Papers, Publications and Presentations

Human Learning and the Development of Mind in the Anthropocene: Reflections against the Backdrop of Big History. Paper by Jan Visser presented on July 15, 2016 at the third biennial conference of the International Big History Association, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 14 - 17, 2016.

Slide series on Human Learning and the Development of Mind in the Anthropocene: Reflections against the Backdrop of Big History by Jan Visser used for the above presentation at the third biennial conference of the International Big History Association, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 14 - 17, 2016.

Teacher Motivation. Article by Diana Stirling, published by the Learning Development Institute as LDI Working Paper # 7 (2016). The article was first published in a translated version in Japanese. It appears here for the first time in English, the language in which it was originally written, with permission from Aichi Universities English Education Research Journal, for which we are grateful.

Learning and Complex Adaptive Systems. Article by Diana Stirling, published by the Learning Development Institute as LDI Working Paper # 6 (2014). The article was first published in a translated version in Japanese. It appears here for the first time in English, the language in which it was originally written, with permission from Aichi Universities English Education Research Journal, for which we are grateful.

Motivation in Education. Article by Diana Stirling, published by the Learning Development Institute as LDI Working Paper # 5 (2014). The article was first published in a translated version in Japanese. It appears here for the first time in English, the language in which it was originally written, with permission from Aichi Universities English Education Research Journal, for which we are grateful.

La innovación: necesidad científica, opción artística. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In M. Moreno Castañeda (Ed.), Veinte visiones de la educación a distancia. 2012. Guadelajara, Mexico: UDGVirtual.

Reflections on a definition: Revisiting the meaning of learning. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In D. Aspin, J. Chapman, K. Evans, & R. Bagnall (Eds), Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning. 2012. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

The difficult route to developing distance education in Mozambique. Book chapter by Muriel Visser-Valfrey, Jan Visser, & Cynthia Moos. In L. Visser, Y. Visser, R. Amirault, & M. Simonson (Eds.), Trends and issues in distance education: International Perspectives, 2nd Edition. 2012. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Experiences from establishing structured inter- and transdisciplinary doctoral programs in sustainability: A comparison of two cases in South Africa and Austria. Contribution by Andreas Muhar, Jan Visser, & John van Breda to a special issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production, 61 (2013), 122-129.

Why don't we simply call it 'environmental design for the provision and use of distributed learning resources?' Book chapter by Jan Visser. In L. Visser, Y. Visser, R. Amirault, & M. Simonson (Eds.), Trends and issues in distance education: International Perspectives, 2nd Edition. 2012. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Developing learning to meet complex challenges for an undivided world. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In R. A. Reiser, & J. V. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and issues in instructional design and technology, 3rd Edition. 2012. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. (The book Trends and issues in instructional design and technology, 3nd Edition, received the 2012 Outstanding Book Award of the Design and Development Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.)

Not by philosophy, science and theology alone: Making sense of ourselves and our world from diverse vantage points. Opening keynote presentation at the 6th International Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival, Grafton, Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia, June 27 - July 1, 2009.

Where are you based? Book chapter by Jan Visser. In B. Nicolescu (Ed.), Transdisciplinarity: Theory and practice. 2008. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Learners in a changing learning landscape: Reflections from a dialogue on new roles and expectations. Book edited by Jan Visser and Muriel Visser-Valfrey. 2008. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. (This book received one of the two James W. Brown Publication Awards for 2009.)

Let the dialogue begin: An introduction. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In J. Visser & R. M. Visser-Valfrey (Eds.), Learners in a changing learning landscape: Reflections from a dialogue on new roles and expectations. 2008. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. (The book "Learners in a changing learning landscape: Reflections from a dialogue on new roles and expectations" received one of the two James W. Brown Publication Awards for 2009.)

Constructive interaction with change: Implications for learners and the environment in which they learn. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In J. Visser & R. M. Visser-Valfrey (Eds.), Learners in a changing learning landscape: Reflections from a dialogue on new roles and expectations. 2008. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. (The book "Learners in a changing learning landscape: Reflections from a dialogue on new roles and expectations" received one of the two James W. Brown Publication Awards for 2009.)

