EdMedia 2012 Student Scholarship Awardee Report

By Sarah Benson,

1.         Introduction (more information about the reasons why you applied for this scholarship and why you selected this conference)

I am a doctoral student atMarshallUniversityinWest Virginia,United States.  I also teach full-time in special education at a local high school, adjunct at a local community and technical college (in American Sign Language Interpreting), and keep up with my three children (ages 7, 4, 2).  When my professor and doctoral chair approached me (and six other classmates) about submitting a group project for this conference, I was very excited about the opportunity to present at this international educational technology conference.  I became even more excited when we were accepted and then almost ecstatic when I found that my personal paper had been accepted!  As a new face to the conference field, I did not know much about EdMedia, except that my professor had chosen it!  As I began planning for the conference and my presentations, the tasks of being a full-time student, full-time employee, and full-time mother began to be overwhelming when I started to think about all the expenses!  My chair emailed me about this scholarship opportunity and encouraged me to apply.  I went immediately to the computer and began to work on the application.  I felt very thankful and am still thankful for the opportunity to receive this scholarship.

2.         Research Questions and Expectation (more detailed information about your research interest, the questions you expected to get an answer on and expectations you had before you visited the conference)

Research Interest:
        My area of emphasis in my doctoral program is Educational Technology.  I am very interested in social media and its place with education.  More specifically, I have a vested interest in Twitter and its contributions to K-12 and Higher Education.  I fell into Twitter somewhat by accident as I was teaching my American Sign Language courses.  I found that it was very useful in allowing my students to personally connect with Deaf Culture, since inWest Virginia, we do not have a very large Deaf population.  Since then, I have been following (on Twitter) different educational technology specialists and attempting to do more research on how it is being used in the field.

Questions:
        As I was preparing to come to the conference, I did not so much have specific questions, but wanted to learn, experience, and network as much as possible.  As my main research interest was Twitter, I was hoping to network in the field.  By following the hashtag #edmediaconf I was able to network and connect with others in the area.

Expectations:
        I honestly did not know what to expect!  I was very nervous; I had never before given a presentation in front of a national audience–much less an international one!  However, I was happy to find wonderful, comfortable amenities, friendly staff, organized sessions, and overall, a great time!

3.         Planning and visited sessions per day (incl. pre-conference workshop)

  • Research on the Smart Learning Usability Focusing on the Service Design (36241)
  • Web 2.0 Use in College Teaching:  Undergraduate Students’ Levels of Awareness (36911)
  • Adult Learning and ePortfolio Development:  Validation, Empowerment, and Identity (36854)
  • The Effect of PBL on Achievement in Relation to GPA for Preservice Computer Teachers (36836)
  • Presentations as Aesthetic Learning Experiences:  Situation Qualities Exhibited By Exceptional Presenters (36275)
  • Twitter Usage in Higher Education (36206)
  • Competence Web-based System for Suggesting Study Materials Links:  Approach and Experimental Design (36046)
  • Are You Tweeting?:  A Brief Look at Microblogging with Twitter in Education (36852)
  • Exploring the Application of Gaming and Gaming Principles in Education (36183)
  • What’s Up With the World of Warcraft? (37129)
  • Lara Croft, Call of Duty, and Rockband:  A Qualitative Look at Gaming and Education (37132)
  • A Glitch in the System (37133)
  • Meaningless Play or Learning in Action?  What Gamers Can Teach Us About Learning (37139)

4.         Scientific discussion (elaborate on the keynote-sessions topics & the presented content and materials from all other attended activities from an academic point of view)

        Short of creating a summary of each presentation, each topic had something of importance that I could take with me into my education and profession.  In Research on the Smart Learning Usability Focusing on the Service Design, the presenter made a statement, “learning efficiency reflects the learner’s perspective.”  I had never heard that thought phrased that way before, however that made me think of my curriculum in a different light.  As I prepare my curriculum, I need to be more focused on the students’ goals and perspectives.  With Web 2.0 Use in College Teaching:  Undergraduate Students’ Levels of Awareness, their study was further proof that, as educators, we need to learn and implement ways to use social media to reach our students.  DePaul University’s Adult Learning and ePortfolio Development:  Validation, Empowerment, and Identity, connected specifically with the portfolio requirements at my own university.  I am interested in speaking with my Dean and Chair about possibly using the same software.  Presentations will always be a part of my educational and professional experiences; in, Presentations as Aesthetic Learning Experiences:  Situation Qualities Exhibited by Exceptional Presenters went in-depth about 5 qualities that are needed in an exceptional presentation:  immediacy, malleability, compelling-ness, resonance, and coherence.  I was very interested in Twitter Usage in Higher Education because of my research interest.  We had discovered much of the same information in our separate researches, but I was able to make a connection with someone that is focusing on a similar research interest.  As a special education teacher, Competence Web-based System for Suggesting Study Materials Links:  Approach and Experimental Design, gave great research and practical application for search words for students when the teacher has identified the specific outcome for the project.  Finally, during the symposium, Exploring the Application of Gaming and Gaming Principles in Education,  I believe the presenters learned just as much from the audience interaction as the audience did from the presenters.

