Learner Development SIG-related Events 2013Updated 24 March 2013
In addition to different Learner Development SIG local area get-togethers continuing through 2013 (click here for contact information for the local get together coordinators), we are planning to take part in several conferences.
We warmly encourage new members of the SIG to take part in LD SIG forums and also to share their ideas for learner development events that they would like the SIG to organize.
Feel free to send your ideas to Bill Mboutsiadis, the SIG programme chair. Bill has set up an interactive Google page for sharing events and programme information. Please have a look at this new resource!
. . . or contact directly the respective SIG liaison(s) for a particular conference or local area get-together. The people to contact for specific events are listed below, and their email addresses are here.
1-3 March 2013 Learner Development SIG Tohoku Retreat.The Learner Development Retreat focused on engaging with local communities in Tohoku and creating sustainable partnerships for learning and collaboration. The retreat began with a visit to Kessenuma on the first of March, and moved to the Sendai area on the second and third. For more information, please see our Tohoku Retreat page. Look for retreat reports in Learning Learning Vol. 20 No 1. in early April.
2-3 March 2013 The 5th Moodle Moot JapanMoodle Teachers, Administrators & Developers Conference. Tokyo Kasei University.
More information: http://moodlejapan.org/home/course/view.php?id=54
18-19 May, PanSIG2013: GILE, PRAG and LD SIGs ~
This year there is no Learner Development Forum at PanSIG 2013 - instead there is a combined Learner Development / Pragmatics / Global Issues Forum! This will give us a chance not just to learn from each other within learner development but also beyond the usual concerns of our SIG. many of the presentations also aim to span at least two of the SIGs. With a total of 15 presenters and 12 presentations squeezed into the 95-minute forum, we'll include something of the typical formats of the three SIGs: the information stations of GILE, the panel discussions of Pragmatics SIG, and the many cornered sharing of our Learner Development SIG. We're all looking forward to the forum at PanSIG 2013... all we need is you to make it complete! So here are the details, as far as we have them: PanSIG 2013 Conference, May 18th - 19th (Saturday and Sunday), Nanzan University, Nagoya. For the forum, we've asked for late afternoon on Saturday - still waiting for confirmation.
The World, The Language Learner, and Relationships
The participants are: Ronald, Jim; Takeda, Reiko; Nakagawa, Jane; Sullivan, Kristen; Hurrell, Ian; Cervantes, Seth; Olson, Rob; Mark, Kevin; Barfield, Andy; Kelly, Eleanor; Kamibeppu, Marybeth; Ogawa, Erina; Haynes, Louise; Tatsuki, Donna; Zenuk-Nishide, Lori
This collaborative, interactive forum brings together poster and multi-media displays focused on two main areas:
- The connections between global issues, learner development, and pragmatics
- Understanding helpfulness and support in the arts of language learning and teaching
The forum will begin with simultaneous presentations: language learning and relationships; critical thinking and social justice; language use and identity… In the second half of the forum, participants will be encouraged to share insights and make connections in small-group discussions. The final plenary part of the forum will attempt to draw out common threads and identify possible areas for further exploration.
We hope to see many of you there!
LD-Forum at jaltCALL2013: "Digital Literacies for Autonomous Learning"
jaltCALL2013 will be held in conjunction with the ER-SIG at Shinshu University, in beautiful Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken, from Friday evening, 31 May through Sunday afternoon, 2 June.
Participants: Hugh Nicoll, (facilitator), Miyazaki Kouritsu Daigaku, Kevin Ryan, Showa Women's University, Robert Cochrane, Kyushu Sangyo University, Joe Tomei, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Paul Beaufait, Prefectural University of Kumamoto
The Learner Development SIG forum at this year's conference will consider the ways in which teachers may (or may not) be in a position to implement effective practices to support digital literacies for autonomous learning. We will begin the session with five short presentations, then invite forum particpants to share their stories and questions in discussion groups.
