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January 15, 2019

Deadline Is Coming…

Note this up-coming deadline for AACE’s ED-Media.

Proposals Due: January 31, 2019
EdMedia + Innovate Learning is an international conference welcoming researchers and educators
from 70+ countries around the world!
All are invited to submit proposals to present! EdMedia +Innovate Learning is designed to engage:
  • Educators in ALL disciplines
  • Researchers
  • Educational administrators
  • Teachers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Technology & education companies
  • Anyone with an interest in educational media
  • and technology
LearnTechLib and AACE have partnered to offer all faculty and students of institutions subscribing to LearnTechLib FREE AACE Membership
including conference registration discounts!
The Conference Review Policy requires that each proposal be peer-reviewed by 3 reviewers for inclusion in the conference program and proceedings available at LearnTechLib–The Learning and Technology Library.
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January 12, 2019

EDEN 2019 Annual Conference Bruges – First Keynotes Announced

An update from this European-based conference.

EDEN 2019 Annual Conference: #EDEN19
Connecting Through Educational Technology
In search for contemporary learning environments

Submission Deadline Approaching – 4 February
First Keynotes Announced

Bruges, Belgium, 16-19 June 2019



EDEN is pleased to announce its 28th Annual Conference hosted by the VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Bruges 16-19 June 2019.
In search for contemporary learning environments
How can information and communication technology in the age of Industry 4.0 create and enhance synergies between online learning programmes, the increased diversity of stakeholders, the workplace experience, socio-cultural influences and students’ work-life balance?
To transform the education landscape, challenges come increasingly from the socio-cultural-economic, structural and policy fields. Education has to be visionary to reach efficiency gains, new sources – and to offer sustainable services, reflecting the complexity of modern societies.

Market realities and social responsibility put similar pressures on the corporate and University worlds. Stakeholders expect academia to respond to needs beyond teaching and research, better promote innovation and the knowledge economy, manage the new student populations. Universities are expected to detect and attract talents, be magnet of inputs from practitioners, resulting cooperative surplus.

Educational technologies are about connections among information, knowledge, action, emotion and value: knowledge construction, learning activities by sharing and thinking, interactivity, aggregative mechanisms, cooperation and integration – to meet the requirements of the knowledge age, to satisfy the needs of social transformation and learning innovation.

The question remains: Which one(s) of these will have significant and sustained impact in the future? Can the network society become an enhanced learning society?

Conference Tracks

For the EDEN 2019 Annual Conference, the major tracks set-up will be:

  1. Global connections: How to organise online study programmes that enhance the students’ international competences, provide connections with international partners and promote virtual mobility?
  2. Connections with workplace: How can innovative study programmes be developed to involve the workplace impact and experience (virtual dual learning, (distance/digital) internships)?
  3. Connections with the community: How to organise study programmes that focus on relations of curriculum, delivery and the socio-economic environment – like community service learning, social partnerships, interdisciplinary projects?
  4. Connections with learners: caring about the work-life balance of the students, attentive to learners’ needs, expectations and the changing behaviour of diverse student populations including career, other studies, family-life.

Call for Contributions

Contributions are invited which resulted from own research, project achievements, case studies, theoretic and conceptual work onthe conference theme and tracks and the creative use of educational technology.

Submissions, taking into account the conference theme and related to at least one of the conference tracks are welcome in paper, poster, workshop or panel discussion session and demonstration/technical presentation formats.

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

Join the conference in Bruges to share your research, projects and experienceto make the conference showroom of best ideas and cases!

First Keynotes Announced

Nell Watson

Nell Watson is an engineer, educator, and tech philosopher who grew up in Northern Ireland. Nell founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp). This original, patented technology enables fast and simple 3D body measurement from only two planes (front and side), using a simple cellphone camera, by applying sophisticated deep learning technologies. This service enables fast and accurate personalization services in telemedicine, mass customization, and retail. Today, Nell Watson educates others in how to implement such technologies, for example, by creating video coursebooks for O’Reilly.

She is also Co-Founder of EthicsNet, a non-profit, building a movement of people who are committed to help machines understand humans better. This community acts as role models and guardians to raise kind AI, by providing virtual experiences, and collecting examples of pro-social practices.

Nell Watson lectures globally on (humanizing) Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving on the Faculty of AI & Robotics at Singularity University.

Learn more about her here.

Jan Elen

Jan Elen is a full professor at the KU Leuven, Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology. He was the head of the educational support office of the KU Leuven, coordinator of the expertise network School of Education of the Association KU Leuven, and vice-dean Education of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.

He is currently the academic leading the teacher education program in behavioural sciences. He has been the coordinator of the Special Interest Group on Instructional Design of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction and is the current editor-in-chief of ‘Instructional Science’. His research mainly pertains to instructional design and higher education. He teaches courses on educational technology, the design of learning environments and didactics for behavioral sciences.

Learn more about him here.

Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the Computing and Science education teams. He continues to research into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures.