5.         Assessment and reflective evaluation on the conference (Did the conference reach your expectations? In your opinion, what was excellent and where is room for improvement?)

        The conference was a wonderful experience for me.  The entire process–writing, submitting, acceptance–was difficult, exciting, and exhilarating!  While I was at the conference, everyone was friendly and helpful–those working the registration area, the moderators, fellow presenters and attendees, the hotel staff, and the citizens ofDenver!  This was a wonderful first-conference experience for me and I am looking forward to preparing more papers for submission in the future!

        Room for Improvement:  The website was difficult to navigate at times.  If I had more information in an easily accessible format beforehand, I  believe I would have done better organizing the different presentations I would want to see.

6.         Concluding thoughts….

This was a priceless, unforgettable experience!  Thank you so much for the opportunity!  Being able to present on an international stage was truly an experience that I cannot put into words.  Please continue to do such wonderful conferences with timely topics in technology!  Thanks again!


EdMedia 2014 (Europe) Call for Proposals to Host

By David Monsour,

edmedia 2014 logo

CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO HOST 
EUROPE: JUNE 2014
Proposals Due: June 15, 2012

EdMedia — World Conference on Educational Media & Technology is

planning to hold its conference in Europe, June 2014.  The EdMedia conference, held in Europe every 3 years, always is a popular and successful event!
Proposals to host this conference are requested.

Deadline for proposals is: June 15, 2012.

The Request for Proposals to Host EdMedia 2014 is located at: http://aace.org/conf/edmedia/RFP.htm

We look forward to receiving your proposal.
All proposals will be discussed by the EdMedia Executive Committee prior to and at EdMedia 2012 (June 26-29) in Denver, CO. You need not be present at this event to be considered.

Contact: 

Email:  Conf@aace.org

Mailing address: AACE, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, Virginia 23327-1545  

simSchool May 2012 News

By David Monsour,

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David GibsonDear Colleagues:  

Summer is coming! and simSchool will be busy preparing to visit and help friends around the world. As you think about next year, I hope you’ll include a simSchool Module in one or more of your courses and will step up your efforts to conduct research using the platform for data collection, analysis and reflection on teaching.

This May news update has a summary of our 4th quarter of the EDUCAUSE Wave 1 activities (Jan-Mar 2012). Your data updates from work with students will help us make a case for continued support to take the work to scale in the year ahead. We want to top 40,000 users within the next 12 to 18 months to show the power and utility of the platform for teacher education worldwide.
Benchmarks from January to March
 
Logins: Total number of logins during the quarter 5096 by 1025 unique users. This metric is a picture of our “in-depth” user base, people who visit frequently, use simSchool in courses, and stay in touch with us.

 

Project Participants: As reported last month, we topped 10,000 users in March! We now report out daily on our simPartners page: currently simSchool is in 102 institutions serving 10506 users in 137 countries. If you see your institution here, you can track its development toward Level 3 status (when professors are using simSchool to create research data for themselves).

 

Courses: Number of courses created during the quarter totaled 46 (created by 36 unique users) bringing our total since the start of the project to 93 (by 60 unique users). 

 

Course participation: 448 registrations (by 416 unique users – primarily students).

 

simSchool Content:

Modules: 34 (by 13 unique users)

Simulations: 1536 (by 597 unique users)

Custom students: 383 (by 134 unique users)

Custom tasks: 110 (by 62 unique users)

    simSchool Publications 

Christensen, R., Tyler-Wood, T., Knezek, G., & Gibson, D. (2011). SimSchool: An online dynamic simulator for enhancing teacher preparation. International Journal of Learning Technology, 6(2), 201-220.

