EdTech 2024: May 30th & 31st, ATU Sligo

Venue: Atlantic Technological University(ATU) Sligo
Dates: 30 – 31 May 2024

Conference Theme

As we stand at the precipice of a new era in education, the “EdTech Horizons: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Learning Landscape” conference invites educators, technologists, and innovators to explore the dynamic intersection of technology and education. In an increasingly digital world, the conference aims to delve into the transformative potential of educational technology (EdTech) in shaping the future of learning. From the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) to the cultivation of essential digital skills, participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions and interactive sessions aimed at preparing learners and educators alike for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow’s educational landscape.

Against the backdrop of rapid technological advancements and the emergence of Gen AI, the conference seeks to empower attendees with insights and strategies to harness the full potential of EdTech in education. Through keynote presentations, panel discussions, practitioner, research, and Gasta sessions, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how innovative technologies are reshaping traditional educational paradigms. By embracing the theme of “EdTech Horizons,” the conference serves as a catalyst for collaboration and innovation, equipping educators and learners with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the ever-evolving learning landscape with confidence and adaptability.


You can register for EdTech 2024 using the conference submission system link above or click directly here.


Clayton Hotel Sligo, Clarion Road, Ballytivnan, Ballinode, Sligo, F91 N8EF Tel: (071) 911 9000 Web: link
Sligo Park Hotel, Pearse Rd, Cornageeha, Sligo, F91 Y762 Tel: (071) 919 0400 Web: link
The Glasshouse Hotel, Swan Point, Rathedmond, Sligo, F91 NCA4 Tel: (071) 919 4300 Web: link
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Ballincar, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, F91 XW7Y Tel: (071) 914 0008 Web: link

Conference fee

  • Conference fee: €250
  • Conference fee including dinner: €280
  • Conference fee including dinner and ILTA Membership: €295
  • Conference fee & ILTA membership (not including dinner): €275
  • ILTA Membership Individual (not attending conference): €50


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Keynote Speakers

Martin Oliver

The future is not what it used to be (but maybe that’s for the best): choosing a different path towards tomorrow’s learning landscape

The problem with the future is that it rarely lives up to its hype. In this talk, I will explore ways in which we might approaching tomorrow’s learning landscape differently. First, I will introduce the idea that ‘futures’ are ways of making things happen in the present, working politically to excuse problems or make specific ideas seem inevitable. I will put the future of technology into a wider historic context, showing how contemporary discussions of educational revolution can be understood as part of a much longer history. Then, I will outline approaches to design that have been developed to generate alternative ways to approach the future, and suggest conceptual resources that we can use as provocations to open up our discussions. To conclude, I will suggest that if tomorrow is a landscape, then it is one we can choose our own paths through, and that it is not too late to choose who we invite along on the journey with us.

Martin Oliver is Professor of Education and Technology at the UCL Institute of Education, UK. His research draws on the philosophy of technology and on Science and Technology Studies, and his current work explores topics such as the ethics of AI use, and disciplinary uses of technologies. He is a past president of the UK’s Association for Learning Technology, a National Teaching Fellow, and has edited journals such as Learning, Media and Technology and Research in Learning Technology.

Inge de Waard

Strategic improvising with AI

We are all AI. Any addition we made to the read and write web, is now food for patterns within AI. So, whether we like it or not, we are already part of it’s grand dynamic. The challenge is, how do we keep our educational visions and values amidst this constant flux? Is there any such thing as the best strategy when embedding AI? The best remains to be seen, but we can explore and share experiences. In my experience, I used strategic improvisation to roll out AI across teachers, students, and administration. Because improvisation is exactly what humans excel at. Think about your own life, at those times where tension grows, and changes are inevitable. At those moments in life, we all improvise and … we build new worlds that fit our new realities. Established structures, like universities, need to adapt as well to provide contemporary societal visions shaping our world. For this, I believe we need improv spaces to reinvent education without losing sight of standards that were build over the years. We need to dare to play, rethink assessment strategies, plunge into collaborations, dance to new music … During this talk I will share some of the strategic improvisation happening in my European University network. Sharing what works, what is still unclear and what hinders. We are all AI, plus a whole lot more, so we got this.

Inge de Waard is a longtime researcher, activist, and award-winning learning innovator. She currently works as a passionate learning strategist for the Masters+ at InnoEnergy (European network of engineering and business universities). In the past, Inge coordinated multiple online & hybrid initiatives, co-designed AI tools and EdTech. She co-creates international, blended curricula with engineers and teachers, while exploring and embedding active learning formats. Her expertise is recognized by peers, resulting in additional co-authored papers, invited talks and keynotes in both academic as well as professional conferences, workshops and seminars. She recently co-created the ‘AI for Teachers’ LinkedIn group, to share AI experiences with teachers around the world. While acquiring some status throughout her meandering life, she now realizes that accolades are ephemeral. Innovation emerges through daydreaming and engaging in authentic human conversations. So, let’s talk.



Call for Papers – now closed

We welcomed conference submissions in the following formats:

Research Paper: Longer paper of 15 mins duration with time for Q&A
Practitioner Paper: This track is for shorter 10minute paper presentations
Gasta: A short 5 mins paper – with Dr Tom Farrelly keeping you in check!
FishBowl: A fishbowl conversation is a structured discussion format where a small group of participants engage in an open dialogue while seated in a circle. Additional observers surrounding them and can join the conversation. (20 minutes)
Poster: A1 Poster

The deadline for receipt of submissions was the 7th of May 2024.


Platinum Sponsors
N-TUTORR - Transforming Learning
Brickfield Education Labs

Bronze Sponsors