9,000 Miles Apart, 12 Hours Ahead … or Behind?

Creating Global Learning Experiences
Through Collaboration and Technology

By Helen Torigoe

If you’ve ever tried to facilitate and guide your learners through team projects, you know all about common challenges such as balancing the wide range of skills, varying experience levels, student availability, tools, and resources.

What would happen if you added 9,000 miles in distance, a 12-hour time difference, slow Internet access, two very different academic calendars, two cultures, AND a pandemic, to the mix?

Presentation slide showing Zoom session of collabortive project participants.

Professor Danilo Baylen facilitated  collaborative projects between his students in Georgia, USA and students in Iloilo, Philippines. Dr. Baylen’s graduate students in the US assumed the role of instructional designers while doctoral students in the Philippines engaged as clients/K-12 teachers, giving all students a valuable real-world, cross-cultural collaboration experience.

Their successful collaboration was truly amazing as they had to overcome hurdles such as the 12-hour time difference that made real-time meetings difficult, mismatched academic calendars, slow or no Internet access for some Filipino students who were under a coronavirus lock down, and varying levels of experiences and capabilities with instructional design.

The valuable takeaways for the US students were learning to practice cultural empathy, patience and flexibility, while the Filipino students were awakened to new ideas and technology tools to deliver online learning.

Establishing a global learning community is a fascinating concept and is especially fitting now as much of the world works and learns online due to the pandemic. I’m thankful that we can learn from Dr. Baylen who put global learning into practice and shared the valuable lessons that he and his students learned.

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Dr. Danilo Baylen is a full professor of Instructional Technology, Media and Design in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia (USA). He teaches, conducts research, and publishes on effective technology integration practices, visual and media literacy education, creative thinking, and collaborative learning.

Listen to Dr. Baylen’s TCC 2021 plenary session recording from April 13, 2021.

Helen Torigoe
is instructional designer at Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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TCC 2022


27th Annual
TCC Worldwide Online Conference

April 12-14, 2022
Tuesday – Thursday, HST

Theme & Call for Proposals

Homepage: tcchawaii.org
Hashtag: #tcchawaii22

Presentation info – https://tcchawaii.org/presentations/
General queries -bert@hawaii.edu
Group registration queries – hinok@hawaii.edu

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TCC 2021 (April 13-15) • Call for Participation

Join us!

TCC 2021 Worldwide Online Conference
Building our Future – Movin’ On!
April 13-15, 2021


TCC is a three-day, entirely online conference for post-secondary faculty and staff worldwide. This event features presentations covering a wide range of topics related to educational technology and emerging technologies for teaching and learning.

Register for early bird rates

Individuals participate in real-time sessions from the comfort of their workplace or home using a web browser to connect to individual sessions. Sessions are held in Zoom and recorded for on-demand viewing.

Group registrations. Available for all faculty, staff, and students from a single campus, department or organization.

University of Hawaii faculty and staff. Special reduced rates available.

Interested in volunteering as a facilitator for online Zoom sessions in exchange for complimentary access to this event? Contact Rachael Inake <rinake@hawaii.edu> for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at TCC 2021.

PS. TCC is an organizing member of ICoME 2021, to be held online from August 18-20. Organized by educational technology associations in Japan, Korea and China, this international event is designed to encourage faculty and graduate students to share research projects and ideas. For details, please see the Call for Proposals. Proposals are due on May 31.

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TCC 2021 Preconference Webinar and Speaker Orientation


The TCC 2021 conference team cordially invites you to join us at the free TCC 2021 Preconference Featured Webinar and Speaker Orientation session:

Date: 17 March 2021, Wednesday HST

Time: 1400-1530 (2:00 pm-3:30 pm) HST. Other timezones.

Where: ONLINE in ZOOM, RSVP for session link

Fee: $0 (FREE)

Join us: RSVP by March 8. http://bit.ly/tcc2021precon-rsvp


Mary Therese Perez Hattori, Ed.D.
Acting Director, Pacific Islands Development Program
East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori is native Chamoru of the island of Guåhan (Guam). She is one of nine children born to Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez and Paul Mitsuo Hattori and resides in O‘ahu, Hawai’i.  She holds a B.Ed. and Professional Diploma in Secondary Social Studies with a concentration in Pacific Islands History, an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and an Ed.D. in Professional Educational Practice from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Dr. Hattori is Acting Director of the Pacific Islands Development Program in the East-West Center and is cooperating graduate and affiliate faculty for the University of Hawai’i.