 

Ellison, A. M., Tyler-Wood, T.L., Periathiruvadi, S., Sayler, M., Barrio, B., & Lim, O. (2011). Preservice teacher experiences with a computerized classroom simulation: A content analysis of discussion postings. New Orleans, LA: AERA.

 

Gibson, D. (2011). Modeling Emotions in Simulated Learning. Standards in Emotion Modeling. Lorentz Center International Center for workshops in the Sciences.

 

Gibson, D. (2012). Teacher education with simSchool. In R. Hartshorne (Ed.), Teacher Education Programs and Online Learning Tools: Innovations in Teacher Preparation. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

 

Gibson, D., & Kruse, S. (2011). Next generation learning challenge: Simulating teaching. Educause Quarterly, 34(4).

 

Knezek, G., Christensen, R., Tyler-Wood, T., Fisser, P., & Gibson, D. (2012). SimSchool: Research Outcomes from Simulated Classrooms. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012.

 

McPherson, R., Tyler-wood, T., Ellison, A., & Peak, P. (2011). Using a Computerized Classroom Simulation to Prepare Pre-Service Teachers. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE), 19(1), 93-110.

 

Our continued thanks to EDUCAUSE and the Next Generation Learning Challenge grant program for their support and colleagueship.

David Gibson
simSchool

E-Learn 2012 (Montreal, Quebec) Call for Presentations: May 25

By David Monsour,



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October 9 – 12, 2012  


 



E-Learn 2012

— World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education is an international, annual conference which serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in these four sectors. 



All presentation proposals are reviewed and selected by a respected,

International Executive Advisory Board

and

Program Committee

, based on merit and the perceived value for attendees. Accepted proposals will be included in the conference program and Proceedings, available on

EdITLib

– Education & Information Technology Digital Library.

 

E-Learn spans all disciplines and levels of education and attracts more than 1,000 attendees from over 60 countries. We invite you to attend E-Learn and submit proposals for presentations.


 



Registration & Hotel Information 


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E-Learn 2012 Registration Rates


 


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EdMedia 2012 FINAL Call EXTENDED: May 4

By David Monsour,


Wesch and Kay




Final Call for F2F and Virtual Participation


EXTENDED: May 4, 2012


June 26 – 29   

Denver, Colorado


 

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Denver CO


 



EdMedia

is an international conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in E


ducati


on (

AACE

).

This annual international conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education. EdMedia attracts more than 1,500 leaders in the field from over 70 countries.

We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions. 


Major Topics & Presentation Categories








Major Topics:



 

  • Infrastructure
  • Tools & Content-oriented Applications
  • New Roles of the Instructor & Learner
  • Human-computer Interaction (HCI/CHI)
  • Cases & Projects
  • Universal Web Accessibility
  • Indigenous Peoples & Technology




Presentation Categories






Virtual Participation


 has been added to the program with the same validity (publication, certification, etc.) as the face-to-face (F2F) conference and with the capability to interact with session participants



Registration & Hotel Information



EdMedia 2012 Registration Rates

 


Conference registration and concurrent sessions will be held at the


Grand Hyatt Denver






EdMedia 2012 FINAL Call EXTENDED: May 4

By David Monsour,


Wesch and Kay




Final Call for F2F and Virtual Participation


EXTENDED: May 4, 2012


June 26 – 29   

Denver, Colorado


 

Grand Hyatt Denve





 




Denver CO


 



EdMedia

is an international conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in E


ducati


on (

AACE

).

This annual international conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education. EdMedia attracts more than 1,500 leaders in the field from over 70 countries.

We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions. 


Major Topics & Presentation Categories








Major Topics:



 

  • Infrastructure
  • Tools & Content-oriented Applications
  • New Roles of the Instructor & Learner
  • Human-computer Interaction (HCI/CHI)
  • Cases & Projects
  • Universal Web Accessibility
  • Indigenous Peoples & Technology




Presentation Categories






Virtual Participation


 has been added to the program with the same validity (publication, certification, etc.) as the face-to-face (F2F) conference and with the capability to interact with session participants



Registration & Hotel Information



EdMedia 2012 Registration Rates

 


Conference registration and concurrent sessions will be held at the


Grand Hyatt Denver






E-Learn 2012 (Montreal, Quebec) Call for Presentations: May 25

By David Monsour,



Montreal 1



Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

October 9 – 12, 2012  


 



E-Learn 2012

— World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education is an international, annual conference which serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in these four sectors. 



