Event Date/Time: Apr 14, 2009 End Date/Time: Apr 16, 2009
Registration Date: Mar 31, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 23, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jan 23, 2009
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Fourteenth Annual
April 14-16, 2009
Pre-conference dates: April 1-2, 2009

The New Internet:
Collaborative Learning, Social Networking,
Technology Tools, and Best Practices

Homepage: http://tcc.kcc.hawaii.edu


TCC 2009 invites faculty, support staff, librarians, counselors, student affairs professionals, students, administrators, and educational consultants to participate in its 14th annual worldwide online conference.

The Internet has evolved into a global workspace for collaboration and sharing while providing forums for different voices, cultures, new challenges, and creativity. People, technologies, and perspectives have converged. Now, there is a greater diversity of technological tools to communicate, collaborate, create, and compete.

Students learn best when they are actively involved. Regardless of content, students who work in small groups learn more and retain it longer than with other instructional forms of delivery. Collaboration also leads to greater satisfaction with classes. (Source: Barbara Gross Davis, 2002).

Within this global arena, how do faculty, staff, students and the communities they serve communicate, collaborate, innovate and produce useful learning outcomes? What best practices are emerging in collaborative learning? Is Internet-based collaboration effective and worth the effort? Which tools will work best for us? How do we support our colleagues? How do we keep up?

Smart institutions learn how to engage the online behavior of students prior to college life. How do organizations embrace and take advantage of such technologies as open source and open educational content? What is the promise of virtual worlds such as Second Life?

TCC will feature papers and general sessions on the continuing evolution of distance learning, online communities, collaborative learning, social networking, and best practices of instructional technology. The coordinators are interested in a broad range of submissions that highlight evolving uses and issues in educational technology. These include and are not limited the following:

- Online, hybrid, blended or other modes of technology enhanced learning
- Emerging Internet and Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning
- Technology applications that facilitate communication and collaboration
- Building and sustaining learning communities
- Instructional models for collaboration in virtual worlds (Second Life, etc.)
- Distance learning including mobile learning
- Ubiquitous and life-long learning
- Open content and open source
- E-portfolios and other assessment tools
- Student orientation and preparation
- Student success and assessment strategies in online learning
- Student services online (tutoring, advising, mentoring, career planning, technology support, help desk, etc.)
- Online learning resources (library, learning centers, etc.)
- Professional development for faculty and staff
- Accessibility for seniors and persons with disabilities
- Gender equity, digital divide, intercultural understanding, and open access
- Managing information technology and change in educational institutions
- Institutional planning and pedagogy catalyzed by technology advances
- Global learning, ubiquitous learning, and intercultural communication
- Educational technology around the world

This event is free for any member of the University of Hawaii community. Online registration will be available beginning mid-January and will be announced through the conference mailing list, TCCOHANA-L@hawaii.edu.

To join this list, send an email to listserv@hawaii.edu. In the BODY of the message, type:

SUB TCCOHANA-L yourfirstname yourlastname

This conference is held entirely online using a web browser for access to content and technology services. A computer system purchased within the past 3-4 years with headphones and microphone as well as broadband Internet access is highly recommended.

Organizations or companies interested in becoming a sponsor of this event may contact John Walber of LearningTimes

For additional information, see . For further inquiry, contact Bert Kimura or Curtis Ho .

Mailing address: TCC Worldwide Online Conference, Attn: Sharon Fowler, University of Hawai'i, Kapi'olani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA.

The University of Hawai'i, Kapi'olani Community College and University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Educational Technology Department, College of Education host this event in partnership with Osaka Gakuin University, Japan and LearningTimes.org. Additional support is provided by the Pan-Pacific Distance Learning Association and the New Media Consortium.

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Additional Information

The individual registration rate is $69 USD; $99 USD after March 31. A group registration fee is available for an unlimited number of participants from a single organization, campus or system. Institutions will designate a contact person to arrange payment and announce registration procedures to their constituents. Contact Sharon Fowler to register your group. . Large Campuses (>5,000 enrollment), $1500 NMC, WCET, League for Innovation Members and Affiliates, $1000 Small Campuses (<5,000 enrollment), $750 NMC, WCET & League for Innovation Members and Affiliates, $500