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March 20, 2017

Special 2017 Annual Meeting Message to AERA Participants and Members Worldwide

A notice from AERA over the weekend.

March 17, 2017

Dear AERA Annual Meeting Participants and Members,

Yesterday marked six weeks until the official start date of the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting. AERA’s President, Conference Co-Chairs, and Program Chairs for Divisions, SIGs, and Committees have now put their finishing touches on the program. Thanks to them and all of you, 2017 is a very strong program.

We encourage all participants to come early to San Antonio. The Opening Plenary starts at 6:30pm on April 27th followed by the AERA Fiesta! Our Fiesta celebrates and commemorates Fiesta San Antonio that is in full swing the last ten days of April and dates back to the late 19th century.

We sadly acknowledge that not all participants are able to come to the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting. U.S. Presidential Executive Orders have had a real as well as chilling effect on non-U.S. participants. Some number of attendees fear that they cannot obtain visas because of their countries of origin or their religious or ethnic identities. Some participants who can attend the meeting are signally their concerns about U.S. statements of policy regarding the safe passage of visitors and permanent residents.

After the first Executive Order, AERA issued a statement underscoring our concerns about policies that use suspect, discriminatory criteria to limit entry into the United States. We remain concerned about denying access to scholars and students who mutually benefit from collaboration and exchange.

We have already taken affirmative steps to support participants who cannot attend because of circumstances that could prevent their entry or sense of safety while in the United States. We are issuing refunds of registration fees and offering alternative methods of presentation to those in these circumstances. If you are in a similar situation, please let us know by sending an email to

We would like to remind all presenters that you can contribute to making the meeting accessible worldwide by uploading your final papers to the AERA Online Paper Repository by the deadline of March 31, 2017 and indicating that it can be accessible to all readers. AERA offers the repository as an open access service through the AERA website. AERA authenticates the uploading of all papers. Those individuals worldwide who cannot attend the AERA Annual Meeting can benefit from reading current work if all presenters make that work accessible through the repository.

AERA is taking further steps to make additional sessions at the AERA Annual Meeting more accessible. In recent years, we have invested in expanding the number of web streamed sessions featured, to a total of 15. We are pleased to announce that for this year, due to the current circumstances, AERA will double that number and absorb the cost of doing so. We hope those who planned to attend the AERA Annual Meeting but now find that they cannot do so will benefit from expanded opportunities to view Annual Meeting sessions via the internet.

This email is intended to let you know that AERA appreciates the strong interest and engagement of education researchers in the AERA Annual Meeting. For those who unfortunately cannot be with us this year, we hope that a liberal refund policy, alternative modes of presentation of papers, expanded numbers of papers in the AERA Online Paper Repository, and access to a greater number of featured sessions via web streaming will underscore that you are in our hearts and minds.

Do not hesitate to reach us via email at On behalf of the staff and the AERA leadership, we look forward to seeing almost of all of you in San Antonio next month.



Felice J. Levine, PhD
Executive Director

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March 18, 2017

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Registration, Workshops, Keynotes

Note this item regarding the European distance education conference.

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Registration, Workshops, Keynotes

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017



jkpgThe conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköping and SADE, the Swedish Association for Open and Distance Learning and supported by the Jönköping City Council.

Registration is open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

registerAuthors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee. For each paper, only one reduced author’s fee will be offered. For more information on fees and discounts, visit the Conference Registrationpage.

Get to know some of our keynotes

Cecilia Bjursell

mayraDirector of Encell, the National Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Dr. Cecilia Bjursell is the Director of Encell at the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University. Her research interests are organization, learning, metaphors, organizational ethnography and narrative perspectives in various empirical contexts. Her earlier studies focused on post-merger integration processes and women’s enterprise in family businesses.

Learn more about her here.

Markku Markkula – invited

srinivasMarkku Markkula was elected President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in February 2015 for a two and a half year term of office.

He has been a member of Finland’s Espoo City Council since 1980 – where he was President from 1990–1992 and again in 2010 – he is a member of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and has been Chairman of the Espoo City Planning Board since 2004.

Learn more about him here.

Stephan Rapp

qiuDean, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University

Stephan Rapp has extensive experience from the school system as a teacher, principal and school director.He has also been training manager at the Swedish National Courts Administration with responsibility for planning and implementing training programs for staff in the country’s judiciary.In his research, he has been interested in school leadership role in the development of the school.

Learn more about him here.

Selection of interesting workshops from the conference programme

  • How to Facilitate Diversity in Flexible Learning?
  • Digital Innovation in Cultural and Heritage Education.
  • How Relevant is Open Education for Refugees?
  • How to Conduct an Academic Chat via Twitter? – The #edenchat Case

Young Scholars’ Support

We are pleased to announce that EDEN’s support scheme to young scholars will be offered again at the 2017 Annual Conference, with the sponsorship of SADE, the Swedish Association for Distance Education. Two young researchers’ attendance at the Conference will be supported with €600 each.

Watch the short interview with Antonia Bralic, Young Scholars’ Support awardee at the Oldenburg Research Workshop #RW9, to find out why EDEN conferences are a great experience.


recognistionContributors, please remember…

that your papers, posters and training submissions will not only be subjected to the conference evaluators’ thorough assessment, but could also win one of EDEN’s prestigious awards. We are keen to promote and inspire professionals by recognising excellence and will continue the tradition of distinguishing Best Papers and Best Practice Initiatives. The conference participants can also make their voices heard – they will be able to vote on their favourite posters on display – the poster earning the highest number of votes will receive the conference’s Poster Prize. Everybody who has an accepted submission for presentation will receive a Speaker badge and all conference participants will be awarded a Participant badge.

