ACE2020 Overview

Special Announcement: ACE2020 will be held Online

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, IAFOR has made the decision to hold ACE2020 entirely online via Zoom.

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Join us online for ACE2020!

October 31 – November 02, 2020 | Held online from Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to The 12th Asian Conference on Education (ACE2020), held in partnership with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, Japan.

ACE2020 encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in an international forum stimulating respectful dialogue. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. IAFOR continues to engage in many cross-sectoral projects across the world, including those engaging leading universities (Virginia Tech, UCL, Singapore Management University, University of Belgrade, Lingnan University, Barcelona University, University of Hawai’i, Moscow State University), think tanks, research organisations and agencies (the East-West Center, The Center for Higher Education Research, The World Intellectual Property Organization), as well as collaborative projects with governments and international governmental organisations (Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office, the United Nations in New York) and media agencies (The Wall Street Journal, JWT, HarperCollins).

With the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka University, we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations and outcomes.

IAFOR's unique global platform facilitates discussion around specific subject areas, with the goal of generating new knowledge and understanding, forging and expanding new international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research networks and partnerships. We have no doubt that ACE2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice and for the meeting of people and ideas.

We look forward to seeing you online!

– The ACE2020 Organising Committee

Tien-Hui Chiang, Zhengzhou University, China
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Tzu-Bin Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech., USA
Yvonne Masters, University of New England, Australia
José McClanahan, Creighton University, USA
Justin Sanders, Temple University, Japan Campus
Zachary Walker, University College London (UCL), UK


IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)

This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.
 

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: Held online from Tokyo, Japan
  • Dates: Saturday, October 31, 2020 ​to Monday, November 02, 2020
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 12, 2020*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 31, 2020
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: September 25, 2020

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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Conference Outline*

Saturday, October 31, 2020Sunday, November 01, 2020Monday, November 02, 2020

09:00–12:00: Plenary Session

12:00–13:15: Lunch Break

13:15–14:45: Plenary Session

14:45–15:00: Break

15:00–16:30: Plenary Session

16:30–17:30: Conference Poster Session

09:00–10:30: Parallel Sessions

10:30–10:45: Break

10:45–12:15: Parallel Sessions

12:15–13:15: 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: Parallel Sessions

09:00–10:30: Parallel Sessions

10:30–10:45: Break

10:45–12:15: Parallel Sessions

12:15–13:15: 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: Closing Session

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on October 02, 2020. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

*Please be aware that the above schedule may be subject to change.

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Speakers

  • Brian Aycock
    Brian Aycock
    International Christian University (ICU), Japan
  • Brandon Baughn
    Brandon Baughn
    Roshan Learning Center, Indonesia
  • Emily Bojovic
    Emily Bojovic
    UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Thailand
  • Kristie Collins
    Kristie Collins
    Reitaku University, Japan
  • Maria Guajardo
    Maria Guajardo
    Soka University, Japan
  • Paul Hastings
    Paul Hastings
    Japan International Christian University Foundation, USA
  • Joshua Holzmann
    Joshua Holzmann
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
  • Sam Holtzman
    Sam Holtzman
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
  • Wendee Lee
    Wendee Lee
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
  • Yvonne Masters
    Yvonne Masters
    Editor-in-Chief: IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus), & Independent Researcher, Australia
  • Oussouby Sacko
    Oussouby Sacko
    Kyoto Seika University, Japan
  • Terry Small
    Terry Small
    Terry Small Institute, Canada
  • David Tillinghast
    David Tillinghast
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
  • Ken Wilson
    Ken Wilson
    Author, United Kingdom
  • Jennifer Yphantides
    Jennifer Yphantides
    Soka University, Japan
  • Armando Zuniga
    Armando Zuniga
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States

