SOURCE: Wainhouse

November 11, 2008 07:00 ET

Wainhouse Research, Drexel University, and the World Bank GDLN Bridge East and West With Virtual Symposium on Globalization, Learning, and Technology

DUXBURY, MA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - Wainhouse Research ( in conjunction with Drexel University and the World Bank's Global Development Learning Network presents a U.S. - China Virtual Symposium focused on the theme "Building Virtual Global Communities". Hosted online from November 11th-14th, the symposium incorporates live webcasts, short on-demand (recorded) presentations, panel discussions, blogs, and live presentations in SecondLife as a means to build a community to explore the use of these technologies for development and learning in a global setting.

"We are very excited about both the quality and accessibility of the program," states Stacy Austin-Li, analyst with Wainhouse Research and co-organizer of the event. "The broad range of technologies -- from traditional videoconferencing to the open source e-learning platform Moodle and video blogging and streaming tools provided by Netbriefings -- speaks more about the variety of tools available than the pursuit of any 'wow factor.' Each collaborative technology was selected on the basis of its ability to help create community and involve participants without presenting new barriers to access, and we welcome interested parties to drop-in any time by visiting

Practitioners from the United States, China, and around the world will share their insights and experiences over the week of November 11th-14th. Live keynote presentations are followed by roundtable discussions by panelists located in Beijing and Philadelphia, who are linked via videoconference. Each of the three days has a topical focus:

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 p.m. EST
Emerging Topics in Distance  Education
Dr. Galen Godbey of DeSales University (U.S.) will speak on Global
Innovation Networks and the Future of Education

Wednesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. EST
Building Global Communities
Dr. Eric Brewster of Johannes Kepler University (Austria) will talk about
Building Bridges: Linking People, Cultures, Languages and Communities

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. EST
Best Practices in Technology Use
Philip Karp of the World Bank Institute (China) will address the Use of
Distance Learning in Building Capacity for Development.

Presentations will be streamed live via the Netbriefing webcast service as well as on Drexel University's SecondLife Island. A full schedule of events and list of speakers can be found at:

Wainhouse Research provides insight and intelligence into the global markets for audio, web (data), and video conferencing, real-time Unified Communications, enterprise streaming and webcasting, and enterprise social networking. The company publishes public and private studies, speaks at industry events and private company events, and provides both strategic consulting to industry vendors as well as end user organizations. Wainhouse Research conferences in the US and Europe provide a forum for the industry to discuss critical issues for industry growth. For more information see

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