Get inspired by the Best Research Paper Award winners of 2016

Since 2008, EDEN has bestowed the Best Research Paper Award at its Annual Conferences and the bi-annual Research Workshops. A robust selection process guarantees the high-standing of these awards for contributions to the field of open, distance and e-learning. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, with the support of a distinguished Jury.

Last year’s Best Research Paper Award winners at the 9th Research Workshop in Oldenburg were Antonia Bralic and Blazenka Divjak from the Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb, Croatia for their paper on Use of MOOCs in Traditional Classroom: Blended Learning Approach.

The winners at the 2016 EDEN Annual Conference were Jieun Lim and Jennifer Richardson, from the Purdue University, United States of America, who were awarded for their paper on How Social Networking Experience relates to Social Presence and attitude of Using SNS in education.

Conference structure

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, trainings, moderated poster and demo sessions and the synergy strand, ensuring digital interactivity and cooperation on the social web.

The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 13 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 16 June.

The conference structure can be viewed here. Please note that programme changes may apply.

Did you notice?

The European Commission has just announced their renewed policy plans for the modernisation of higher education. As Georgi Dimitrov, Deputy Head of the Unit on Innovation in Education and the EIT, and a policy expert in this area, will attend the EDEN 2017 Annual Conference as a keynote speaker we hope to get first hand relevant information on this in good time.

Late submissions still welcome!


There has been an impressive response to the Call, showing high level compliance with the theme and concept. The relevance and diversity of submissions is reassuring for a conference rich in content and in networking opportunities.

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until further notice. Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themesare still welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines

lufthansaThe Lufthansa Group airlines offer a comprehensive global route network and exclusive prices and conditions to our participants, visitors, exhibitors, and invited guests. Read more on how to use the special offer.

Visit the City Park & the Jönköping Open Air Museum


With views stretching for miles over the southern district of Lake Vättern, the city park is just five minutes by bus from the city centre. The city park is a beautiful nature area in Jönköping for all ages. The park has an exciting maze, picnic areas, bird ponds, animal pastures, and mini golf.

There is also the unique Bird Museum with a collection of approx 1400 stuffed birds of 341 species and an egg collection with approx 2500 eggs, as well as an Open Air Museum to which old buildings have been moved. In the summer, the county museum usually moves into the houses and opens them for different activities.

The Open Air Museum’s history began in 1901 when the engineer Algot Friberg bought the Bäckaby medieval wooden church and moved it to Jönköping City Park. Eventually more older buildings were brought to the park and the open air museum was born.

Sponsorship opportunity

EDEN is offering sponsorship packages linked to the event. For further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and the Conference Secretariat.

Exhibition stands will also be available for booking.


Schedule and Deadlines

Late submissions welcome

Registration open

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2017

Conference Dates: 13-16 June 2017

For any conference related questions contact the Conference Secretariat


The EDEN 2017 Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.


EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858

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March 17, 2017

CFP is Open: OLC Accelerate 2017

And another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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Call for Presentations Open
Deadline to Submit – May 22, 2017

Dear Michael,

The Online Learning Consortium invites you to submit a proposal for OLC Accelerate 2017: Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide.  This conference will be held November 15-17, 2017 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The OLC Program Committee seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission. Learn more and get started today! The submission deadline is May 22, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.

Hope to see you in Orlando!



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ChristineChristine Hinkley, OLC Director of Conferences

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March 15, 2017

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting Paper Upload and Final Program Changes

Note this AERA annual meeting update.

Deadline to Make Program Changes
Deadline: March 16, 2017
The deadline to make any program changes including changes to paper titles, session titles, and authors, as well as Session Chairs and Discussants is March 16, 2017. Please email changes to

Paper Upload Specifications and Instructions
Deadline: March 31, 2017
The Online Program System is now open for individual paper authors and session submission authors to upload a copy of the final paper to be presented at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting. All papers must be uploaded no later than March 31, 2017. Session chairs and discussants (if applicable) will review the uploaded papers through the system in order to prepare for the session.
View complete Paper Specification and Upload Instructions.

Online Paper Repository
All authors may elect to have their papers, presentations or commentary papers included in the AERA online papers repository. Many elected to do so at the time of submission, but the option remains available at the time of uploading your final paper. The repository is intended to provide broad dissemination of research presentations made at Annual Meetings.

2017 Annual Meeting | Theme | Contact AERA
2017 Annual Meeting
“Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity”
Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1, 2017
San Antonio, TX

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March 14, 2017

Final Reminder: Request for Presentation Proposals is Open | iNACOL Symposium 2017

And from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

REMINDER: The deadline for submitting workshop and session proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida on October 23-25, 2017.

Submit your presentation proposal here.

iNACOL’s annual conference is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators gather and work to transform education.

To access the RFP and submit your proposal to present, please click here. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can download the RFP questions in advance by clicking this link. The iNACOL Program Committee will notify applicants of proposal status no later than Monday, May 1, 2017.

The iNACOL Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based and blended learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange.

For tips on submitting your presentation proposal, please view our archived special edition webinar. The webinar explains the RFP process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlights ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Ally Swensen, Chair of the iNACOL Program Committee, at For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

Registration for the Symposium will open in early spring. Find more information on theiNACOL Symposium website, and follow our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds for updates.

Share this RFP Announcement on Twitter: 

  • iNACOL is now accepting presentation proposals for #inacol17. Submit your proposal by 3/15: @nacol
  • Interested in presenting at the @nacol Symposium, Oct. 23-25 in Orlando? Submit proposal here:

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About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field. Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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