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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

This Is Important!

This is an important issue that I don't know a great deal about, but this is a great little video that appears to have been created by a young man concerned about the influence of big multinational corporations on the Internet.

It's five minutes or more, but it is well worth watching.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Gaming Post for February

Okay, a colleague sent me a couple of links to items of her blog that may be of interest...

I wrote another gaming post and wanted to share with you the link: http://elgg.net/mechelledc/weblog/154591.html

Second Life has gone mobile. I linked with the articles in a brief blurb on my blog: http://elgg.net/mechelledc/weblog/155196.html


And then the regular links:

Note that I've been including Second Life in these, as I see it right now as a really big, social networking simulation - or at least that's my logic at present.

Until I get the interest, energy or accumulation to do this again...

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

ED-MEDIA 2007 Final Call (Vancouver, Canada): Due April 12

A message from AACE Announcements (announce@aace.org).

Please forward to a colleague

http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/call.htm
_______________________________________________________________

ED-MEDIA 2007

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications

June 25-29, 2007 * Vancouver, BC Canada


FINAL CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

** Submissions Due: April 12, 2007 **

Organized by
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
http://www.aace.org
______________________________________________________________

** What are your colleagues saying about the international ED-MEDIA conferences? **
http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/testimonials.htm

COLOR POSTER--ED-MEDIA 2007 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Available to Print & Distribute (PDF to print; 200kb)
http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/ed07poster.pdf

CONTENTS & LINKS (details below)

1. Call for Papers and Submission & Presenter Guidelines:
www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/topics.htm

3. Presentation Categories:
4. NEW: Student Panel Dissertation Help Sessions:

5. Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations:

6. Proceedings & Paper Awards:
7. For Budgeting Purposes:
9. Deadlines:

ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications is an international conference, sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education.

ED-MEDIA, the premiere international conference in the field, spans all disciplines and levels of education and attracts more than 1,500 attendees from over 60 countries. We invite you to attend ED-MEDIA and submit proposals for presentations.

This Final Call for Presentations is offered for those who were:

- unable to meet the first deadline for submissions in December, or
- were not ready to present a finished paper or project, or
- have a work-in-progress topic to present, and
- do not yet have a proposal accepted for presentation.

All presentation proposals are peer-reviewed and selected by three reviewers on the respected Program Committee for inclusion in the conference program, Proceedings (book and CD-ROM formats) and
EdITLib (Education and Information Technology Digital Library), http://www.EdITLib.org

We invite you to attend the ED-MEDIA Conference and submit proposals for these presentation categories: http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/categories.htm

Please forward to a colleague CONTENTS & LINKS (details below)

- Full & Brief Papers
- Best Practices
- Panels
- Best Practices
- Roundtables
- Symposia
- Student Panels (NEW)
- Posters/Demonstrations
- Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations

These Final Call presentation categories have been quite popular especially for the efficient exchange of information about on-going research, applications, and projects.

For Call for Presentations, connect to:

All authors MUST follow the submission guidelines and complete the Web form at:

http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/submitguide.htm

For Presentation and AV Guidelines, see:
* Keynote Speakers
* Invited Panels/Speakers
* Papers
* Panels
* Best Practices
* Symposia
* Demonstrations/Posters
* Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations
* Tutorials/Workshops
* Student Panel Dissertation Help Sessions
* Roundtables

TOPICS:
http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/topics.htm

The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following major topics as they relate to the educational and developmental aspects of multimedia/hypermedia and telecommunications.

For ALL subtopics, please see:

http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/topics.htm

1. Infrastructure: (in the large)
2. Tools & Content-oriented Applications
3. New Roles of the Instructor & Learner
4. Human-computer Interaction (HCI/CHI):
5. Cases & Projects
6. Special Strand ** Universal Web Accessibility **

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

Student Panel Dissertation Help Sessions

Submissions are invited for the ED-MEDIA Student Panel Dissertation Help Sessions (DHS). The DHS will provide an opportunity for students at any stage in their graduate studies (ie. Masters, EdD, or PhD
level) to present their work to an audience of peers and faculty. This will be a friendly and constructive event designed to provide participants with valuable feedback on their dissertation effort from leading professors and a variety of peers.

