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October 2011: Internet Decisions Hosts Australian Scholar at Kennesaw State University and University of Georgia

Kennesaw and Athens, GA (October 5-6, 2011) – Internet Decisions, LLC hosted an Australian scholar this week for a lecture at Kennesaw State University and a class presentation at the University of Georgia.

Matthew Allen, Ph.D. and a pioneer in the field of Internet Studies, spoke about the new challenges confronting education in an era of online learning and knowledge networks. β€œIt was a wonderful opportunity to have Dr. Allen with us at these two outstanding institutions and to give our students the opportunity to hear from such an eminent scholar,” said Dr. Keith Herndon, President of Internet Decisions, LLC, who had studied under Dr. Allen at Australia's Curtin University.

Dr. Allen's lecture at Kennesaw State University was also sponsored by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) International Business Society, and featured opening remarks from Duncan Cole, Australia's Consul General in Atlanta and Dr. Barry Morris, the Vice Provost for Global Engagement & Strategic Initiatives at Kennesaw State.


L-R: Senour Reed, TAG IBS; Dr. Herndon, Dr. Allen, Mr. Cole and Dr. Morris.

Dr. Allen explained that online learning has been part of the provision of university education since the emergence of the internet. However, in recent years, there have been more intensive efforts to marry together traditions of university learning and academic excellence with the flexibility and creative possibilities of online delivery. Dr. Allen discussed the benefits that Internet-enabled learning has brought to distance and off-campus university education in Australia in the past decade or more, noting that Australia has a rich history of distance education. He also explored the way in which the so-called Web 2.0 revolution in online affairs has to some extent created a false sense of 'novelty' in online learning, while also analyzing the real differences that Web 2.0, social media, and user-generated content environments make. He concluded by considering some of the new challenges and opportunities that emerge for educators and institutions when seeking to harness technologies for online learning, especially given the growing dominance of knowledge networking in contemporary society.

Dr. Allen is a nationally awarded university educator in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. He established and is head of the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Dr. Allen is the author of two books, including the successful Smart Thinking textbook, and over 25 articles and chapters. Dr. Allen was a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and has served as president of the Association of Internet Researchers. He has been at the forefront of innovative online education since the mid-1990s and most recently completed a project on knowledge network learning, which can be found at knowledgenetworklearning.net.

About Internet Decisions, LLC

Internet Decisions is a research services and strategic planning firm. It assists companies and organizations of all sizes with a variety of services including competitive intelligence, vendor analysis and various types of market research. Created in 2005, the Atlanta-based firm specializes in several vertical markets including technology, media and entertainment and healthcare. Internet Decisions enjoys a research partnership with Marietta-based CSM Research. The firm also produces industry white papers and training material and conducts strategic training at the executive level. (www.internetdecisions.com)