ICTE Santa Fe 1998

Worldwide Network of Learning:
Opportunities, Challenges, and Contrasts


Keynote Speakers
Special Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Information and Communications Technologies as Agents
in the Shift of the Educational Paradigm

Professor Alexei L. Semyonov
Rector of the Moscow Institute for Teacher Development;
Vice Minister of Education, City of Moscow

Professor Semyonov's keynote address will focus on changes in society that demand new approaches to education; how Information and Communications Technology is highly compatible with implementation of desirable learning models; related transformations of traditional and new subjects; and some recently developed learning environments -- drawing on his extensive experience as a senior educational administrator, and within the framework of his background in a major Russian school system.

Based in a city of over 9 million population, the Moscow school system in Russia is, like many Russian institutions, enormous in terms of school buildings, teachers, and student enrollment. In recent years, the Moscow school district has also been ambitious in terms of information technology programs within the system.

In a position equivalent to deputy Superintendent in a school district larger than the largest of US school districts, Professor Semyonov has been a key architect of planning and implementation of information technology in this extensive education system.

Prof. Semyonov was Chairman of a working group recently set up by UNESCO's International Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), with participating representatives from Austria, Bulgaria, Norway, Denmark, and Russia, to develop recommendations for informatics for primary education. Prof. Semyonov was also Joint Editor of the resulting report.


General William W. Hartzog
Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

General William W. Hartzog is the four star commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The mission of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is to maintain the readiness of the U.S. Army through an extensive training program. As such, TRADOC is the architect of America's Army of the future. Technology in many forms is playing an increasingly important role in Army's training program. (See www-tradoc.army.mil)

General Hartzog's remarks will address the expanding role of distance learning and the new educational technologies in the training programs of the U.S. Army as we approach the 21st century.

General William Hartzog graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in 1963 with a bachelor or arts degree in English and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry. Gen. Hartzog also holds a master's degree in psychology from Appalachian State University. His professional military education includes basic and advanced courses at the U.S. Army Infantry School, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

Gen. Hartzog has served in a variety of command, staff, and joint assignments leading to his current position, including deputy commander in chief and chief of staff of the United States Atlantic Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Previously, he was commanding general, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. Gen. Hartzog's earlier assignments include two tours in Vietnam and service as an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Gen. Hartzog's decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Army Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit with four oak clusters; Bronze Star with "V" device and oak leaf cluster; Purple Heart; the Soldier's Medal; Combat Infantryman's Badge; Senior Parachute Badge; Expert Infantryman's Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.


Panel Discussion --
Challenges in Distance Learning: Cultural and Management Issues

Dr. Linda Fenty, Senior Principal Investigator, Future Technologies, Inc.

Colonel Chris Olson, Director of the Training Development and Analysis Directorate of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, Headquarters, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

Hank Payne, Manager of the Federal Aviation Admininstration’s Interactive Video Teletraining (IVT) Program

Dr. John Richards, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Turner Learning, the educational division of theTurner Broadcasting System

Ron J. Younker, Manager, Southern Company College, the Corporate University for Southern Company

Bill Samuelson, Manager for Multimedia and Distance Learning Products and Services, General Physics

In a world that is changing rapidly due to increasing technology options, the need for immediate access to information, education and training has risen. As global economies are buying from each other, partnering with each other, and learning with each other we have become more and more dependent on each other for the future. Technology has helped span geographical distances and opened the pathways for new ways of living and working together. We have turned to those same technologies that opened the global highways in order to educate and train each other on how best to prepare ourselves for living and working in a global economy. Distance learning technologies are providing us opportunities on one hand and challenges on the other. The opportunities are limited only by our lack of creativity....the challenges can be conquered by sharing of experiences from those who have implemented and managed the technologies in educational and work environments. Today we are going to focus on two of the challenges: management issues related to selecting, implementing and using distance learning technologies; and cultural obstacles within organizations that usually arise with the introduction of a distance learning program.

Our panel members are:

1. Dr. Linda Fenty, Senior Principal Investigator, Future Technologies, Inc., Orlando, Florida. She has over 25 years experience in education and training with concentration in adult education and distance learning. Her current responsibilities include consultant services to customers in educational and training issues to include simulators, and simultion technologies, as well as distance learning technologies. Her specialties include analysis, design, and strategic development of distance learning programs, and development of strategic training plans within a workforce environment. Dr. Fenty has taught in both secondary and university progrms, and has served as a senior consultant and as senior level manager in both industry and government related jobs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of West Florida, a Masters of. Education from Livingston State University, and a Doctorate of Eduction from Auburn University.

