Keynote Speech [1]

Professor Gary E. Swanson

International Director of Media, Film & Journalism - The International Academic Forum, Japan

Former Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence & Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism

University of Northern Colorado, USA

Introduction of Prof. Gary E. Swanson

Professor Gary E. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed speaker, educator, photojournalist, documentary and news producer, director, editor and consultant. He has given numerous keynote speeches, served as organizer and chair at conferences, presented workshops and lectured at embassies, festivals, and universities throughout 30 countries in South America, Africa, Europe, The Middle East, Asia, Oceania, British Columbia, and the United States.

Professor Swanson is currently the International Director of Programme for Media, Film & Journalism at IAFOR in Nagoya, Japan. He is also President and CEO of Dimage Studios – a video and photography production company & art gallery in Pennsylvania, USA.  Swanson is a three-time Fulbright Scholar to Portugal and the People's Republic of China. He covered the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News, and in 2008 was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Professor Swanson continued his on-air work with CCTV-4 as distinguished live guest and commentator in London the summer of 2012. From 2007-2015 Swanson was the Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism at the University of Northern Colorado. He was Professor and Director of Television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Professor Swanson has also taught at DePauw University in Indiana and at Elon University in North Carolina. He spent 23 years as an educator teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the university level. 

Prior to his work in academe, Swanson compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years at NBC News - producing award-winning documentaries, prime-time news magazine stories, and covering “breaking news” in 26 states and Canada for the network - including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Swanson has earned more than 80 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMY’s, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE “Golden Eagles,” 16 TELLY’s, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival’s Globe Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2012 Professor of the Year Award, and many others.

His photography has won numerous awards and his work has been displayed in art galleries worldwide and published in books and magazines including: Frommer’s Travel Guide, Travel + Leisure, Photo District News (PDN), Shutterbug, and many others.

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The Socio-economic Impact of Generational Teaching


Plagiarism is rampant. It has more than likely touched every one of us – in our private lives and as educators. Chances are, we have been misled or lied to or we, ourselves, have done the lying or misleading. It’s all part of a larger issue - a breakdown of the most critical “core” values within our socio-economic and cultural fabric.Plagiarism is rampant. It has more than likely touched every one of us – in our private lives and as educators. Chances are, we have been misled or lied to or we, ourselves, have done the lying or misleading. It’s all part of a larger issue - a breakdown of the most critical “core” values within our socio-economic and cultural fabric. In his book “Why We Lie” David Livingstone Smith tells us that:“Deceit is the Cinderella of human nature; essential to our humanity but disowned by its perpetrators at every turn. It is normal, natural, and pervasive.” He says from the fairy tales our parents told us to the propaganda our governments feed us, human beings spend their lives surrounded by pretense. But as educators, now teaching the new generations Y and Z, we are confronted with the dilemma of how to teach the essential values of ethics including honesty, citizenship and hard work in a world perpetrated by dishonesty and deceit. Regardless of who is to blame - parents, the media, society in general - it’s our responsibility to teach and reinforce strong values that will help our students handle higher education, relationships, work and the social order to become better citizens and human beings.

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Professor Bob  Barrett

American Public University

Introduction of Prof. Bob  Barrett

Dr. Bob Barrett received his Ed.D. in the field of Human Resource Development from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has done additional studies at Gallaudet University (for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and USDA _ Graduate School in Washington, DC, USA and University of Maryland _ College Park. He has been teaching online for the past sixteen years (and taught publicly in several face-to-face academic institutions before transitioning over completely to online teaching).  He is a Full Professor in the School of Business at the American Public University, as well as teaching military students in the American Military University.  In addition, he has been an adjunct instructor with other online MBA programs, as well as served both as a course developer and online teacher/trainer.  His research interests include online learning, disability, teacher training, knowledge management, HRD Forensics, educational technology, and intellectual capital.  His specialization has been concentrated on human and intellectual capital, as well as knowledge management in the context of human resource management and human resource development.  While he has been focused on the education of both military and civilian students, he particularly enjoys the teaching of organizational consulting, human resource management, human resource development, and strategic management.  Dr. Barrett has worked in the both the private and public sectors, but he has been teaching online for the past sixteen years, in addition to teaching in the Face-to-Face (F2F) sector for several years prior to online teaching.  He has spoken extensively at various international conferences in Europe, South America, and Asia.   He has served on multiple international conferences in the areas of intellectual capital, knowledge management, human resource management, education and psychology, online learning, business entrepreneurship, educational technology, and management.   He has published several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in the international context.  He is a progressive and forward-thinking professor who strongly believes in lifelong learning, serves as a disability advocate for disability rights in the workplace and education, as well as a strong supporter for a new educational movement for online learning progression.  He believes that education is right that all people should have access at all times to continue their lifelong learning quest.

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Academic Strategists and Change Agents: The Role and Function of Today’s Instructors in Guiding Tomorrow’s Educational Pathways


Long gone are the days of Aristotle and Socrates and their teaching approaches and strategies.  Now, centuries later, academics are still struggling with their mission of teaching, but yet changing the role and impact of their teaching in today’s society.  While governments and economies change continuously, the role and function of the teacher as the model citizen situated in a place of “respect” and “admiration” held by some cultures, it may not be the same in all cultures.  However, this should not stop our mission as academic strategists and change agents to make a difference in not only our educational systems, but also to help form and guide tomorrow’s educational pathways.  How can we make such changes and be heard, seen, and respected as the “Sage on Stage” and also be valued as an important shaper of minds for today and tomorrow?  One way we can fulfill this mission is by gathering together in conferences, exchanging ideas and business cards to start growing our learning network, as well as working on joint publishing efforts to help strengthen our academic researching efforts and leave our mark on the academic community.  Also, we can take strive towards accomplishing a better sense of “community” and “pride” as educators who can make a difference, can cause change, and pioneer more educational accomplishments.  The key focus of this presentation will be to focus on the concept of “Global Educational Pride” in the context of creating a stronger, unified “Global Educational Community of Practice” to commence with this and future conferences to demonstrate that we, as educators, are forward thinkers, strategists, change agents, and concerned citizens of the global educational movement.

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