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AACE E-Learn 2017 - World Conference on E-Learning - Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education






Event Overview:

E-Learn - World Conference on E-Learning is an international conference organized by the AACE-Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education and co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning.

E-Learn provides a unique forum for Government, Healthcare, Education, and Business professionals to discuss the latest research, development, applications, issues, and strategies, to explore new technologies, and to identify solutions for today’s challenges related to online learning.

A variety of opportunities and venues are designed to enable participants to actively learn from and collaborate with a multinational, cross-industry expert faculty and peers on the research, development, diverse learning experiences, implementation and technology needed to improve e-learning.

With 1000+ participants from 60+ different countries at this conference, E-Learn is one of the leading and largest international e-learning conferences and gathering of e-learning and distance education professionals.

Attendee Information:

The E-Learn Conference Is a Must Attend:

E-Learn provides the only forum for serious minded education, government, healthcare and business professionals to discuss issues, research, development, strategies, and new technologies, and most importantly, identify solutions to meet the challenges of online learning.
E-Learn is THE essential resource to make international connections for collaboration with others who may share similar problems as well as those offering solutions.
E-Learn truly is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts as a forum where ideas and experiences from around the world are readily exchanged in a supportive culture that is nurtured at this conference.

E-Learn will help you to:

Follow the best practices and case studies highlighting successful (and unsuccessful) strategies, techniques, as well as proven results for E-learning.
Become current on the latest research from top international laboratories and research centers to inform developers and practitioners on how to create and use e-learning tools and technologies.
Understand the research behind developments and use of E-learning materials and resources.
Learn about the latest tools, tactics and advanced technologies needed to foster online learning within your organization.
Learn about innovative solutions and technologies for advanced learning environments and gain valuable one-on-one time with researchers, developers, and practitioners.
Meet and hear the opinions and experiences of acknowledged leaders.
Learn how to select and use various technologies, products, and services.
Discuss critical success factors and innovative practices with your peers.
Be updated on the latest trends and major issues, and developments in E-learning.

E-Learn is:

The E-Learn conference series is an international forum designed to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on the research, issues, developments, and applications of a broad range of topics related to e-Learning.

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 Program Committee, based on merit and the perceived value for attendees.

A Participatory Event
While there are Keynote and Invited Talks delivered by internationally recognized technology experts, E-Learn is more of a participatory event. This means that all attendees play an important, interactive role, offering valuable feedback and insight gained from their own experiences. The atmosphere at E-Learn is exciting and energizing. A wealth of knowledge is gathered and exchanged, as professionals from disparate but related fields come from all over the world to meet one-on-one or in small groups and learn about new developments that impact their respective activities.

Not a Trade Show
Although E-Learn encourages commercial participation, it is not a trade show, and there is not a formal exhibition. Instead, the conference uniquely relates and displays commercial activities throughout the E-Learn program in the form of Corporate Showcases, Corporate Demonstrations, and other presentations by companies.

About AACE:

The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), founded in 1981, is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning research, development, learning, and its practical application.

AACE serves the profession with international conferences, high quality publications, leading-edge Digital Library, Career Center, and other opportunities for professional growth.


Oct 17   
Registration 7:30 – 8:00 AM 
and 12:30 – 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Symposium 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop: Workshop 1 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Oct 18   
Registration 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
“Good Morning” Beverage 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
NewComer Welcome 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome, Opening General Session & Keynote 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Sessions 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting:
Designing, Developing, and Assessing E-Learning SIG (All are welcome)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
FREE Topics Lunch: Registration Required 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Workshop 2 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Afternoon Sessions 1:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Beverage Break 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Social Event: Welcome Party with Live Music! 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Oct 19   
Registration 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting:
Sustainable Learning Technologies SIG (All are welcome)
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
“Good Morning” Beverage 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
General Session, Paper Awards & Keynote 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Sessions 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting:
E-Learning Trends and Innovations SIG (All are welcome)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
FREE Topics Lunch: Registration Required 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Afternoon Sessions 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

An Afternoon Without Slides: Posters & Roundtables Event

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

ProtoHack Innovation Challenge Event

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Movie Screening: Hidden Figures

7:00 PM
Oct 20   
Registration 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
“Good Morning” Beverage 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
General Session, Poster Awards & Keynote 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Sessions 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Closing Plated Lunch Reception: Registration Required 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Keynote Speakers

Linda Harasim

Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Canada

Artificial Intelligence and Collaborative Learning: Designing 21st Century E-Learning

E-learning today is on the precipice of unprecedented civilizational and technological challenges.  This presentation explores how meeting these challenges can open new vistas for e-learning, based on the successful integration of two disparate components: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Collaborative Learning (CL).  AI is driving technological development in all sectors of human endeavor, surpassing humans in both physical and cognitive performance. The fundamental question and challenge today is: Can AI technology be designed to support and advance human learning, creativity, innovation and productivity rather than replacing it? And if so, how?

