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Annual Gathering: 2015 Atlanta Gathering

  • 15 Oct 2015
  • 17 Oct 2015
  • Atlanta, GA


  • After May 31, 2015
  • After May 31, 2015
  • Discount $50 for public registrants w Code
  • After May 31, 2015
  • Special member rate for WFSF members

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APF Annual Gathering 2015
October 15-17, 2015
Atlanta, GA

EVENT UPDATE- FINAL Program for APF Gathering 2015

Venue: Artmore Hotel. Atlanta, 1302 West Peachtree, Atlanta GA 30309
Tel: 404 876 6100,

Thursday, 15th October 2015

4p.m.  Registration

5 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.             
Introduction to The Learning Remix 
                           – Derek Woodgate and Joe Tankersley
                           - Program, logistics, etc.

5.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.       
Session One:  Is Education Dead?
Speaker: Dr. Ronald G. Kander, Executive Dean,
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
Philadelphia University

6.30 p.m.  - 7.15 p.m.   Snacks and drinks

7.15 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.  Debate: Two teams: For and against a major restructuring of education 
Introduction: Joe Tankersley
Facilitator, Melissa Wade, A faculty member of Emory University in the Division of Educational Studies, Melissa is a principle founder of the national Urban Debate League.

Friday 16th October 2015

8.30 a.m.        Breakfast

9.00 a.m. – 10 a.m.      
Session Two: Learning Guides beyond the Robot 
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Harmon, Professor and Chair of the Learning Technologies Division, College of Education, Georgia State University
10.00 a.m. – 11 a.m.                      
Session Three: Change and the future of education in 2030
Speaker: Dr.  Martin Muider, Professor and Chair of the Education and Competence Studies Group Wegeningen University School of Social Sciences  
11.30 a.m. – 12 .30 p.m. 
Session Four: Demonstrations of new learning approaches involving AI and gamification with Brian Magerko, Associate Professor of Digital Media, Director of the Adaptive Digital Media (ADAM) Lab at Georgia Tech
Location:  Georgia Institute of Technology, ADAM Lab – Travel by bus

1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.  Lunch

Make our way to Georgia State University

2.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. 
Session Five: How adaptive are we? – The call for a new learning   ecosystem    
Speaker: Julian Allen, Director of Instructional Support, GSU 
Location: Curve – Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment, GSU

3.15 p.m.   – 4.30 p.m.     
Session Six: Panel: Aperture Learning – Life is learning, Learning is life – from dynamic mentoring to micro modular learning pathways and future learning environments – Moderator: Derek Woodgate, Panelists: Rex Miller, Jason Swanson, Bridgette Engeler Newbury, Wendy 
Location: Curve

7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.      APF Reception (at Artmore Hotel) 

Saturday, 17th October 2015

8.30 a.m. Breakfast

9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. 
Session Seven: Collaborative game – Jake Dunagan, Research Director at Institute for the Future, leading the Governance Futures Lab

11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Session Eight:  Debate: Traditionalists vs. Futurists (Teaching vs. Learning)
audience split into sides) Melissa to help

12.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.  
Little Bigs and Dr Cindy Frewen Board Chair - APF Update 

12.30 - 1.30 p.m. buffet or packed lunch

1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. 
Session Nine: Did Education Die – 6 x 7 minute – Pecha Kucha style (participants: educator, student, governance, technologist, etc.)

2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.   
Session Ten: Build a future foresight curriculum with approach (Six teams)

4.00 – 4.45 p.m.  Present team feedback

4.45 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Closing Session (Derek Woodgate – Joe Tankersley)

Atlanta GA, Chuck Koehler flickrcc

The Learning Remix
The theme of the APF 2015 Annual Gathering will be the future of learning. The event will feature outstanding speakers, workshops, installations and play. We’ll explore the major forces that are aligned to disrupt the world of formal and informal learning over the coming decade. 

Come join us as we deconstruct and remix these myriad challenges and opportunities and do what we do best; generate not just future scenarios, but ground-breaking concepts that could change the world.

WFSF Members, please contact Joe Tankersley for access to your special rate. 

For those planning travel.  Check-in for the Gathering will begin around 5:00 PM on Thursday 10/15. The Gathering will conclude on Saturday night. 


The official venue for the Gathering will be the Artmore Hotel in Midtown Atlanta.  This intimate boutique hotel is housed in an historic 1924 apartment building, recently renovated, in the middle of Atlanta’s popular Midtown area. The hotel and its location will provide us an interesting glimpse into the innovative trends in urban redevelopment taking place in the city. PLUS, it will provide the perfect location for networking and gathering.

Attendees to the Gathering can reserve their rooms at a special rate of $145.00, plus tax, per night. Wi-fi and breakfast are included. The telephone number for reservations is 01 404 876 6100. You must mention APF Gathering to get the special rate.

There are a limited number of rooms available so book early.

Contact Joe Tankersley( with any questions.

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