Session Title & Description:

Building on the Future by Looking to the Past
~ Pacific Islander Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic ~

This session highlights the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning in Pacific Islander communities as well as effective community-based responses, including those which leverage cultural values and norms. Digital and social inequities, as well as strategies to support these communities, will also be shared.

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A ZOOM orientation for TCC 2021 conference speakers by Rebecca Israel of LearningTimes will immediately follow at 3:00 p.m. HST. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

The main TCC 2021 Conference will be held on April 13-15, 2021. For information and to register, see the main conference website

For more information, contact Bert Kimura <bert@hawaii.edu>.

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Final Call for Proposals • TCC 2021 • Extended due date

Happy Holidays Banner with Stars

TCC 2021 ☀️ April 13-15

The deadline for TCC 2021 (April 13-15) proposal submissions is extended to December 28, 2020, HST. The acceptance date for full papers remains the same, December 28.

Registration details will be announced in February. Stay tuned! 

Full details available at:

For updates about TCC 2021:

Please share with interested colleagues and friends. #tcchawaii21

Best wishes for the Holidays and the New Year!
— The 2021 Conference Team

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TCC 2021 • Call for Proposals

26th Annual
TCC Worldwide Online Conference

April 13-15, 2021
Tuesday – Thursday, HST

Building Our Future
Movin’ On!

 Submission deadline: December 21, 2020, 11:59 PM HST
Submissions: http://bit.ly/tcchawaii21

Homepage: tcchawaii.org
Hashtag: #tcchawaii21


Responding to the challenges of the global pandemic created opportunities and a need to innovate learning. What have we learned? What’s in our future for virtual learning? How do we support learners and educators?

TCC Hawaii invites faculty, support professionals, librarians, counselors, student affairs professionals, graduate students, administrators, and consultants interested in emerging learning technologies and practices to submit proposals for online presentations.

Conference theme

The TCC 2021 Online Conference invites proposals for presentations and papers relevant to emerging technologies, transforming learning, and virtual learning.

Conference coordinators are interested in examples of appropriate, innovative, and sustainable instructional delivery that have evolved out of the coronavirus pandemic; what we’ve learned and what lies ahead to innovate learning.

The coordinators are also interested in building our community of colleagues. We encourage other interactive formats such as panel presentations and discussion, interactive workshops, edtech tool demos, and forming special interest groups.

Suggested topics & FULL details





Participation in this event is entirely online. All sessions are streamed in real-time. Sessions recorded for later viewing. For your info, recordings from our previous TCC 2020@25 program may be viewed (without signing in).

More Info

Contact 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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Never Let Them See You Sweat

By Helen Torigoe, Guest Contributor

Image of a forest with large tree in the center with multiple arm-like branches.

In the first or second year of my attending TCC, I remember “walking into” a session ten minutes before the start time, and the facilitator welcomed me and other early birds by name. I was stoked at being recognized by name and being involved in a conversation although I was just a new login name in cyberspace.

Perhaps that was the moment when I became comfortable and confident enough to continue being an enthusiastic TCC participant for years afterward.

At the 10th hour of the 24-hour-marathon of TCC2020@25 Plenary Sessions on April 15, 2020, Dr. Curtis Ho introduced the same gracious facilitator as the Facilitator Emeritus/Guru who had facilitated countless TCC sessions over more than 15 years. Yes, those of us who have been attending TCC every year are very familiar with Dr. Rev. Alan Selig’s warm welcome and calm introduction of the speakers. But this time, he was the plenary speaker on a topic none other than how best to facilitate TCC sessions: “Never Let Them See You Sweat: Tips and Reflections from 15+ years as a TCC Online Conference Session Facilitator.” 

