WAOE Annual Member Meeting 2006

Begins August 31, 2006

3:00am Pacific Daylight Time

(10:00am GMT)


Meeting Agenda

Candidate Biographies/Statements


On Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 3am Pacific Daylight Time (1000 GMT), the Annual Members' Meeting will commence via the google VIEWS list. All members, voting and associate, may participate in the meeting discussions.

This year the Offices of Vice-President, Executive Secretary and Membership Chair come up for election/re-election. A link to vote on the candidates will be made available by September 1st. It will be listed in the NEWS section of the website. Any Voting Member is eligible to vote for the candidate of their choice in each position.

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll Call of attending members
  3. Acceptance of the Minutes of the last meeting, July-August 2005
  4. Old Business
    -Clarifying membership policies
    -Clarifying affiliation policies
    -Update on Mentor Project
    -Update on Spoken Libraries Project
  5. New Business
    -Changing face of WAOE's web presence, membership goals,
    ability to impact online learning field
    -Measures to minimize site maintenance and database support
    (includes training of backup support members)
    -Discussion and sharing of new "Web 2.0" technologies for research
  6. Adjournment

A Note from President, Steve McCarty, about this Annual Meeting and the upcoming Board of Director's Meeting

A week after this meeting starts the WAOE Annual Board of Directors' Meeting also commences. The last meeting was a special Board of Directors' Meeting called to order on March 7, 2006 to deal with changing circumstances. The forum where the meeting took place is not accessible at this time: http://waoe.org/phpBB2/index.php

What happened at the meeting was that the previous Minutes were accepted and we passed a Resolution to clarify our affiliation policies. For instance: http://www.higheredconsulting.com.au/waoe.html
We also discussed the WAOE Spoken Libraries Project, which now has a 2006 Update by Nick Bowskill in England: http://www.waoe.org/president/spoken_libraries/

One of the podcasting blogs that has continued to develop is "Japancasting": http://stevemc.blogmatrix.com

We discussed measures to minimize maintenance of WAOE's Website, which foreshadowed the many changes still happening later in 2006. The Board of Directors' Meeting proceedings will be posted on the Web with an announcement of the URL to this list when the site is available.

Regarding the last agenda item for this meeting, "Web 2.0" technologies, you are invited to share useful sites for teaching, research or publications. One of the many I have discovered recently is Google's Writely, an online word-processor with many remarkable features. Fittingly for this meeting, I'll start off by sharing photos I happen to have of some WAOE members -- Writely portraying WAOE people:


Candidate Biographies/Statements

Vice President Candidate

Arun Kumar Tripathi - Arun Kumar Tripathi is very grateful to WAOE staffs and members over the years for the sustained support. As a Vice President of WAOE,
Arun Tripathi is willing to serve the cause of WAOE in terms of bringing contemporary educators together in WAOE. Online learning and education concerns Arun because information is increasing rapidly and many have less time to contact person to person. The Internet or so-called Information Superhighway can be used as a tool, including video-conferencing and audio-conferencing for spreading knowledge throughout the planet. Online learning is becoming an important alternative to traditional forms of education. Arun Tripathi has a spirit of teamwork, and managing a project is his next passion. For the past 10 years, Arun has developed a strong and educative passion for Internet Education and Distance Learning. Arun has also quite capable of tackling unusual problems. To his work Arun Tripathi is thoroughly devoted and his aim to achieve the utmost possible.

Biography: Arun Tripathi is a graduating candidate at the Department of Philosophy of Technology, Institute for Philosophy, Dresden University of Technology and working in-collaboration with Department of Computer Science on a European Project, "Future of Identity in the Information Society (FIDIS), Network of Excellence (NoE)". Arun Tripathi is the research assistant (WHK) at the Department of Philosophy of Technology, Institute for Philosophy, Dresden University of Technology, Germany.  His research interests include kinesthetic aspects of cyberspace & Virtual Reality, phenomenological concepts of embodiment in computer simulations and educational games, phenomenological implications of e-learning, ubiquitous learning, A.I. in learning and education, and cognitive aspects of human-computer interactions. Research interests in academic philosophy is around the philosophy of science and technology;  mediation of science, technology in contempory philosophy with specialization in the areas of intercultural perception and technological hermeneutics. Expertise include Online e-Learning and Distance education; Web-based learning, (Broad perspectives of e-Learning and use of e-Learning approach to the Interdisciplinary Research & technology transfer); Role of bodies in Cyberspace; Technological Ethics (Technikethik); Phenomenological concepts of embodiment in computer games and e-Learning; Application of Artificial Intelligence in learning and education, and Cognitive aspects of Human-Computer Interactions.

Academic Experience: Research Associate (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter), Telecooperation Research Group, Department of Computer Science, Darmstadt
University of Technology, Germany; from 1 November 2000 to July 2002 with research areas: E-Learning and Web-based learning. Administrative

Experience: Editorial Board of the International Journal on E-Learning (AACE:  Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education). http://www.aace.org/pubs/ijel/default.htm; Member of Child Research Net(work) (Japan) Advisory Board. http://www.childresearch.net/WHO/ABM/index_f.html; Editorial Board for the E-Learning (Web-based only) Journal at the University of Glasgow. http://www.wwwords.co.uk/ELEA/; Associate Editor for ACM Ubiquity
http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/about.html (Since August 2004). Since May 2005 Membership with Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) (http://www.spt.org/) SPT is founded in 1976, The Society for Philosophy and Technology is an independent international organization that encourages, supports and facilitates philosophically significant considerations of technology.