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Programme

  • Ten Quotations to Make You Think
    Ten Quotations to Make You Think
    Keynote Presentation: Ken Wilson
  • Healthy Brain, Resilient Mind – 5 Steps to a Calmer, Sharper, Happier You!
    Healthy Brain, Resilient Mind – 5 Steps to a Calmer, Sharper, Happier You!
    Workshop Presentation: Terry Small
  • Embracing Difference/Challenging Difference: Two Sides of the Same Coin
    Embracing Difference/Challenging Difference: Two Sides of the Same Coin
    Keynote Presentation: Yvonne Masters
  • Teaching Applied Creative Process – a Faculty Panel From ArtCenter College of Design
    Teaching Applied Creative Process – a Faculty Panel From ArtCenter College of Design
    Panel Presentation: Sam Holtzman, Wendee Lee, Joshua Holzmann, David Tillinghast, Armando Zuniga
  • Educational Pathways for Refugees
    Educational Pathways for Refugees
    Panel Presentation: Brian Aycock, Brandon Baughn, Emily Bojovic & Paul Hastings
  • Embracing Difference, Finding Commonality – Collaborative Research and Writing
    Embracing Difference, Finding Commonality – Collaborative Research and Writing
    Workshop Presentation: Yvonne Masters
  • Embracing Difference
    Embracing Difference
    Panel Presentation: Kristie Collins, Maria Guajardo, Oussouby Sacko & Jennifer Yphantides
  • Structures for Teaching Art & Design – A Faculty Development Workshop
    Structures for Teaching Art & Design – A Faculty Development Workshop
    Workshop Presentation: Sam Holtzman & Armando Zuniga

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The 12th Asian Conference on Education (ACE) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Tien-Hui Chiang
    Tien-Hui Chiang
    Zhengzhou University, China
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Tzu-Bin Lin
    Tzu-Bin Lin
    National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
  • Barbara Lockee
    Barbara Lockee
    Virginia Tech., USA
  • Yvonne Masters
    Yvonne Masters
    Editor-in-Chief: IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus), & Independent Researcher, Australia
  • José McClanahan
    José McClanahan
    Creighton University, USA
  • Justin Sanders
    Justin Sanders
    Temple University, Japan Campus
  • Zachary Walker
    Zachary Walker
    Institute of Education, University College London, UK

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Review Committee

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the ACE2019 Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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Brian Aycock
International Christian University (ICU), Japan

Biography

Brian served in the US military during multiple overseas operations, then joined the Peace Corps to work on economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Brian also managed the refugee employment department of a resettlement agency, assisting refugees as they arrive in the United States. He has published articles on economic development and underdevelopment, as well as refugee law in Japan, and most recently presented on issues of human security at the International Conference on Peace and Conflict, hosted by the University of Delhi (India).

His undergraduate work was completed in the United States before beginning postgraduate studies in economics at the University of Glasgow. In 2017, Brian went back to school to study refugee law, earning his MA (Distinction) in Refugee Protection from the University of London. Brian is currently pursuing his doctorate at the International Christian University (ICU) in Japan, and serving as an adjunct lecturer at Keisen University and Oberlin University. His current research interests are in international law, particularly refugee and human rights law, and he is conducting research into legal protections for persons displaced by climate change.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Educational Pathways for Refugees
Brandon Baughn
Roshan Learning Center, Indonesia

Biography

Brandon is the Program Director for Roshan Learning Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to moving to Jakarta in 2017, he worked in Pakistan for eight years where he managed education programs focused on multilingual literacy for nomadic groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Brandon first started working in refugee education with a resettlement agency in Seattle, WA before relocating to Indonesia. In his role at Roshan, Brandon is focused on creating safe learning spaces for urban refugees who are waiting indefinitely for resettlement. He holds a Master of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College at Columbia University (NYC).