The role of interviewing in the learning process. This is a 2009 journal article by Lya Visser, published in Distance Learning….A Magazine for Leaders (5)3.

Learning in a global society. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In M. G. Moore (Ed.), Handbook of distance education - 2nd edition. 2007. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Online learning: For better or for worse? A reflective view. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In J. M. Spector (Ed.), Finding your online voice: Stories told by experienced online educators. 2007. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Obstacles and opportunities in distance education. Book chapter by Lya Visser. In J. M. Spector (Ed.), Finding your online voice: Stories told by experienced online educators. 2007. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Overcoming dichotomies: The transdisciplinary development of human learning to meet the challenge of creating a peaceful and non-violent world. Chapter by Jan Visser for conference proceedings. In R. Welter (Ed.), Actes du 3e Congrès Science & Conscience, Strasbourg 2003. Strasbourg, France : Éditions F.B.V. pour le C.N.R.S. (2005).

Universities, wisdom, transdisciplinarity and the challenges and opportunities of technology. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In M. Beaudoin (Ed.), Perspectives on Higher Education in the Digital Age. 2006. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Designing for the world at large: A tale of two settings. Book chapter by Jan Visser, & Katsuaki Suzuki. In R.A. Reiser, & J.V. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and issues in instructional design and technology, 2nd Edition (pp. 234-244). 2006. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. (The book Trends and issues in instructional design and technology, 2nd Edition, received the 2006 Outstanding Book Award of the Design and Development Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology as well as the 2007 Outstanding Human Performance Communication Award of the International Society for Performance Improvement and the 2008 James W. Brown Publication Award of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.)

The long and short of distance education: Trends and issues from a planetary human development perspective. Book chapter by Jan Visser. In Y. Visser, L. Visser, M. Simonson, & R. Amirault (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Distance Education: International Perspectives (pp. 35-50). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. 2005. (The book "Trends and issues in distance education: International perspectives" received one of the two James W. Brown Publication Awards for 2006.)

"Thank you for (not) forgetting us." - A reflection on the trials, tribulations, and take-off of distance education in Mozambique. Book chapter by Muriel Visser-Valfrey, Jan Visser, and Miguel Buendia. In Y. Visser, L. Visser, M. Simonson, & R. Amirault (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Distance Education: International Perspectives (pp. 217-241). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. 2005. (The book "Trends and issues in distance education: International perspectives" received one of the two James W. Brown Publication Awards for 2006.)

Nurturing the scientific mind in school: Transdisciplinary experiences avant la date. In L. Bot (Ed.), Expériences d'éducation transdisciplinaires. Rencontres Transdisciplinaires, 18, 77-80 (février 2005).

The Impact of Individual Differences on the Willingness of Teachers in Mozambique to Communicate about HIV/AIDS in Schools and Communities is a paper presented by Muriel Visser at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association on Networking Communication Research held at the International Congress Centre in Dresden, Germany, June 19-23, 2006. (Included June 19, 2006.)

Communicating about HIV/AIDS - how attitude functions impact on teachers' willingness to talk about condoms and sexuality is a paper presented by Muriel Visser at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association on Networking Communication Research held at the International Congress Centre in Dresden, Germany, June 19-23, 2006. (Included June 19, 2006.)

Healing ourselves from the diploma disease is a new title in the Resisting the Culture of Schooling Series published by LDI's partner Shikshantar. The publication aims at promoting and provoking dialogue around the practice of certification and the issuing of titles and degrees. Such practice has become pervasive around the world and has gained impact far beyond the purposes for which it might have been instituted originally. Readers in doubt about the purposefulness of such dialogue may want to start reading the Frequently Asked Questions segment at the end of the publication first. (Included January 28, 2006.)

