Virtual School Meanderings

May 18, 2016

Keynote Speakers Announced: E-Learn 2016 (Washington, DC)

While I can’t believe AACE is having Marc Prensky keynote another one of their conferences (what a waste of money and a complete lack of research understanding), this showed up in my inbox on Monday…

Call for Proposals: June 15
Washington, DC, USA
November 14-16, 2016
Call to Submit
Proposals for 
E -Learn 2016!
Join us in Washington, DC for E-Learn 2016- World Conference on E-Learning.
This international conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for exchanging the latest research, developments, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning.
Accepted papers will be published in the
Conference Proceedings,
ISBN 978-1-939797-25-4 and
distributed by:
 ➧ SIGs
AACE,, P.O. Box 719, Waynesville, NC 28786


  1. It’s not just Prensky… note the photos — 3 old (I can say that because I am one too) white (not me) men (me). You’d think they would be more concerned with the optics and messages that it sends. Here’s a response I got when I commented about it….
    As you know from your time on the EC, it is a very arduous process to invite speakers. I’m sure you remember the rounds and rounds of invitations and scheduling issues that come along with it. There are often far fewer female speakers recommended to the EC by attendees and not all are fit for e-learn or are available over only a 3 day conference. We ALWAYS welcome speaker suggestions for all conferences at! The more the better!

    We are very fortunate to have an excellent lineup of talented speakers. And as part of the 75% female staff, please know that diversity is an important element of AACE and we thank you for your support and constructive criticism.
    And while the response is politically correct,, and the problem stated is real, still….
    And Michael, based on the response, I’d have to say that it seems like the members might not care about the research.

    We should put our names in as speakers — it would add a little more diversity to the pool.

    Comment by onlinelearningevangelist — May 18, 2016 @ 9:19 am | Reply

    • Yeah, cause the White male from Canadian really adds to the diversity… ;) I do agree that you’d be a good choice (and your funny to boot when you present).

      I’m less concerned with Mayer and Clark, at least they do some research – and both have proposed frameworks that have influenced the research in the field significantly. Prensky’s only contribution to the field of educational technology was his made up belief about digital natives, which has given numerous young scholars and doctoral students something to disprove in their research studies. And to have him as a keynote for both SITE and e-Learn is just criminal for an academic organization!

      Comment by Michael Barbour — May 18, 2016 @ 9:30 am | Reply

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