Current Publications: VIEW: COMPUTERS AND THE EMBODIED NATURE OF COMMUNICATION: Merleau-Ponty's New Ontology of Embodiment; Examining the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Arun-Kumar Tripathi comments: "In terms of the language of embodiment, Merleau-Ponty took account of the way in which technologies may be embodied, such as the blind man's cane or the woman's feathered hat... " http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/views/v6i44_tripathi.html SOURCE: ACM Ubiquity: Volume 6, Issue 44, November 29 - December 5, 2005. (The ISSN for Ubiquity is 1530-2180).

VIEWS: Coping with Innovative Technology; Arun-Kumar Tripathi writes: "The flood of information today threatens to overflow, suffocate and even obliterate actual reality, says the University of Montana philosophy professor Albert Borgmann. The 'lightness' of technological information seems bent on overcoming the 'moral gravity' and 'material density' that real things naturally possess and that demand our mindful engagement. Albert Borgmann is not asking us to abandon technological information. But he is calling us to link it effectively to 'things and practices' that provide for our material and spiritual well-being." Go to http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/views/v7i23_coping.html (SOURCE: ACM Ubiquity: Volume 7, Issue 23, June 20, 2006 - June 26, 2006 The ISSN for Ubiquity is

VIEWS: Reflections on the Philosophy of Technology: Culture of Technological Reflection; Arun Kumar Tripathi writes: The goal of philosophy of technology is to understand, evaluate and criticize the ways in which technologies reflect as well as change human life individually, socially and politically. It also examines the transformations effected by technologies on the natural world and nonhuman life and the ecospheres. The assumption underlying the philosophy of technology is that the devices and substances we make and use transform our experience in ways that are philosophically relevant. Tripathi examines technological and cultural
values through the mediation of science and technology in contemporary philosophy, and employs the perspectives of Andrew Feenberg, Patrick Heelan, Don Ihde, Bernhard Irrgang, and Carl Mitcham within the philosophy of technology and of technological and cultural hermeneutics. Arun Kumar Tripathi: "Reflections on the Philosophy of Technology" http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/views/v7i29_tripathi.html (SOURCE: ACM Ubiquity: Volume 7, Issue 29 (August 1, 2006 - August 7, 2006 The ISSN for Ubiquity is 1530-2180).

Executive Secretary Candidate

Mary Dereshiwsky - I am an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Research at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. I was the first one to develop curriculum, teach Web-based courses and mentor other distance education faculty in my department. This is my twelfth year of teaching online. I have developed curriculum and taught courses in introduction to research, research design, qualitative research, introduction to statistics, intermediate statistics and dissertation seminar on behalf of our master's and doctoral education majors.


Membership Chair Candidates

James V. Potter, Ph.D: An experienced online and classroom educator, author of 16 books and counselor with decades of experience working with families. I currently serve as an adjunct faculty member w/ 2 universities and mentor students through five online venues. I am an active 70, and still work around 10 hrs. a day.

Frank Vandermark Jr., Senior Analyst, Penn Foster College. U.S. Air Force Retiree (20 years). Instructor for Air University (11 years). Developed and implemented standards and instructions for online education in both U. S. Air Force and NATO. Currently implementing online/distance education for Penn Foster College (formerly International Correspondence Schools). Independent Consultant for various organizations researching and implementing online learning. Involved in WAOE and e-Learning Guild.

Ramesh Sharma, Ph.D: Ramesh has been the Membership Chair for the past two years and is running for re-election. Ramesh holds a PhD in Education, and was the Regional Director in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) from 1996-2005. Before joining IGNOU, I was with a Teacher Training College for nearly ten years and have taught Educational Technology, Educational Research and Statistics, Educational Measurement and Evaluation, Psychodynamics of Mental Health Courses for the B.Ed. and M.Ed. Programmes. I have conducted training programmes for the in- and pre-service teachers on the use of Multimedia in teaching and instruction, and had established a Centre of ICT in the College I was working. I am interested working in the area of open and distance learning, ICT applications, computer networking, on-line learning, and teacher education. In January 2004 I went to United Nations, Geneva to attend a meeting on the distance education technologies in TrainForTrade programme of the UNCTAD being a member of the Advisory Group. Starting 2003, we have launched an 'Asian Journal of Distance Education' ISSN 1347-9008, with two other colleagues Dr Paul Kawachi and Dr Sanjaya Mishra, published by the Asian Society of Distance Education, Japan, (www.ASIANJDE.org). In addition to these, currently, I'm on the Editorial Advisory Board of " Distance Education " published by Carfax Publishing, an imprint of the international academic publishing house, the Taylor & Francis Group, UK for 2002-2003; " International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning ", online journal published by Athabasca University, Canada, , and "Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education" published by Anadolu University, Turkey . I was on the Editorial Advisory Board of "Indian Journal of Open Learning" published by IGNOU, and worked as an Associate Editor for "Staff and Educational Development International" ISSN 0971-9008 and "Global e-Journal of Open and Flexible Learning". I have authored two books. One on distance education research and very recently a book on Interactive Multimedia in Education and Training, published from IDEA group, USA.