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Pepperdine Conference Schedule June 2010

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of your to join us as we hold our 3rd annual Conference of Action Research at Pepperdine. You can join us in person, or by computer.   We will be posting directions on how to join us virtually on the website.   We are pleased to announce that each of the three sessions will be opened with short presentations by scholars who have deeply influenced these action researchers, Marlene Scardamalia; Jack Whitehead; and John Smith by their insightful writings.  The schedule follows:



6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 92045
Room 203
JUNE 17th 8:30am- 6:30pm
JUNE 18th 9:00am- 12:00pm

(Instructions for Virtual Participation will be posted here soon)

JUNE 17th

Opening & Welcome
Dr. Margaret Riel and Dr. Paul Sparks
8:30 -  8:45
Conference Opening Comments: Associate Dean Eric Hamilton
8:45 - 9:00 AM

Dean Eric Hamilton has been an enthusiastic advocate and developer of technology tools for creating better
"sightlines" to help see and understand learning. He believes that we are entering the most exciting era of learning
and technology any of us have seen. He will open the conference with some comments on the importance of
distributed learning and distributed cognition.

Session 1: Action Research in with Students - Designing for learning Session Opening Comments:  Dr. Marlene Scardamalia (Presenting Virtually)
9:00- 9:15
Dr Scardamalia is the co-author (with Carl Bereiter) of the book Surpassing Ourselves: A inquiry in the nature
and implementation of expertise.  While action research is not mentioned in the book, it provides one of the
best answers to the question of why one might  engage in a program of life-long  action research.

Learning Circle 1: Chair and Discussant Dr. Riel
9:15 - 10:30 AM Presentations
  • Igniting Purpose
    Fabiola Torres
  • Making Strides Through Creativity
    Kevin Long
  • Teamwork: Learning how to be a valued member of the team
    Emily Lauer
Review Panel: Dr. Eric Hamilton, Jenith Mishne & Kathleen Lepori

10:30-10:45 Informal Poster discussions (Break)

Learning Circle 2: Chair and Discussant Dr. Sparks
10:45 – 12:30 AM Presentations
  • Changing Learning Environments Through Trust
    Kevin McMullen
  • Arrested Development: Using Wikis To Identify Repetition in Curricula
    Joy Fauntleroy
  • Exploring the use of Project-Based Learning and Technology to Increase Motivation of the Socially Promoted Student
    Cynthia Porter
  • First Kindness
    Mary Diehl
  • Engaging the Disengaged
    Melody MGill
Review Panel Dr. Linda Purrington, Dr. Gary Stager , & Alumni Member

12:30 – 1:45 PM Light Lunch served in next door

Session 2: Action Research with Educators - Developing Professional Connections
Opening Comments: Dr. Jack Whitehead (Presenting Virtually)

Dr. Jack Whitehead (along with Jean McNiff) authored two of the books on action research that all of the students have read many
times over this past year-- You and Your Action Research Project and, All you need to know about Action Research. These books
have helped student learn how to develop and value of their own knowledge and theories as they engage in their action research.

1:45- 2:00

Learning Circle 1: Chair and Discussant Dr. Riel
2:00 - 3:10PM Presentations
  • Building Online Learning Communities in Higher Education
    Nick Mattos
  • Momentum Shift: Creating Change Among Faculty to Better Support Student Learning
    Michael Aquino
  • Collaboration within Professional Learning Communities: Bringing Educational Technology Tools into the Classroom to Help Students Learn.
    Juan Flowers

Review Panel: Dr. Cara Garcia, Bill Moseley, & Michael Dulay

3:10 – 3:30 PM Informal Poster discussions (Break) ----

Learning Circle 2: Chair and Discussant Dr. Sparks
3:30 - 5:00 PM Presentations
  • Achieving Breakthrough Innovation: The Parallels Between Expertise & Action Research
    James Coch III (email me for access to my report...private right now)
  • Cultivating Relationships and Optimizing Resources to Improve Technology Support Services
    Carly Bowen
  • Improving the Decision-Making Process among Education Professionals by using Web 2.0 Technology to Communicate and Collaborate
    Jorge Ascencio
  • Using Technology to Improve Behavioral Support by Increasing Communication between Therapists
    C. Dillon Martin Hall
Review Panel: Dr Nancy Harding, Dr. Susan Imholz, & Alumni Member

5:00 -6:30Open House with light refreshments for family and friend

Friday June 18th

Session 3: Action Research in Industry and Organizations - Sharing Practice, Building knowledge, Developing Communities
Opening Comments: John Smith (presenting virtually)
8:30- 8:45

John Smith is one of the authors of Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities (along with Etienne Wenger and Nancy White).
This insightful book to helped many of the students to understand how to use emerging technology tools to help develop community and
knowledge building in their workplaces.

Learning Circle 1: Chair and Discussant Dr. Riel
8:45 - 10:10 AM Presentations
  • Development On-Demand: Online Media in Corporate Education
    Jason Melillo
    Michael Weinstein
  • Stewarding Technology for Humanitarian Communities
    Scott Mortensen
  • Knowledge Management: The Energy Source of the Organization
    Michael Truong
Review Panel: Dr. Lonnie Rowell, Melissa Joell & Karen Connaghan

10:10 - 10:20-- Informal Poster Discussions (Break)

Learning Circle 2: Chair and Discussant Dr. Sparks
10:20 - 11:45 AM Presentations
  • Achieving Project Management Maturity through Communities of Practice
    Aura Poulsen
  • Finding a Groove: Building an Online Community of Sharing for Learning Professionals
    Babette Novak
  • The role of Innovation and communities of practice in the Political Science Classroom
    Regina Vertiz
  • Group Dynamics and Fostering Collective Efficacy within a Multi-Divisional Corporation
    Michael Cramer
Review Panel: Dr. Eric Hamilton, Melissa Joell & Cheryl Getz

Conference Closing: Dr Margaret Riel
11:45- 12:00pm