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Physically Banned yet Virtually Connected at EUROCALL2017: How Technology Overcomes the Boundaries of Our Time

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In the world that we live in now, exclusion is becoming legally permissible, and technology has the power to resist by making bridges and surpassing the offline borders in the online, borderless environment. In this presentation, I will share my visa story and the details of my UK visa denials which eventually banned me from attending EUROCALL2017. Despite being denied, the EUROCALL team helped me overcome the political barriers and be part of EUROCALL2017 with the help of technology. I will discuss how I was provided with opportunities for remote participation especially through Virtually Connecting, which is an open connected learning community that aims to facilitate virtual participation in academic conferences for those who cannot be physically present at conferences. I will also talk about other Open Educational Practices occurred at EUROCALL2017, for example, tweeting and live broadcasting. I will further explain the differences I found between attending a conference onsite and online. Moreover, I will introduce the EUROCALL "Access and Inclusion" working group and the efforts that the committee is making to create more inclusive, diverse, and open educational opportunities. Finally, I would like to speak briefly about my PhD research project, titled Osaka University Global English Online (OUGEO), which I planned to present on at EUROCALL2017.

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Physically Banned yet Virtually Connected at EUROCALL2017: How Technology Overcomes the Boundaries of Our Time

  1. 1. Physically Banned yet Virtually Connected at EUROCALL2017: How Technology Overcomes the Boundaries of Our Time Parisa Mehran, Ichiro Koguchi, Haruo Takemura Osaka University EUROCALL Access and Inclusion Working Group Virtually Connecting at #JALTCALL2018 Virtually Connecting at #EUROCALL2018 Future My Visa Story OpenEducationalPracticesatEUROCALL2017 #EUROCALL2017 virtuallyconnecting.org My PhD Project Needs Analysis e-learning Readiness All About OUGEO Analyze Development Design Analyze Design Development Implementation Evaluation Osaka University Global English Online (OUGEO) ADDIE Model SAM1 Start End BehindtheScenes TheBrightSides All About Me

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