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April 6, 2020

EDIL 2020 Update & Online Announcement

Another update on this conference.

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

Dear Michael Barbour:

The safety and well-being of the AACE membership is our top priority. As with many other conferences around the world, EDIL is faced with a difficult dilemma. We are considering many factors to make an informed final decision regarding the EDIL 2020 Conference.

There are also obvious financial and logistical obligations to take in consideration – not only to the Renaissance Amsterdam but most importantly to you, the AACE community. This dilemma is complicated by the conference hotel not agreeing that travel restrictions will apply after June 1 and therefore will not cancel its hotel contract without a major financial penalty to AACE. Negotiations have been underway the past 3 weeks to mitigate the financial damages to AACE.

The Good News: EDIL 2020 Online

It is of utmost importance that the AACE community annually gather to discuss the latest research, practices, and innovations. This is why we and the Executive Committee have been working diligently to also prepare an EDIL Online 2020 conference for our attendees that opt not to travel to Amsterdam and need extra time to prepare paper submissions.

In the coming weeks, you will receive detailed information via email and on the EDIL website regarding EDIL 2020 Online — submissions, presenting virtually, participating, Proceedings publication and more! Along with 100s of concurrent synchronous and 100s of asynchronous sessions offered, the Online Conference will include live streamed:

  • Daily Keynote Talks from top leaders in the field
  • Invited Speakers
  • Innovators Playground Presentations
  • Spotlight Sessions: Practical Applications, Strategies & Solutions for Online Learning
  • Featured Panels
  • Symposia
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) Webinars & Meetings
  • AACE 180 Presentations for Poster Presenters
  • Full, Brief and Best Practices Sessions
  • Award Paper Presentations
  • Workshops

EDIL Online 2020 Submissions Due: May 4, 2020

We are taking this situation very seriously as the health and safety of our attendees is our top priority. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all those directly affected by the corona virus.

We expect to reach a final decision regarding EDIL Amsterdam 2020 shortly and will provide an update directly regarding registration, travel, hotel and other details soon. Our staff greatly appreciates your patience and understanding while we work to resolve this delicate matter.

Stay tuned!

For EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2019 Conference Services,

Best regards,
Sarah Benson
AACE Director of Conferences

Conference Services
AACE–Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
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EDIL 2020 (Amsterdam) Final Call: April 10

As with last week, due to the increase in relevant items because of the COVID-19 pandemic, later in the day I may post entries more frequently than normal to get information out in a more timely manner.

More information about this up-coming conference.

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Consider an Online Presentation!

For presenters who cannot attend EDIL 2020 in person, we will offer both live and pre-recorded Online Presentation options. Online sessions have the same validity (publication, certification, etc.) as face-to-face sessions and with the capability to interact with all authors.

Learn More About Virtual Participation

  • Full Papers: Research or Practice-Based
  • Brief Papers
  • Roundtables
  • Posters
  • Innovators Playground Exhibits
  • Symposia
  • Workshops
  • Virtual Sessions
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SITE 2020 And K-12 Online Learning

So the 2020 annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education begins today – although in a virtual, fee-based format.  In looking over the conference program, here at the K-12 distance, online, and blended learning sessions I was able to identify (which is actually quite easy, given you have the “K-12 Online Learning” SIG which you can search for, and then do a bit of additional searching based on common phrases.  Anyway, this is what I came up with…

Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, April 8

Thursday, April 9

Friday, April 10

Virtual Papers

I’ll be honest and say that I’m said to be missing on some of these topics.  Unfortunately, my university isn’t funding any conferences right now and I’m not shelling out the $250 from my own pocket.  Just wished SITE, as the “friendly society,” had taken their lead from AERA on he pricing issue.

April 2, 2020

REMINDER: Request for Presentation Proposals is Open | Aurora Institute Symposium 2020

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We apologize for any inconvenience that a broken link in our most recent Symposium 2020 RFP email reminder may have caused. Please see the information below regarding our Call for Presentation Proposals. We do hope that you will consider submitting a proposal.


Aurora Institute is now accepting Requests for Presentation (RFP) proposals for the Aurora Institute Symposium.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to find their tribe, learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

Access the RFP and submit your proposal to presentThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Aurora Institute Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based approaches, drawing on participant experiences, and promoting dialogue and exchange. Across the various presentation formats and strands, we also encourage presentation proposals that target specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Christy Ellis, Events Project Manager, at For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

View Our RFP Webinar

Aurora Institute recently hosted a special webinar to offer insights on the Symposium RFP process, hosted by our Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Friend. We shared pointers that will help you craft a standout session proposal. View this archived webinar to also learn about the structure of the Symposium, session strands and formats, understand how proposals are evaluated, and discover ways to heighten interactivity in your session.
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COVID-19 Update

We are currently planning to host the Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 Oct. 25-28, 2020, in San Antonio.