Panel Presentation (2020) | Educational Pathways for Refugees
Emily Bojovic
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Thailand

Biography

Emily is a Senior Protection Officer in UNHCR’s Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. She has worked on protection and solutions in UNHCR operations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Educational Pathways for Refugees
Kristie Collins
Reitaku University, Japan

Biography

Kristie Collins is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Reitaku University, in Kashiwa, Japan. Kristie teaches courses in Gender Studies, Canadian Studies, and English as a Foreign Language, and has been teaching at universities across England, Finland, Turkey, and Japan for over twenty years. Among her varied publications, are The Marginalized Majority: Media Representation and Lived Experiences of Single Women (Bern: Peter Lang, 2013) and the chapter, “Waiting with bated breath: My journey to securing tenure” in the upcoming Foreign female English teachers in Japanese higher education: Narratives from out quarter, edited by Diane Hawley Nagatomo, Katheen A. Brown, and Melodie Cook (Candlin & Mynard, 2020).

Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference
Maria Guajardo
Soka University, Japan

Biography

Maria Guajardo is committed to raising the next generation of global leaders as a Professor of Leadership Studies at Soka University, Tokyo. Previously she served as Dean and Vice-President, with the distinction of being the first non-Japanese female to serve in these positions. Her research connects leadership development, global citizenship education, and social change. Her work in diversity, equity, and inclusion has taken her from Malaysia to Mumbai, and from Singapore to South Africa. Her portfolio includes national and local policy work, leading national youth development initiatives, and advancing educational initiatives for children living in poverty. Maria, a clinical psychologist, has degrees from Harvard University and the University of Denver.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference
Paul Hastings
Japan International Christian University Foundation, USA

Biography

Paul Hastings is the Executive Director and CEO of the Japan ICU Foundation. Under his leadership, JICUF has developed several international education programs, including the Syrian Scholars Initiative, Rethinking Peace Studies and Global Link. Paul is the recipient of the Aspen Institute’s Nakasone Scholarship and is a trustee of the American Friends of Asian Rural Institute. He received his BA from Bowdoin College and his MA in International Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Paul has lived in Japan for 12 years, and has also lived in India and Sri Lanka. He currently lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Educational Pathways for Refugees
Joshua Holzmann
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

Joshua Holzmann, a native of Milwaukee, is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. His primary mediums are paint and collage. His art practice employs paint as content and the complicated history that is tied to the medium through the lens of an African American male. As a conscientious millennial the artist struggles with putting more objects into the world. To mitigate these concerns Holzmann uses repurposed materials and items from his family's daily consumption as the raw materials for his paintings.

Holzmann holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. He has exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum, Harriet and Kern Gallery, Nan Rae Gallery at Woodbury University, Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts, Phyllis Gill Gallery at the University of California Riverside and ArtCenter DTLA. Holzmann is an Assistant Professor of Art at Art Center College of Design.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Structures for Teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Sam Holtzman
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

Sam Holtzman has a PhD in educational leadership, policy, and evaluation from the University of Virginia and has lived and taught around the world. Originally from Palo Alto, he grew up moving around, and continued after graduate school, moving to Japan, back to the bay where he worked with students and faculty on visual literacy, critical thinking, and teaching for diversity, equity and inclusion, at the California College of the Arts and San Jose State University. In 2013, he joined ArtCenter College of Design to become the first dedicated director of faculty development at an AICAD college and currently works in or oversees the following areas; faculty development, assessment, student learning resources, digital teaching and learning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Structures for teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Panel Presentation (2020) | Teaching applied creative process – a Faculty Panel From ArtCenter College of Design
Wendee Lee
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

Wendee Lee works at the intersection of design education, creativity, and identity development. A faculty member in the Product Design department at ArtCenter College of Design, Lee champions holistic learning and development practices to support her students' understanding and expression of their creativity. Lee has designed advanced propulsion system components, orthopedic and exercise devices, collaborated on an award-winning Cradle to Cradle shipping solution, and contributed illustrations to several books by Patti Digh. A lifelong learner, Lee has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, a BS in Product Design from ArtCenter, and an MS in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. Her doctoral studies in higher education leadership are fueled by her desire to develop whole creative people.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Structures for Teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Yvonne Masters
Editor-in-Chief: IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus), & Independent Researcher, Australia

Biography

Yvonne Masters is an independent researcher in Australia. She has been involved with IAFOR for several years as a member of The Asian Conference for Education Organising Committee, as co-facilitator of The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium, and as a member of the International Academic Advisory Board. Yvonne is the current Editor-in-Chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education, a Scopus indexed, open access journal on education.

