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November 13 - 15, 2015

Higher Colleges of Technology - Dubai Men’s College

Academic City, Dubai, UAE

Applied Learning: Preparing 21st Century Citizens for Work and Life

Organized by the 21st Century Academic Forum and the Higher Colleges of Technology



We warmly welcome you to our parallel international conferences.

International Conference on 21ST Century Education International Conference on Language Learning and Teaching

Organized by:


For more information about the 21st Century Academic Forum

and its activities, please visit our website at:

www.21caf.org Read the latest news and developments by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you at other conferences in the future.

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Dr. Marguerite Koepke Executive Director 21st Century Academic Forum Director, Governor’s Teaching Fellows Institute of Higher Education University of Georgia It is a pleasure and privileged to welcome you to this most innovative and forward thinking venue where you will have time to consider and formulate what higher education will look like as emerging technologies, economy, and policies continue to catapult it into the future.

In many ways ones career during this evolving information age seems more like a foot race. We have been challenged to remain relevant in our disciplines and at the same time are compelled to adopt and use current technologies.

The changes have been both exciting and profound and have transformed the way we do business. We now have learning environments that include online classrooms, MOOCs, cellphone response systems, and countless other instructional technologies dramatically changing the way in which we interact and engage with our students and deliver education. As professors, administrators and public leaders, what do we need to be thinking about as the academy’s core missions of teaching, research, and outreach move into the future?

After having the privilege to work in faculty development for over 20 years, I have learned amazing lessons from my colleagues mainly during meetings and interactions. As we quest for new ideas and information and ponder these important questions, it is my hope that this time together will afford you with many opportunities to gain new knowledge, share ideas, and make connections with a larger academic community.

I genuinely hope you enjoy your time in Dubai and learn a great deal from one another. My only regret is that I wish I could be with you and share in what promises to be an exciting and rewarding conference. I hope to see you at a future 21st Century Academic Forum conference.


Marguerite Koepke is Professor Emeritus in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. In 1999 she was appointed as director of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, a statewide faculty development program committed to four core goals of improving teaching, improving learning, elevating the importance of teaching, and professional and personal renewal. All full time faculty members in higher education across the state of Georgia (private and public institutions) are eligible to participate and has had over 450 participants since its beginnings in 1994. While retiring from her academic position in 2006, she continues to direct the GTF program and remains active in academic research and private practice.

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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2015 parallel International Conference on 21st Century Education and the International Conference on Language Learning and Teaching. Over the past several months, I have enjoyed communicating with all of you via email. However, I am very excited about connecting names and faces here at the conference. I hope to have the opportunity to spend time visiting with all of you and getting to know you in person.

In our conversations, I would like to discuss ways of getting you involved with the 21st Century Academic Forum.

Our goal is to build a large global group of researchers, practitioners, and others dedicated to preparing citizens for the demands of the 21st century.

An overwhelming body of research indicates that students are leaving formal educational institutions inadequately prepared for the workforce and their lives in the knowledge-based economy. The mission of the 21st century is to encourage researches, practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders to make changes in the education system: preparing students for the information age, not the agrarian age. Join us to help turn the tide in education!

On behalf of the 21st Century Academic Forum, I want to express our gratitude to all the dedicated faculty members of the Colleges of Technology for all of their support. We are especially grateful to Vice Chancellor Dr. Abdullatif M. AlShamsi and Dr. Philip Quirke. We look forward to collaborating on future events with the Higher Colleges of Technology.


Dr. Lechner received his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia. He has been an educator for over 20 years and 21st century/life skills have been a centerpiece in his approach to his instruction and assessment practices. As a university professor he has developed several online projects that connects his students with fellow students around the world to collaborate on projects together to learn with and from each other. As a high school Social Studies teacher in the U.S., he used a variety of performance assessment methods to measure how his students could apply the content they learned in class in simulated real-life situations.

Dr. Lechner is responsible for organizing all the programming aspects of the 21st Century Academic Forum conferences. He has gained experience organizing conferences as serving as the Program Director for the Technology in Developing Countries (TEDC) conference series. He is your contact person for any conference-related logistic issues you may have. Remember, Dr. Lechner is always just an email away to help you with all of your conference issues!

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SATURDAY, 14 NOVEMBER | 10:00 – 10:45 | ROOM L115 21st Century Skills for a 21st Century Knowledge Based Economy This keynote address looks at the reasons why Education should be focusing on 21st Century Skills with particular reference to graduate and employer research over the past decade. Then, recent research into what the 21st Century Skills should be is summarized and the audience are asked to give their opinions into what the top ten skills should be. These opinions are then compared to the top ten skills according to recent research.