Planning a convening of this magnitude for the field is an enormous effort that requires complex decision-making, and sometimes quick pivots and contingencies, as new circumstances arise.

We assure you that we are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) out of an abundance of caution and concern for your safety and wellbeing. We are in close contact with the Henry B. González Convention Center, which is taking direction from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Guidance from public health authorities in the United States, including the CDC, has consistently called for added safety precautions and planning for large gatherings.

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Aurora Institute Symposium Registration Will Open on April 8, 2020.

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You don’t want to miss an opportunity to present at #Aurora20, Oct 25-28 in San Antonio. @Aurora_Inst is now accepting requests for presentation proposals until 5/1. Submit your proposal today:
Aurora Institute is now accepting presentation proposals for #Aurora20 held on Oct. 25-28 in San Antonio. Be sure to submit your proposal before 5/1:
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April 1, 2020

The 29th EDEN Annual Conference Goes Virtual!

I’m getting a backlog in items that I want to post, so I’ll start posting them hourly for the rest of the day.

Note that the European Distance Education Network has both decided to move its conference to a virtual environment AND extend the call for proposals until the end of April.

Human and Artificial Intelligence
for the Society of the Future

Call for Contributions Open


The 29th EDEN Annual Conference Goes Virtual!

New submission deadline 30 April – Sessions on pandemic – Proceedings and E-book Publication
Dear EDEN Members, Partners, and Friends,

The European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) has organized Annual European conferences for the experts, academics and practitioners of open, distance and ICT enhanced learning since 1992.

The 2020 Conference was planned to be held on 21-24 June in Timisoara, Romania, hosted by the Politehnica University of Timisoara.

With the development of the pandemic COVID19, it is not likely that national and international restrictions on normalization of life, travels and social gatherings will be lifted by the end of June.

In consideration of the present situation, the EDEN Executive Committee has decided to organize the 2020 Annual Conference as a Virtual Conference.

In making this decision, the Executive Committee has taken into account the recent, positive experience with virtual EDEN events, such as the webinars and chats by the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP), the European Distance Learning Week (EDLW), the EDEN sessions at Open Education Week (OEW) and the recently starting Education in time of pandemic series.

We aim to maintain the identity and momentum of the EDEN 2020 Conference as a major gathering of the European professional community, to focus on cutting-edge research, developments and problems, along with sharing experience and publishing achievements.

Considering the extraordinary global situation with the COVID19, special sessions will be organized to survey the pandemic related educational issues in order to gather experience and to share the latest emerging issues and best practices. In order to allow for and invite such submissions, the format will be flexible, using the most efficient virtual conferencing tools.

EDEN aims to ensure the enhanced academic quality of the event and the publications.

Full Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Accepted Full papers will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings with an ISSN and available online to all participants.  The Conference Proceedings will be discovered and linked by Google and Google Scholar, Alma (ProQuest), EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS), with further indexing via the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL).

The tradition of awarding the Best Research Paper will be continued, with publication of finalist papers in the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.

Workshops, Posters, Demonstrations are encouraged and if accepted, will be electronically published in the Conference Booklet, under a Creative Commons license, with ISBN and available online to all participants. Results from EU funded projects and initiatives are welcomed.

The submission deadline for all conference papers has been extended until 30 April!

Submissions uploaded by 30 March will be considered for the virtual conference and evaluated respectively.

Authors of submissions accepted for presentation will be invited to contribute to the virtual conference sessions online. Technical instructions will be communicated in due course

The issue of conference fees is still under discussion, but fees will be substantially decreased and free access will be offered for young scholars and groups of those in need.

The Timisoara venue and partnership, acknowledging the efforts of the host University in the preparations will be maintained. In case the conditions improve for the better, it is planned to organize part of the virtual conference in-situ /on the spot/ in Timisoara.

EDEN looks forward to the continued successful collaboration with all members and partners, with a firm commitment to expressing togetherness and solidarity of the community.

Let’s make this conference a memorable event in the hope of seeing each other face to face again on the EDEN Research Worksop in Lisbon on 21-23 October!

EDEN Executive Committee


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