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LINC 2005 Symposium

3rd Annual International
MIT LINC Symposium

Impacting Social and Economic
Development Through E-Learning

sponsored in part by


October 27 & 28, 2005
MIT Campus
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

The Program
Our goal is to develop a two-day conference that presents innovative ideas and strategies for professionals working in the field of distance education and e-learning in emerging nations. This year's LINC Symposium will focus on the impact of virtual education on global economic development, especially through group learning, regional collaborations, and across international borders. In addition to MIT speakers, we hope to have substantial presentations from educational leaders from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia. You will leave the program with insights into current best practices of educational technology, and ideas on how to create and sustain learning communities across pedagogical, technological, economical and social borders.

The program fosters an environment for scholars, researchers, funders, and entrepreneurs to collaborate across all types of regions: local, regional, national and international. Several tentatively scheduled progam sessions include:

  • updates on country-specific and regional virtual universities
  • distance learning to alleviate poverty and support social development
  • MIT OpenCourseWare in use around the world
  • university research affecting distance learning
  • reports from e-learning evaluators
  • foundation and ngo interest in distance learning

Who Should Attend
LINC is a community of practice that includes international representation from the following sectors: academe, government, business and philanthropies as well as other interested organizations (e.g., libraries, other non-profit agencies, professional associations, etc.).

Confirmed LINC 2005 Speakers:

Dr. Abdel-Elah Al-Ayyoub, Arab Open University

Dr. Saleh M. Al-Saleem, Arab Open Universit

Dr. George Atkinson, U.S. Department of State

Dr. Reuven Aviv, Open University of Israel

Berhanu Beyene, ASELEH

Sisavanh Boupha, Dept. of Science and Technology - STEA, Laos

Dr. In-Joo Chin, Inha University

Dr. Phillip L. Clay, MIT

Dr. Royal D. Colle, International Professor Emeritus, Cornell University

Professor Jesus del Alamo, MIT

Professor Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Dr. Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo, African Virtual University

Peter Froehler, UNCTAD

Sean Gilbert, MIT

Matthew Herren, EduVision

Dr. Philip K.F. Hui, Living Knowledge Communities

Prof. Said Hammad Jahama, Arab Open University

Andrea Johnson, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Professor Feiyu Kang, Tsinghua University

Professor Richard C. Larson, MIT

Professor Steve Lerman, MIT

Dr. Naveed Malik, Pakistan Virtual University

Anne H. Margulies, MIT

Dr. Ross Martin, Pfizer, Inc.

Cliff Missen,

Professor Shigeru Miyagawa, MIT

Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland, MIT

Dr. Laura Ruiz Perez, Virtual Universidad, Mexico

Professor David Pritchard, MIT

Dr. Pablo Pulido, Panamerican Federation of Associations of Medical Schools

Professor Raul Roman, University of Southern California

Dr. Sean Rowland, Hibernia College

Dr. Robert H. Rubin, MIT-Harvard, Health Sciences & Technology (HST)

Dr. Nabil Sabry, French University of Egypt

Dr. Al-Saleem Saleh, Arab Open University

Professor Jaime Sanchez, University of Chile

Dr. Milad Sebaaly, Universal Knowledge Solutions

Dr. Honorio Silva, Pfizer, Inc.

Jennifer Stavrou Rodine, Management Sciences for Health

Maciej Sudra, EduVision

Professor Douglass J. Wilde, Stanford University


Faculty Advisory Board

The following members are recognized for their ongoing dedication and support.

John Belcher
Professor, Department of Physics

Jesus del Alamo
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Michael Fischer
Professor, Department of Anthropology

Arnoldo Hax
Professor, Sloan School of Management

Henry Jenkins
Professor, Comparative Media Studies

Eric Klopfer
Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Richard C. Larson
Director, LINC
Professor, Engineering Systems Division

Steven Lerman
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Walter H.G. Lewin
Professor, Department of Physics

Anne H. Margulies
Executive Director, OpenCourseWare

Alex (Sandy) Pentland
Professor, Program in Media Arts and Sciences

Robert H. Rubin M.D.
Professor, MIT-Harvard Health, Sciences and Technology

Dan Roos
Professor, Engineering Systems Division

John R Williams
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kamal Youcef-Toumi
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

3rd Annual International LINC Symposium 2005

Wednesday, October 26 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception @ MIT Museum
Thursday, October 27 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MIT Stratton Student Center W20, Mezzanine Lounge
Friday, October 28 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MIT Stratton Student Center W20, Mezzanine Lounge

MIT Museum - "Welcome Reception"
Wednesday, 26 October, 2005
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Mezzanine Lounge @ the Stratton Center (W20) - 3rd Floor
Thursday, 27 October - Friday, 28 October, 2005
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

MIT Faculty Club - "Dinner" (E52)
Thursday, 27 October, 2005
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139


A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of October 27-28, 2005 at the Hotel @ MIT (20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139) at a rate of $209.00 per night (single or double), plus applicable taxes. This special rate is available until the conference block is sold out or until the cut-off date of October 6, 2005, whichever comes first. The hotel reservations phone number is 1-800-222-8733. When making your reservation please mention that you are calling for the MIT-LINC room block. You may also make your reservation on-line at: Click on the Reservations link at the bottom of the page (you will be redirected to the Doubletree web site), and be sure to enter the code: LIN in the Group/Conventions code field. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel; the MIT Conference Services Office does not handle individual reservations.

Other Local Accommodations
We are able to offer special MIT rates at these other fine properties, on a space available only basis.  Please be sure to request the MIT rate if calling, or to follow any specific online instructions, for your reservation.

Boston Marriott Cambridge
Two Cambridge Center
Cambridge MA 02142
Kendall Square
Telephone: 617-494-6600
Fax: 617-494-0036
Toll Free: 800-228-9290

Cambridge Center Residence Inn by Marriott
6 Cambridge Center
Cambridge MA 02139
(1 block from Kendall Square)
Telephone: 617-349-0700
Fax: 617-547-8504
Toll Free: 800-331-3131

The Kendall Hotel
350 Main Street
Cambridge MA 02142
Located on the MIT Campus
Telephone: 617-577-1300
Fax: 617-577-1377
TOLL FREE: 1-866-566-1300

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge MA 02139
Telephone: 617-577-1300
TOLL FREE: 1-800-233-1234

Royal Sonesta Hotel
5 Cambridge Parkway
Cambridge MA 02142
Telephone: 617-806-4232
TOLL FREE: 1-800-Sonesta

Virtual Literature Table
Forget about the headaches and stress of carrying extra papers or packing and shipping brochures! You can display your, or your organization's, electronic materials on LINC's virtual literature table. Simply send an e-version (a pdf works best) of your submission to and we will review your file and let you know via e-mail whether or not it will be posted here. Please use your discretion as to the number of items sent per person. Thank you for your interest in MIT LINC.

Virtual Conference
In keeping with the theme of this year's event, "Impacting Economic Development Through E-Learning", we have created a virtual conference in conjunction with our roster of speakers, panelists, facilitators and registrants who will participate, in real time, in Cambridge, MA, US.

Through LINC's virtual conference one can participate in this year's LINC event, asynchronously, pending content approval. Simply send your paper, slide presentation, report, etc., to and we will review your document and let you know via e-mail whether or not it will be posted here. Please, only one submission per person. Thank you for your interest in MIT LINC.

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