Yvonne was a teacher and teacher educator for over 40 years and is still passionate about education. She was a senior lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education, University of New England, Australia, a position that she accepted after five years as Director of Professional Experience in the same School. Prior to taking up her position at UNE, she had 30 years’ experience in secondary schools including in the roles of Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her teaching experience spans three Australian states. Her research interests centre on undergraduate research, academic publication, teacher education and policy, professional experience, teacher identity, online learning and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD, focused on school principalship, from Deakin University.

She is an active researcher and gained, in collaboration with other researchers, 4 Internal UNE School of Education Research grants; was a partner in a $200,000 ALTC (OLT) grant, VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers; in 2014 achieved a UNE Seed Grant for a one year project to explore teacher quality; and in 2015 gained a $50,000 OLT seed grant to develop resources to assist pre-service teachers to gain online teaching skills to assist them in teaching wholly online into virtual schools.

Yvonne serves as a reviewer for several education journals and is a senior reviewer for IAFOR conferences. She presents on a variety of education topics including publishing as an academic, teacher education policy, undergraduate research, and online teaching at a range of conferences, both Australian and international.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference/Challenging Difference: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Workshop Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference, Finding Commonality – Collaborative Research and Writing

Previous Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Thriving in Publication: Ethical Guiding Principles for Academic Publication
Featured Presentation (2017) | Change in Education: By Whom? For Whom?
Oussouby Sacko
Kyoto Seika University, Japan

Biography

Born in Mali in 1966, Oussouby Sacko studied architecture in China, arriving in Japan in 1991, he earned his PhD at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Architecture. His research explores the relationships between society and architectural space. His publications include Literacy and Culture of Knowledge (Nakanishiya Publishing, 2007) and Contemporary African Culture Today (Seigensha, 2020). He joined Kyoto Seika University in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2013. On April 1, 2018, he was elected as the President of the University.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference
Terry Small
Terry Small Institute, Canada

Biography

Terry Small, BEd, MA, is a master teacher and Canada's leading learning skills specialist. He is the author of the Brain Bulletin with over 34,000 subscribers worldwide.

Terry has presented on the brain for over 33 years to organizations around the world. His knowledge, warmth, humour and dynamic presentation style have made him a much sought-after speaker at workshops and conferences. Terry often appears on TV, radio, and in the press. He recently appeared on BCTV, Global, CKNW and Student Success. He has presented his ideas to over 266,000 people in 23 countries on 5 continents.

His clients include IBM, TEDx, Ford, IMD, JTI, UBS, Hitachi, Bayer, Bosch, CRA, RCMP, Telus, and many schools and universities. His presentations are engaging, humorous, practical, and all based on the latest brain science.

Terry believes, "Anyone can learn how to learn easier, better, faster, and that learning to learn is the most important skill a person can acquire."
Terry's wealth of teaching experience and extensive involvement in applied neuroscience make him an outstanding resource of the business and educational communities. He resides in Vancouver, Canada, where he is a frequent lecturer at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Healthy Brain, Resilient Mind – 5 Steps to a Calmer, Sharper, Happier You!
David Tillinghast
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

David Tillinghast is Director of Special Projects and an Associate Professor within the Illustration department of the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California, a global leader in art, design, film, transportation and social innovation education. His work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines around the United States and within the marketing materials for corporations such as Visa, Freddie Mac, and Harvard University. He has worked extensively in most major markets within the Illustration industry, including Advertising, Editorial, Book Publishing, Design Collateral and Corporate Illustration. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including those for illustration, graphic design, self-promotion and art direction. His association with Designmatters, Art Center's social impact department, has taken him to the United Nations as lead delegate for a project supporting the Millennium Development Goals, and their collaboration, Uncool: The Anti-Gun Violence project, produced a series of award-winning children's books that were adopted into local Public Libraries. In 2017, and again in 2108, he completed training under former US Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project to serve as a volunteer Climate Reality Leader, joining over a network of 27,000 volunteer leaders from over 150 countries, dedicated to reaching out to their communities, and informing others about the global climate crisis and its very real and viable solutions.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Teaching applied creative process – a Faculty Panel From ArtCenter College of Design
Ken Wilson
Author, United Kingdom