Trends and issues in distance education: International perspectives is a new title in the series Perspectives in Instructional Technology and Distance Education published in 2005 by Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, CT. The book was edited by Yusra Laila Visser, Lya Visser, Michael Simonson and Ray Amirault. The process of producing the book was supported by the Learning Development Institute. The editors of the book stress their view that one of its most appealing attributes is 'the sheer diversity the text represents,' a diversity the editors have taken great care to preserve, even in regard of individual writing styles of the contributing authors, resisting the all too common tendency in edited works to standardize writing styles to a common format or structure. The book received one of the two James W. Brown Publication Awards for 2006. (Included January 28, 2006; updated November 29, 2006.)

Other worlds of power: Unfolding learning societies at the World Social Forum is a publication of LDI's partner Shikshantar, brought out and produced in collaboration with Abhivyakti Media for Development, the Institute for Development Studies and Practices, the Arab Education Forum, the Multiworld Network, and UNESCO. The publication documents and reflects on dialogue that took place in the framework of the Learning Societies Conference before, during and following the World Social Forum in Mumbai in January 2004. The conference was partly conducted online and established a network that continues to be active and inspire those who participate in it. (Included October 11, 2004.)

Religion, Science and Mind. Paper contributed by Jan Visser to the roundtable on The Next Horizon: Re-examining Deep Values in Religion & Science held at the Pari Center for New Learning, Pari, Italy, from 10 to 14 September 2004. (Included September 30, 2004.)

How Images Think is a new book by Ron Burnett, a distinguished member of the LDI community. The book is published by MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The book was formally launched on April 30, 2004, during a ceremony held at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Links to some samples from the book can be found at http://www.eciad.ca/~rburnett. (Included May 4, 2004.)

The story behind the headlines –HIV/AIDS in a leading South African newspaper. Paper by Visser, M., Hsu, C., & Kalinskaya, S., presented at the Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), through NCA's International and Intercultural Division, Miami Beach, November 19-23, 2003. (Included November 21, 2003.)

Sense and Nonsense of the McDonaldization of Education: A Response to John Daniel's "Higher Education for Sale" is is a short opinion piece by LDI President Jan Visser in response to the editorial note by John Daniel, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Education, on "Higher education for sale" as it appeared in Education Today No. 3 of October-December 2003, the newsletter of UNESCO's Education Sector. Visser wrote his response at the request of Shikshantar, which has collected and is circulating several such responses from around the world in attempt to generate dialogue – among civil society members and between civil society and its counter-parts – at a more profound level around conceptual frameworks, processes and experiences to strengthen diverse and dynamic cultures of learning. (Included May 5, 2003; updated June 1, 2003.)

Remaking the mind: Reflections on learning and unlearning is a brief invited contribution, authored by Jan Visser, for a book published by Shikshantar featuring a collection of autobiographical stories by middle class young people in their 20's, 30's and 40's from different parts of the world. The stories themselves highlight different ways people are struggling to challenge the mainstream development paradigm and to find/create new paths inside and outside of it; they help to point to a new role and direction in socio-political action for middle class youth. The stories also provide insight into what unlearning means, how it takes place and what happens to people's lives as a result. A number of the stories appear on Shikshantar's Web site as Stories of Resistance: Stories of Unlearning. The same Web site also features Reflections on the Stories of Unlearning by a variety of authors, including the above LDI contribution. (Included February 22, 2003; updated June 1, 2003.)

Creativity and creative learning in the context of electronic communication networks: A framework for analysis of practice and research (LDI Working Paper # 4) by Evgeny Patarakin and Yusra Laila Visser analyzes several instances of both creative and collaborative learning, involving an Internet enabled learning environment in different multichannel contexts. It provides a rationale for how communication processes that support creative learning should be analyzed. (Included January 20, 2003.)