Collaborativism, as a theory of online learning, focuses on what we have learned during the last century about how humans learn best: discourse and intentional collaboration. For hundreds of thousands of years, advances in civilization have been based on the development of technologies that support collaboration within our species. It is time to explore how AI might be designed to AUGMENT human learning rather than supercede it, by using collaborativist theory and pedagogy to frame e-learning research, development, practice and technology worldwide.

Linda Harasim, a Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, is a pioneer in the field of online education and e-learning. In 1986 she conceptualized, designed and taught the first-ever online university course using the Internet (a graduate course at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – OISE), within the Graduate School of Education at the University of Toronto. Drawing from the best of what we have learned over the last century about how humans learn best, Harasim has been teaching online, conducting research, publishing, and building the field for 35 years. She pioneered the pedagogy of online collaborative learning and developed the Collaborativist Theory of Learning. She has served as senior consultant for many large-scale programs, designing the University of Phoenix Online, designing the first online training system for the Bank of Montreal, and providing training for a number of universities and organizations worldwide.  She is considered a luminary in the field, having published 6 books on the subject of online education and e-learning, 15 book chapters, 25 refereed articles, and 30 keynote presentations around the world. Her writings have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Chinese.

In 1995, Dr. Harasim founded and became the Network Leader and CEO of Canada’s TeleLearning Network of Centers of Excellence,  a seven-year, $50 million program to study, develop, and commercialize elearning technologies, pedagogies and knowledge. She is currently studying how Collaborativist Learning Theory can be used to refocus the design of AI to augment, rather than replace, human intelligence.

Ron Owston

York University, USA

Blended Learning: Is There an Optimal Mix of Online and Face-to-Face Instruction?

One of the first questions instructors ask when setting out to develop a blended or hybrid course is how much time should be devoted to online activities and how much to face-to-face sessions. Organizations offering blended courses typically want an answer to this question as well so that they can efficiently schedule classroom space. When instructional designers are approached for help with the issue the reply is typically that it depends on what the instructional goals are and the nature of the course. Unfortunately this answer, while appropriate, is less than satisfying as both instructors and organizations want to know whether they should be thinking about devoting, say, a quarter of the course to online activities, half, or even more. Despite nearly two decades of research about blended learning the literature offers very little guidance on the issue. The consensus across many studies comparing online, blended and traditional classroom instruction is that participants in blended courses perform moderately better than those in either in fully online or face-to-face courses. This suggests that there may well be a “sweet spot,” a mixing of the two instructional modes that is optimal for learning.

For the past several years Dr. Owston and his colleagues have been investigating this question in a large institutional setting. In this presentation he will first review some of the strengths and limitations of blended learning, and share the somewhat surprising findings of his research on participant achievement and satisfaction across a variety of blended courses where the mixes of online and face-to-face activities varied. His goal will be to provoke thought and discussion on the issue and provide direction to instructors and organizations when planning blended learning courses and programs.

Dr. Ron Owston is a professor of education, former Dean of the Faculty of Education, and founding Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies at York University, Toronto, Canada. In 2007, York University awarded him the honorary title of University Professor for his “extraordinary contribution to the University as a colleague, teacher, and scholar.” A pioneer in teaching with the web since its early days, he specializes in the evaluation of technology-based educational programs in K12, government, higher education, and continuing professional education. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences about blended and online learning, and published over 60 articles in refereed journals, including one of the first academic examinations of the role of the Web for teaching and learning in Educational Researcher. Currently, he is researching blended learning in higher education settings.

Rajiv Jhangiani

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

Open: The Philosophy and Practices That Are Revolutionizing Education and Science

Higher education may be a vehicle for economic and social mobility, yet it is often structured in a way that reinforces existing inequalities. Consider for example the crushing burden of student loan debt and that a majority of students in North America do not purchase at least some of their course textbooks because of their high cost. Likewise consider that publicly-funded research that is enhanced by publicly-subsidized peer review is routinely gifted to commercial publishing companies and thereby made unavailable to the taxpaying public or those in the developing world. Or that contemporary science strongly incentivizes the adoption of questionable research practices and trading off unsexy but cumulative research for flashy but non-reproducible findings.

It is against this backdrop that the open education, open access, and open science movements have been running separate—if parallel—courses, steadily transforming the higher education landscape in the process. In each case, digital technologies are being leveraged to enhance access, agency, and rigour in the service of both justice and progress. This talk will make explicit the shared foundation of these movements, showcase their disruptive potential through a few representative case studies, and critically reflect on both their pitfalls and future potential.

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, Canada, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from UBC and the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, Dr. Jhangiani serves as the Senior Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow with BCcampus, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and a faculty workshop facilitator with the Open Textbook Network. Dr. Jhangiani’s most recent book is titled Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017, Ubiquity Press, CC-BY).

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