2. Colonel Chris Olson, Director of the Training Development and Analysis Directorate of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, Headquarters, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Fort Monroe, Virginia. He is responsible for developing policies and procedures for training development and evaluating of future training strategies and technologies. He is the TRADOC Program Integration Officer for the Army Distance Learning Program charged with orchestrating the implementation of the Total Army Distance Learning Plan. This effort is a major paradigm shift in Army training moving from a resident to non-resident technology enhanced architecture. COL Olson is a graduate of Norwich University and the National War College in Washington D.C. Throughout his career he has held increasingly responsible command positions, and has been awarded honors and medals that attest to his leadership abilities.

3. Hank Payne, Manager of the Federal Aviation Admininstration’s Interactive Video Teletraining (IVT) Program. As such he is responsible for implementing the FAA’s compressed digital satellite network. This network is used to conduct general, technical and managerial training to the FAA’s widely dispersed workforce. He also developed the White Paper that becam the FAA’s distance learning strategy, guiding such distance learning programs as correspondence study and computer based instruction, in addition to IVT. He currently serves as President of the Federal Government / Department of Defense Chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association (FGDLA), and serves as President of GATE, the Government Alliance for Training and Education. Mr. Payne has over 20 years experience in incorporating technology into training programs to solve problems, increase effectiveness, and reduce costs. He holds both B.S and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University, and is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Oklahoma in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

4. Dr. John Richards, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Turner Learning, the educational division of theTurner Broadcasting System. Dr. Richards is responsible for managing all aspects of Turner Learning, providing outreach for Turner Networks’ products and services to the education community, and producing and marketing the Cable in the Classroom cornerstone programs CNN NEWSROOM WorldView. He is also in charge of Turner Learning’s publishing and educational video divisions. He has been an education pioneer throughout his 25 year career as an educator, manager, software developer, and published book author. Dr. Richards serves on a number of boards and is often a keynote speaker at educational conferences. He holds both a B.A. and Ph. D. in Philosophy from SUNY, and has completed post-doctoral research in mathematics at SUNY.

5. Ron J. Younker, Manager, Southern Company College, the Corporate University for Southern Company, Atlanta, Georgia. He has been with Southern Company for 20 years, and in his present position directs the development and delivery of education solutions world-wide for Southern’s subsidiary, Southern Energy, Incorporated. His experience includes the coordination of forums and solutions for over 1,000 senior and middle management utility executives in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and the former Soviet Union. Mr. Younker is also responsible for learning technology for the College including interactive distance learning and also manages the company’s learning transfer process by providing consulting services for best practices and lessons learned sharing across the corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Industrial Relations from the University of Georgia, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Mercer University.

6. Bill Samuelson, Manager for Multimedia and Distance Learning Products and Services, General Physics, Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Samuelson is the senior technology-based performance consultant for the development and delivery of training and performance support. His current responsibilities include analyzing, planning, and implementing training delivery strategies for Fortune 100 Corporations using various performance oriented delivery technologies. He personally wrote and helped implement the General Motors Distance Learning Network Strategic Plan for 1996 through 2000. Mr. Samuelson is a sought after presenter concerning the use of training delivery technologies. He holds a Bachelors in Human Resources Management from Troy State University and a Masters in International Relations from Old Dominion University


Watch this space for announcements
of additional keynote speakers at ICTE Santa Fe 1998!


Special Plenary Speakers:

Dr. James C. Spohrer
Distinguished Scientist, Apple Computer, Inc.

Apple Computer has long been a pioneer in learning technology circles. Today, Apple's ongoing effort in this respect is exemplified by a unique and innovative research project called the Educational Object Economy -- a project of Apple's Advanced Technology Group (ATG) that seeks ways to use current technologies to better meet the needs of future educators and learners.

The spectacular growth of the World Wide Web has made possible the creation of an online community composed of those who develop and use resources that provide a unique opportunity to reduce duplicated effort and encourage broader dissemination and reuse of web-based learning resources. Based on the new and innovative Java programming language from Sun Microsystems Inc., the Educational Object Economy is rapidly becoming the world's largest repository of Java-enabled educational tools and resources.

If you're a member of the education community, and you use computers in your classroom, you can take advantage of the Educational Object Economy's directory to enjoy access to a vast number and variety of Java-based objects that you can use to create your own learning activities and projects for your students. Available objects cover a full range of subjects from astronomy to zoology and approaches range from traditional flash cards to interactive 3-D models. (The significance of the Java language is that a single Java object, or small program, can run on various computer systems with minimal or no changes.)

