ACE ACSET 2013 Conference Report

Posted: December 17, 2013
Category: News, Past Events

ACE ACSET 2013, Osaka, Japan – Learning and Teaching in Changing Times
October 24 – 27, 2013

The Asian Conference on Education and Asian Conference on Science, Education and Technology (ACE/ACSET 2013) held this past October in Osaka was a fantastic celebration of interdisciplinary study around the joint conference theme of “Learning and Teaching in Changing Times.” Once again the conferences were an opportunity to create further exciting research possibilities and synergies for those delegates attending. IAFOR was particularly fortunate to have at this year’s ACE/ACSET a number of leading international experts within the Education sector who came together to share in what was a truly global discussion that attracted over 530 delegates and invited speakers from more than 40 countries.

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova, President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Moscow State University, Russia, captivated the delegates with her ACE keynote address “ELT in a Changing Russia: Traditions and Innovations” that examined the various historically and culturally determined traditions and changes that Language Education has emerged from, over the last 40 years within Russia. Professor Keith W. Miller, the Schewe Professor of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Illinois Springfield, a world renowned leader in Educational Technology gave his ACSET Keynote speech on “Discerning Rights and Wrongs while Teaching and Learning in the Age of Robotics.” Professor Miller noted that several critical socio-technical decisions are now fast approaching for MOOCs, mobile phone teaching aps, and robotic technologies with respect to their future use within the classroom environment. The joint conference had a number of excellent featured speakers and panelists who bought with them a diversity and range of educational experiences and contexts, that created much discussion and inspiration from the delegates.

The first featured speaker at the conference was by video-link as Professor Mary Stuart, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln (UK) addressed delegates on the implications of Social and Cultural Capital in the Learning Environment with respect to Access, Equality and Virtual Learning within the realm of education. Michiko Nakano, Professor in the School of Education at Waseda University, Tokyo lead a highly informative Panel Discussion on the Theories and Practices in English as an International Language (EIL), World Englishes (WE), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) seen through data gained from student perceptions.

IAFOR also wishes to thank the following featured speakers:

  • Ted O’Neill, Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan, engaged the delegates with a view to the future with his address “Getting to the Point: The Least Educators Need to Know About Massively Open Online Courses Now.”
  • Canadian educationalist Terry Small, who spoke on “Engaging The Brain – Using Neuroscience to Improve Student Learning.”
  • Professor Jerry Platt, Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University, Professor at Akita International University, Japan, and Vice-Chair of the International Academic Forum’s IAB, spoke on the issues and inequities surrounding University rankings within the Japanese education sector with his address titled “In Omoikane We Trust, All Others Bring Data.”

The conference was bought to a close by Dr Marjo Mitsutomi, Executive Director of the Language Education Institute (LEI) at Osaka Gakuin University, Japan and current IAFOR Osaka Organising Committee Vice Chair who spoke on “From Bonsai to Banzai: A Mind Shift in the Approach to Teaching and Learning English in Japan” and by 2013 ACE Co-Conference Chair, Professor Sue Jackson, who is currently Pro-Vice-Master of Learning and Teaching, Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender at Birkbeck, University of London (UK), whose closing remarks drew upon her perspectives and experiences as major discourse shaper within British Education. These two excellent addresses bought to a close what was a highly engaging and informative 2013 joint conference. The contribution and leadership provided by our Conferences Chairs and the Osaka Organising committee is greatly appreciated by the IAFOR Advisory Board and the IAFOR management team.

We would like to personally thank the following 2013 Co-Conference Chairs: Professor Sue Jackson, Professor Michiko Nakano, Professor Barbara Lockee, Dr Robert Logie, and Professor Keith Miller, We also again thank Dr Marjo Mitsutomi and Professor Steve Cornwell of the Osaka Conference Organising Committee for their continuing support, guidance and expertise in making our IAFOR Asian Conferences a continuing success.


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