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January 18, 2017

[Lists] 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference

From Sunday’s inbox…

  1. Theme – Blending Boundaries: Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation & Equitable Learning
    • Classroom practice using online spaces, Online practice using virtual, synchronous, and onsite spaces are the focus
    • Strategies for engaging students through online learning environments through technology is the underlying purpose and outcome
    • Networking, sharing, challenging, and learning is the purpose of the gathering
  2. Registration
    • Close to half of the hotel block is booked – secure your rooms now
    • Early bird registration closes this month – get your group registrations in – names can be sent later (use a “TBD”)
  3. Program
    • Announcing featured Canadian Education Association award winners:  Zoe Branigan-Pipe, the Navigate Team; also featuring iNACOL Award winners
    • Wednesday half-day pre-conference focus is on skill building (tech, design, coding, etc.)
    • Thursday focus is on students – and networking
    • Friday focus is on featured speakers – and putting IT together in your own practice and program

Christopher Rozitis, PhD
 604 219 6720

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January 17, 2017

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Submission Deadline Approaching

From the inbox this past Friday…

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Call for Contributions Open – Deadline 30 January

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017


The conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköping

Call for contributions

The responsibility of the scholarly community includes the proper handling of diversity in education with respect to learners’ profiles, backgrounds, generations, cultures with different languages, literacies, and ways of communication as well as diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments.

We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

Join the Conference in Jönköping to tell about your research,
projects and experience connected to diversity challenges

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

Training sessions which are a recently introduced feature of our events are providing an interactive way for profession development.

Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themes are welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

Only 18 days left for submissions!

Journey back to the 2016 EDEN Annual Conference


Recognising excellence

recognitionPapers, 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 in Jönköping – the poster earning the highest number of votes will receive the conference’sPoster Prize.

We also encourage the continuous attainment of professional development goals by awarding open badges to our conference participants and authors – the most involved supporters of our professional activities, therefore, can benefit from a wide range of recognition means of their demonstrated skills & competencies.

Conference Vision

scopeThe ever-changing media- and technology landscapes create opportunities for learning at all stages in life in formal and informal settings.

Educators often take digital and media skills for granted and may overlook the diversity of learners’ profiles and educational settings.

How do teachers and learners deal with diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments? How can such diversity be accounted for and used to transform and adapt online learning settings? How well do stakeholders and policy makers understand digital inequalities? What are the new challenges for teachers and educators in the new media landscapes to create meaningful contexts for learning?

How do we bring together the strengths of the past with the challenges of the present and opportunities for the future? Finding and applying the right mix of information, knowledge and creativity is of primary importance for the educational experience.

Socio-economic-cultural aspects are more and more in focus of development for building the digital economy, including the fields of knowledge and learning. the 2017 EDEN conference keywords embrace also diversity and social inclusion through inter-cultural dialogue, the problems and educational aspects of the migrants’ integration in pan-European dimension.

EDEN 2017 will be the forum offering unique chance to find novel answers, work together for these goals, and to gain deep insight into the core questions of diversity in education.

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.

Programme after the Conference: Midsummer day


If you plan to stay a little longer after the conference – until 24 June – you will be able to witness one of Sweden’s most important days: Midsummer, which rivals Christmas with its festive spirit and traditions. In Jönköping, there will be celebrations in the park on Midsummer day.

People often begin the day by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the maypole, which is a key component in the celebrations.The maypole is raised in an open spot and traditional ring-dances ensue, to the delight of the children and some of the adults..

Did you know?

jonkopingOn 18 May 1284 Jönköping became the first City in Sweden to be granted its rights by king Magnus Ladulås, who ruled mostly from Vättern’s largest island Visingsö.

The first part of the city’s name, “Jön”, is derived from the name of a creek, “Junebäcken”, in Talavid, in what is now the western part of the city. This was the location of the first known settlement in the area. The second part of the name “köping”, is an old word for a trading centre or market place.

Conference Venue: Jönköping

The conference is organised by EDEN in co-operation with the Jönköping University.

Jönköping is an excellent example of an impressively developing University, city and region which attracts economic, cultural and social progress and modernisation. The Scandinavian countries and particularly Sweden have always been in the forefront of learning innovation, open and digital education. We look forward with excitement to a memorable conference in 2017!

Join the Community in the exciting city of Jönköping to share your research, projects and practice at #EDEN17!

The conference will take part within the research environment CCD at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University with the support of Destination Jönköping.

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.


Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: 30 January 2017

Registration Opens: mid-February 2017

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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January 16, 2017

SITE 2017 (Austin, TX) FINAL Call for Proposals

Note that today is the deadline.

January 16, 2017
Austin, Texas March 5 – 9, 2017

Full Paper Submissions offered a peer-refereed publication opportunity in the

SITE 2017 is the 28th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Join with 1,300+ colleagues from over 60 countries in Austin,TX!
This Society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education & faculty/staff development.

Sponsored by:
Accepted papers presented will be published by SITE/
AACE in the Conference Proceedings and internationally
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January 15, 2017

EdMedia 2017 (DC) FINAL Call for Proposals

From Thursday’s inbox…


Washington, DC
June 21-23, 2017
FINAL Call for Proposals
Due: May 1, 2017
EdMedia is an annual international conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to educational media and technology. EdMedia attracts more leaders in the field from over 70 countries.
We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions.












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January 13, 2017

SITE 2017: Lake Travis Sunset Social Event

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Social Event:
Join your fellow SITE 2017 colleagues for roundtrip transportation
to an amazing sunset dinner, with drinks, dessert,
and dancing to the live music!
Known as “The Sunset Capital of Texas,” The Oasis at Lake Travis is a one-of-a-kind dinner and entertainment experience in Austin.
The restaurant is perched high on the cliffs along beautiful
Lake Travis and offers stunning sunsets and panorama views.

Registration Required!

*Conference presentations will end before departure.
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