TCC 2017 : Call for Proposals

22nd Annual
TCC Worldwide Online Conference
April 18-20, 2017

Changing to Learn, Learning to Change
Submission deadline
December 27, 2016

Call for Proposals
Please consider submitting a proposal for a paper or general session related to all aspects of learning, design, and technology including but not limited to e-learning, online learning communities, collaborative learning, social media, mobile learning, emerging technologies, international education, and professional development.

Suggested topics & full details

Proposal submission

Participate in this event entirely online. We deliver all sessions online in real-time. Sessions will also be recorded for later viewing.

More info
Bert Kimura <> or Curtis Ho <>

TCC Hawaii, LearningTimes, & the Learning Design and Technology Department, College of Education, UH-Manoa collaborate to produce this event. Numerous volunteer faculty and staff worldwide provide additional support.

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Join TCCfx 2016, a free mini-conference

TCCfx 2016 is a complimentary 1-day online conference that serves as a platform for the growing educational technology community. This online conference aims to connect, collaborate, create, and improve teaching and learning in the 21st century by empowering current and prospective educational technology students and others to prepare for success in their graduate programs and their future professions.


  • Prepare masters students for their projects
  • Ph.D. research & technology
  • Educational technology directions
  • Careers in educational technology
  • International research and collaboration
  • Technology tools

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time: 1:30 pm-6:00 pm HST
For event times in other timezones, see:

Location: Online (Collaborate Ultra). Conference site will open at 1:30 pm HST (LINK to website and schedule to be distributed by email to registered participants.


Registration deadline: November 4, 2016

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Usability Study of a Simplified eLearning Design that Integrates Google@UH Apps and the Laulima LMS by Koran Munafo (Featured Learning Design & Technology Master Student)

written by Youxin Zhang (2016 TCC Guest Blogger)

Ms. Munafo is one of the graduate students from UH Manoa LTEC (Learning Design and Technology) and COLT (Certificate in Online Learning and Teaching) program.

Ms. Munafo had dealt with e-learning over thousand of hours in the past. Her recent two-year long e-learning experience in this program inspired her to generate a great interest in simplified user-centered e-learning design, particularly access from different devices, platforms and locations.

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Ms. Munafo’s presentation title was “Usability Study of a Simplified eLearning Design that Integrates Google@UH Apps and the Laulima LMS.” Ms. Munafo’s conference session was organized with 4 major themes (The Experience, The Design, Usability Process, Reflection). In general, Ms. Munafo shared us with the process in terms of how she developed a simplified user-centered design that integrated the use of the Google@UH services with the Laulima LMS, and how she came up with major revisions to the original prototype based on participant’s evaluations.

It was an engaging and interactive conference session that allowed me to generate a great deal of interest in this usability study and follow the presenter’s mind to look into this study with details, as well as understand what happened during the developing process. Ms. Munafo gave us a virtual orientation of her course at the very beginning of her speech. I felt like this strategy truly narrowed the physical distance between us although one of the primary obstacles in e-learning was the feeling of isolation reported by learners in studies. Ms. Munafo had an excellent speech and presentation skill to make you feel like you were sitting in her classroom and listening to her just like she was standing in front of you. Her moderate speed of talking and articulation gave you enough time to catch her each single word clearly which are important to online learners to a certain extent.

To me, the most interesting part was to hear about the findings and analysis results on user perception, efficiency and ease of use of this e-learning course design from learner’s perspective. Among all factors, Ms. Munafo found that learners like a simplified home page with minimal text, graphic links created with universal icons. A animated course “features” video was applicable to help student orient the course with a clear picture.

Another piece that interested me most was the conceptual framework part that Ms. Munafo highlighted in her lecture. There were six models (CASA, CRAP, Backwards Design, Intuitive Design Principles, Mobile Design Principles, Rapid Prototyping) that Ms. Munafo adopted to guide her study this time. Honestly speaking, I hardly knew most of them. I felt it was a worthwhile experience for me to get to know these new concepts through her presentation as a starting point. We might have been convinced by the principle “learning by doing” in our daily life, but I learned from her presentation that “learning by listening from others’ story” was another good source to construct our knowledge as well.

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Presenter’s contact: Koran Munafo, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, USA,

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Role of the Learner, Teacher, and Curriculum in Online Courses by Ana Cristina Pratas (Regional Speaker)

written by Diana Thompson (2016 TCC Guest Blogger)

It’s time to think outside of the box.  We already know that preparing an online course is different from preparing a traditional face to face lecture. But let’s take it a step further, and help our students more, by more accurately defining the role of the learner, the teacher, and the curriculum of online courses.

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Ana Cristina Pratas, who has taught all over the world, calls herself a practitioner who finds herself in a research position when she wishes to solve a problem. In some cases the problem comes from how we idealize our online learners, rather than accept and accommodate those who may struggle with the skills that they need. I loved that she addressed that online learners are often busy people with many other responsibilities outside of just their role as a student. How do we as teachers, or we as course designers, accommodate for the needs of these students?

One of my favorite tips was providing a form of orientation that would be available to students prior to the beginning of the course. This improves their odds of succeeding in the classroom. Even better yet, integrate a social component to help keep students motivated, engaged, and critically thinking throughout the duration of the course.