All presentation proposals are reviewed and selected by a respected,

International Executive Advisory Board

and

Program Committee

, based on merit and the perceived value for attendees. Accepted proposals will be included in the conference program and Proceedings, available on

EdITLib

– Education & Information Technology Digital Library.

 

E-Learn spans all disciplines and levels of education and attracts more than 1,000 attendees from over 60 countries. We invite you to attend E-Learn and submit proposals for presentations.


 



Registration & Hotel Information 


Click Here for:

E-Learn 2012 Registration Rates


 


Hotel Information :

Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Quebec



Montreal 2



LeCentre Hotel 1

Special


discoun


ted ho


t


e


l rates


have been secured for E-Learn participants


 a


t the Le Centre Sheraton Hotel


. To rece


ive this rate, identi


fy yourself as an E-Learn atten


dee.  


Reservatio


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5


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Presentation Categories and Topics


 



E-Learn 2012 Topics

The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following topics as they relate to the e-Learning and the technologies supporting e-Learning. 


Presen


tatio


n Categories

 

 

EdMedia 2012 FINAL Call EXTENDED: April 20

By David Monsour,


Wesch and Kay




Final Call for Participation


EXTENDED: April 20, 2012


June 25 – 29   

Denver, Colorado


 

Grand Hyatt Denve





 




Denver CO


 



EdMedia

is an international conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in E


ducati


on (

AACE

).

This annual international conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education. EdMedia attracts more than 1,500 leaders in the field from over 70 countries.

We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions. 


Major Topics & Presentation Categories








Major Topics:



 

  • Infrastructure
  • Tools & Content-oriented Applications
  • New Roles of the Instructor & Learner
  • Human-computer Interaction (HCI/CHI)
  • Cases & Projects
  • Universal Web Accessibility
  • Indigenous Peoples & Technology




Presentation Categories






Virtual Participation


 has been added to the program with the same validity (publication, certification, etc.) as the face-to-face (F2F) conference and with the capability to interact with session participants



Registration & Hotel Information



EdMedia 2012 Registration Rates

 


Conference registration and concurrent sessions will be held at the


Grand Hyatt Denver






Join AACE Today!

By David Monsour,

WHY JOIN AACE?

  An AACE Individual Membership enables you to:

  • Learn about the latest developments in your discipline(s).
  • Gain professional recognition and make valuable contacts.
  • Enhance your knowledge & skills through interaction with colleagues from around the world.
  • Gain professional recognition through AACE conferences.
  • Submit your own papers for publication in one of AACE’s journals.
  • Participate in AACE’s leading-edge committees to direct the growth of your Division and regional chapter.
  • Have the opportunity to win AACE awards.http://www.aace.org/awards

AACE JOURNALS                    AACE journals

AACE Professional Membership includes a subscription to an AACE print journal, full online access to all back issues of the journal selected, as well as discounts on additional AACE journals. Plus, you’ll have access to 2 electronic journals, the AACEJournal and Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education (CITE). Click here 
for more on AACE’s journals.

MEMBER DISCOUNTS    coupon

AACE Members receive discounts on journal subscriptions, conference proceedings CDs, and all AACE products. Members can also take advantage of substantial discounts on registration at these AACE-sponsored conferences:
* SITE – Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education      International Conference
* EdMedia – World Conference on Educational Media & Technology
* E-Learn – World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate,                  
  Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education
For more on AACE Member benefits, Click here.

 

EdMedia 2012 FINAL Call Due: April 12

By David Monsour,


Wesch and Kay




Final Call for Participation


Proposals Due: April 12, 2012


June 25 – 29   

Denver, Colorado


 

Grand Hyatt Denve





 




Denver CO


 



EdMedia

is an international conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in E


ducati


on (

AACE

).

This annual international conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education. EdMedia attracts more than 1,500 leaders in the field from over 70 countries.

We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions. 


Major Topics & Presentation Categories








Major Topics:



 

  • Infrastructure
  • Tools & Content-oriented Applications
  • New Roles of the Instructor & Learner
  • Human-computer Interaction (HCI/CHI)
  • Cases & Projects
  • Universal Web Accessibility
  • Indigenous Peoples & Technology




Presentation Categories






Virtual Participation


 has been added to the program with the same validity (publication, certification, etc.) as the face-to-face (F2F) conference and with the capability to interact with session participants



Registration & Hotel Information



EdMedia 2012 Registration Rates

 


Conference registration and concurrent sessions will be held at the


Grand Hyatt Denver