Biography

Ken Wilson is a teacher trainer and an author of ELT materials. He has published with Oxford University Press, Richmond Santillana and Macmillan. His American English course book series Smart Choice (OUP) is now in its fourth edition. He has also written more than a hundred ELT radio and television programmes for the BBC, including fifty radio scripts for the Follow Me series, thirty Look Ahead TV scripts and a series of plays called Drama First. For many years, Ken was artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre, a company which toured the world performing stage-shows for learners of English. His book Drama and Improvisation (OUP) contains more than fifty classroom drama activities. Since lockdown, Ken has been training teachers online. Working with a Russian co-trainer, he has also been adapting his classroom drama ideas for use with online classes. He believes that language teachers, particularly native speakers, should also be language learners and is currently learning Russian. In 2017, Ken completed a Masters in Creative Writing and has recently finished his first novel.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Ten Quotations to Make You Think
Jennifer Yphantides
Soka University, Japan

Biography

Jennifer Yphantides is a tenure-track faculty member in the department of International Liberal Arts at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. She has been working in the field of education since 1993 and has taught in North America, Europe, The Middle East, and Asia. Additionally, she has worked on government-funded peace projects affiliated with the University of Haifa, Israel which focused on the promotion of tolerance of ethnic and religious diversity in the region and on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream classrooms. She has a BA in History from McGill University, an MA in War Studies from King's College, London, and an MA TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. Her current research interests are diversity and inclusion of neurologically diverse students in the English Foreign Language classroom.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference
Armando Zuniga
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

Armando T. Zúñiga began his position as Director of the Writing Center during the Summer Term of 2018. Along with the responsibilities of this directorship, Dr Zúñiga is also Faculty Director of English Language Learning and Assistant Professor of Humanities and Sciences. Prior to working at ArtCenter, he was Assistant Director for the Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL). Accordingly, he has taught graduate-level courses in effective practices and pedagogy for English Language Learners (ELLs). Additionally, he has consulted in the area of second-language acquisition and cultural diversity internationally. He earned his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). His dissertation research was a qualitative study of the influence that knowledge, motivation, and the organization have upon the goal attainment of instructional coaches for teachers of ELLs.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Structures for teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Panel Presentation (2020) | Teaching applied creative process – a Faculty Panel From ArtCenter College of Design
Ten Quotations to Make You Think
Keynote Presentation: Ken Wilson

Teachers often use the words of wise folk to support their ideas and opinions, usually from within the world of education. I find it useful to go outside our specialised world for words of wisdom that can genuinely make us think about how we teach. When you reflect on them, they often prove to have more meaning than you originally thought.

For example: Albert Einstein once said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. This reminded me that students all know where they are in the class “pecking order” – she’s better than me, he’s not as good as me. This pecking order is based on the ability to deal with the teacher’s presentation style and the practice material in the book. For me, Einstein’s quote could suggest that if you bring student imagination and creativity into the equation, this knowledge-based pecking order stops being so dominant.

This is one of the ten examples that I will use in my talk, all with the aim of making you reassess your teaching methods.

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Healthy Brain, Resilient Mind – 5 Steps to a Calmer, Sharper, Happier You!
Workshop Presentation: Terry Small

We've all felt anxious and stressed at some point in our lives. Especially these days. Brain science underscores how important mindset, resilience, and a healthy lifestyle is in dealing with change and disruption at work, and in life. This session will give you the tools, and strategies to respond to current life challenges, and prepare for an ever changing future.

Based on the latest cutting-edge neuroscience research, you will learn:

What makes Terry's sessions different?

They offer science, wisdom, and practical strategies. Things you can use right away! His presentations are humorous, engaging and all based on the latest brain science. They are packed with tips and strategies to improve your greatest asset......your brain!

