, please send an e-mail to
AACE Conference Services,

AACE--Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, Virginia 23327 USA
Phone: 757-366-5606 * Fax: 703-997-8760
E-mail: *

Departing Thoughts:
Ok, time for you to consider presenting at or attending Global Learn. Don't let the premiere year of this conference pass you by. I do not want to hear you in the 2nd or 3rd year saying, I wish I had attended the first Global Learn conference back when it was smaller and much more fun. Oh and by the way, I am creating an "unconference" prior to Global Learn to be held for 2 days (May 15-16, 2010) on an island near Penang for people to reflect, share, listen, speak, and relax. Come join us.

If you have questions, send me an email (curt at or perhaps write to Gary Marks, Mimi Lee, Tom Reynolds, or anyone else on the program or executive committees that you know. We have worked hard to get to this point. And we all look forward to hearing from you!
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