CORPORATE SHOWCASES & DEMONSTRATIONS:
http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/corporate.htm

Companies have the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss their educational technology products and services in through Corporate Showcases and Demonstrations/Literature.

PROCEEDINGS & PAPER AWARDS:
Accepted papers will be published by AACE in the Proceedings Book and on CD-ROM. Proceedings in this series serve as major resources in the multimedia/ hypermedia/telecommunications community, reflecting the current state of the art in the discipline. In addition, the Proceedings also are internationally distributed through and archived in the Education and Information Technology Digital Library, http://www.EdITLib.org

Selected papers may be invited for publication in may be invited for publication in AACE's respected journals especially in the
- Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (JEMH),
- International Journal on E-Learning (IJEJ), or
- Journal of Interactive Learning Research (JILR).

All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards within several categories. Award winning papers may be invited for publication in the AACE journals.

FOR BUDGETING PURPOSES:
http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/rates.htm

The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be approximately $395 U.S. (AACE members), $450 U.S. (non-members). Registration includes proceedings on CD, receptions, and all sessions
except tutorials. The conference dinner will be an extra fee.

All conference sessions will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/hotel.htm). The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is Vancouver's premier hotel - ideally located in the heart of the city's business, financial and shopping districts - with magnificent views of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Special discount hotel and airline rates have been
obtained for ED-MEDIA participants.

VANCOUVER, BC CANADA:

http://www.aace.org/conf/Cities/Vancouver

Vancouver is a dynamic, multicultural city with a cosmopolitan flair set in a spectacular natural environment. Nestled between majestic mountains and sparkling ocean, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

For further Vancouver information see:
Final Call Submissions Due: April 12, 2007
Final Call Authors Notified: April 20, 2007
Proceedings Files Due: May 2, 2007
Early Registration: May 2, 2007
Hotel Reservations: May 25, 2007
Conference: June 25-29, 2007

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To be added to the mailing list for this conference, link
to http://www.aace.org/info.htm

If you have a question about ED-MEDIA, please send an e-mail to
AACE Conference Services, conf@aace.org

Contact:

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: conf@aace.org * http://www.AACE.org
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

SANTEC Seminar: Podcasting in eLearning - 22nd - 28th February

Please note the correct address is http://santec.uwc.ac.za

A message from santecemaillist@mailman.unisa.ac.za .

Dear Colleagues,

Its a pleasure to welcome you to our first SANTEC online seminar of 2007. This seminar on "Podcasting in e-learning" will take place fromThursday, 22 Feb to Wednesday, 28 February 2007. The presenter is Prof Derek Keats, Executive Director, Information & Communication Services, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. We will also be joined byAllan Carrington who is a Learning Designer from the Centre for Learning and Professional Development at University of Adelaide.

We'll move through several steps in the seminar to allow us to form a sense of community and purpose, learn about good practices in podcasting and experiment with making our own podcasts. Our process is structured as follows:

1) Introductions: Where we're from and why we're interested in podcasting. Any burning questions? - starting on 22nd

2) What is podcasting and why is it useful to education in developingcountries? - starting on 22nd

3) What does good podcasting practice look like? Recommend a podcast. - starting on 23rd

4) What does it take to get started? Make your own podcast and share it. - starting on 23rd

5) Closing reflections - 27th - 28th

To join the seminar you will need to:

1) Register for the SANTEC site at http://santec.uwc.ac/. (Many of you have already done this).

2) Login to the SANTEC site at http://santec.uwc.ac

3) Choose the "SANTEC Seminars" group from the drop down groups menu in the middle left hand side of the page.