As Dr. Selig shared his 15-Point Declaration of Attitudes and Actions for Facilitating TCC Sessions that he had gleaned from personal experience, I realized how deeply wise and intentional he had been in every interaction in every session that he had facilitated. I kept nodding and smiling after he introduced each of the 15 declarations/tips because I remembered how I felt as an audience in the sessions that Dr. Selig had facilitated. He has indeed practiced these nuggets of wisdom over the years at TCC. He also observed that they apply to life in general.

Here are Dr. Selig’s 15 declarations/tips/reflections:

Never Let Them See You Sweat (Attitudes and Actions for Session Facilitators)

  1. This is an adventure.
  2. Smile when you talk.
  3. Be humble.
  4. A little paranoia can be good.
  5. Arrive early and stay late.
  6. Have emergency contact info handy.
  7. Welcome people as they arrive.
  8. Discover experience and comfort levels of presenters.
  9. Be ready with a few icebreakers.
  10. Pay attention.
  11. Life goes on.
  12. Every presentation is unique.
  13. Use your power wisely.
  14. Assume platform ignorance.
  15. Never let them see you sweat.

I look forward to bringing an adventurous spirit, cheerfulness, humility, preparedness, attention to detail, and calm demeanor to the future TCC sessions that I will be honored to facilitate. If you plan to facilitate TCC sessions in the future, I highly recommend listening and re-listening to Dr. Selig’s presentation. And remember that:

A personal voice is the digital equivalent of a warm hug and just keep offering a smiling and calm presence.

Editor’s Note: Helen Torigoe is an instructional designer at Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Along with colleagues Jamie Sickel and Youxin Zhang, she designed an award-winning professional development program in distance learning, Teaching Online Preparation Program (TOPP). To view a recording of Dr. Seligʻs presentation (and 23 others), see: https://2020.tcconlineconference.org/program/ [Day 2].

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Covid-19 Moving a School Online

By Helen Torigoe, Guest Contributor

Image of Dr. AydinDr. Cengiz Hakan Aydin, Professor atAnadolu University in Turkey presented timely personal testimony as a plenary speaker during the TCC2020@25 special One Day in Our Lives series of 24 sessions in 24 hours. Dr. Aydin wears many hats in his home country as an expert in open and distance learning, MOOCs, educational communications and technology. When Coronavirus unexpectedly shuttered schools in March 2020, Aydin set out to help his “120 daughters” (two biological and others “adopted” in a basketball program that he coaches) to continue learning despite the emergency. He did that by helping an entire K-12 private school shift from face-to-face to remote learning in just one month by coordinating existing technologies, human resources, and processes.

First, he clarified that remote learning (a temporary shift of instructional delivery to an alternate delivery mode due to crisis) is not the same as well-planned distance learning

Aydin relied on the skilled staff to build the technology infrastructure, trained teachers, and got parents involved. After successfully implementing remote delivery of 120+ courses to 836 students, Dr. Aydin continues to monitor the established systems and processes, train teachers, and maintain public relations (i.e. communicating with parents). 

AYDIN-2020@25Strategies, challenges, and solutions of building a remote learning site during week 1.

What Dr. Aydin accomplished in one month was impressive and I appreciated the nuggets of wisdom that he shared:

  • We can teach any subject in distance education with the right approach.
  • Teachers should focus more on asynchronous guiding of students and creating learning activities. (Provide templates for teachers to complete, to help them transfer skills to real situations.) Teachers should not focus on synchronous sessions that try to imitate face-to-face — it will never replace face-to-face.
  • Get ready for the next emergency or crisis.
  • Agile design is possible (in a week or a month as he did) by keeping to KISS (keep it short & simple).
  • Teachers can adapt faster than you can imagine.
  • Students are already there but parent involvement is necessary for time management and self-regulation.
  • There are lots of technology tools available.
  • While designing, consider:
    • Preconceptions and habits of the learners, teachers, parents
    • [How to help students learn] should be the focal point
    • Listen to teachers, students, admin, parents but rely on scientific knowledge and expertise
    • On-demand support of teachers is crucial, but the scaffolding of skills is important to empower them.

Lots of valuable lessons for those who design remote learning or distance learning!

For more info, contact Dr. Cengiz Hakan Aydin at chayin@anadolu.edu.tr.

