The 2nd European Conference on "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ 2013) has announced several high-ranking speakers to be present during the event on May 16th and 17th at the Global Headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy.
The 2nd European Conference on "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ 2013) has announced several high-ranking speakers to be present during the event on May 16th and 17th at the Global Headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Figures such as the esteemed Prof. Dr. Rory McGreal and Prof. Dr. Fred Mulder, both UNESCO chairs for Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as Christian-Friedrich Lettmayr, Director of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), will contribute their experience to the conference. Their support of LINQ’s continuing mission to examine the intersections between learning innovations and quality will provide an excellent framework for the state-of-the-art research and project work collected through the LINQ call for papers and projects, ended on March 4th.
“Rory McGreal and Fred Mulder have long been crucial pioneers in the development of Open Educational Resources as UNESCO Chairs,” says Christian M. Stracke, LINQ Conference Chair and international ISO Convener for learning quality from the University of Duisburg-Essen. “We will be honoured to greet them at LINQ 2013 and to learn from their professional and academic expertise. Likewise, Christian-Friedrich Lettmayr’s familiarity with the inner workings of CEDEFOP will prove incredibly valuable to practically situate the newest research efforts submitted to LINQ 2013. We are certain that the discussion at LINQ 2013 will benefit enormously from their presence.”
More than 150 researchers and practitioners have answered the LINQ 2013 call for papers and projects and the contributions of the highest quality will make the conference programme insightful and exciting. Early-bird registration at the reduced rate of 90€ will remain open until March 31st, 2013. All interested parties active in the fields of new learning methods and design, Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL), quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities are encouraged to register for LINQ 2013 and take part in the continuing development of learning innovations and quality. For more information on specific registration requirements and other matters, please visit the conference website at www.learning-innovations.eu.
Overview of the important dates:
- End of early-bird registration period (90€): 31st of March 2013
- Conference Programme Ready: April 2013
- Conference date: 16th and 17th of May 2013
For the latest information on the conference and to submit any pre-conference feedback, please visit the LINQ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LINQConference and follow the LINQ Twitter account at www.twitter.com/LINQ_Conference.
The 2nd European Conference on "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ 2013) will take place at the Global Headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy, on 16-17 May 2013.
The Global Headquarters of the FAO stands near the impressive Circus Maximus, the first and largest stadium in the Roman Empire, and its expansive facilities will provide ample space to the participants of LINQ 2013. Furthermore, the FAO’s development of global standards in food and agriculture-related policies (including training and education) makes it an ideal venue for LINQ 2013.
This year's LINQ 2013 has "Innovations and Quality: The Future of Digital Resources" as its motto, and addresses and invites experts who are active in the field of Innovations and Quality in Lifelong Learning (LLL).
The LINQ 2013 conference fee will remain reduced at the early-bird rate of 90€ until the 31st of March 2013, after which it will rise to 150€. For further information about conference fees, requirements, and other details about LINQ 2013, please visit the conference website.
Prof Sugata Mitra, Education scientist and keynote speaker of the EDEN's 2013 Annual Conference, wins TED Prize for his answer on the future of learning. Mitra’s $1 million seed money helps to fund the School in the Cloud in India this very year. This school will serve as both an education and research center to further explore approaches to self-directed learning. It will be managed by cloud technology, but with an adult supervisor always on hand. The plans for the school will be open-sourced.
Learning is becoming more and more individualized and self-managed. Personalization helps foster engagement and supports awareness and motivation. The 2013 EDEN Annual Conference thus explores themes such as “Engaging and challenging learners” „Enhanced learning experience by participation and collaboration” or „Joy, Fun and ICTs”. Prof Mitra’s talk on self-directed learning was posted on TEDTalks last year, with high edutainment potential. In this talk, he tackles one of the greatest problems of education -the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching:
Academics, researchers, practitioners gather every year at the EDEN Annual conferences to discuss the latest developments of e-learning, open and distance education. In Europe, despite economic and social pressures, there is a collective drive towards realising the creative potential.
Registration to the Conference is now open: http://www.eden-online.org/2013_oslo/registration.html
eLearning Africa is the Continent’s largest gathering of high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government. The key networking event for developing eLearning capacities on the Continent, eLearning Africa 2013 will take place from 29th to 31st May in Windhoek, Namibia, under the overall theme of tradition, change and innovation. Serving as a pan-African platform, eLearning Africa is a must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities. eLearning Africa takes place in a different African country each year, and the conference languages are English and French. At the 2012 event, 1483 teachers, educators, trainers and ICT professionals from 69 countries convened in Cotonou, Benin.
The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. Through EC-TEL, established and emerging researchers as well as practitioners, entrepreneurs, and technology developers explore new collaborations, strengthen networks, and complement their core experience. This year's theme is "Scaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact". We invite contributions for original research papers, demonstrations and workshops. A doctoral consortium will also be organized concurrently with the workshops. EC-TEL 2013 also offers the opportunity to host project meetings.
- Abstract submission (papers, posters, demos): 25 March 2013
- Full submission (papers, posters, demos): 2 April 2013
- Notification of acceptance: 4 June 2013
- Camera ready versions: 28 June 2013
- Room reservation for project meetings: 15 June 2013
- Workshop proposals: 2 April 2013
- Workshop notifications: 30 April 2013
- Workshops: 17, 18, 21 September 2013
- Project meetings: 16-18 & 21 September 2013
- Main conference: 18-20 September 2013
EC-TEL invites contributions in the following (non-exclusive) areas. For a more detailed topic listing, see the call for papers on the EC-TEL 2013 website.
- Technological underpinning
- Pedagogical underpinning
- Individual, social & organisatonal processes
- Sustainability and scaling of TEL solutions
- Learning contexts and domains
- TEL in developing countries
- TEL, functional diversity and users with special needs
- Full Papers: max. 14 pages, published in proceedings
- Short Papers: max. 6 pages, published in proceeding
- Demonstration Papers: max. 4 pages, published in proceedings; At the conference, all accepted demonstrations will be invited to participate in the EC-TEL 2013 Demo Sprint contest, a plenary session where all demos are presented. The audience of the EC-TEL Demo Sprint session will vote for the best EC-TEL demo, and the winner will be awarded.
- Poster Papers: max. 4 pages, 2 page summary published in proceedings
- Workshop proposals: max. 4 pages, not published in proceedings. Note: We are exploring possibilities for arranging publication of all workshop papers in a post-conference proceedings volume to be published by Springer. Workshop organizers are requested to indicate in their proposals whether they would like to contribute to such a post-conference proceedings volume, or whether they are targeting other high-quality publication outlets (international impact-rated journals, including special issues in these).