Learner Development SIG-related Events 2017


(1) Learner Development Forum – PanSIG 2017 (May 19-21, 2017)

Akita International University in Akita

Visualizing Learner Development

This year’s Learner Development SIG Forum gives participants a chance to expand their interests by focusing on a variety of topics related to student development. Focusing both on research and practice-based topics, the forum will highlight different aspects of autonomous learning, visual metaphors, meta-cognitive strategies, and important non-cognitive factors in learning. Timed rounds of interactive presentations will be followed by a discussion circle, giving participants the opportunity to synthesize information from the presentations with their own experiences assisting learner growth.

Arnold F. Arao, Non-Cognitive Factors in Student Development

Daniel Hooper, Testing the waters: Gauging the viability of autonomous language learning in an eikaiwa

Mathew Porter, Collaborative Reflection Using a Visual Metaphor

Robert Morel, Student responses to learning strategy instruction


(2) Learner Development Forum – JALT CALL 2017 (June 16-18, 2017)

Matsuyama University in Shikoku

Learners in the Digital Age

This Learner Development SIG Forum at JALTCALL 2017 is an inclusive, participant-friendly event featuring ideas for integrating language learning technology in the classroom and beyond while maintaining the focus on the learner. In the computer- and mobile-assisted language learning classroom, it is easy to focus on computer applications as solely tools for teaching and easing the management of large groups of students. However, with this focus, teachers can easily lose sight of the individuals adopting these tools as autonomous learners both inside and outside of the class. In this forum, timed rounds of interactive presentations about language learners engaging with CALL tools such as online tests, digital flashcards, blogs, and video-sharing websites will be followed by a discussion circle. At this time, participants will be given an opportunity to reflect on the presentations while sharing their own research experiences, puzzles, and narratives about learner growth and language development through the use of technology.

Lee Arnold (Seigakuin University),  Blogs as informal LMSs for class and course assignment contextualization and publication

Blair Barr & Brett Milliner (Tamagawa University), Online testing for learner feedback and development

David Gann (Tokyo University of Science), Card Trick Instructional Videos and Online Language Learning Resources for Rescuing a Dying Class

Daniel Hougham(Hiroshima University), Using Quizlet to promote learner development


(3) Learner Development Forum – JALT International (November 17-20)

Deadline for LD Forum Proposals is Friday, May 12th

Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Epochal Tsukuba)

International Communities: Fostering Learner Development on a Global Stage

The Learner Development SIG programs team is excited to invite you to submit proposals for the Learner Development SIG Forum at the JALT International Conference taking place at Epochal Tsukuba in Tsukuba, Ibaraki (about an hour north of Tokyo) from November 17 to 20.  The theme of this years forum is International Communities: Fostering Learner Development on a Global Stage.

See Forums page for more details.