Editor’s Note: Helen Torigoe is an instructional designer at Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Along with colleagues Jaime Sickel and Youxin Zhang, she designed an award-winning professional development program in distance learning, Teaching Online Preparation Program (TOPP). To view a recording of Dr. Aydin’s presentation (and 23 others): https://2020.tcconlineconference.org/program/ [Day 2].

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ICoME 2020 Online • Call for Proposals

TCC cordially invites you to submit a proposal for ICoME 2020 this August 17-18.

Since 2016, TCC Hawaii has participated in ICoME, The International Conference for Media in Education, as a sponsoring organization jointly with academic colleagues in Japan, Korea, and China.


Due to Covid-19, the conference has been moved ONLINE for August 17-18. There is NO FEE for participants outside of Japan.

ICoME accepts presentation proposals in two formats: concurrent & roundtables. Students are encouraged to participate in roundtable sessions when reporting on current research or other relevant projects.

Proposals for ICoME 2020, as paper abstract submittals, are due on May 31.


Outstanding papers are selected for publication in IJEMT, the International Journal for Educational Media & Technology.


For queries about participation or for more information, contact Bert Kimura <bert@hawaii.edu>.

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TCC 2020@25, One Day in Our Life – Free Plenary Sessions

For its 25th Annual TCC 2020@25 TCC Online Conference, TCC Hawaii has announced that 24 plenary sessions scheduled throughout the day on April 15, One Day in Our Life,  starting at midnight Hawaii time (other times) will be available globally, without charge.

The conference team supports our colleagues, students, and friends having to teach and learn online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, often on short notice and with little orientation.

To access the plenary sessions, go to the conference homepage:


Registered participants (fee applies) will enjoy full access to ALL conference recordings, attendance at 70+ concurrent and student sessions on Tuesday (April 14) and Thursday (April 16), receive daily bulletins, participate in the conference community with opportunities for networking and earning microcredentials, and evaluating the event.


1000 Wed MIDN John Augeri Learning Spaces Around the World
1100 Wed
1 AM
Wayne Holmes Artificial Intelligence in Education
2 AM
Cengiz Hakan Ayadin Building a Remote Learning Site for K12 School
1300 Wed
3 AM
Albert Sangra Online Education: Increasing Visibility and Reputation
1400 Wed
4 AM
Malcolm Brown The 2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report
1500 Wed
5 AM
Noel Broman 21st Century Curriculum Challenges
1600 Wed
6 AM
Cynthia Calongne VR 2020: Is it Safe for Education?
1700 Wed
7 AM
Levine & Saas WordPlace: An Online Writing Space
1800 Wed
8 AM
Veronica Diaz Digital Microcredentialing
1900 Wed
9 AM
Eichelberger & Leong Faculty’s Perception of Technology Tools
2000 Wed
10 AM
Alan Selig Never Let Them See You Sweat
2100 Wed
11 AM
Levine & Bali From Conference Hallways to the Classroom
2200 Wed
Lin & Eichelberg A Card Game that Sparks Creative Confidence
2300 Wed
1 PM
Satoru Shinagawa Screencasting – Which Software to Use?
MIDN* Wed 2
Mary Dereshiwsky Challenges to Faculty Bullying and Harassment
0100* Wed
3 PM
Katsuaki Suzuki Japanese Society 5.0 and Ed Technology Research
0200* Wed
4 PM
Kenichi Kubota Inter-University Collaboration to Enhance Teaching in Cambodia
0300* Wed
5 PM
Jason YJ Lee How Pop Culture Can Influence Language Learning
0400* Wed
6 PM
Kageto & Sato Principles of Asian Students ICT Exchange
0500* Wed
7 PM
Mayumi Kubota Intercultural Exchange between Hawaii and Japan
0600* Wed
8 PM
Fran Choi Digital Game-based Learning for Enhancing Phonemic Discrimination
0700* Wed
9 PM
Curcher & Teräs Putting our CARDE’s on the Table
0800* Wed
10 PM
Kumiko Aoki Lifelong and Lifewide Learning
0900* Wed
11 PM
Marko Teräs Advancing Equity Through Open Distance Learning
* Next day, Aug 16 | ** Click for other timezones

TCC 2020@25 Worldwide Online Conference
April 14-16, 2020

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