He has given keynotes to audiences in more than 35 countries and is author of over 150 scholarly articles, with more than 7000 academic citations. An active and prolific edublogger, his blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development. In the last few years it has attracted in excess of 8 million unique visitors.

Learn more about him here.

Ilkka Tuomi

Ilkka Tuomi has written books, including Networks of Innovation: Change and Meaning in the Age of the Internet which develops theory ofopen innovation based on analysis of Internet-related innovations and open source, andCorporate Knowledge: Theory and Practice of Intelligent Organizations, which develops theory of knowledge management.

He has written several articles in First Monday, an important peer reviewed journal on the Internet. The most famous of Tuomi’s articles is probably The Lives and Death of Moore’s Law , in which Tuomi states that Moore’s law is an expression of technological determinism, used sloppily, and to a large extent not properly founded in empirica studies.

Learn more about him here.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Submission deadline for contributions: 4 February 2019
Notification of Authors: 9 April 2019
Registration opens: January 2019
Conference Dates: 16-19 June 2019

Did you know?

VIVES Bruges holds the VIVES Archive of Games, the largest collection of games in the world, with more than 20.000 titles and many educational (party) games. In the archive you will find the most recent (educational) games, but also some very old games are kept in the closed section. The oldest game dates back to 1810!

For each of these games, as much relevant information as possible is kept and stored in a central database.

The conference is hosted by the VIVES University of Applied Sciences.


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Sneak Peek: TxDLA Conference Schedule Preview

Note this conference that always includes a good selection of K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning.

2019 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28, Galveston, TX

Sneak Peek at 2019 TxDLA Conference Sessions

Be a part of the premiere distance learning conference in the state of Texas this spring as registration is now open for the 2019 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas.

Below is a sneak peek of what attendees can learn at the 2019 TxDLA Conference. A detailed schedule will be published on our website by January 16.

  • Are Active Learning Classrooms a New Fad or do They Produce Results that Warrant the Investment?
  • Assessing Academic Integrity Risk Factors and Validating Student Outcomes with Online Proctoring Data
  • A Training Framework for ADA Compliance
  • Building a Culture of Online Learning: Redesigning a Distance Education Program
  • Building Authentic Online Communities Through Conversation and So Much More
  • Creating Student Engagement through the Use of Live Streaming and Creativity
  • Data Analytics Drives Higher Education Decision Making
  • First Generation Student Readiness for Distance Education
  • Inclusive Design:  Engaging with an Ever-evolving Media Culture
  • Integrating Technology and Learning Stations
  • Making the Connection: Overcoming Challenges with Distance Learning in a Rural Community College
  • Marketing Campaign to Increase Online Tutoring Services
  • The eLearning Community and the Internet of Things
  • The SARA Landscape
  • Thinking Like Game Developers: How to Transform an Online Course
  • Utilizing Chatbots to Improve Online Course Communication
  • Virtual Nurturing: Making Student Connections and Supporting Faculty with Coaching

The 2019 TxDLA Conference features sessions and learning activities on:

  • Innovation & Trends in Education Technology
  • Best Practices
  • Accessibility & Universal Design
  • System Administration, Cyber Security & Data Analytics

Cultivate leadership and administrative skills through sessions on:

  • Faculty & Student Support
  • PK-12, Educational Outreach & Workforce Development
  • Administration, Leadership, & Policy
  • Research

Join us, as we collaborate and support one another in Building Community at this year’s conference.Limited scholarships are also available to attend this year’s conference. Apply here.

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January 11, 2019

How To Share Your #AERA19 Research | Register Now

An item about the up-coming AERA conference in April.

Dear Colleague:

Congratulations on being selected to present at the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting!

We are encouraging all presenters to work with their institution’s communications office to help publicize their research and participation at the Annual Meeting. Posted on the AERA website is an Annual Meeting fact sheet that you can use to draft and share news about your involvement in the meeting.

Also posted on the AERA website are printable Annual Meeting presenter signs to share on social media. This is an excellent opportunity to promote your research and share your #AERA19 enthusiasm with your social media network before the Annual Meeting. Below are different sign options to be used in these social media posts.

In addition, if you have not registered for the Annual Meeting yet, please do so now. The Annual Meeting registration fee is less expensive when you become an AERA member. Be sure to obtain your AERA 2019 membership before registering for the Annual Meeting, so that you obtain the discounted registration fee. Many are registering now to obtain their choice of hotel room.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the AERA communications, meetings, or membership teams at, or

See you in Toronto!


Tony Pals, AERA Director of Communications

Collin Boylin, AERA Communications Associate


2019 AERA Annual Meeting

“Leveraging Education Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence”

Friday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Toronto, Canada

January 10, 2019

DLAC Early Bird Pricing Ending Soon!

Note this up-coming deadline.

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Don’t miss out on an easy discount! The Digital Learning Annual Conference Early Bird Registration is listed at $549, if you register by January 25th, 2019. 

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