Saturday, October 18, 2014

ACTC 2015 - The Fifth Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom

ACTC 2015 - The Fifth Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom
30th April to 3rd May 2015
Osaka, Japan

IAFOR and its global partners invite you to participate in this exciting annual event. Join us in Osaka, Japan to network, build relationships, and discuss this year's conference theme, "Integrated Practices: Creating Experiences to Enhance Learning"

Please submit your abstract through the online submission system found on the "Call for Papers" page of the website.
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Sponsored by: IAFOR - The International Academic Forum

ACTC2015 Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers

Professor Ted O'Neill
ACTC2015 Conference Chair
Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan

Ted O'Neill is an English Language Instructor based in Tokyo, Japan. He taught at J. F. Oberlin University, Japan from 2005-2011 where he also served as Coordinator for the Foundation English Program. In 2011, he took up a position as Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA. He is a past co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and currently serves on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations. Ted joined the Apple Distinguished Educator Program in 2011.

Alan Maley IAFOR Featured Speaker
ACTC2015 / ACLL2015 Featured Speaker
Writer and Language Specialist

Alan Maley worked for The British Council from 1962 to 1988, serving as English language Officer in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, and China, and as Regional Director in South India (Madras). From 1988 to 1993 he was Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust, Cambridge. From 1993 to 1998 he was Senior Fellow in the Department of English Language and Literature of the National University of Singapore, and from 1998 to 2003 he directed the graduate programme at Assumption University, Bangkok. For 20 years he was series Editor for the OUP Resource Books for Teachers series. He has published over 40 books and numerous articles. He is currently a freelance consultant. For the past 10 years he has been involved with the Asia Teacher Writers' group, which publishes original stories and poems in English for use with students in the Asia region. His main current interest is in creative writing.

ACLL2015 Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers

The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2015 (ACTC2015) is held concurrently with the Asian Conference on Language Learning 2015 (ACLL2015). Plenary sessions will featured keynote and featured speakers from both disciplines.

Professor Steve Cornwell
IAFOR International Director of Programme: Language Learning
Osaka Jogakuin University, Osaka, Japan

Steve Cornwell is Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Osaka Jogakuin College, and also teaches on the MA TESOL program for the New School at NYU. He holds an MFA from Virginia Tech, and an Ed.D. from Temple University.

Professor Cornwell is Director of Program for the Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT), and a member of their National Board of Directors. He is also a former editor of the JALT journal. An American who has made Osaka his home, Professor Cornwell first became involved with IAFOR as a featured speaker at the first ACE conference in 2009, and has gradually become more involved in the organization. In his capacity as Local Conference Chair, he now assists in the logistical and administrative side of every event. He advises extensively on academic matters too, with particular responsibility for overseeing and developing the programmes of the ACLL/ACTC conference in Japan, and the ECLL/ECTC event in the UK.

Conference Theme and Streams

Conference Theme: "Integrated Practices: Creating Experiences to Enhance Learning"
Educators face continually shifting demands from all directions: students, administrators, and society. With some of these demands, teachers and learners may feel greater isolation and pressure. These trends may be seen in the disaggregation of the university or in frequent testing of discrete outcomes for analysis and accountability purposes. In the face of these developments, it is more important than ever to reflect on learning as experience, and to bring theory, research, and craft to bear on creating those experiences.

Dewey wrote that, "the central problem of education based on experience is to select the kind of present experiences that live fruitfully and creatively in future experiences". So, how does research in second language acquisition and teacher expertise tell us which experiences live on in communication? How do learning theories direct us to view the connections between experiences? And, how can application of technology both become normalized and create vivid experiences?

Finally, we need personal and professional integration. Coming together to share best practices in these twinned conferences is a chance to share and develop ways to better integrate our institutions, teachers, and most of all the experiences of the learners in a coherent practice of education.

Submissions will be organized into the following streams:

Beyond Web 2.0
Computer Adaptive Testing
Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
Digital literacy
e-Assessment and new Assessment Theories and Methodologies
e-learning and collaborative learning
Education in a virtual world
Future Classrooms
Human computer interaction
Instructional Technology
Integrating e-learning in classroom based language teaching
Interactive Whiteboard technologies (Blackboard, WebCT, etc.)
Language Labs
Learning Systems Platforms
Mobile learning
Mobile technologies
Moodle and Classroom Teaching
New Technologies
Open and distance learning technologies
Social networking
Support Centers
Teaching online
Video Podcasting
Virtual and personal learning environments
Virtual Communities
Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom
Web-based Learning
Web-based Writing Education
Wikis, Blogs, and Online Journals

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