Speech by Chairperson

Atwi

Speech

Chairperson of Organizing Committee ETWC 2016

Prof. Dr. Atwi Suparman

 

 

Distinguished Speakers

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

Peace be upon you with Allah’s mercy and blessing

May God bless us all. Amen.

May I take this opportunity to welcome you all and to extend a further word of welcome to everyone here. I would like to extend my graditute to Rector of Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Universitas Terbuka, Universitas pendidikan Ganesha, Universitas Mahendradatta and Head of Kopertis Wilayah VIII that have accommodated and organised this first-ever world class conference of educational technology in Indonesia. We once again thank Bapak/Ibu Rektor and also Kepala Kopertis Wilayah VIII for the time, energy, support, assistance and also funding. The committee would also like to thank all sponsors that support ETWC 2016.

The opening day and a few days forward of Educational Technology World Conference 2016 are certainly the moment we have been looking forward to, as preparing this world class academic forum is not something a fairy Godmother could do – waiving the magic wand and turning the poor little girl into a charming beautiful princess. For this, my highest appreciation goes to all committee members, streering and organising committee and also AECT team that have spent their time, energy and thought not only in convening this conference, but more importantly in making this world class conference a momentum in improving the quality of education. I also believe all of us, especially the keynote and plenary speakers, the parallel and round table sharing session presenters here, will do their best in this conference – sharing and discussing their thoughts and ideas for the good of improving the quality of education in our great nation. For these, I thank you all.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Looking back at the moment this conference was firstly initiated, it all started in a vision. We envisioned a dream of convening a world class academic forum in Indonesia which in the previous years had been predominantly held in the United States coordinated by Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Three years ago, in 2013, we attended AECT International Convention in Anaheim, California, in 2013 and discussed with AECT officials the possibility of conducting a world conference in Indonesia. The meeting resulted in the possibility of holding ETWC. One year after that, a small group of UNJ chief officials and I attended AECT annual conference in Jacksonville. At that time AECT agreed for UNJ to hold educational technology world conference in Indonesia this year. Not long after that, we gained support from several universities, i.e. Universitas Terbuka, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Universitas Mahendradatta, and Kopertis Wilayah VIII. Therefore we would like to thank them all for the support.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The committee has received 287 papers. The total number may possible increase untuil the opening day of the conference. Among those 287 papers, 146 papers will be presented at the parallel sessions whilst 141 papers will be presented at the round table sharing sessions. We provided 10 rooms for the parallel sessions and 8 rooms for the round table sharing sessions. The committee has prepared tokens of appreciation for 30 best papers and made a special arrangement with the help of AECT for the opportunity to publish selected best papers in a book published by Springer. The selection process will be conducted by distinguished invited speakers coordinated by Mike Spector as well as the internal reviewers.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bali is chosen as a perfect place for us to exchange and discuss our ideas and thoughts not in a restless, strained, rushed condition (like the one we usually have in big cities, such as Jakarta), but more in a “heavenly-relaxed”, but serious way. After all, as many people have said, Bali is the Island of Gods. It is the place where Gods create their heaven on earth. Thus, in this Balinese atmosphere, let us pour our best thoughts and exchange our brilliant ideas for the good of education quality improvement. Have a pleasant fruitful conference.

Thank you.

Bali, 31 July 2016

Prof. Dr. Atwi Suparman

Chairperson of Organising Committee