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Beyond web 2.0: Designing authentic mobile learning for everyday contexts in Asia

Keynote Presentation: Professor Mark Pegrum

When the second generation of the web, or web 2.0, emerged around 2000, it opened up the possibility of promoting personalised but collaborative learning. A new generation of mobile context-aware technologies has now emerged, which builds on web 2.0 but goes beyond it, opening up the possibility of foregrounding authentic learning in everyday contexts. To capitalise on this new potential for educational change, it is essential to develop appropriate mobile learning designs. Drawing on Pegrum’s (2014) 3-Level Mobile Learning Framework, Burden & Kearney’s (2017) Mobile Pedagogical Framework, and Clandfield & Hadfield’s (2017) Weak & Strong Interaction Model, this paper suggests that today’s optimal mobile learning designs should involve activities where the devices, the learners, and the learning experiences are all mobile; where the three dimensions of personalisation, collaboration, and authenticity are foregrounded; and where both weak and strong interaction are present. The paper will illustrate the potential of mobile augmented reality (AR) language and literacy learning projects, most of which also incorporate elements of community building and cultural exploration. The main focus will be on recent gamified learning trails in Asia, such as the Singaporean AR Heritage Trails and the Hong Kong AR TIEs (Trails of Integrity and Ethics), where students learn collaboratively in real-world settings, while practising language, developing digital literacies and 21st century skills, building community, and exploring culture. We will consider how these gamified trails are structured to enable students to draw the greatest learning benefits from digitally supported, authentic, real-world interactions.

 


 

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Assessment Basics for the Language Classroom: A Crash Course in Testing

Featured Presentation: Brandon Kramer

Everyone remembers the stress of taking tests when they were students. Whether for placement purposes, measuring classroom learning, diagnosing content weaknesses or measuring overall proficiency, tests are an embedded and unavoidable part of teaching. Maximizing their potential should be a goal of every teacher and administrator.

This presentation will outline how tests can be used to check how much students have learned throughout a semester, as well as how they can help encourage the students to reach new levels. Different kinds of tests as well as recommended test-making strategies will be introduced, in addition to a discussion of the concepts of validity, washback and fairness. Focus will be given to considering the purposes of testing, the kinds of questions used, and basic results analysis. It is hoped that participants will gain an understanding of how tests can be used as a tool to promote learning in the classroom.

 


 

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Balancing Principles and Practicalities When Designing and Implementing a Vocabulary Program

Featured Presentation: Stuart McLean

The presenter will explain characteristics that make up an effective and efficient vocabulary program. These include spaced rehearsal, adaptive learning, increasing retrieval difficulty, the use of an appropriate counting unit, the presentation of both audio and orographic forms, and the use of context and the learner’s L1. However, while designing a vocabulary program that meets all of these criteria is simple, the operationalization of a vocabulary program designed in line with research literature is problematic.

The later half of the presentation describes the challenges faced when trying to implement the planned vocabulary program first across a new program, and then across of most of the institution. The presentation concludes by describing the achievements and limitations of the vocabulary program, and by making recommendations for others who hope to create a similar program.

 


 

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How to Use Wikipedia as an Educational Tool in the Classroom

Featured Presentation: Nichole Saad

Imagine a classroom in which all students are engaged, learning subject content, improving their digital literacy, and gaining valuable twenty-first-century skills while contributing to a global volunteer based movement. The Wikipedia Education Program is a win-win-win. Educators achieve learning targets, students gain valuable skills and Wikipedia gains content. This workshop will introduce the Wikipedia Education Program and demonstrate to educators how to begin using Wikipedia in the classroom. Instead of students writing a research paper for their teacher’s eyes only, students write for the world.

 


 

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – 2016 Winners Screening

 

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2016

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is an international photography award which seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists.

The Award is supported by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) and builds off of the strength of the IAFOR Documentary Film Award, now in its fifth year. Documentary has a rich history of exposing truths, telling stories, raising awareness and creating discussion — all practices valued at IAFOR.

Our 2016 award was judged by a panel of leading professionals in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism, including Paul Lowe, Simon Roberts and Ed Kashi.

Winners were announced at The European Conference on Arts & Humanities in Brighton, England. The Award followed the theme of the conference, with 2016’s theme being “Justice”. In supporting upcoming talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter.

All delegates receive free entry to the award screening.

 


 

IDFA Conference Screening

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As part of The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication (MediAsia), each year IAFOR hosts the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival (IDFA).

The quality of submissions to our annual competition and the power behind these documentaries has been extremely impressive. The IDFA’s mission is to recognize and support documentarians in their efforts to expose truths and bring attention to the world’s untold stories.

IAFOR would like to honor the winners of the IDFA open competition with a series of screenings to be featured at our academic conferences throughout the year. Registered Delegates are invited to attend these screenings at no additional charge. IDFA screenings feature some of the most interesting and compelling documentaries relevant to the theme and spirit of our conferences. Please join us in celebrating the masterful work these documentarians have produced.

IDFA Screening Schedule:
(Screening Time(s) & Date(s) TBD)

 


 

Conference Outline

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

08:30-17:30: Pre-Conference Tour of Nara (optional extra)
15:00-17:00: Conference Registration & Information Desk Open
18:00-19:30: Conference Welcome Reception

Friday, May 12, 2017

09:00-12:00: Plenary Session & Conference Photograph
12:00-13:15: Lunch Break
13:15-14:45: Parallel Sessions
14:45-15:00: Break
15:00-16:30: Parallel Sessions
16:30-17:00: Break
17:00-18:00: Featured Speaker Session
19:00-21:00: Official Conference Dinner (optional extra)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

09:00-10:30: Parallel Sessions
10:30-10:45: Break
10:45-12:15: Parallel Sessions & Poster Session
12:15-13:15: Lunch Break
13:15-14:45: Parallel Sessions & Poster Session
14:45-15:00: Break
15:00-16:30: Parallel Sessions
16:30-17:00: Break
17:00-18:00: Featured Speaker Session

Sunday, May 14, 2017

09:00-10:30: Parallel Sessions
10:30-10:45: Break
10:45-12:15: Parallel Sessions
12:35-13:15: Lunch Break
13:15-14:45: Parallel Sessions
14:45-15:00: Break
15:00-15:45: Conference Closing Address

Monday, May 15, 2017

08:00-18:00: Post-Conference Tour of Kyoto (optional extra).

Please note that this schedule may be subject to change.

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