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Special Event

"eLearning in the Crystal Ball: Probing the Future with the eLearning Forum"

November 18, 2003

3:00 p.m. Registration & Networking
3:20 p.m. Program
5:15 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Program concludes
Open to the public. $30 fee. Registration and payment information below.

Join us for a lively discussion of the future of eLearning in the next 18-months. The November meeting of the eLearning Forum is presented in conjunction with the Silicon Valley World Internet Center.

Thought leaders in the area of learning will discuss:

  • What trends are being seen in the eLearning space?
  • Where are they placing their bets?
  • Where are the opportunities for growth and what are the pitfalls?

Discussions will focus on the future of the eLearning Forum as a think-tank and clearinghouse for practical ideas in eLearning. Board Members will share their thoughts on strategic planning, calling on audience participants to voice their thoughts on how the eLearning Forum can remain in tune with the needs of its members as well as the rest of the world. The eLearning Forum invites attendees to become involved in making this an organization that continues to discuss pertinent issues and ideas.

The program discussion ends at 5:15 p.m., allowing for an additional 75 minutes for networking with Board Members and participants during the reception.



Clark Quinn is passionate about using technology to improve the ability to think and learn. He's had a long-time fascination with the ways games can be used to facilitate learning and has conducted extensive research into how engagement and learning can be mutually beneficial. Dr. Quinn has designed and led the development of an intelligently adaptive learning system, and now provides sophisticated consulting services through OtterSurf Labs.


Kevin Wheeler is an internationally respected author, teacher, consultant and speaker. He is President of Global Learning Resources, Inc., a consulting company focused on assisting organizations architect human capital strategies for the 21st century. Clients include such firms as Eli Lilly, Corning, the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, and Yahoo.


Soren Kaplan is Managing Director of iCohere, a software consulting firm that helps teams, groups and organizations use collaboration software, groupware and knowledge management tools to create communities of practice, build learning communities, and deliver online and blended e-learning programs. Mr. Kaplan provides overall leadership for iCohere's strategic direction, including business development, marketing and sales.


Throughout his career, Dr. Michael Carter has focused on the application of information technology to learning. Currently acting as Chief Development Officer for Change Companion, LLC, a firm specializing in Change Management, he is as well a consultant on education to foundations and early-stage technology companies. Previously he shaped the curriculum that the University of Oxford and Stanford and Yale Universities deliver to their alumni online, and as Chief Learning Architect at Pensare, Inc., created a platform, authoring environment, and courses with faculty from the business schools at Harvard, Wharton, Stanford and Duke Universities for delivery to Fortune 500 knowledge communities. As Director of Education Research of Apple Computer's Advanced Technology Group he was responsible for such programs as Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow, Business Learning Research and Apple's San Francisco Multimedia Lab. Dr. Carter held the position of Vice President of Digital Pictures, Inc., where he created a line of learning programs, including What's My Story?, named by CD-ROM Today as one of the "100 Best Discs Ever."

Dr. Carter's academic career includes professing European history at Dartmouth College and directing Academic Information Resources Systems Development at Stanford University, where he was responsible for initiating a wide array of instructional computing programs. He has served as an advisor on technology and learning to Apple, DEC, IBM, NeXT, Sun Microsystems and the Internet Society, as well as foundations and universities internationally.


This session is open to the public. There is a $30 fee to attend, payable by credit card (in advance on the eLearning Forum's website), or by cash or check at the door. There is limited seating, so pre-registration is highly recommended.

  • To pre-register by credit card (using PayPal), visit
  • To register at the door (based upon seat availability), payment is only accepted using cash or check (payable to eLearning Forum).


The eLearning Forum ( is a non-commercial, global community of people who make decisions at the intersection of learning, technology, business, and design. Its mission is to promote the understanding and use of eLearning in industry and government worldwide and to provide a forum for resolving issues impeding the progress of eLearning. Through the meetings and services offered, the eLearning community comprised of designers, training managers, consultants, product developers, academics, researchers, and business managers looks to identify and publicize new developments and emerging best practices.

Recent meeting topics include:

  • Workflow-based Learning
  • eLearning at U.C. Berkeley
  • eLearning at Stanford University
  • Knowledge Management & eLearning
  • Virtual Teams at Cisco
  • Informal Learning

eLearning Architectures eLearning Forum's monthly meetings are webcast live, drawing participants from around the world. Visit for information. Membership, currently free, is open to anyone who supports the values and mission of the eLearning Forum.

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." Alan Kay