4) Click "Go"

5) Click on the link to "Discussion Forum" in the middle of the page.

6) Choose the "Podcasting in eLearning" forum.

I look forward to meeting you in the seminar

Kind Regards,
Tony

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Graduate Students Snubbed by AECT

Okay, so I received this message from the Division of Distance Learning listserve - it was the third or fourth time that I've received this message.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gary R Morrison (GMorriso@odu.edu)
Date: Feb 14, 2007 1:17 PM
Subject: [DDL] Distance Learning and AECT Conference
Proposals

Just a quick reminder that proposals are due on 2/15.

Second, I still need additional reviewers for the proposals. The following is an email I sent earlier. If you are a faculty member or professional in the field, please volunteer so that I can spread the review responsibilities across a number of individuals rather than a few who graciously volunteered.

Faculty and professionals in the Distance Learning Division are invited toreview proposal submissions for AECT annual meeting. Reviews will begin about February 15th.

This year, we are encouraging faculty members to mentor a graduate student in the review process. Only the faculty member will submit a review, however, we encourage the faculty member to discuss the student's reviewand provide mentoring.

If you are interested in reviewing papers, please email Gary Morrison (gmorriso@odu.edu). Reviews will begin soon after February 15th. In the body of the email, please include the
following information:

Name
Email
Position
Affiliation
Address

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks
Gary
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Gary R. Morrison, Ed.D.
Professor, Instructional Design & Technology
Educational Curriculum and Instruction
Education 249-3
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-6275

Given my interest in mentoring younger graduate students personally, I contacted Gary and told him that the way the call for reviewers was written, it really discouraged graduate students - who have traditionally made up a fair number of the reviewers. I got this response:

There has been a great deal of discussion about graduate students reviewing proposals this year. It appears this process is not being continued by a large majority of the divisions (I only know of one that is inviting graduate students to review). Currently, this issue is under review byAECT's executive committee.

If you would like to review papers, I strongly encourage you to have one of your mentors volunteer to review papers and mentor you.

Gary

First of all, I'd like to congratulation at least one division for not losing all sense. As I have lamented in the past, AECT has many challenges facing it (for recent rants, see Why AECT? Why? and AECT - You've Got to be Kidding Me!).

Graduate students make up a large portion of the membership and the convention attendees of AECT. In the past, many graduate students reviewed conference proposals - I know I did for my first two years of doctoral studies. And as you've probably read here in the past, AECT has made some changes that have made it more difficult for graduate students to get involved - increasing volunteer and student rates (in the case of volunteer rates from nothing to a hundred bucks over the past three or four years). Now they have taken away this opportunity for graduate students to get involved in something that it fundamental to life in the academy - service in professional organizations.

It is even more interesting that these same divisions have no problem with having graduate students serve on their executives, I know the Division of Distance Learning has two of us (out of seven or eight individuals). So, personally I am taking a principled stand on this issue. Not only am I not asking one of my mentors to sign up to review proposals so that I can help them out on an activity that I have been doing on my own for the past four years, I have also resigned from my position on the Division of Distance Learning. I encourage all graduate students to follow suit.

I'd also ask you to contact the President, President Elect, and Past President of your own divisions and ask them their policy on involving graduate students - not only in the review process, but what is their vision for how graduate students should be involved in their division.

Please note, The Opinions Expressed...

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Now, This Would Work for Me

Okay, given my feelings about my dissertation these days (see Working On The Dissertation...), this is the way I should be grading the papers that I am co-teaching...

A Guide to Grading Exams by Daniel J. Solove

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Friday, February 09, 2007

February/March Issue of Innovate

A message from James L Morrison (morrison@unc.edu).

The February/March issue of Innovate (http://www.innovateonline.info/) focuses on online assessment and effective course design, the value of e-portfolios asdynamic records of academic and professional development, and the creativeuse of synchronous communication tools for online tutorials.

