300 Visit SALT, FGDLA

Nearly 300 attendees at the 2011 Interactive Technologies Conference heard keynote speaker Michael Schutzler of Livemocha reveal some astounding statistics about the future of the Internet and, specifically, foreign language training that is available on the Internet.

“There are 400 million people on the planet with college degrees,” he said, adding, however, that very few Americans are fluent in more than the English language, despite the incredible growth in global commerce. He also said that getting one-on-one and collaborative instruction via the Internet was one of the most efficient ways of studying a foreign language.

“There are more Internet connections in the world than toothbrushes,” he said. “And more people have mobile phones than access to running water.”

During one E-learning Track session, G. Alex Ambrose of the University of Notre Dame extolled the virtues of “e-portfolios,” which promise to provide to the younger, computer generation both a “hybrid personal learning environment and a lifelong content management system.”

Other educational tracks included Gaming & Simulation, Knowledge Management, Design, Training, Social Media, Mobile Computing, Blended Learning and Virtual Worlds.

The Federal Government Distance Learning Association, which hosted yet another educational track, also distributed its annual awards at a special reception.

Individual FGDLA award-winners:

>> Eagle Award: Will Peratino

>> Hall of Fame Awards: Donald A. Philpitt, Master Sergeant (Ret.) Glenn N. Kanak and Jay Allen

>> Pioneer Awards: Dr. Benjamin D. Hamilton and Ryan Averbeck

>> Pillar Award: Reggie Smith

>> President’s Award: Dr. Philip Westfall

Organizational award-winners:

>> Eagle Award: Department of Veteran’s Affairs Learning University

>> Five-Star Awards: Army Material Command’s Research & Technical Protection Branch and Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

>> Innovation Awards: U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education; Department of Defense’s Training Technical Development Subgroup; and Department of Energy’s ESF-12 Team

>> Pillar Award: Government Elearning! magazine

Fifteen companies exhibited their wares, and an additional four organizations (including FGDLA) displayed product literature.

The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Va. It was sponsored by the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT).

Nearly 300 attendees at the 2011 Interactive Technologies Conference heard keynote speaker Michael Schutzler of Livemocha reveal some astounding statistics about the future of the Internet and, specifically, foreign language training that is available on the Internet.

“There are 400 million people on the planet with college degrees,” he said, adding, however, that very few Americans are fluent in more than the English language, despite the incredible growth in global commerce. He also said that getting one-on-one and collaborative instruction via the Internet was one of the most efficient ways of studying a foreign language.

“There are more Internet connections in the world than toothbrushes,” he said. “And more people have mobile phones than access to running water.”

During one E-learning Track session, G. Alex Ambrose of the University of Notre Dame extolled the virtues of “e-portfolios,” which promise to provide to the younger, computer generation both a “hybrid personal learning environment and a lifelong content management system.”

Other educational tracks included Gaming & Simulation, Knowledge Management, Design, Training, Social Media, Mobile Computing, Blended Learning and Virtual Worlds.

The Federal Government Distance Learning Association, which hosted yet another educational track, also distributed its annual awards at a special reception.

Individual FGDLA award-winners:

>> Eagle Award: Will Peratino

>> Hall of Fame Awards: Donald A. Philpitt, Master Sergeant (Ret.) Glenn N. Kanak and Jay Allen

>> Pioneer Awards: Dr. Benjamin D. Hamilton and Ryan Averbeck

>> Pillar Award: Reggie Smith

>> President’s Award: Dr. Philip Westfall

Organizational award-winners:

>> Eagle Award: Department of Veteran’s Affairs Learning University

>> Five-Star Awards: Army Material Command’s Research & Technical Protection Branch and Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

>> Innovation Awards: U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education; Department of Defense’s Training Technical Development Subgroup; and Department of Energy’s ESF-12 Team

>> Pillar Award: Government Elearning! magazine

Fifteen companies exhibited their wares, and an additional four organizations (including FGDLA) displayed product literature.

The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Va. It was sponsored by the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT).

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