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Embracing Difference/Challenging Difference: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Keynote Presentation: Yvonne Masters

The title of this presentation may seem contradictory: how can both “embrace” and “challenge” be aligned? In part, it is a matter of semantics, but at a far deeper level it is understanding that this is not an “either …or” situation, but rather a “both … and” necessity. As a word, “difference” means that things are dissimilar. When we talk about embracing difference, we are looking to learn from others: from their beliefs, their perspectives, their cultures. As stated on the ACE 2020 website “it is only through encountering cultures and belief systems unlike our own that we learn anything about the flaws and limitations inherent in our own perspectives”. However, we also need to challenge difference: the difference in opportunities for some groups of people; the difference in salaries for the same work depending on a range of variables such as age, gender, nationality; the difference in educational opportunities depending on location or culture. We need to both embrace and challenge difference! Importantly, all of this is currently being distilled in a global world where a pandemic seems to have the upper hand, and the global village is returning to the insularity of individual nations. Can we break through the binaries that impose difference: rich and poor; old and young; right and wrong; us and them? This presentation explores a range of these issues as they confront us at the end of 2020.

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Teaching Applied Creative Process – a Faculty Panel From ArtCenter College of Design
Panel Presentation: Sam Holtzman, Wendee Lee, Joshua Holzmann, David Tillinghast, Armando Zuniga

This is a panel of professional and academic faculty and administration from a leading international Art & Design college discussing how to help students develop their own creative process and apply their creativity towards industry standards and professional expectations and opportunities, within individual classes and also across an entire program of study.

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Educational Pathways for Refugees
Panel Presentation: Brian Aycock, Brandon Baughn, Emily Bojovic & Paul Hastings

Refugees and displaced persons face countless adversities in their search for safety and a durable solution. One significant and potentially indelible consequence of human displacement is the loss of educational opportunities. And while there are different pathways towards durable solutions (long-term safety and the full realization of human rights), only a small percentage will ever be resettled. In response to these related challenges, UNHCR has worked with academic institutions and NGOs to develop complementary pathways towards securing education and stability for young refugees (educational pathways). While it is certainly true that being a refugee is more of a political problem than a geographic one, today’s panelists have developed effective programs to address the problems of accessing education, obtaining legal status, and relocating to places where addressing these needs is possible. This panel will discuss the need for and value of complementary pathways in helping refugees achieve educational success and long-term security. The discussion will begin with a representative from UNHCR here to explain the idea behind complementary pathways and how the agency is promoting the public-private partnerships that make these endeavors possible. Then, the executive director of the Japan ICU Foundation will discuss their experiences of operating an initiative for Syrian refugees to attend International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. Offering a second example, the director of Indonesia’s Roshan Learning Center will explain their program of helping refugees obtain their GED diploma and enroll in university. He will share their current efforts to help a small cohort of Afghan refugee students resettle to Europe through education. Finally, the panelists will highlight the most important factors in providing such programs, as well as insights into how others can either support existing efforts or explore creating new possibilities at their own institutions.

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Embracing Difference, Finding Commonality – Collaborative Research and Writing
Workshop Presentation: Yvonne Masters

Academia can be a lonely place. We are all encouraged to research and to publish, but often the desire to succeed can lead to creating individual silos, places where sharing is seen as dangerous. In this workshop/presentation I want to encourage participants to consider ways in which we can pull down the silos and work together on both research projects and in writing. Both research and writing can be interdisciplinary, international and intercultural. There are challenges in doing this and the need for both trust and the suspension of ego. However, the benefits can be exponential. Let’s explore together!

