Programme

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


  • Anatomy of Flipped Classrooms
    Anatomy of Flipped Classrooms
    Keynote Presentation: Robert G. Doyle
  • Research Beyond Boundaries: Educational Psychophysiology
    Research Beyond Boundaries: Educational Psychophysiology
    Keynote Presentation: Rich Ingram
  • Mobility, Mixed Reality, and the Crossing of Linguacultural Boundaries
    Mobility, Mixed Reality, and the Crossing of Linguacultural Boundaries
    Keynote Presentation: Mark Pegrum
  • Creating the Next in Education. On the Road to the University of 2040
    Creating the Next in Education. On the Road to the University of 2040
    Keynote Presentation: Steve Harmon
  • Context is Everything: Rethinking Evidence Beyond Boundaries
    Context is Everything: Rethinking Evidence Beyond Boundaries
    Keynote Presentation: Amy Azano
  • IAFOR Silk Road Initiative
    IAFOR Silk Road Initiative
    Information Session
  • IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2018
    IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2018
    Award Winners Screening
Anatomy of Flipped Classrooms
Keynote Presentation: Robert G. Doyle

Flipped Classroom pedagogy is often described in several different terms, including inverted learning, active learning, and more. This is a form of pedagogy in which the lecture is provided online and class time is engaged in active learning.

Flipped learning is based on the student involvement theory that the more time and effort students allocate into their learning experience, the greater their cognitive and personal development. Flipped learning provides the opportunity for students to develop other important learning outcomes beyond knowledge acquisition, such as higher-order thinking, communication skills, and metacognitive skills.

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Research Beyond Boundaries: Educational Psychophysiology
Keynote Presentation: Rich Ingram

This presentation introduces a new line of research – Educational Psychophysiology. This new field involves the use of psychophysiological measures to identify learning-relevant psychological states (such as cognitive load) and cross-validating these states with behavioral and performance measures for the purpose of informing teaching and learning design. The field focuses primarily on examination of continuous (as opposed to event-locked) data in real-world settings using authentic learning tasks to maximize ecological validity and thus, transferability of findings. The discussion includes elements of affective learning, data analysis techniques, and the Open Science Framework, along with suggestions for future research and practice.

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Mobility, Mixed Reality, and the Crossing of Linguacultural Boundaries
Keynote Presentation: Mark Pegrum

This paper explores the nature of mobile learning, both in the sense of learning which is appropriate for an ever more mobile and superdiverse world, and learning which exploits multiple levels of mobility, including the mobility of devices, the mobility of learners, and the mobility of learning experiences.

The presentation goes on to showcase examples of innovative mobile language and literacy learning projects from around the world, drawing on cases from both the global North and the global South. It is suggested that the most effective forms of mobile learning are contextually appropriate; exploit mobility on as many levels as possible; and, at their most pedagogically sophisticated, offer the promise of traversing linguistic and cultural boundaries through mixed reality approaches.

The paper concludes by considering the importance of educators and students developing the critical mobile literacy needed to evaluate the use of mobile devices, both in education and in society as a whole.

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Creating the Next in Education. On the Road to the University of 2040
Keynote Presentation: Steve Harmon

Georgia Tech’s Commission on Creating the Next in Education (CNE) is an ambitious and visionary effort to draw with broad strokes the defining technological university of the year 2040 and beyond. The Commission was formed because many are convinced that by the second half of this century the Georgia Institute of Technology will be different from the university that had matured and prospered in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Georgia Tech’s mission demands the Institute examine the choices that lie ahead and make plans for a future that, however uncertain, is bound to present opportunities and challenges that cannot be understood as incremental changes in the status quo. This presentation discusses drivers of change in higher education and presents the report of Georgia Tech’s CNE commission on what higher education may look like in 2040.

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Context is Everything: Rethinking Evidence Beyond Boundaries
Keynote Presentation: Amy Azano

Evidence-based practice has become the gold standard in educational research with clearinghouses on "what works" informing educational policy at nearly every level. Despite known inequities resulting from socioeconomic status, race, immigration status, geospatial location, and school funding, the field continues to search for common solutions to complex challenges in diverse settings. This talk will examine the limitations of evidence-based practice as the foundational philosophy undergirding educational policy, particularly for rural schools. The speaker will provide an overview of a longitudinal, experimental study on rural gifted education and the role place and context have played in every aspect of the research design. In so doing, the keynote will focus on practice-based evidence as a socially just alternative in rethinking evidence within diverse and unique boundaries.

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IAFOR Silk Road Initiative
Information Session

As an organization, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In 2018, we are excited to launch a major new and ambitious international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research initiative which uses the silk road trade routes as a lens through which to study some of the world’s largest historical and contemporary geopolitical trends, shifts and exchanges.

IAFOR is headquartered in Japan, and the 2018 inauguration of this project aligns with the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when Japan opened its doors to the trade and ideas that would precipitate its rapid modernisation and its emergence as a global power. At a time when global trends can seem unpredictable, and futures fearful, the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative gives the opportunity to revisit the question of the impact of international relations from a long-term perspective.

This ambitious initiative will encourage individuals and institutions working across the world to support and undertake research centring on the contact between countries and regions in Europe and Asia – from Gibraltar to Japan – and the maritime routes that went beyond, into the South-East Continent and the Philippines, and later out into the Pacific Islands and the United States. The IAFOR Silk Road Initiative will be concerned with all aspects of this contact, and will examine both material and intellectual traces, as well as consequences.

For more information about the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative, click here.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2018
Award Winners Screening

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in 2015 as an international photography award that seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. The award has benefitted since the outset from the expertise of an outstanding panel of internationally renowned photographers, including Dr Paul Lowe as the Founding Judge, and Ed Kashi, Simon Roberts, Simon Norfolk, Emma Bowkett, Monica Allende and Jocelyn Bain Hogg as Guest Judges.

As an organisation, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In keeping with this mission, in appreciation of the great value of photography as a medium that can be shared across borders of language, culture and nation, and to influence and inform our academic work and programmes, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched as a competition that would help underline the importance of the organisation’s aims, and would promote and recognise best practice and excellence.

Now in its fourth year, the award has already been widely recognised by those in the industry and has been supported by World Press Photo, British Journal of Photography, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT University, The Centre for Documentary Practice, and the Medill School of Journalism.

Image from the series "Single Mothers of Afghanistan" by Kiana Hayeri, 2017 Grand Prize Winner

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