Vision for AUCEi
AUCEi was formed as an international learned society to support teachers, trainers, and researchers challenged by the new technology tools and service available to society. It was established with two primary foci: the use of ubiquitous communication tools and the global and cross-cultural exchange of ideas necessary to maximise effective learning and vibrant collaboration. It is particularly interested in how the future will unfold as our respective professions evolve. We are increasingly connecting with colleagues and clients in a ubiquitous manner (that is, communication with everyone at any time). As the pressures of working across borders and with diverse cultures increase, we feel stretched as educators to organise education to meet learners' needs. Our association provides mutual support and friendship, particularly for researchers finding their feet.
In 2010 a group of 60 educators, trainers, and leaders from 5 continents were identified as potential founding members of AUCEi. All were interested in ubiquitous communication and global cultural issues and our first meeting of founding fellows was held in Brunel University, London, England in 2011. A committed core group organised further meetings at Brunel University in 2012, Cocoa Beach, Florida USA in July of 2013, Dublin, Ireland in July of 2014 and again in June 2015. Our next meeting is planned for early July 2016 in Dublin.
AUCEi has a nomination-only membership representing the fields of Education, Library Science, Languages, Business, Philosophy, Criminal Justice, Neuroscience - Medicine, Psychology, Research, Information & Communications Technology and Computer Science.
Dr. Roberta Weber has been an international study abroad leader and innovator over several decades.
As a member of international ICT organisations, Dr. Weber has demonstrated her leadership abilities by coordinating national and international programs, editing journals and manuscripts, but has always taken time to lead immersive study abroad expeditions for graduate students. She is a veteran of study abroad experiences since 1995 and coordinates study abroad initiatives for the Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry, in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University.