We open the issue with my interview with Scott Howell, who stresses the effective alignment of instructional content with testing methodology and the ways in which such alignment can be realized in distance and online learning programs. As such programs continue to grow and develop, the work of Howell and his colleagues promises to give valuable direction to this vital trend in higher education. (See http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=409 )

Judith Boettcher provides further direction to such developments by drawing on the work of brain research and pedagogical theory to describe ten corelearning principles that educators should seek to realize in their teaching, whether it be in online, traditional, or hybrid learning environments. Boettcher's article will be of particular value for instructors who are in the initial planning stages of course design and development. (See http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=54 )

Our next two features focus on a significant trend in the use of technologyfor enhanced professional communication: e-portfolios. Cara Lane emphasizes the importance of e-portfolios as a way for students to develop effective online presentation skills for their future careers and the key proficiencies that students should develop to ensure the long-term value of their e-portfolios as records of their professional and academic growth. (See http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=369 )

Vicki Lind provides a more focused look at e-portfolios in the context of amusic education program, illustrating the ways in which this medium allowed student teachers to document their distinctive skills, their instructional strategies, and the ways in which they align their teaching with state standards. (See http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=351 )

The use of synchronous communication tools in online learning environments serves as the focus of our next two articles. Yuping Wang and Nian-Shing Chen describe the results of a pilot study assessing the value of alearning management system to support synchronous tutorial sessions in second language learning. They found that the range of tools provided by the system--including chat, whiteboard, and videoconferencing technology--provided a resilient, supportive learning environment for distance learning students. (See http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=337 )

In turn, Birgit Loch and Christine McDonald describe the results of a pilot study that explored how a free and widely available chat client (MSN Messenger) could serve as a viable medium for distance learning tutorialsin mathematics. By providing its users with an easy way to incorporate diagrams, symbols, and specialized mathematical annotation in their communications, this popular chat client offers a convenient alternative to the whiteboard function of Blackboard and other proprietary systems. (See http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=374 )

Finally, in his Places to Go feature, Stephen Downes reviews the Open CourseWare Consortium Web site. Downes observes that while the site represents a step forward in the consolidation of open courseware resources, its limited navigational options and restricted access unfortunately work against the ethos of openness that the site proclaims to support. If such initiatives are to fulfill their promise, Downes concludes, they will need to ensure that they truly support the growth of the communities they are intended to serve. (See http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=445 )

Please forward this announcement to appropriate mailing lists and to colleagues who want to use IT tools to advance their work. Ask your organizational librarian to link to Innovate in their resource section for open-access e-journals.

Thanks!
Jim

James L Morrison
Editor-in-Chief, Innovate
http://www.innovateonline.info
Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership
UNC-Chapel Hill
http://horizon.unc.edu/

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

INFO - Call for Submissions for the Journal of Applied Research on Learning

A message from cade-aced@csse.ca.

***Messages are posted in the language received.***

The Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) is pleased to invite submissions for its online peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Applied Research on Learning (JARL). Authors of original applied research interested in submitting manuscripts to be considered for publication in JARL should review the Aims of the Journal of Applied Research on Learning, the Call for Submissions, as well the Guidelines for Authors for detailed information on submission requirements.

JARL is intended to address topics that, while focused on examples of applied research on learning, will offer readers relevant theoretical discussions and act as a catalyst for expanding existing knowledge in specific areas of practice and/or research on learning relevant to the Canadian context. The journal will be available through CCL’s website as a free publication containing material written in both French and English. JARL will be published twice annually as a summer/fall issue and a winter/spring issue.

We invite you to circulate this announcement to colleagues, graduate students, researchers and/or organizations who may be interested in submitting a manuscript to JARL for consideration. The deadline for submissions of manuscripts for the next issue of JARL is MARCH 30, 2007.

Questions can be addressed to the editorial staff of JARL by contacting jarl@ccl-cca.ca.

