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The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2016


Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Thursday, April 28 - Sunday, May 1, 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2016

Registration Deadline for Presenters: April 1, 2016


Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience Japan. Join a global academic community.

This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in technology in the classroom. As with IAFOR’s other events, ACTC2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

The Sixth Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom will again be held alongside The Sixth Asian Conference on Language Learning. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.




ACTC2016 Conference Theme: “Convergence|Divergence”


This open and exploratory theme of “covergence|divergence” asks at us to look at the various collisions and frictions involved in the coming together of different individuals, cultures, ideas, as well as teaching and learning mediums and styles, that we negotiate as educators.

In language education we also have best practices that could be seen as a type of convergence. As teachers we want to have a solid foundation to our teaching that will help us understand important principles. But, we also see so many areas where beliefs diverge or where areas of interests are different. For example, over the years some teachers focused on task based language education, others are doing motivation research, and still others have looked at critical pedagogy. These are examples of divergence, but they are overlaid on converging values such as creating a safe space for learners, respecting all in our classes, or have a deep commitment to our profession.

Take the changes in digital communication over the past 20 years. We have moved from the open World Wide Web and Internet of Tim Berners-Lee to a more contained online experience that is found in mobile phone apps or social media. Some have decried this filtering into “walled gardens” as stultifying and robbing the future of open inquiry because when everyone accessed the same Internet, they could roam widely and make discoveries. However, as we are funneled into application silos that do not interact with each other we become separated from each other and from the open bazaar of the Internet and are–dare we say–forced to gather in niche communities.

Moreover, at each convergence and divergence is the possibility of connection. The connection or connector is the human intelligence that we apply to our creative work. It is our humanness that ultimately connects us whether we are converging or diverging. Are you on the inside of a supportive community that wants to make itself understood to those outside? Or, are you on the outside watching as schools of thought and competing values seem to draw colleagues in different directions? The reality is many of us find ourselves in both situations–continuously converging and then diverging.

This International Academic Forum can be the medium that brings us together to negotiate the vibrant appeal of openness and the power of a concentrated coherent view. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we can embrace the ebb and flow of these contradictions to better understand our way forward as we develop as educators.

We look forward to converging on Kobe in 2016, and to an exciting divergence of ideas!
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ACTC2016 Conference Chairs


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Professor Ted O’Neill

ACTC2016 Conference Chair

Professor, Gakushuin University, Japan

​Ted O’Neill is a professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo. He recently held the position of Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Previously, he taught in the English Language Program at J. F. Oberlin University where he also served as Coordinator for the Foundation English Program. Ted was co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and currently serves on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA. Ted joined the Apple Distinguished Educator Program in 2011 and completed a postgraduate Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy through the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in 2014.



Professor Barbara Lockee

IAFOR International Director of Programme: Technology, Education, Information and Society

Professor of Instructional Design and Technology. Associate Director of the School of Education. Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach, Virginia Tech, USA

Dr Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech., USA, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr. Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organization for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), M.A. in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and B.A. in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.


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A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organized thematically.



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If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.


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The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.

We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. This global partnership alliance allows our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.

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