Cyber-communities: Idle talk or inspirational interaction? is a paper by LDI collaborator Meira Van der Spa, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The study reported in this paper is part of a three-pronged investigation conducted under the banner of "Mind over Competency," presented and discussed at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, held in Dallas, TX, November 12-16, 2002. An edited version of this paper has appeared in Educational Technology Research and Development, 52(2), 97-105. The latter version should be used for any referencing purposes. (Included November 6, 2002; updated May 1, 2004; second update September 3, 2004.)

"We closed our books and put them away." Learning stories from Mozambique - A critical reflection on communicating about the reality and future of learning. This is a paper by Muriel Visser, Florida State University, and Jan Visser, Learning Development Institute, presented at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) held from 22 to 25 October 2003 in Anaheim, CA. The presentation itself took place on October 23, 2003 (Included November 6, 2002; updated July 19, 2003 and October 25, 2003.)

El Papel del Aprendizaje Humano en la Era de la Información: Desafíos y Oportunidades para América Latina y el Resto de Nosotros. Capítulo por Jan Visser, Presidente del Learning Development Institute, de contribución a El Papel de la Humanidad en la Era de la Información: Una Perspectiva Iberoamericana [Virgilio Almeida (Brasil), Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Chile), María Inés Camarena (México), Eds.] (Incluido, 25 de junio 2014.)

The role of human learning in the information age: Challenges and opportunities for Latin America and the rest of us. This is the title of a chapter contributed by Jan Visser, President of the Learning Development Institute, to a book on The role of humanity in the information age: An Ibero-American perspective, edited by Virgilio Almeida (Brasil), Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Chile), María Inés Camarena (México), Eds. (Included November 6, 2002.)

Motivating students at a distance: The case of an international audience. This is the title of an article by Lya Visser, Tjeerd Plomp, Ray J. Amirault and Wilmad Kuiper (the first and third author are both LDI associates; the second and fourth author are affiliated with Twente University in The Netherlands). The article has been published in the quarterly publication of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Educational Technology Research and Development, Volume 50, Number 2, 2002. The linked version available on this site is the unedited final draft submitted for publication. Users of this site wishing to reference the article should consult the printed version published in the above issue of ETR&D. (Included July 6, 2002.)

Innovation: Scientific necessity and artistic choice. This is the English language original of a keynote presented in Spanish on La innovación: Necesidad científica, opción artística on May 23, 2002, by Jan Visser to inaugurate the "Cátedras de Innovación Educativa" of the Coordinación General del Sistema para la Innovación del Aprendizaje, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. (Included May 26, 2002.)

What makes problem-based learning effective? The impact of various PBL attributes on performance, problem solving strategies, attitudes, and self-regulatory processes of high school science students. Paper by Yusra Laila Visser, at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held in New Orleans, April 1-5, 2002. (Included April 5, 2002.)

Technology, learning, corruption, and the development of mind. Invited paper, by Jan Visser, for the Global Forum on Learning Technology, organized by UNESCO in the framework of Learntec, Karlsruhe, Germany, February 4-8, 2002. This paper was later revised, and in a number of areas further developed. The revised version was published in Educational Technology Research and Development 50(2) 85-94 (2002) with the title "Technology, learning and corruption: Opportunities and hurdles in the search for the development of mind in an international development context." Users of this site are referred to the printed version published in the above issue of ETR&D for reference purposes. (Included January 29, 2002; updated July 5, 2002.)

Learning communities: Wholeness and partness, autonomy and dependence in the learning ecology. Paper authored and presented by Jan Visser at the International Symposium on Learning Communities, Barcelona, Spain, October 5-6, 2001. An extended version of this paper was subsequently prepared at the request of the symposium organizers for publication in the symposium proceedings under the same title as the original publication. (Included September 5, 2001; updated November 2, 2001.)

The conditions of learning in the world of the 21st century. Paper presented by Jan Visser at the Rencontres de Versailles - 2001, Versailles, France, June 14 - 16, 2001. (Included June 13, 2001.)

Landscaping the learning environment: Creating a home for the complex mind. 2001 David Kinsey Lecture. Paper presented by Jan Visser at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA, on April 27, 2001. (Included May 1, 2001.)

The Role of Ambiguity in Learning (LDI Working Paper # 3) is a draft discussion paper, specifically written for the Learning Development Institute in the framework of the Meaning of Learning (MOL) project by Gilbert S. Suzawa of the Department of Economics of the University of Rhode Island. (Included February 18, 2001.)

Factors that Foster the Evolution of a Learning Society (LDI Working Paper # 2) This paper by Jan Visser resulted from an invitation by Shikshantar in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India to contribute to the second special issue on the Learning Society of Vimukt Shiksha, in which an edited version was published under the title "The Challenge of Walking Without a Road Map, Yet Finding One’s Way." The entire second special issue of Vimukt Shiksha on Unfolding Learning Societies: Deepening the Dialogues is available online. A third special issue of Vimukt Shiksha on Unfolding learning societies: Experiencing the possibilities was published by Shikshantar in June 2002. Further down this listing you can find a link to the very first special issue of Vimukt Shiksha on Unfolding Learning Societies. (Included February 17, 2001; updated August 19, 2001 and September 14, 2002.)

Distance Education in the Perspective of Global Issues and Concerns is the unedited draft of Chapter 53 included in the Handbook of Distance Education by M. Moore and B. Anderson (Eds.), published in 2003 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. For referencing purposes, readers should consult the printed version of this text. The Handbook of Distance Education was awarded the Charles E. Wedemeyer Award for the outstanding book of 2003 by the Distance Learning Community of Practice of the University Continuing Education Association. A second edition of the handbook is currently under preparation for which a new draft version of the chapter with the title Learning in a Global Society has been submitted. It will be included in the second edition with some sections deleted for technical reasons. The linked version is the complete draft of the new chapter. (Included May 19, 2002; updated June 1, 2003, May 1, 2004, and July 27, 2006.)

Distance Learning as Seen from the North and the West: Points to Ponder for the World at Large is a paper by Jan Visser, prepared at the request of UNESCO as an input for the UNESCO Learning Workshop on Distance Learning at LEARNTEC 2001, Karlsruhe, Germany, held from January 29 to February 2, 2001. (Included January 22, 2001.)

El Enfoque Pedagógico (LDI Working Paper # 1) es un artículo por Tere Garduño de la Escuela Paidós - Instituto de Investigaciones Pedagógicas. El artículo fue elaborado a la solicitud del Instituto para el Desarrollo del Aprendizaje (LDI). (Incluído 29 de Octubre 2000.)

Constructing 'Resourceful or Mutually Enabling' Communities: Putting a New (Dialogical) Practice into Our Practices is a draft paper contributed by John Shotter for the Presidential Session on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning" at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. (Information revised November 2, 2000.)

The Meaning of Learning in the Perspective of Rapid Technological Change is a draft paper contributed by Jim C. Spohrer for the Presidential Session on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning" at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. (Included October 26, 2000.)

On the Difficulty of Changing Our Perceptions About Such Things as Learning is a paper contributed by Jan Visser and Yusra Laila Visser for the Presidential Session on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning" at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. Una traducción por William Quinn del mismo artículo en español es disponible sob el título Sobre la dificultad de cambiar nuestras percepciones acerca de cosas como el aprendizaje. (Revised May 28, 2002.)

Context, Communication and Learning is a paper contributed by Ron Burnett for the Presidential Session on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning" at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. (Revised October 24, 2000.)

Philosophy and the Learning Ecology is a paper contributed by David L. Solomon for the Presidential Session on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning" at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. (Included October 21, 2000.)

Learning as Activity is a paper contributed by David Jonassen for the Presidential Session on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning" at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. (Included October 19, 2000.)

The Learning Story of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an organizational learning story contributed by Stephanie Pace Marshall for the Presidential Session on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning" at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. (Included October 14, 2000.)

Learning: Towards Health and the Human Condition is a paper contributed by Paul D. Nussbaum for the Presidential Session on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning" at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. (Included September 18, 2000.)