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Embracing Difference
Panel Presentation: Kristie Collins, Maria Guajardo, Oussouby Sacko & Jennifer Yphantides

At a time when educators across the globe have been coping with the enormous challenge of shifting to emergency remote teaching, mass protests against racial discimination are simultaneously sweeping through local communities from small town America to central Tokyo. While these dual crises may be unsettling, they are also a potential source of significant positive change. The participants on this panel will explore the current challenges of education in the Asian context, including ethnocentrism, the gendered constructions of students and teachers, and support for students with special learning needs, through the broader global lenses of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent demonstrations against prejudice. With a focus on embracing difference as a force for the generation of a constructive shift in the ways in which we envision our roles as educators, panelists will consider the challenges the present context poses to teachers in Asia.

Speakers:

Kristie Collins, Reitaku University, Japan
Maria Guajardo, Soka University, Japan
Oussouby Sacko, Kyoto Seika University, Japan
Jennifer Yphantides, Soka University, Japan

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Structures for Teaching Art & Design – A Faculty Development Workshop
Workshop Presentation: Sam Holtzman & Armando Zuniga

Learn about the primary structures and principles behind teaching and learning in Art & Design and begin to develop an outline for your own course or project. We will cover Backwards by Design, Scaffolding, Parameters for Creativity, and Critique and Grading, using an visual diagram that offers an opportunity for audience members to create their own project and problem-based assignment for their students to understand creative process and applied creative production.

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Tien-Hui Chiang
Zhengzhou University, China

Biography

Distinguished Professor Tien-Hui Chiang is the Vice President of RC04 (Sociology of Education) of International Sociological Association, UNESCO, a member of the Constitutional Standing Committee of the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies UNESCO and the International Distinguished Professor of University of Crete, Greece. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, visiting at UW-Madison, Wisconsin, USA, Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University and is the Ex-President of the Taiwan Association for Sociology of Education. His specialty covers sociology of education, globalization and education policy, sociology of curriculum, teaching profession and comparative education. He has written over 100 essays. He was the co-editor of Cross Education Dialogue, Crisis in Education and Interculturalism. He was also a contributor to Elite, Privileges and Excellence edited by Professor S. Ball. His outstanding academic achievements have awarded Professor Chiang many prizes, such as the Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. He is the editor of International Journal of Educational Research and Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, and a section editor of the Springer Encyclopedia: Educational Philosophy and Theories and the Springer Encyclopedia: Teacher Education.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Teacher Competences Function as the Discourse of International Competitiveness within the Institutionalized Milieu in the Epoch of Globalization
Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

He is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

A black belt in judo, he is married with two children, and lives in Japan.

Tzu-Bin Lin
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Biography

Dr Tzu-Bin Lin (林子斌) is an associate professor at the Department of Education and Graduate Institute of Education Policy and Administration, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). Prior to this position, he was the full-time learning researcher at Bournemouth University (BU) in the UK and assistant professor in the Policy and Leadership Academic Group in the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. While working at NIE, He was the Coordinator for Management and Leadership in Schools (MLS) program for two years. Currently, Dr Lin is the Head of Intern Program and Supervision Division at the Office of Teacher Education and Career Service at NTNU. He is also in charge of the nation-wide leadership empowerment program for potential curriculum leaders in junior high schools funded by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Dr Lin’s research interests are in education policy and leadership, media literacy and TESOL. He was the executive editor and editorial board member of the Bulletin of Educational Research. Currently, he is an assistant editor of Cogent Education and editorial board member in several international journals such as Asia TEFL, NAMLE journal of Media Literacy Education, Secondary Education Quarterly (Chinese) and Journal of Educational Research and Development (Chinese).

Featured Presentation (2017) | Continuing Professional Development for Educational Professionals in Secondary Schools: A Case Study of a Leadership Empowerment Program in Taiwan
Barbara Lockee
Virginia Tech., USA

Biography

Dr Barbara 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 organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her PhD in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), MA in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Yvonne Masters
Editor-in-Chief: IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus), & Independent Researcher, Australia

Biography

Yvonne Masters is an independent researcher in Australia. She has been involved with IAFOR for several years as a member of The Asian Conference for Education Organising Committee, as co-facilitator of The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium, and as a member of the International Academic Advisory Board. Yvonne is the current Editor-in-Chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education, a Scopus indexed, open access journal on education.

