The Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker (1)


Prof. Bob Barrett

American Public University

Introduction of  Dr. Bob Barrett

Dr. Bob Barrett is a Full Professor in the School of Business at the American Public University.  He has an Ed.D. in the field of Human Resource Development from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has been teaching online for the past eighteen years, as well as being a teacher/trainer, course developer, and state licensed business educator. His research interests include online learning, disability, teacher training, knowledge management, forensic human resource development methodology and analysis, and intellectual capital.  He has spoken extensively in Europe, South America, and Asia on online learning, knowledge management, and intellectual capital. Also, he has written for several international publications, as well as served as a reviewer for several international publications.  Finally, he has a strong interest in helping to build bridges for more cultural awareness and education to help change the workforce of today and tomorrow.

Topic: Exploring the Value of Learning Capital in Response to An Ever-Changing Turbulent Wave in Technological, Economic, and Educational Times to Create a Stronger and More Educated Workforce


When one reads the term capital money may be the first thought envisioned, but in the field of education and business, we have a variety of capital terminology that are appearing across the tabloids, academic journals, and social media.  The terms of key importance lately have been Intellectual Capital, Social Capital and more importantly, Human Capital.  What does the value placed upon Human Capital, namely our workers and adult leaners mean to both business and education?  More importantly, what do we, as Human Capital mentors and facilitators, generalize or conceive as the most relevant factors or impacting elements which can help to enable workers and learners of today and for tomorrow?  What values do we place on Human Capital, as well as the business and educational enablers and drivers for creating and maintaining the pathways for this group specific future as workers and learners?  During the past two decades the terms learning organization and organizational learning have developed from just being rendy buzzwords to actual creations of knowledge management for organizations to help learn from lessons learned and grow from the best practices of others to move forward in the 21st century to think smarter, not harder and to move from locally to globally ventures.  However, the strength of such a movement truly rests at the feet of today educators and business leaders.  What can we, as leaders and educators, do to enable, motive, and to support our Human Capital or rather our Learning Capital? Take a moment and think about a recent or previous leader or educator who helped you to think beyond your current dreams and image the bigger picture of what you could actually do if given the tools to break free from your current elf-referenced criterion of what you think your life should be in terms of your culture, family setting, and socio-economic status.  Then, consider what direction your life could be for yourself and others with a newer, more enhanced, and motivational developed pathway in which you, as a valued member of Human Capital in today society, could be set in motion to become the next great leader, mover-shaker, change agent, motivational speaker or more  how could this change in direction enable you and others?  Thus, we should not focus solely on the tasks of just teaching and supervising, but rather we should assume an even stronger social and ethical responsibility as leaders and educators to become the New Generational Change Agents for Social Adjustment (NGCSA).  Consequently, we can enter a new era of change -- if we are willing to enable it, nurture it, and envision unlimited change, rather than just a planned strategy for a segment of time.  We need to think, implement and evaluate new dreams for our Human Capital  on a regular basis, and not at given assigned times.  Finally, we are the masters of change and can control many destinies, if we dare to dream the possibilities.  However, change can only start when one is willing to become a guardianof the change process to nurture it, envision it, and make it a reality.

Keynote Speaker (2)

Ching-Ju Chiu, Ph.D.

National Cheng Kung University

Topic: How information and communication technology help life in older adulthood? Perspectives and experiences of the elderly in Taiwan


The use of Information and Communication Technology(ICT has greatly facilitated people live and work in the current society. In particular, the elderly has become the fastest growing population using the ICT. The ICT has a variety of functions, such as gather information, social networks and communication interactions. The trend using the ICT as a conduit for information provision and communication, as well as complemented the growing demand for medical health for the greying population became a global experience. However, to achieve the goal of improving health, preventing or delaying the progression of chronic conditions, it is of great importance to recognize how the use of technology networks can really provide an effective health information acquisition channel for the elderly, and really facilitate the health behavior of the elderly. The spectrum of using the ICT-related products among older adults varies a lot. Whether ICT-related technology improved older adults’ quality of life, how current technology might help for older adults with declining physical and mental functions, and those living with comorbidities, loneliness, and weak economic conditions, are quires to be answered by research. This talk will aggregate results of observational and interventional empirical ICT related research among older Taiwanese to proffer discussions regarding the next frontiers between ICT and the aging society.

Introuduction of Prof. Ching-Ju Chiu

Dr. Chiu received her Ph.D. from the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University. Currently, she is an associate professor at the Institute of Gerontology of National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. As a biobehavioral health gerontologist by doctoral training and earlier learning background in public health and health education, Dr. Chiu has a keen interest in doing interdisciplinary research bridging medical and social science together to improve the health and well-being of middle-aged and older adults. There are two tracks in her research.

The first track is disease management and functional health trajectory. Dr. Chiu focuses on the mediating and moderating role of psychosocial factors in older adults with diabetes. She has compared the aging trajectories of physical function for those with and without diabetes in Taiwan and in the U.S., and published the results in The Gerontologist, and Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice in 2011. She also investigated the short and long-term impact of different health behaviors in buffering the adverse impact of diabetes on cognitive decline using national-wide data in Taiwan and published it in Annals of Behavioral Medicine in 2016. Her most recent investigation published in Journal of Diabetes Investigation in 2018 identified the reciprocal relationship between depressive symptoms and glycemic control, and discerned the critical role of family and friend support in the link. Her current grant project (2018-2021) is to compare the physical and mental function after 50 years old using two national-wide data in Taiwan and in Japan, respectively. It’s her goal to build age norms of physical and mental health during aging, so that comparison of aging trajectories across counties can be made.

The second track of Dr. Chiu’s research is elderly health education and health promotion. As of 2013, Dr. Chiu, as a principal investigator, has conducted two national-wide grants which focus on addressing the needs of older adults when employing technology to promote their health. Dr. Chiu identified the attitudes, impact, and learning needs of older adults using apps on touchscreen mobile devices from a pilot study, and published it on Computers in Human Behavior in 2016. In another article publishing in Global Health Promotion in 2017, she compared conventional health education approach with a technology-embedded health education module for older adults living in the community aiming for increasing their nutrition knowledge and self-efficacy. More recently, a paper published on 2017 Journal of Medical Internet Research highlights the gender differences in technology adoption and withdraw using mixed method.

It is Dr. Chiu’s goal to create effective health education approaches combining biological, psychosocial and technological viewpoints for helping older adults, especially those who are disabled or underserved, to achieve active aging in the community. She just submitted a grant application of Improving Diabetes Education, Access to Care and Living— for Under-served Populations (IDEAL-UP Project) and is current writing another grant to seek support for a national-wide multidisciplinary interventions to improve active middle-aged and older adults’ psychosocial health and increase their engagement with the society and other generations.


Online Submission

Important Date

Submission Deadline 
January 24, 2019

Extended to

March 19, 2019

Notification of Acceptance 
From February 14, 2019

Paper reviewing takes 20 days

 Registration and Payment Deadline
March 20, 2019

Final Modification Deadline

April 16, 2019