LDI contributed from 22 to 27 May 2000 to a series of teleseminars in Mexico and conducted a four-day workshop in Mexico City. Comunidades de Aprendizaje en Red is a PowerPoint presentation (in Spanish) given on May 27, 2000 in Guadalajara. Visitors to this site may also be interested in the description of the collaborative effort of the University of Guadalajara and the Learning Development Institute in a document by Manuel Moreno Castañeda, available at http://udgserv.cencar.udg.mx/~cecad/wcecad/redes.htm. (Included May 29, 2000; updated June 29, 2001.)

As part of our collaboration with Shikshantar: The People's Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, we make available through this web site the entire special issue of Vimukt Shiksha of March 2000 on Unfolding Learning Societies: Challenges and Opportunities, with articles by Pawan Gupta, Catherine Odora-Hoppers, Sangeeta Kamat, Dayal Chandra Soni, John McClellan, Norman Longworth, Vidhi Jain & Manav, Ron Burnett, M. Srinivasan, Dee Dickenson, Jan Visser, Vivek Bhandari, Vachel Miller, Terry Ryan & John Abbott, Anita Dighe, Shilpa Jain, Kishore Saint, and an editor's note by Manish Jain. (Included May 20, 2000.)

Two background papers and a PowerPoint presentation were contributed to the International Symposium on "Multiple Perspectives of International Peace Education and Peace Studies" at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held in New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000. The first paper on War, Peace and the Minds of Men was written with the AERA symposium in mind. The second paper on Rethinking Learning: Implications for Policy, Research and Practice is more generic in nature. It was prepared for the special issue of Vimukt Shiksha (March 2000) on "Unfolding Learning Societies: Challenges and Opportunities," also in its entirety available on this site (see above). The PowerPoint presentation on Creating the Conditions of Learning for Constructive Interaction with Conflict (slides and notes) summarizes five perspectives, based on the above two papers, of the theme under consideration. (Included April 27, 2000.)

In Search of the Meaning of Learning is a brief report on the workshop with that same name, conducted on February 17, 2000 during Annual Convention of The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Long Beach, California. The text made available on this site is the draft of an article by Jan Visser and Yusra Laila Visser published in the special issue of TechTrends on the Long Beach convention, Vol 44, No. 3 of April 2000, pp. 18-21.

Philosophical Inquiry in Instructional Technology: The Forgotten Pathway to Learning is a paper by David L. Solomon, Wayne State University, presented on February 18, 2000, at the Annual Convention of The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Long Beach, California. The author contributed the paper in the framework of the follow-up to the AECT 2000 workshop on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning: A Social Process of Raising Questions and Creating Meanings", particularly with a view to the special session that would later be held at the International Conference of the AECT in Denver, CO, October 25-28, 2000. (Included March 29, 2000.)

At the boundaries of being: re-figuring intellectual life is a paper by John Shotter, University of New Hampshire, contributed as background paper for the AECT 2000 workshop on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning: A Social Process of Raising Questions and Creating Meanings". It is the first draft of a plenary address given at the UNH Conference on Social Construction and Relational Practices, Sept 16th-19th, 1999. (Included February 8, 2000.)

Learning and Videogames: An Unexploited Synergy is a draft paper by Carlo Fabricatore, included on this site as background reading for the AECT 2000 workshop on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning: A Social Process of Raising Questions and Creating Meanings". The paper represents work in progress. (Included February 5, 2000.)

The paper Lifelong Learning and Wellness: One Component to the Enlightened Gerosphere by Paul Nussbaum is included here as a background paper for the AECT 2000 workshop on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning: A Social Process of Raising Questions and Creating Meanings", as well as because of its relevance in general for the Meaning of Learning area of work of LDI (Included February 3, 2000.)