Yvonne was a teacher and teacher educator for over 40 years and is still passionate about education. She was a senior lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education, University of New England, Australia, a position that she accepted after five years as Director of Professional Experience in the same School. Prior to taking up her position at UNE, she had 30 years’ experience in secondary schools including in the roles of Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her teaching experience spans three Australian states. Her research interests centre on undergraduate research, academic publication, teacher education and policy, professional experience, teacher identity, online learning and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD, focused on school principalship, from Deakin University.

She is an active researcher and gained, in collaboration with other researchers, 4 Internal UNE School of Education Research grants; was a partner in a $200,000 ALTC (OLT) grant, VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers; in 2014 achieved a UNE Seed Grant for a one year project to explore teacher quality; and in 2015 gained a $50,000 OLT seed grant to develop resources to assist pre-service teachers to gain online teaching skills to assist them in teaching wholly online into virtual schools.

Yvonne serves as a reviewer for several education journals and is a senior reviewer for IAFOR conferences. She presents on a variety of education topics including publishing as an academic, teacher education policy, undergraduate research, and online teaching at a range of conferences, both Australian and international.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference/Challenging Difference: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Workshop Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference, Finding Commonality – Collaborative Research and Writing

Previous Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Thriving in Publication: Ethical Guiding Principles for Academic Publication
Featured Presentation (2017) | Change in Education: By Whom? For Whom?
José McClanahan
Creighton University, USA

Biography

Dr Joseph (José) McClanahan is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Associate Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. There, he teaches at all levels of the curriculum, including language and culture courses abroad. He has taught in both Latin America and Spain. Recently, his research interests have focused on the area of teaching courses related to Languages for Special Purposes, in particular courses related to teaching Spanish to future healthcare professionals. He also has a strong interest in curricular development and design that centres on new students entering the university. He has also led student educational trips to almost every continent on the globe.

Featured Presentation (2017) | Skills for the Future: How Mentoring Students Through Undergraduate Research Provides Tools for Success After University
Justin Sanders
Temple University, Japan Campus

Biography

Justin Sanders has worked in a range of educational settings globally. Most recently he served in Singapore as Global Recognition Manager for the International Baccalaureate (IB), helping the organisation build bridges with higher education institutions around the world and improving postsecondary pathways for more than 100,000 IB students annually. Before relocating to Singapore, he spent several years with the IB’s research department in Washington, DC, investigating and communicating the impact of an IB education. During his time at the Association for Community College Trustees, he assisted community college boards and senior administrators around the United States in improving their institutional governance and administration. Prior to moving to Washington, he served for two years as an education volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Azerbaijan, where he worked on improving educational infrastructure and capacity in a small rural community. Throughout his career, he has helped to organise dozens of local, national and international education conferences and events. He holds a BA in intercultural communication from the University of Arizona, an MA in international education from The George Washington University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in international education at Osaka University, Japan. His research explores the conception and implementation of internationalisation at national universities in Asia.

Panel Presentation (2019) | Academic Governance/Management/Administration in Higher Education in Asia
Zachary Walker
Institute of Education, University College London, UK

Biography

Dr Zachary Walker is an academic, author, and speaker. In 2018, Zachary joined the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE) as an Associate Professor. At IOE, Zachary currently serves in the Department of Psychology and Human Development as the Programme Leader for Graduate Programs in Special Education and International Inclusive Leadership.

Prior to joining IOE, Zachary was a faculty member at the National Institute of Education in Singapore from 2013-2018, where he served as a leader in Pedagogical Development and Innovation and on the 21st Century Teaching and Learning Framework taskforce.

He was named a Think College Emerging Scholar (2012), as well as a Millennium Milestone Maker by the World Academy for the Future of Women (2015). He was awarded the John Cheung Social Media Award for Innovation in Teaching and Pedagogy (2015), and was nominated for the Wharton School Reimagine Education Awards (2016). Zachary's current work focuses on educational neuroscience, mobile technology, and leadership. He has delivered talks to education leaders and higher education faculty in North America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | The Things that Do Not Change