Friday, 7 December 2012

5 Call for #papers on #mLearning, #MOOC and #eLearning


Having finished my draft thesis to submit for review, I am ready to dive into the call for papers and … get some abstracts in. Here are some of the calls that got into my mailbox.


EdMedia 2013 – World Conference on Educational Media and Technology
Deadline for submissions: 12 December 2012
Conference dates: 24 – 28 June 2013
Location: Victoria, British Colombia, Canada.
Information website : http://aace.org/conf/edmedia/
What to expect (according to the organizers) :
The EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology is an international conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
This annual 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 multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education.


MOOCs and PLE: Learning and Diversity in the Cities of the Future
Deadline for submissions: 4 March 2013
Conference dates: 10 – 12 July 2013
Location: Berlin, Germany, Europe and Melbourne, Australia, Oceania
Information website : http://pleconf.org/
What to expect (according to the organizers) :
PLE 2013 – 4th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments The Personal Learning Environment Conference (The PLE Conference) is an international scientific conference taking place annually, each time in a different city. Following the highly successful events in Barcelona in Spain 2010 (#PLE_BCN), in Southampton, UK in 2011 (#PLE_SOU) and the parallel events in 2012 in Aveiro, Portugal and Melbourne, Australia (#PLECONF), the 4th International PLE Conference 2013 will be held in Berlin, Germany together with a parallel event in Melbourne, Australia (#PLECONF) from the 10th to the 12th July 2013.
The PLE Conference intends to create a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences and research around the development and implementation of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) – including the design of environments and the sociological and educational issues that they raise.
To gain something of the flavour of the last conferences, search for #PLE_BCN, #PLE_SOU and #PLECONF and see http://pleconference.citilab.eu and http://www.pleconf.org/2011.
Conference topics include (but are not limited to):
• Concepts, scenarios and technologies for fostering diversity with PLEs
• Concepts, scenarios, technologies for learning in smart urban spaces
• General theories and frameworks for PLE
• Technologies and software for developing PLE
• Pedagogical and didactic approaches to Personal Learning Environments
• Personal Learning Environments and Personal Learning Networks (PLN)
• PLE and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
• Personal Learning Environments, Open Badges and Gamification
• PLEs in practice: case studies, good practice and approaches to PLEs
• PLEs in education: new approaches and managing change in education
• PLEs in organisations: new approaches and change in enterprises
• PLEs at work: PLEs work-based learning and vocational training
• PLEs in context: PLEs for contextual learning such as mobile learning
• PLE vision: emerging technologies and innovative approaches to PLEs


Creativity and Innovation in Educational Research
Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2013
Conference dates: 
emerging researcher days on 9 – 10 September 2013
Main conference : 10 – 13 September 2013
Location: Istanbul, Turkey, Europe
Information website : http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer2013/
What to expect (according to the organizers) :
EERA, European Educational Research Association and Bahcesehir University Istanbul, Turkey, invite Educational Researchers to submit proposals for the European Conference on Educational Research 2013. The conference theme will provide a focus for keynote addresses and invited events. Proposals for contributions are welcome from all fields of educational research.
Participants are invited to submit up to two abstracts for papers, posters, research workshops, round tables and symposia. All proposals must be handed in electronically via the online submission platform 'Conftool'. PhD students and emerging researchers are invited to submit proposals to the Emerging Researchers' Group in order to participate in the Emerging Researchers' Conference.
ECER is the annual conference held by the European Educational Research Association (EERA). It welcomes 2.500 scholars each year, representing views and research traditions from all parts of Europe.
CONFERENCE THEME: "CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH"
National governments and the European Union see innovation as increasingly important for the development of the 21st century knowledge society. It may contribute to economic prosperity as well as to social and individual wellbeing and may, therefore, be an essential factor for creating a more competitive and dynamic European society. In the effort to manage the challenges facing societies and economies, political agencies and systems expect educational research, the social sciences and humanities to find solutions for developing creative and innovative education as a means to foster creative competences and innovative skills among the next generation. [...]
Read more on the conference theme

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
Submissions need to be directed to one of the 29 EERA networks and can be handed in as paper, poster, round table, research workshop or symposium. Please carefully read the Network descriptors on the EERA website to ensure that your submission is in line with the Network's research focus. You may also consider consulting the guidelines on the format of presentations before handing in your proposal.
All submissions have to be handed in via the ECER submission system 'Conftool'. To access the system you first need to create a user account.
The closing date for submission will be 1 February 2013. No late submissions will be accepted!
Browse through EERA Networks
http://www.eera-ecer.de/networks/
Submission Procedure & Formats of Presentation
http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer2013/submission-registration/submission/


IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE MOBILE LEARNING 2013
Deadline for submissions: 28 December 2012
Conference dates: 14 – 16 March 2013
Location: Lisboa, Portugal, Europe
Information website : http://www.mlearning-conf.org
What to expect (according to the organizers) :
Conference background and goals
Free as Birds Learning in the Cloud
Mobile learning is concerned with a society on the move. In particular, with the study of “…how the mobility of learners augmented by personal and public technology can contribute to the process of gaining new knowledge, skills and experience” (Sharples et al. 2007).
 A growing understanding of the learning and instructional affordances of mobile technologies (alongside technological developments), have enabled the design and investigation of mobile learning experiences across contexts and dimensions of mobile learning. For instance, the literature in the field is rich in studies which investigate how learners move physical locations, utilising several devices/technologies, interacting with various social networks (perhaps across formal and informal learning settings), as they pursuit a learning path or event.
There is much appreciation of learning principles, such as contextual, situated, augmented and collaborative among others, particularly suited to mobile learning. There is a well of studies reporting on how these principles can be best applied in the field. There are also always new technologies being implemented in the context of mobile learning for example, ‘smarter’ phones, e-readers, tablet and augmented reality applications. However, the evaluation of mobile learning is an area that has lagged behind.
The mobile nature of mobile learners and the application of traditional evaluation strategies and tools, have often limited the scope of investigation to what can be observed by researchers or captured by external recording devices (such as video or sound). Thus, a challenge remains to understand what happens while learners are on the move.
The advent of cloud computing and learning analytics offer potential for exploring innovative mobile learning experiences and alternative evaluation strategies which may in turn, shade light into what learning happens in the move.
The IADIS Mobile Learning 2013 International Conference seeks to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of mobile learning research which illustrate developments in the field.
* Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line).
Authors of the best published papers in the Mobile Learning 2013 proceedings will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in the "International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (ISSN: 1941-8647)"and also in other selected Journals.
The conference proceedings will be submitted for indexing to INSPEC, EI Compendex, Thomson ISI, ISTP and other indexing services.
* Types of submissions
Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.


Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
Deadline for submissions: 28 January 2013
Conference dates:  25 – 29 March 2013
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Information website: http://site.aace.org/conf/
What to expect (according to the organizers) :
SITE 2013 is the 24th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. 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 and faculty/staff development. SITE is a society of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
SITE is unique as the only organization which has as its sole focus the integration of instructional technologies into teacher education programs. SITE promotes the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice knowledge through conferences, books, projects, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE).