The “we-are-ale” campaign was featured during a virtual plenary session on June 5, 2021, as part of Adult Education in Global Times: An International Research Conference. More than 400 registrants participated in this four-day event hosted by the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE), the University of British Columbia, and seven other partnering organizations. Originally scheduled for June, 2020, in Vancouver, the conference was rescheduled for June 3-6, 2021, as a fully virtual event.The conference program included nine pre-conferences, a documentary film festival, organizational meetings, and over 200 presentations by researchers from around the world.
Representing ICAE and the “we-are-ale” campaign during the plenary session were Ricarda Motschilnig, Robbie Guevara, Shermaine Barrett and Timothy Ireland. The session included background on the campaign, its purpose, the resources available on the website, and how organizations and institutions can sign on to the campaign. In addition to the presentation, a virtual exhibit space was organized by Ricarda for those unable to attend the session.
A multi-organizational research conference of this scope is a rare event in adult education. The last one was held at UBC in 2000 and involved five organizations. In addition to CASAE, partners in the 2021 conference were the Adult Education Research Conference, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Adult Learning Australia, European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, Indian Adult Education Association, International Society for Comparative Adult Education and the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults.
Those interested in what happened at the conference and the wide range of research presented can view the program and download the Proceedings at this link.
by Tom Sork, ICAE Vice-President for North America