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Example of a Conference Style Exhibition of Action Research at a University with Virtual Keynotes 

(There were a few technical glitches, but mostly you can follow the three keynote discussions and the Action Research Presentations)

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY'S Masters of Arts in Learning Technologies and theCenter for Collaborative Action Research Invites you to watch


The Fifth Annual Action Research with Technology Conference:


The Creativity to Design, The Courage to Change

held on JUNE 18th-19th, 2013 at Pepperdine

The videos are linked here and available on Livesteam.

Tuesday, June 18th
8:00 - 8:45: Checkin 


Conference Opening







8:45 - 9:20









  • Welcome and Introduction of the Associate Dean Dr. Jago

  • Opening comments from Associate Dean- Martine Jago

  • Action Research at Pepperdine and Learning Circles

    • Dr. Margaret Riel & Dr. Valerie Schmitz


Learning Circle 1: Action Research with students ---Building Better Learning Environments





9:20- 12:00










Dr. Riel Introduces Circle 1 and Keynote Dr. Jean McNiff


Dr. Jean McNiff, an independent researcher, works with practitioners involved in action research in townships and universities, schools and corporations, across continents. She has institutional ties to York St John University, UK: the University of Limerick, Ireland; the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa; and the Ningxia Teachers’ University, People’s Republic of China. Dr. McNiff is a frequent keynote presenter and authors of many articles and books on action research. Her most recent is Action Research: Principles and Practice (3rd Edition). For more info see her website or write to Dr. McNiff

Author of Action Research: Principles and Practices, 3rd Edition
Keynote Discussion with Dr. Jean McNiff

Review Panel: Dr. Paul Sparks & Dr. Robin "Nickie" Johnson-Ahorlu
Discussant: Dr. Margaret Riel

Learning Circle 2: Action Research with Educators--Integrating Technology & Learning (Part 1)













Dr. Schmitz Introduces Circle 2 and Keynote Dr. Joseph Shosh
Keynote Discussion with Dr. Joseph Shosh, Moravian College

Dr. Joseph M. Shosh, (Ph.D., New York University) is an associate professor of education and director of the Master of Education Program in Curriculum and Instruction at Moravian College. He is a recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award, the James N. Moffett Award for Classroom Research, and Cornell University’s Merrill Scholar Teaching Award, he is a frequent contributor to journals writing about action research as well as topics in English education. He is a founding member of The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) and is the Program Chair for the second ARNA conference at Moravian College in May 2014.


Review Panel: Melissa Loble & Dr. Spring Cook
Discussant: Dr. Valerie Schmitz

Learning Circle 3: Action Research with Educators--Integrating Technology & Learning (Part 2)















Dr. Riel introduces Circle 3 and Keynote Speaker Dr. Kimberly Greene
Keynote Discussion with Dr. Kimberly Greene

Dr. Kimberly Greene (EdD, Pepperdine) is an associate professor of education and director of the Center for Instructional Innovation at Brandman University in Irvine, California.Dr. Green serves as an educational media specialist for EdTEch 21 which provides educational curriculum development services for corporate and public sector clients. In 2004, she consulted with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a talking book The Afghan Family Health Book that teaches basic survival skills to Afghani women. Dr. Greene writes the internationally successful young adult novel Pop Star series. In previous years, Dr. Greene taught in the MALT program at Pepperdine.


Review Panel: Dr. Paul Sparks & Dr. Linda Purrington
Discussant Margaret Riel

Wednesday, June 19th
8:00 -- 8:30 :check-in
8:45 – Opening comments and introduction --Dr. Paul Sparks















Learning Circle 4: Action Research with Colleagues in Organizations or Corporations





9:00 - 11:30






Dr. Paul Sparks Introduces Dr. E. Alana James and Learning Circle 4

(includes closing session and the fabulous ending song by Doug Conrad)

E. Alana James, Ed.D. specializes in action research methods for several universities doctoral programs in Education and Business Management. Students provided both the impetus and many of the stories used in her recent book Action research for business, nonprofits, and public administration: A tool for complex times. Dr. James is a leader in the use of Participatory Action Research methods across networks to aid the underprivileged. She has expanded her understanding through facilitating the Future(s) of Education Project which uses international teams in virtual environments to propose and study examples of new
designs for education. A growing part of her work is mentoring students through the dissertation process. For more information see

900 - 9:30 Keynote Keynote presentation and Discussion with Dr. E. Alana James

Review Panel: Melissa Loble & Dr. Martine Jago
Discussant Valerie Schmitz


Conference Closing

11:30- 12:00

  • Closing Comments -Dr. Margaret Riel, Dr. Valerie Schmitz & Dr. Paul Sparks

  • Of Dreamers and Believers - Written by Doug Conrad and sung by Doug Conrad and Heidi Bird - Cadre 15


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