Isabelle Eaton
Managing Editor
Journal of Applied Research on Learning
The Canadian Council on Learning
http://www.ccl-cca.ca

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Working On The Dissertation...

There are days when I don't get as much done and I feel like someone is mocking me...

And then there are days that I just feel like...

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Monday, February 05, 2007

mLearn 2007: First call for papers - Making the Connections

A message from HJvdM (vdmerwe@netactive.co.za) to Instructional Technology Forum (ITFORUM@listserv.uga.edu).

Call for Submission

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mLearn 2007: Making the Connections

16-19 October 2007, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

http://www.mlearn2007.org

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission deadline: 1 June 2007

Final formatted papers: 30 Aug 2007

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We invite contributions to mLearn 2007, the sixth international conferences on mobile learning. mLearn aims to stimulate critical debate on and research into theories, approaches, principles and applications of mobile learning. Submissions are invited for:

- Long papers (8 pages)

- Short papers (4 pages)

- Workshops (2 pages)

- Posters, Panels & Showcases (500 words)

- Doctoral Consortium (4 pages)

This conference is a forum for exploring innovative approaches to quality education and training by means of current and emerging mobile technologies.

We welcome contributions from researchers, developers, training professional and educators from: higher education institutions; training providers; research organisations; community and voluntary organisations; schools; learning and skills councils; education authorities; computer and mobile device manufacturers and service providers; government departments; libraries and museums.

The focus of the conference is about the use of mobile technology for making connections in a rapidly changing educational environment and social networking world.

Topics for submission include, but are not limited to:

- mLearning and mobile technology applications in teaching and learning

- mobile technology to support open and distance learning (ODL)

- assessment techniques and practices in mLearning

- design and development of material for mLearning

- informal, life based and lifelong learning with the aid of mobile technology

- building and implementing mLearning strategies in public and private organisations

- effective and efficient management of mLearning processes

- creating interactive and collaborative mLearning environments

- the impact of emerging hardware and software for mLearning

- innovation in learning theory and pedagogy

- social and ethical issues of mLearning

- mLearning for community based styles of networking and communicating

An edited, peer-reviewed post-conference publication will include a selection of invited papers from the influential submissions.

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mLearn 2007

16-19 October 2007, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

http://www.mlearn2007.org

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

E-Learn 2007 Call for Presentations (Quebec City, Canada)

A message from AACE Announcements (announce@aace.org) to EDUCTECH@listserv.uh.edu.

Date: Jan 15, 2007 10:09 PM
>> Call for Participation Deadline: April 26th <<
* Please forward to a colleague *
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/call.htm _______________________________________________________________
E-Learn 2007
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education
October 15-19, 2007 * Quebec City, Canada
(Quebec City Convention Centre)
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
** Submission Deadline: April 26, 2007 **
Organized by:
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Co-sponsored by:
International Journal on E-Learning
(http://www.aace.org/pubs/ijel) ______________________________________________________________

** What are your colleagues saying about E-Learn conferences? **
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/testimonials.htm

COLOR POSTER--E-Learn 2007 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Available to Print & Distribute (PDF to print; 200kb)
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/EL07poster.pdf

>> CONTENTS & LINKS (details below) << http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/call.htm
Submission Guide: http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/submitguide.htm
Presenter Guide: http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/PresenterLounge

2. Major Topics: www.aace.org/conf/elearn/topics.htm

3. Presentation Categories: http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/categories.htm

4. Products/Services Showcases & Presentations:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/corporate.htm

5. Proceedings & Paper Awards: http://www.aace.org/pubs

6. For Budgeting Purposes: http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/rates.htm

7. Quebec City, Canada: http://www.aace.org/conf/Cities/QuebecCity

8. Deadlines: http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/deadlines.htm

INVITATION:
E-Learn 2007 -- World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education is an international, annual conference which serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in these four sectors.

