Archive for adult learning

upcoming industry conferences and events 2009-2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by ruyoung

Bridging the Gap: Serious Games to Game-Based Learning
Feb 19, 2009
Toronto, ON, Canada

Campus Crisis Simulation: Improving Campus-Wide Response to an Emergency
Feb 25-27, 2009
Irvine, CA, USA

Hybrid Learning: Instructional and Institutional Implementation
Feb 27,2009

Faculty Development in Blended/Online Learning
Mar 2-4,2009
Denver, CO, USA

Financial Information for Continuing Education Decision-Making
Mar 9, 2009

E-learning and language…the spirit of the age
Mar 14-15, 2009
Cairo, Egypt

Game Based Learning
Mar 19-20, 2009
London, London, United Kingdom

Globally Competitive Education – the need for enlightened leadership and system
Apr 2-4, 2009
Jabalpur, India

Language Education Today: between Theory and practice
May 8-9, 2009
Timisoara, Romania

Community Engagement and Service: The Third Mission of Universities
May 18-20, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Creative Skills Training Council Internationale 2009
May 26-29, 2009
Melacca, Malaysia

Educating Youth for Citizenship: East and West
Jun 1-3, 2009
Beijing, China

European College Teaching & Learning Conference
Jun 8-11, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic

EEEL 2009 – International Conference on e-Education and e-Learning
Jun 24, 2009
Paris, France

EDULEARN09 (International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies)
Jul 6-8, 2009
Barcelona, Spain

EC-TEL 09- Fourth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2009
Cannes, France

Global Education Network (GEN) Conference
Oct 8-10,2009
San Diego, CA, USA

Edge 2009: Inspiration and Innovation in Teacher education
Oct 14-16, 2009
St. John’s, NF, Canada

mLearn 2009 – 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
Oct 26-30, 2009
Orlando, FL, USA

2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society
Jul 21-24, 2010
Paris, France


upcoming industry conferences (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by ruyoung

eek! i haven’t been blogging for a month due to the holidays, personal injury, family emergency, and job hunting, and then just as i was compiling this blog post, we were among the 100,000 people in toronto that lost power and heat thu night. now with power, here’s a list of upcoming industry conferences, including some great online events in the next few weeks:

google search for your school
jan 21, 2009

educon 2.1
jan 23-25, 2009
philadelphia, pa, usa (virtual attendance available)

2nd annual forum on e-learning excellence in the middle east
jan 26-29, 2009
dubai, united arab emirates

adult students: meeting market demands both online and in the classroom
jan 27, 2009

college & university performance conference 2009
jan 28-30, 2009
arlington, va, usa

designing a learner assisstance program for students with disabilities
jan 29, 2009

ten steps to building a successful retention and graduation program
feb 5, 2009

new learning technologies
feb 18-20, 2009
orlando, fl, usa

student symposium on african education: interrogating quality within the african context
feb 27, 2009
new york, ny, usa

mcgill 8th annual education graduate students’ society conference
mar 13-14, 2009
montreal, qc, canada

6th international conference on informatics, education technology and new media in education
mar 28-29, 2009
sombor, yugoslavia

elearning and software for education conference – else 2009
apr 9-10, 2009
bucharest, romania

teaching english in multilingual contexts: current challenges, future directions
apr 18-19, 2009
karachi, pakistan

theatre pedagogy: teaching the art form
apr 23-26, 2009
new york, ny, usa

engaged teachers, engaged learners
apr 29-may 2, 2009
edmonton, ab, canada

elearning africa 2009
may 27-29, 2009
dakar, senegal

solstice 2009 – it’s all in the blend? innovation, research and development: enhancing learning with technologies
jun 4, 2009
ormskirk, uk

8th international language & development conference
jun 23-25, 2009
dhaka, bangladesh

the 2009 international conference on e-learning, e-business, enterprise information systems, and e-government (eee’09)
jul 13-16, 2009
las vegas, nv, usa

the 2009 international conference on frontiers in education: computer science and computer engineering (fecs’09)
jul 13-16, 2009
las vegas, nv, usa

international conference on imagination and education
jul 15-18, 2009
vancouver, bc, canada

international conference on the role of universities in hands-on education
aug 24-29, 2009
chiang mai, thailand

knowledge, work and class
oct 22-24, 2009
detroit, mi, usa

the iasted international conference on global education ~ge 2009~
nov 2-4, 2009
cambridge, ma, usa

if anyone would like to guest blog from any of these events, please contact me.

upcoming industry conferences

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2008 by ruyoung

Energy Education, the challenge of E-learning in schools
Oct 7, 2008
Brussels, Belgium

Speaking of Kids
Oct 24, 2008
Vancouver, BC, Canada

National Conference on Student Leadership
Oct 25-28, 2008
San Diego, California, United States

