Yong Zhao, director of the Institute for Global and Online Education at the University of Oregon, will visit Ball State University on Monday, April 21, as the 2014 John R. Emens Distinguished Professor. Zhao's presentation, "Education in the Age of Globalization," will take place at 7 p.m. in Emens Auditorium.The presentation is free and open to the public.

Yong ZhouZhao is an internationally known scholar, author and speaker whose work focuses on globalization and technology in education. In addition to the evening public presentation, Teachers College will host events for faculty and students in teacher education, as well as an afternoon session for undergraduate students with an interest in media, technologies for learning, and entrepreneurship.

Yong Zhao has developed computer games for language learning; designed schools that cultivate global competence, and founded institutes to explore innovative education models. Zhao has published more than 100 articles and 20 books, including, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization. His latest book, World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, (2013) has won several awards, including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award (2013), and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership (2013).

Zhao is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and was named one of the 10 Most Influential People in Educational Technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine in 2012. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. Zhao currently serves as the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Until December 2010, Yong Zhao was university distinguished professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University; where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, and the U.S.-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. For more information about Yong Zhao's presentation or events on April 21, call Teachers College at 765-285-5251.