Joe Tomei will discuss the mismatch between CALL and the practices of learner autonomy, despite the claim that they are said to share similar concepts and principles. Kevin Ryan will consider learner responses to MOOCs, a new approach for online learning. MOOC use is characterized by high initial interest from users, rapidly declining interest from the majority, and contrasting learning patterns by hard-core users. Robert Cochrane will discuss a homework program for unsuccessful learners that uses a variety of computer based assignments to increase engagement and self reflection. It involves an incremental approach to effective study strategies aided by the use of a novel approach to computer based homework assignments. Paul Beaufait will describe a pilot project, in which groups of students embarked on various online learning activities: video-viewing, vocabulary study, and speaking practice, in particular; either with or without explicit numerical goals that the teacher set for them. He will then summarize findings, and invite participants to explore the implications for their own teaching endeavours. And finally, Hugh Nicoll will explore the use of Moodle activities to supplement and empower learner interactivity in a university lecture course setting.
For more information on this year's JALTCALL conference, please see the conference web site, http://conference2013.jaltcall.org/.
Please note: The deadline for vetted proposals was February 18th, 2013.
JACET 52, Kyoto University, 30 August - 1 September, 2013
The JACET 52nd International Convention Call for Papers is open until 8 February. The convention will be held at the Yoshida Campus of Kyoto University from Friday, August 30 to Sunday, 1 September 2013. This year's is "Collaboration and Relativization in English Language Education." For more information, please see our JACET 52 Call for Papers page.
25-28 October 2013 JALT2013, KobeKobe International Conference Center & International Exhibition Hall: Learning is a Lifelong Voyage. We start to learn even before we are born and continue learning throughout our lives. It’s an important part of the life voyage of each human being. Every one of us has learning stories—our own stories as well as the ones we contribute to as friends, partners, parents, and teachers. What are your learning stories? What are your learning memories? Bring them to Kobe in 2013 and share them with your colleagues. JALT2013 promises to be a captivating port on your lifetime learning voyage. Call for Papers open from 1 January 2013. Deadline for VETTED submissions: Sunday, 21 April 2013. More information: http://jalt.org/conference/jalt2013/jalt2013-call-presentations The Learner Development SIG will be organizing a multi-session forum and you are warmly invited to take part. The LD liaison for this event is Ian Hurrell
23-24 November 2013 JALT Learner Development SIG 20th Anniversary Conference"Exploring Learner Development: Practices, Pedagogies, Puzzles and Research." Gakushuin University, Tokyo. Co-sponsored by the Junior Senior High School SIG and Teachers Helping Teachers SIG. Invited speakers: Aoki Naoko, Professor, Osaka University, and Learner Development SIG co-founder; Richard Smith, Associate Professor, Warwick University, England, and Learner Development SIG co-founder; Yoshida Kensaku, Professor & Director, Center of Language Education and Research, Sophia University. The conference web site has been launched, and includes general conference info, a call for proposals page, and an online submissions page. Please download the freshly minted PDF Flyer to share with your friends and colleagues.
8 April 2013 IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG Pre-Conference Event"Language learner autonomy and today’s technologies: challenges and possibilities." Liverpool, UK. More information: http://lasig.iatefl.org/pce.html
8-12 April 2013 47th IATEFL Annual Conference and ExhibitionArena and Convention Centre, Liverpool, UK. More information, visit the conference web site, Liverpool-2013. IATEFL is working with the British Council again this year put many of the sessions online. Click the banner below to access this year's conference online.
15-17 May 2013 3rd International Conference on Critical EducationUniversity of Ankara, Faculty of Educational Sciences & ATAUM (Ankara University European Research Center) located on University of Ankara Campus. In the age where education is under siege by neoliberalism and neoconservatism, we invite you to the IIIrd International Conference on Critical Education to reflect on the theory and practice of critical education and to contribute to the field. Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2013 Conference website: http://icce-2013.org/index.php?l=en
14-15 September 2013 The 2nd Extensive Reading World CongressYonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Call for papers: December 1 2012 – April 30 2013. More information: http://keera.or.kr/wc2/