And if you're a developer, you'll find that the Educational Object Economy provides an ideal opportunity to share your Java-based learning objects with educators and students. You'll also find resources for your future development projects, to make your development as efficient as possible.

Dr. James Spohrer is the innovator and chief architect behind this unique initiative. During this special plenary session, Dr. Spohrer will access real Java objects from the Educational Object Economy, and illustrate their use in a classroom. Dr. Spohrer's presentation will give every educator the information to access this unique educational software resource.


Mayer Max
Vice President Gore's National Reinvention Initiative

A "textbook on the Web"! A unique combination of a web browser, a curriculum-based structure, "Live Links to the Government," and links to the vast resources of the World Wide Web, make possible the fascinating "WebText" pilot project now underway in Texas, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Massachusetts, and with plans to include California in the near future.

This effort is targeting Web and PC capabilities to help children with challenges in: literacy, multiple language, multiple learning styles, and disabilities access. Additionally, the project focuses on including low-income neighborhoods in: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; and Boston, Massachusetts -- consistent with the emphasis by the President and Vice President of the United States on initiatives to provide increased educational opportunity.

A project of Vice President Al Gore's National Reinvention Initiative, this is a partnership across the U.S. government, and also includes several several U.S. publishing companies and Web technology companies, as well as the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic organization. This interesting project may well point to the future of the textbook and the World Wide Web in classrooms of the not so distant future. Already, the responses from participating children are eye-opening, and their insights are opening entire new areas for this unique concept to explore.

Mayer Max of the Vice President Gore's National Reinvention Initiative will illustrate the WebText system in a live demonstration on the Internet, and will describe in detail the current pilot project now underway.

Mr. Max has served on Vice President Gore's National Performance Review Staff, focusing on Web education and commerce. He has partnered with universities and industry to transfer Virtual Reality technology into: multi-sensory learning, communications with children with autism "flight" for children and adults who are blind; and into telemedicine applications. Mr. Max has published jointly in the telemedicine literature, and has presented at telemedicine conferences in the United States and Canada. He has also presented in the areas of learning and communications technologies to the American Psychiatric Association annual conference.


Alain Dumort
European Commission

The first "Netd@ys Europe" initiative took place during the week of October 18-25, 1997, in the framework of the action plan, "Learning in the Information Society". During this period, more than 700 events were organized throughout the 15 member states of the European Union, as well as in Iceland and Norway.

The aims of "Netd@ys Europe" were threefold:

  1. to develop a large awareness campaign around the pedagogical value of the Internet, by taking into consideration the experience developed by the dozens of networks already operating in Europe;

  2. to facilitate the access of schools to existing networks, particularly by involving schools that have not been able to take part so far due to the lack of human or financial resources;

  3. to stimulate the creation of new networks, where specific needs are felt.

Besides the successful organization of over 700 events within the European Union member states during the project, the success of Netd@ys Europe is marked by the following:
bulletOver 15,000 schools participated in the initiative.
bulletThe Netd@ys Europe Internet site received more than 500,000 visits.
bulletMore than 5,000 schools were connected for the first time to the Internet in the framework of national or local equipment policies.

Netd@ys Europe was successfully organized and conducted with limited financial resources, amounting to approximately $1.1 million US.

Mr. Alain Dumort, Head of Sector, New Technologies in Education and Training, European Commission Directorate-General XXII (Education, Training and Youth), will present his insights into the successful experience with Netd@ys Europe, and will describe plans for a renewed and expanded operation in the autumn of 1998.


Dr. Evgueni Khvilon
Programme Specialist of the office of the Assistant Director General, UNESCO

In July 1996, the delegates at a European Education and Informatics Congress held in Moscow recommended to UNESCO that an International Institute for Information Technologies in Education be established. It is remarkable, and a credit to all concerned, that by February 1997, the recommendation was approved, the financing attained, the structure and aims of the institute formulated, and the Institute was operational!

This new institution -- IITE -- is the fourth member of the Network of UNESCO Institutes for Education. The other three include the International Bureau of Education, Geneva; the Institute of Education, Hamburg; and the International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris.

Focused on new information technologies in education, with satellite links and extensive technology already in place, and with a growing staff, the IITE is responsible for several primary initiatives, including: the organization of pre-and inservice training programs; maintaining an advisory service and the promotion of studies, concerning information technology in education; technical assistance based on research findings; and encouragement and fostering of regional development programs.

Dr. Evgueni Khvilon, Programme Specialist of the office of the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, will present the history and goals of this new initiative. Dr. Khvlon will be assisted in the presentation by Mr. David Walker of ICTE.


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