Global Learn is an international conference series held annually in the Asia-Pacific Region and organized by AACE, Association for Advancement of Computing in Education, non-profit, international, educational organization. The aim of this conference is to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and for the presentation of new developments in all aspects of learning and technology.
Global Learn, as with the other prestigious AACE conferences, Global Learn and E-Learn, is the premiere international conference on Learning and Technology and is expected to attract 1,00+ attendees from 60+ countries. The conference program will include keynote and invited talks, papers, panels, poster/demos, tutorials, workshops, roundtables, SIG discussions, business/corporate sessions, local lab tours, and an exhibition.
The language of the conference is English. However, consideration will be given to offering specific sessions in the local language as well as providing translation services.
The General Information presented below is offered to provide background information for those who intend to submit a proposal. The full proposal should contain the information requested in the Proposal Outline as well as additional information which may be requested by the conference Executive Committee.
The organization and overall administration of Global Learn rests with AACE. The Conference series is organized by the Executive Committee. The Committee advises on location, date and host of the conference; helps appoint a Program Chair (co-chairs are possible) and a Program Committee; the organizational aspects of Global Learn conferences are handled by AACE with the support of the Local Organizing Host Committee.
AACE conferences are structured such that a minimum of burden is placed on hosts. Hosts may assist in the areas and to the degree they are able. AACE Headquarters is responsible for the overall management and administration of the conference. And it is not expected that there be a minimum of costs to the hosts and Local Committee. Most Local Committee work can be done by e-mail and phone, so there need only be one meeting if at all.
The Executive Committee encourages all potential hosts to submit proposals to host. All proposals to host will be considered by the conference Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is composed of representatives from all countries. Proposals submitted are not considered binding but rather as expressions of interest. Proposal authors will be contacted to obtain more specific information for final presentation to the conference Executive Committee.
A request for a bid does not guarantee acceptance. The Conference reserves the right to not accept any host proposals and instead, select a site with no host. The final decision on the site is made on the recommendation of AACE by a advisement from the Executive Committee. The choice must be approved by AACE.
AACE responsibilities include the following:
The host university works primarily with the AACE Headquarters through the AACE Executive Director/Founder (Dr. Gary Marks).
Host responsibilities generally include the following:
The following committee structure and related responsibilities are recommended for the Conference host but should be determined by the Local Host. Committees in some cases may need only consist of one individual.
Note: There is always a degree of flexibility in these needs; therefore, they should be used as a guide which can be revised based on the local situation.
The Global Learn Conference possible date range is March 20 - May 10.
Note concerning pattern:
Day #1 - Setup Day
Day #2 morning- Tutorial Day
Days #2 afternoon, 3, 4, & 5 - Concurrent Session Days
See meeting room equipment typically provided at: Global Learn Presenter Lounge - Equipment
Global Learn is intended to present the best research, development, and applications on Learning and Technology. Therefore, attendees are primarily active researchers, developers, instructors, and commercial representatives.
Informality has priority over comfort, and a low financial environment is preferred to elaborate organization, i.e. moderate fees and accommodations, and low student fees/accommodations are more important than the reliability and costs associated with hiring professional services.
These are priorities, but of course plans which satisfy all these often conflicting constraints are preferred. Sponsorship and funding, which does not interfere with the aims of the Global Learn, is one way to resolve these competing needs. Realistic budgeting is another way.
The Proposal Outline (below) is provided as a guide to assist with the preparation of proposals. The proposal to host Global Learn should include but not be limited to the following information.
The dates for the conference should in the date range March 20-May 10. Allow 1 day for tutorials/workshops and 4 days for concurrent presentations. Typically, tutorials/workshops precede the concurrent session days. Specify which days are acceptable in your proposal.
Global Learn should be hosted and supported by one or more universities, research establishments, institutes, or industries rather than by private persons. This host should be informed about the proposal and acknowledge the proposal before the final decision is made.
Support from local (country, continent) organizations for the advancement of research, development, and applications in the field are recommended, and will be solicited at the final decision.
The location of the conference should be selected for optimum convenience, availability of lodging and transportation, cost to attendees, and availability of local volunteer support. Secondary 'benefits' such as seasonal weather, recreation, cultural events, tours, etc., should also be mentioned.
Specify the costs, location, number, and seating capacity of meeting rooms to accommodate program and meeting room needs. Specify name and distance to nearest international airport and appropriate airlines, transportation costs between airport and most lodging as well as transit costs between lodging and meeting facilities, if they are separate facilities.
Lodging and food accommodations are preferred in the vicinity of the meeting facilities. Typically, the conference reserves 1200-1400 guest room nights with the peak night of 250-300 rooms. Specify or estimate lodging sites, available rooms, and approximate prices with US$ conversion ratio.
Also, indicate if the hotel(s) will provide complimentary staff guest rooms for the conference duration. Typically hotels provide 8 staff guest rooms for 8 nights.
The Host Local Organizing Committee (LOC) should be proposed consisting of at least 2 names and functions/roles. The LOC can appoint additional members. Indicate any experience working with other conferences.
Give details of local research and educational interests, and an indication of size, topics and tradition of research/educational efforts of supporting institutions. Specify your interests or motives for organizing Global Learn (enjoyment, reputation, advancing local interest, etc. are all honorable motives).
Provide list of conferences and their number of attendees hosted in your locations or by your organization. Detail any previous experiences in hosting such types of events, including conference name, size, location, length, etc. If applicable, detail uniques successes and activities. Also include a few reference names and emails we could contact.
Please indicate if site inspection airline tickets and hotel can be provided for 2 - 3 AACE members of the site review team.
Specify how and where the host can help to publicize the conference in the local area. Mailings can be handled by the AACE office.
Sponsorship from private and public institutions and industries should be specified. Detail any previous conference sponsors which may be involved in this conference, The means of contribution and the conditions and likelihood of obtaining financial support should have a separate section.
A preliminary budget containing estimated on-site costs and financial sponsorship should accompany the proposal. All mailings, printing, and administrative support will be centrally handled by the AACE headquarters office.
Costs, if applicable, should include:
Financial sponsorship should include:
When the conference is hosted, there should be at least two major financial contributions. The meeting room facilities and computers provided in the meeting rooms should be provided at no or minimal cost. This is typically the case when the conference is held at major North American hotels/universities and should be the major financial benefit of holding Global Learn at the host's location. Though not required, often the Welcome Reception and/or beverage breaks also are sponsored by the hosts and/or local sponsoring government or corporate organizations.
To help our planning, you are asked to send first a brief (one-page) note, as soon as possible, indicating that you are intending to submit a full proposal. All proposals will be regarded as confidential by the Executive Committee and the full proposal must be sent by the deadline given above.
You will be sent a reply confirming receipt. If you have any questions concerning this Request for Proposals, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Duke Benson..