E-Learn Is Unique:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/unique.htm
E-Learn is an innovative collaboration between the top public and private academic researchers, developers, education and business professionals, and end users from the Corporate, Healthcare, Government, and Higher Education sectors.

All presentation proposals are reviewed and selected by a respected, international Executive Advisory Board
(http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/exec.htm) and Program Committee, based on merit and the perceived value for attendees.

E-Learn, the premiere international, non-commercial conference in the field, spans all disciplines and levels of education and attracts more than 1,000 attendees from over 60 countries. We invite you to attend E-Learn and submit proposals for presentations.

All presentation proposals are peer reviewed and selected by three reviewers on the respected international Program Committee for inclusion in the conference program, proceedings book, and CD-ROM proceedings.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES:
* Keynote Speakers
* Invited Panels/Speakers
* Papers
* Best Practice Sessions
* Roundtables
* Demonstrations/Posters
* Research/Technical Showcases
* Products/Services Showcases
* Tutorials/Workshops

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
For Call for Presentations, connect to:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/call.htm

All authors MUST follow the submission guidelines and complete the Web form
at: http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/submitguide.htm

For Presentation and AV Guidelines, see:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/PresenterLounge

TOPICS:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/topics.htm

The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the
following topics as they relate to the e-Learning and the
technologies supporting e-Learning.

1. Sectors or Application Domains:
General & Cross-Domain
Corporate
Government
Health Care
Higher Education
Informal Learning (Museums, Communities, Homes)
K-12
Military Training
Professional Associations & Non-Profits

2. Major Topics relating to or technologically supporting E-Learning:
Content Development
Evaluation
Implementation Examples and Issues
Instructional Design
Policy Issues
Research
Social and Cultural Issues
Standards and Interoperability
Tools and Systems

3. Specific Topic Examples:
Accessibility
Asynchronous Learning
Authoring Tools
Building E-Learning Architectures
Collaborative Learning
Community Building
Courseware Development
Customer Training
Developing an Organizational e-Learning Strategy
Developing, Integrating, and Delivering E-Learning Solutions
Digital Libraries for E-Learning
Distance Learning
Electronic Publishing Tools for E-Learning
Evaluation/Performance Measurement & Assessment
Good Practice Concepts & Examples
Human-Computer Interaction
Industry-University Partnering
Infrastructure of E-Learning Environments
Innovative Curriculum in E-Learning
Instructional Design for E-Learning
Intelligent E-Learning Technology
Interactive E-Learning Systems
Knowledge Management in E-Learning
Learning & Content Management Systems
Management of Learning Resources
Marketing/Promoting Learning Activities
Multimedia-based E-Learning Systems
Organizational E-Learning Strategies
Pedagogical & Issues
Policy and Law
Quality Management and Assessment in E-Learning
Research Perspectives for E-Learning
Simulations
Societal Issues, Including Legal, Standards, & International Issues
Virtual Universities, Classrooms, and Laboratories

PRESENTATION CATEGORIES:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/categories.htm
The Technical Program includes a wide range of interesting and useful activities designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information.

PRODUCTS/SERVICES SHOWCASES & PRESENTATIONS:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/corporate.htm
Organizations have the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss their e-learning related products and services in through Products/Services Showcases & Presentations.

PROCEEDINGS & PAPER AWARDS:
http://www.aace.org/pubs
Accepted papers will be published by AACE in the Proceedings Book and on CD-ROM. Proceedings in this series serve as major resources in the multimedia/ hypermedia/telecommunications community, reflecting the current state of the art in the discipline. In addition, the Proceedings also are internationally distributed through and archived in EdITLib-- Education and Information Library, http://www.EdITLib.org/

Selected papers may be invited for publication in may be invited for publication in AACE's respected journals especially in the - International Journal on E-Learning (IJEJ), - Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (JEMH), or - Journal of Interactive Learning Research (JILR).

