In late October, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology Dr. Wei-Fan Chen traveled to New Orleans to attend the E-Learn 2014 World Conference. Chen also served on the conference program committee, helping plan the event.
The E-Learn 2014 World Conference is an international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). It serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-learning from a corporate to higher-education setting.
Chen co-authored two papers presented at the conference and published in the conference proceedings. The first, co-authored with Dan Xiao (The University at Albany, SUNY) focused on the analysis of pre-service teachers' perspectives on 1:1 computing. They used a mixed-method approach (quantitative and qualitative) to conduct the research. The second, co-authored with David Thackara, a Penn State graduate student, analyzed online collaborative writing contexts by using e-learning technologies.
"We use the opportunity of presenting work-in-progress articles at a conference to receive feedback from the scholars and researchers in the field," explained Chen. "After that, we will revise our manuscripts according to their comments and eventually submit them to professional journals for publication."
Director of Academic Affairs Dr. Albert Lozano-Nieto stated, "We are extremely lucky to have the accomplishments of our faculty showcased at events such as the E-Learn World Conference. Wei-Fan is an outstanding scholar and we're very pleased at his success."