Integrity, Completeness and Comprehensiveness of the Learning Environment: Meeting the Basic Learning Needs of All Throughout Life is the original draft of a chapter included in the International Handbook of Lifelong Learning, D. N. Aspin, J. D. Chapman, M. J. Hatton and Y. Sawano (Eds.), published in 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. The text was added to the site as a background paper for the AECT 2000 workshop on "In Search of the Meaning of Learning: A Social Process of Raising Questions and Creating Meanings." For referencing purposes, readers should consult the published version of the text in Volume 2 of the above Handbook, pages 447-472. (Included February 2, 2000; amended December 11, 2001.)

Nuevos Desafios y Ambientes Educativos: Demandas a la Profesionalizacion Docente, presentation given by Jose Rivero at the "VIII Encuentro Internacional de Educación a Distancia," Guadalajara, Mexico, December 12, 1999. (En Español.) (Included February 7, 2000.)

El papel de la educación a distancia en la transformación de la panorámica del aprendizaje para el siglo XXI, presentation given by Jan Visser at the "VIII Encuentro Internacional de Educación a Distancia," Guadalajara, Mexico, December 12, 1999. (En Español.) (Included February 6, 2000.)

On June 24 and 25, 1999, immediately prior to the World Conference on Science, the International Council for Science (ICSU) held the Program for Capacity Building in Science (PCBS) Conference at the National Academy of Science in Budapest, Hungary. The opening of the conference was followed by a panel on 'What Works: A review of exemplary science education programs from around the world.' Part of that panel was a short presentation on Science - An Opportunity to Change the Learning Landscape. The PowerPoint slides pertaining to that presentation are included herewith for the benefit of the conference participants and others who may be interested. (Included June 26, 1999.)

From June 20 to 24, 1999, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) held its 19th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education in Vienna, Austria. Following the plenary session on the first day, a symposium was held on Lifelong Learning and New Technologies, chaired by Dan Wagner of the International Literacy Institute, Philadelphia, PA. A short 12-minute presentation on Lifelong Learning in an Environment of Distributed Resources was part of the symposium. The PowerPoint slides pertaining to this presentation are included here for the benefit of the conference participants and others who may be interested. (Included June 26, 1999.)

From May 19 to 21, 1999, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Centro Universidad Abierta, in Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia, held the Tercer Simposio Internacional de Educación a Distancia - La educación a distancia y el aprendizaje abierto: Aportes para la construcción de un nuevo paradigma educativo. Two presentations were given, the PowerPoint slides of which (in English) are presented here for the benefit of the conference participants and others who may be interested. The first presentation on May 19, 1999, had as a title Pervasive learning and respect for cultural diversity. The second presentation on May 21, 1999, was about Towards a new learning ethics. (Included June 5, 1999.)

Learning without frontiers: Building integrated responses to diverse learning needs is the title of a paper presented by Jan Visser and David Berg at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, held in Houston, Texas, from February 10 to 14, 1999. The PDF text provided here was later published in Educational Technology Research and Development 47(3) 101-114. It received the 2000 Award for Outstanding International Journal Article. Interviews with the two authors are available at the website of the International Council of the AECT at http://www.cameron.edu/ic/awards.html. (Updated October 15, 2000.)

As part of our collaboration with Shikshantar: The People's Institute for Rethinking of Education and Development (PIRED), in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, we have pleasure in hosting a PDF version of a draft project concept paper on Udaipur as a Learning City by Vidhi Jain and Manish Jain (1999). Our colleagues in India are interested in your thoughts and suggestions, and so are we. Please send them c/o Vidhi Jain, Learning Activist, Shikshantar, with a copy to us at <ldi@learndev.org> as appropriate. (Included April 25, 1999.)

Overcoming the Underdevelopment of Learning was the title of a Symposium held at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada, April 19-23, 1999. It included papers by Jan Visser, Basarab Nicolescu, Ron Burnett, Cheick Modibo Diarra, Marcy P. Driscoll, Leon M. Lederman, Robert Tinker, and Boris Berenfeld. The same papers appear in parallel on the web site of UNESCO's Learning Without Frontiers. (Included April 25, 1999.)