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Around the World in 45 Minutes: Global Perspectives on Distance Education

With the continuous improvement of information and communication technologies, more regions of the world are participating in distance education. In recognition of distance education as a truly global enterprise, and in celebration of the increasingly international audience at this conference both on-site and virtually, we invite you to attend this inaugural event.

This session will highlight distance education efforts in various regions of the world to compare and contrast global trends in the field. Panelists will provide perspectives on topics such as enrollment trends, factors that drive distance education, the value of distance education, success stories, and challenges that influence distance education efforts.




Mr. Auvinen holds an MA from the University of Helsinki and an MBA from the Helsinki University of Technology. His experience as a consultant and trainer ranges from European and American universities to such organizations as the European Commission, the World Bank, and the United Nations. He chairs the Network of Academics and Professionals of EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network) and is a board member of the Finnish eLearning Centre.




Dr. Norte holds a PhD in Languages from the State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and completed post-docs in Distance Education at the University of Pittsburgh and in Reading at the University of Leeds. Currently she is a professor of reading at Universidade Estadual Paulista in Sao Paulo, where she also coordinates an online specialization course for public school English teachers.




Dr. Miyazoe is a lifelong distance learner and an associate professor of e-learning, learning design, and distance education at Tokyo Denki University and at the Open University of Japan. She earned a PhD in Educational Technology (International Christian University, Japan), an MA in TESOL (University of London, UK), an MDE online (Athabasca University, Canada), and teaching certificates in DE (Nihon University, Japan).




Dr. Osman is an assistant professor of Instructional Design and Technology at the American University in Cairo. She earned her PhD and MSc in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington and has worked as an instructor, designer, researcher, and evaluator of online and blended instruction. Her current research examines strategies to scaffold critical thinking, problem solving and knowledge construction in educational environments supported by emerging collaborative technology.




Dr. Bonk received his master’s and PhD degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After serving as a Professor of Educational Psychology for 13 years at Indiana University (IU) he moved to the Department of Instructional Systems Technology. Recently he was a Senior Research Fellow with the Advanced Distributed Learning Lab within the Department of Defense and adjunct in the School of Informatics at IU. Curt has presented over 800 talks around the globe related to online teaching and learning and has over 200 publications on topics such as online learning pedagogy, wikibooks, blogging, open source software, and collaborative technologies. His highly popular “Handbook of Blended Learning Environments: Global Perspectives, Local Designs,” was published by Pfeiffer Publishing in 2006.

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