"Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change"
April 27–29, 2018 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
In 2017, IAFOR education conferences in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America have brought together delegates from around the world to consider the theme of “Educating for Change” from a variety of different perspectives and approaches, taking full advantage of the international make-up of the attendees and the huge diversity of experiences. A recurring theme throughout the conferences was the reference to the future, be it immediate or longer term, as being uncertain; the natural resilience and optimism was counterbalanced by both apprehension; with hope also came fear.
In this period of great global political and economic instability, rising inequality and social unrest, the role of education within society has never been more important, but never more vulnerable. This brings us to our conference theme for 2018, which references these inherent vulnerabilities in both educational systems and the individual students and teachers, as well as the necessary resilience needed to not only survive, but also thrive.
How do we teachers, administrators and policymakers adopt and adapt to change outside our control? How do we nurture and encourage positive change, through the excitement of the imagination, innovation and creativity? How can technologies be better used to help us teach, and to help students learn? How do we sustain and manage change? How can we react positively to negative change? How can we, our institutions and our students survive and thrive in these times of change?
In conjunction with our Global Partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.
Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Professor Ted O’Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan
Professor Steve Cornwell, Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
Dr Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.
For family reasons, Dr Bonny Norton will be unable to travel to Kobe for the conference this year, but will deliver her keynote virtually.
The Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) 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 oversee the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.
- Dr Akiko Nagao, Ryukoku University, Japan
- Dr Bin-Bin Yu, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
- Dr Duc Huu Pham, Vietnam National University, Vietnam
- Dr Dwi Poedjiastutie, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia
- Dr Hsiu-Ling Hsu, Kun-Shan University, Taiwan
- Dr Lucía Pintado-Gutiérrez, Dublin City University, Ireland
- Dr Manisha Patil, Y.C. Institute of Science, India
- Dr Michele Eduarda Brasil De Sá, University of Brasília, Brazil
- Dr Michinobu Watanabe, Toin Gakuen High School, Japan
- Dr Raees Unnisa, Qassim University, Ministry of Higher Education, Saudi Arabia
- Dr Rolando Jr. Lontok, Nizwa College of Technology, Oman
- Dr Saadia Elamin, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia
- Dr Teodoro Macaraeg, University of Caloocan City, The Philippines
- Professor Benny Lee, SIM University, Singapore
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 ACLL Review Committee, please visit our application page.