The Ubiquitous Learning: An International Conference will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Allan Collins
Chris Dede
Larry Taylor
Al Weiss

Garden Conversations

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations - unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

Allan Collins
Allan Collins is Professor Emeritus of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as a founding editor of the journal Cognitive Science and as first chair of the Cognitive Science Society. He has studied teaching and learning for over 30 years, and written extensively on related topics. He is best known in psychology for his work on how people answer questions, in artificial intelligence for his work on reasoning and intelligent tutoring systems, and in education for his work on situated learning, inquiry teaching, design research, and cognitive apprenticeship. From 1991 to 1994 he was Co-Director of the US Department of Education’s Center for Technology in Education. His book with Richard Halverson entitled Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and the Schools will be published by Teachers College Press in September 2009.

Chris Dede
Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His funded research includes four grants from NSF and the US Department of Education to explore immersive and semi-immersive simulations as a means of student engagement, learning, and assessment. His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher.

Larry Taylor
Larry Shane Taylor is a journalism instructor in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA. His teaching specialties include journalism, print media design, and web media. He received his BA and MA in English Literature from Western Carolina University, USA, and his PhD from the University of Tennessee, USA. He is the winner of the Common Ground Publishing Award for Excellence in the area of Learning and Education.

Al Weiss
Al Weiss is a Computer Assisted Instruction Specialist at the University of Illinois where he coordinates the instructional development and faculty support programs for campus-wide e-learning platforms and instructional technologies. Al has been engaged in teaching with technology since 1992 when he used a simple spreadsheet program to help teach math and science skills to seventh and eighth graders. Since then, Al has used technology in a number of different classrooms and settings, including an elementary school in Hawaii, a junior high school in Japan, and in a variety of graduate and undergraduate classes at the University of Illinois. Al’s current research focuses on the relationship between virtual and physical learning environments and he has given numerous workshops and presentations at regional and national conferences on e-learning strategies and methods.