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Open University of Japan’s President to give a talk at the 30th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities

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Dr. Yoichi Okabe, President of the Open University of Japan, will give a Plenary talk at the 30th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) on 28 October 2016 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Manila, Philippines. Dr. Okabe will be joining Dr. Melinda Dp. Bandalaria and Dr. SA Ariadurai in Plenary Session 4 - Open and Distance Learning in the 21st Century.


Dr. Okabe’s area of specialties and research interests  include electronics, information technology, brain computer, superconductive electronics and MEG analysis. His career in the academe spans 44 years starting in 1972 by holding a lecturer position until he reached Professor Emeritus at University of Tokyo and his current Presidency at the Open University of Japan. In between, he became Director for the RCAST, Komaba Open Laboratory, and Information Technology Center at University of Tokyo as well as Vice President for the National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME) and Open University of Japan. His expertise is widely shared across the academic community through radio broadcasts, podcasts and in Todai TV, University of Tokyo’s website broadcast of public lectures.


The Annual Conference of AAOU was organized to create an avenue for discussion on academic leadership in Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL), open education, open educational resources (OER), massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital and new media literacies, assessment of learning in ODeL, learning spaces and technologies in ODeL, learning analytics and learner support in ODeL, and quality assurance in ODeL. This year’s conference will see the congregation of 300 scholars, academicians, policy makers and researchers. The conference will run from 26 October to 29 October. For more details, you may visit the AAOU2016 website.