Calls for participation

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler
PLE 2014 – the 5th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments -is shaping up nicely. We have already received a good number of proposals for “academic paper” and “alternative session” contributions that will go into review shortly.

Since we have been informed about various conflicting submission deadlines in March the conference committee has decided to issue a Final Call for Papers for PLE 2014.

The final submission deadline for extended abstracts is April 22, 2014.

PLE 2014 conference Logo

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler The deadline for submitting extended abstracts for “PLE 2014 – the 5th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments” is rapidly approaching. Please submit your proposals for “academic papers” or “alternative sessions” by March 17, 2014, via our EasyChair system.

The theme of PLE 2014 is “Beyond formal: emergent practices for living, learning and working

Full details on the range of topics, submission formats and process, and the venues can be found here:

The European venue of PLE 2014 is Tallinn – the beautiful capital of Estonia at the Baltic sea.
Conference dates: July 16 to 18, 2014

The South East Asian venue of PLE 2014 is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Conference dates: June 25 to 27, 2014

We are looking forward to meeting you this summer for another lively and engaging research conference on Personal Learning Environments!

PLE 2014 – the 5th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments – will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, from July 16th to 18th with a preceding “pacific” event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from June 25th to 27th.

The PLE Conference intends to create an engaging, conversational, and innovative meeting space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, and research around PLE related themes.

The conference invites contributions in the format of “academic papers” or “alternative session proposals”. However, authors of both types of contributions will be asked to communicate their research and ideas within session formats that look to avoid the traditional 15 min presentation.

Conference theme

Beyond formal: emergent practices for living, learning and working

The 5th Edition of the PLE conference aims to move beyond discussions about definitions to explore emergent practices for living, learning and working in relation to PLEs and the new understandings and underlying needs that arise around these practices in our contemporary society. Delegates are invited to submit their ideas, research and/or practice under the topics listed below…

[PLE 2014 Call for Papers]

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler I have agreed to serve as the conference chair for the Tallinn venue of PLE 2014. The Kuala Lumpur venue is chaired by Dr. Sakina Baharom from the Centre for Learning Innovation and Excellence (CLIEx) at UNITAR International University.

We are looking forward to receiving your extended abstracts for “academic papers” and “alternative session proposals”. Have a look at the PLE 2014 Call for Papers for details on submission types and procedures.

Here is a quick overview of all important dates and deadlines:

17.03.2014: Deadline for extended abstract submission
01.05.2014: Author notification of acceptance of extended abstracts
16.06.2014: Submission of final papers & session descriptions

Kuala Lumpur
25.06.2014: Pre-conference activities
26.06.2014: Conference – Day 1
27.06.2014: Conference – Day 2
Registration for Kuala Lumpur: to be announced

16.07.2014: Pre-conference activities
17.07.2014: Conference – Day 1
18.07.2014: Conference – Day 2
Registration for Tallinn: to be announced

“This year we encourage submissions that examine seriously the
many changes occurring across education research, from its design
to its implementation, in areas where we have had a major stake,
such as learning, pedagogy, school systems, higher education, and
education inequality. We also encourage submissions that address
how we are now conducting and plan to work in an environment
vastly different from that of even five years ago. We look forward to receiving your ideas on this theme…”

[via AREA website]

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler The theme of the conference is… “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy”. Submissions are accepted until July 22, 2013.

“The TEEM Steering Committee do not want this event be another classic conference in which people present their works and returns home without interacting with the peers. This way, TEEM is divided in thematic and highly cohesive tracks. Each track shares the scientific and formal aspects for paper submissions, peer reviews and publication, but the track chairs will organize the proper dynamics to achieve the most important goal: to create a researching community…”

[via TEEM 2013 conference website]

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler This new conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (TEEM) is organised by the Research Institute on Educational Sciences at the University of Salamanca, Spain. The dealine for paper submissions is June 25, 2013.

The IADIS CELDA 2013 conference aims to address the main issues concerned with evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in the digital age. There have been advances in both cognitive psychology and computing that have affected the educational arena. The convergence of these two disciplines is increasing at a fast pace and affecting academia and professional practice in many ways.

Paradigms such as just-in-time learning, constructivism, student-centered learning and collaborative approaches have emerged and are being supported by technological advancements such as simulations, virtual reality and multi-agents systems. These developments have created both opportunities and areas of serious concerns.

This conference aims to cover both technological as well as pedagogical issues related to these developments. Main tracks have been identified (see below). However innovative contributions that do not easily fit into these areas will also be considered as long as they are directly related to the overall theme of the conference – cognition and exploratory learning in the digital age.

[CELDA 2013 conference website]

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler The submission deadline (2nd call extension) for full, short and reflection papers is June 7, 2013.

The current socio-historical context has put public universities, both in Europe and Latin America, up against new challenges that are resulting in a “public sector” crisis of economic policies. Together with society’s loss of confidence in education and its ability to improve citizens’ quality of life, this has brought about new demands in terms of efficiency, productivity, equity and quality of education systems. In the early decades of the 21st century we are facing possible “commercialization” as a result of economic problems, growing complexity and heterogeneity of teaching involving a greater diversity of contexts (undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing education …), changing demands for content and methods, new working conditions for teachers and new ways of being a university student, incorporation of technologies, and so on.

[via Conference Website]

Sebastian Fiedler Deadline for proposals is September 5, 2012.

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The 10th IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2013) is an IFIP (Inter-national Federation for Information Processing) event hosted by the Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń (Poland).

learning while we are connected

is the main theme for WCCE 2013. The conference will enlighten and explore different perspectives of this theme, covering all levels of formal education as well as informal learning arenas, societal aspects and challenges that are faced by developing countries.

[WCCE conference Website]

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Deadline for submissions is December 17, 2012.

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OST ’12 Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning
30.July – 3.August 2012
Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia

Conference Sponsored by IFIP WG 3.4

In 2011, Tallinn (Estonia) is the European Cultural Capital. In 2012,
Tallinn will host an IFIP open conference on “Open and Social
Technologies for Networked Learning”. Sponsored by IFIP Working Group
3.4 (Professional Education), the conference is jointly organized by
Tallinn University and University of Tampere (Finland).

Confirmed keynotes by Stefanie Lindstaedt (Graz University of
Technology, Austria) and Jari Multisilta (University of Helsinki,

Open and Social Technologies play an increasingly important role in
many educational settings. Social technologies are naturally entering
primary, secondary and higher education where they blur the boundaries
between formal and informal learning. Social technologies also enter
the workplaces where they connect learners and bridge the boundaries
between individual learning and organizational knowledge processes.
Not only do these technologies connect learners independent of place
and time, they have also been found to exert emergent properties. For
example, wikis or social tagging environments are increasingly used
for collaborative knowledge construction where new knowledge emerges
from a large scale interaction of individuals. These properties and
their impact on individual, group and organizational learning have
only started to be researched…

[via conference website]

Sebastian Fiedler Submission deadline has been extended to March 12, 2012.

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