All presented papers will be considered for Outstanding Paper Awards within several categories. Award winning papers may be invited for publication in the AACE journals.

FOR BUDGETING PURPOSES:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/rates.htm
The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be approximately $395 U.S. (AACE members), $465 U.S. (non-members). Registration includes proceedings on CD, receptions, and all sessions
except tutorials. The conference dinner will be an extra fee.

All conference sessions will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre (http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/hotel.htm) located in historic and quaint Quebec City and in walking distance to the city's shopping, restaurants, museums, and historic sights. Special discount hotel have been obtained for E-Learn participants.

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA
http://www.aace.org/conf/Cities/QuebecCity

Quebec City lies on the St. Lawrence River, roughly three hours east of Montreal. The city is the second-oldest existing European settlement in Canada. Stroll through the streets of Quebec City and experience the many historic sites, shops, boutiques, handicraft stands, over 1000 restaurants and pubs, museums, art galleries, , etc.

Explore Quebec City online at: http://www.quebecregion.com/e/

DEADLINES:
http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/deadlines.htm

Submissions Due: April 26, 2007
Authors Notified: May 31, 2007
Proceedings File Due: Sept. 6, 2007
Early Registration: Sept. 6, 2007
Conference: Oct. 15-19, 2007

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Friday, February 02, 2007

ICALT2007 Deadline Extension

A message from Kinshuk (kinadmin@telus.net) to Instructional Technology Forum (ITFORUM@listserv.uga.edu).

ICALT2007 Deadline extension

7th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2007)
July 18-20, 2007
Niigata, Japan
http://lttf.ieee.org/icalt2007/
http://www.ask.iti.gr/icalt/2007/

Important Dates

* February 23, 2007 - Paper submission (Extended)
* March 16, 2007 - Notification of acceptance
* April 6, 2007 - Copyright form submission
* April 6, 2007 - Final camera-ready manuscript
* April 16, 2007 - Author registration deadline
* April 16, 2007 - Deadline early bird registration

** Proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. **

Theme: "Distributed social and personal computing for learning and instruction"

We invite submission of papers reporting original academic or industrial research in the area of Advanced Learning Technologies. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Complete papers will be required for review process; only abstracts will not be sufficient. All authors of accepted submissions will be required to complete IEEE Copyright Form. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions for a Special Issue of the SSCI indexed Journal of Educational Technology & Society (ISSN 1436-4522).

* Topics of Interest

New Generations of educational technologies
Educational technologies for new generations
Technologies for real-time assessment of learning and performance
Linking dynamic concept mapping and problem solving in complex domains
Personalized mobile computing for learning and instruction
Social computing
Personalized systems
Interdisciplinary programs to prepare educational technologists
CSCL technologies
Content authoring technologies
e-Pedagogy and Instructional Design
Knowledge Management Technologies in Education
Organizational Management of e-Learning in Universities
e- testing and new test theories
Data mining, text mining, and web mining in education

* Program Co-Chairs
J.M. Spector, Florida State University, USA
Demetrios G. Sampson, Center for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece
Toshio Okamoto, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan

* General co-chairs
Toshio Okamoto, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Kinshuk, Massey University, New Zealand
Stephano Cerri, LIRMM, CNRS & Un. Montpellier II, France

* Panel Co-chairs
Steve Yang, National Central University, Taiwan
Rob Koper, Open University of The Netherlands, The Netherlands

* Workshop Co-Chairs
Alexandra Cristea, Warwick University, UK
Yasuhisa Tamura, Sophia University, Japan

* Tutorial Co-chairs
Colin Allison, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Aude Dufresne, University of Montreal, Canada

* Paper Submissions

Submissions are invited in the following categories:

- Full paper: 5 pages
- Short paper: 3 pages
- Posters: 2 pages
- Tutorial proposals: 2 pages
- Panel proposals: 2 pages

Submission information is available at:
http://www.ask.iti.gr/icalt/2007/

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