2nd International Malaysian Educational Technology Convention
Nov 4-7, 2008
Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Has Education Lost Its Way?
Nov 7, 2008
London, United Kingdom

Disciplining innovation: new learning and teaching in media and cultural studies
Nov 21, 2008
Sydney, NSW, Australia

I-Learn Forum/RAC 2009
Jan 19-20, 2009
Paris, France

Interactive Mobile and Computer Aided Learning, IMCL2009
April 22-24, 2009
Amman, Amman, Jordan

LIHE 09 – 2nd International Symposium: Improving Students Learning Outcomes in Higher Education
May 31-Jun 4, 2009
Aghia Marina, Aegina Island, Greece

ICELW 2009 – The International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace
Jun 10-12, 2009
New York, NY, United States
— i’d love to have someone live blogging this event for me. please contact me if you plan to attend.

Sixteenth International Conference on Learning
July 1-4, 2009
Barcelona, Spain

2008 bloggers choice awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by ruyoung

i’ve been nominated for the 2008 bloggers choice awards in the education category.

if you’d like to vote for my blog as well, click on this badge:

My site was nominated for Best Education Blog!

what an honour – thank you veganbilly!

andragogy vs pedagogy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 24, 2008 by ruyoung

as i was poking around the continuing education forum, i saw the word “andragogy”, and was surprised to admit to myself that this is a new word to me.

i’ve been well aware of the word pedagogy, the art and science of teaching children, from the greek word meaning child-leading. however, in doing some research, i see that andragogy is from the greek word for adult-leading, and is the art and science of teaching adults, but also refers to a learner-focussed education.

the difference seems to lie in the intellectual ability of the student. eduard lindeman and martha anderson developed the concepts of andragogy, but it was malcolm knowles, scholar, academic administrator, and author, who breathed new popularity into the word as “the process of engaging adult learners in the structure of the learning experience”, and is contemplated as:

  1. Self-concept: As a person matures his self concept moves from one of being a dependent personality toward one of being a self-directed human being
  2. Experience: As a person matures he accumulates a growing reservoir of experience that becomes an increasing resource for learning.
  3. Readiness to learn. As a person matures his readiness to learn becomes oriented increasingly to the developmental tasks of his social roles.
  4. Orientation to learning. As a person matures his time perspective changes from one of postponed application of knowledge to immediacy of application, and accordingly his orientation toward learning shifts from one of subject-centeredness to one of problem centredness.
  5. Motivation to learn: As a person matures the motivation to learn is internal

more in-depth explanations of these points can be found on the informal education andragogy page.

knowles himself later concluded that age is no longer the determining factor for distinguishing between the use of andragogy and pedagogy, but rather it has transformed into andragogy being the term for self-directed learning, and pedagogy for teacher-directed learning.

however, progressive education theorists denounce the use of the word andragogy on the basis that it adds confusion since its main expressions are not specific to adults.

the mobile learning concoction

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by ruyoung

while doing some research on mobile learning, i was excited to find the m-learning consortium, a collaborative effort of educators and technology vendors to discover ways of enhancing learning with  mobile technology. unfortunately, i think they missed their mark by offering pdas to first year college students back in 2002, and athabasca university and university of toronto mississauga also did some testing in 2006 on college-aged students (pdf). today, first year college students are much more savvy with handheld devices, and are rarely without at least one or two devices anyway.

however, i can’t help but wonder what sort of opportunity there is for adult learning with mobile devices. with the successful launch of the iphone and ipod touch, and the fact that executives without blackberries seem to be a rare find, the market for m-learning for adults is surely coming into play, slowly but surely. just a few weeks ago jenna sweeney blogged about the slow birth of m-learning, suggesting that in order for m-learning to be effective, it must start with enterprise acceptance.

We must begin with enterprise acceptance, including executives and IT professionals willing to support a mobile infrastructure. These individuals have already seen the value of being “unplugged” as desktop computers have converted to laptops and notebook computers. Mobility has already become a focus for IT departments. Adoption of enterprise mobility is all about increasing workforce productivity – certainly not a hard sell.

companies such as toolbook, trainer1, and giunti labs have already successfully marketed m-learning in europe and the uk. in canada at least, the cost of data plans may be prohibitive to ensure the success of m-learning. a year ago thomas purves reported that international cost comparison to canadian data carriers looked like this:

i’d be interested to see an updated graph now that the iphone is on the canadian market. the combination of products available and carriers to offer the data packages alone isn’t the key to how successful m-learning for adult learning can be in canada, but also how the mobile web technology is adapted for the devices and who can be quick to market with architectually beautiful innovation. finding the balance within this concoction will be key.

canada post community literacy awards finalists

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 22, 2008 by ruyoung

canada post has announced the awards finalists (pdf) for the 2008 canada post community literacy awards.

the awards recognises the contribution to literacy by educators as well as the achievements of adult learners.

congratulations to all finalists and best of luck in the final winners list announcement in early sep.