Read more of Pratas’ ideas on her award-winning blog, You may also contact her at

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No Nā Hale: Developing an Interactive iBook to Promote Learning for the Hawaiian Immersion Lower Elementary Classroom by Ku’ulei Belveal (Featured Learning Design & Technology Master Student)

written by Yahna Kawa’a (2016 TCC Guest Blogger)

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Mrs. Ku’ulei Belveal is a student, researcher and a Hawaiian Language Immersion Teacher. Her inquiry led to the design and development of an interactive ebook for dual-language learners (Hawaiian and English). A unique product, her digital book, No Na Hale, helps students learn sentence patterns and vocabulary in a fun and engaging way on an iPad. Like the Hawaiian language newspapers that are being digitized today, readers access to the content on a screen. However, this ebook takes the process a step further, affording users the opportunity to listen to the story, see images and search the glossary using a friendly little green caterpillar.

I really enjoyed listening to her presentation and look forward to seeing her Hawaiian Language iBook (and many more) in the iBook Store soon. If you missed her presentation but are still interested in learning more, please contact Ku’ulei at

Lyn Kuʻulei Belveal is a Master’s student in the Department of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

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Into the Great Beyond: Next Generation Digital Learning Environments by Malcolm Brown & Veronica Diaz (Keynote Speakers)

written by Tuyet Hayes (2016 TCC Guest Blogger)

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Anyone who uses or is frustrated, fascinated, or confused about the learning management system (LMS) at their institution might find this presentation of interest to watch.  While you may not be able to join the active and engaging chat session live, you will still walk away understanding more about the possibilities and limitations of current LMS and what the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE) might look like.

Brown and Diaz share their prior research and the insights they learned from speaking with faculty and students about their concerns with current LMS and what would be on their wish lists.  The 56 wish list items were categorized into five main domains about which Brown and Diaz go into greater detail.

  • Interoperability & integration
  • Analytics, advising, assessment
  • Personalization & customization
  • Collaboration & inter/intra community sharing
  • Accessibility and Universal design

For me the highlight of this presentation was the suggestion that we break away from the notion of a one-size fit all uber application and instead use a patchworked, best-practices approach that combines different tools and options to create our ideal, customized solution for our situations and contexts.

With well-chosen visuals (cute kitties!) and two audience participation exercises, they drew the audience in to become active participants in the discussion and encouraged greater feedback.  For those who want to further engage in this conversation, they encourage further discussions at the institutional level and community sharing at their next focus group event:

What:    ELI Online Focus Session:  Exploring the Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment

When:    April 27-28, 2016, Noon-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Where:  Register and attend online

Why:  To explore the opportunities and challenges of NGDLE
Malcolm Brown can be reached at; Veronica Diaz can be reached at

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Using and Integrating Educational Technology: Capacities, Challenges and Changes for Higher Education in the Philippines by Dr. Danilo M. Baylen (Regional Speaker)

written by Alicia Barghout (2016 TCC Guest Blogger)

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Dr. Danilo Baylen, who has been living in the United States for the last 25 years, went back home to the Philippines last year.  Pressuring Danilo by telling him, “You need to get a Facebook account!” was a popular topic of conversation among his family members.  Dr. Baylen finally gave in and created his first account.  This was an eye-opening experience for someone who migrated to the U.S. and who had been away from home for so long.  Social networking is extremely popular in the Philippines.  Besides seeing relatives and other familiar faces during his time home, he was part of an important initiative: Phase One of the Fostering Digital Literacy Project.  While there are three phases of this project, he was most heavily involved in Phase One.  Dr. Baylen worked at West Visayas State University (WVSU) on the island of Panay in the Philippines.

Phase One involved planning, designing, and delivering training modules on Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) integration skills.  Dr. Baylen did not know that he would be a part of this project, so when he got there he was surprised to hear something along the lines of, “Oh, I forgot to tell you…we’d like you to be the consultant for this literacy project.”  He agreed, and from his engaging presentation, it is obvious that he had an important role.

During Dr. Danilo’s time in the Philippines he became aware of obstacles that get in the way of integrating technology into the higher education system.  He shared about how the average professor teaches 6 courses per semester.  This makes their ability to learn new things, such as the integration of different technology resources, very restricted.  Another obstacle includes the fact that very few faculty have specialties in educational technology or instructional technology.  The available books on technology are old, and updating to get the most recent books and resources is difficult.  Even the databases that are available to students and faculty are extremely limited. In fact, ProQuest is the only database that can be accessed.  Things that are rarely thought of as hindrances in the U.S., such as electrical power, are more frequently experienced as setbacks in the Philippines.  For example, during his most recent time in the Philippines, Dr. Baylen was teaching about technology, and the power went out. That session was definitely over for the day!

Time goes by quickly when viewing Dr. Baylen’s presentation because it is packed with interesting information that is relevant to anybody interested in bettering people’s lives with the use of technology.   The highlight of Dr. Danilo Baylen’s session is his passion to use technology to improve the educational system in his sphere of influence, whether in the U.S. or back in the Philippines.

Contact Dr. Danilo M. Baylen
Professor, Instructional Technology
Department of Educational Technology and Foundations
College of Education, University of West Georgia


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