The presentation finally looks at how Education, and specifically Higher Education in the UAE, can provide teaching and learning solutions. How should Education prepare students for the 21st Century work place? How different are the skills needed in the 21st Century work place? How does this then impact how we should be teaching our students in Higher Education in the UAE?

The presentation then concludes with specific recommendation for Higher Education with specific reference to the role of the 21st Century Skills reviewed earlier.

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Dr. Phil Quirke is currently Executive Dean of General Studies and Education, Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. From 2006 – 2012 he was the founding Director of Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Colleges, Higher Colleges of Technology in the Western Region of the UAE. From 2000-2006 he was Dean of General Education, Business and Applied Communications at Abu Dhabi Men’s College having moved from the Women’s Campus where he was Chair of English.

He has been in ELT Leadership positions for fifteen years and has published on areas as diverse as face, action research, appraisal and journaling.  His book, An Exploration of Teacher Knowledge is widely available, and his publication on Reflective Writing with Jill Burton, Joy Peyton and Carla Reichmann is available online at http://www.


Dr. Quirke’s Doctorate was on the Exploration of Teacher Knowledge and formed the basis of the publications above.

Over the last ten years Dr Quirke has developed an educational management philosophy, DREAM Management, that places students and staff at the core of the institution and he has published widely on this approach.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH | 10:00 – 10:45 | ROOM L115 Literacy and Language Learning in Our Global Society We learn, work, and live in a diverse and interconnected world. In order to effectively participate in and positively affect our life situations, we need competencies that enable us to keep pace with our ever-progressing global society.

Literacy is foundational for such growth personally, socially, and economically. As we navigate the opportunities and challenges of our 21st century society, we must expand our treatment of literacy and language learning from one that tends to focus on reading and writing and on discrete linguistic features of academic language to one that includes academic literacies. Academic literacies involve making meaning from interactions and engagement in a given situation. These literacies are multimodal and are made up of the knowledge, skills, competencies, and understandings that we should work on developing in order to be equipped with a range of literacy and language skills needed to facilitate success across multiple disciplines and contexts. This presentation offers heuristics for an expanded definition of literacy and language learning, and it includes discussion of instructional implications.


Dr. Edynn Sato is a Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Next Generation Learning and Assessment in Pearson’s Research and Innovation Network. She works pan-Pearson, focusing her research and innovation efforts on addressing issues affecting the learning and achievement of culturally and linguistically diverse learners and students with disabilities around the world. Her expertise and experience include the development and implementation of standards and assessment, as well as accountability and systems of support for diverse learners. Her research has affected practice and/or policy in areas that include standards development; large-scale assessment development (formative practices, summative); accountability; alignment of standards, assessments, curricula, and policy; and

technical aspects of assessments (i.e., validity, reliability, bias and sensitivity). Currently, her research is focused on:

global competence, primarily as it relates to PISA 2018; cultural sensitivity and fairness in assessment and instruction;

academic literacies; and critical thinking as it relates to 21st  century competencies.  Prior to joining Pearson, Dr.

Sato worked in various academic, nonprofit, small for-profit, Fortune 500, and Internet-based organizations. She received her Masters’s degree and Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Mission 1 is to support research on how to best prepare 21st century citizens for a rapidly changing workplace and world that requires the ability to process and prioritize information; the ability to communicate and collaborate with people across the globe; and an ability to use creativity and innovation to solve complex problems.

Mission 2  is to support the expansion of  research exploring interrelationships among the disciplines as a way of better understanding the world in the 21st century. The complexity of problems in the 21st century require interdisciplinary approaches that cannot be solved under the traditional “silo” or single-discipline research.

Mission 3 is to support the principle that research should attempt to serve the public good and make a contribution to society. Our aim is to bring people from different academic backgrounds and perspectives together – bound by a shared interest in conducting research that makes an impact on the communities they serve.


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All authors are reminded that the due date to have your paper considered for inclusion in the Conference Proceeding is February 15, 2016. Please follow the Submission Guidelines on the “Publications” page of the 21st Century Academic Forum website (www.21caf.org). It is important to note that all papers are not automatically published in the Conference Proceedings, but are subject to meeting the standards set forth by the Conference Proceedings Editorial Board.

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9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Academic Writing Skills Workshop at HCT Dubai Men’s College  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Presentation Skills Workshop at HCT Dubai Men’s College SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration at HCT Dubai Men’s College (Main Lobby)

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10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break (near entrance to Library) 10:45 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. Poster Session (near entrance to Library) 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Breakout Session 1 (Rooms L109, L110, Learning Zone 2) 12:35 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Buffet Lunch (outdoor area near cafeteria)


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