EdTech 2013: Opening Up Education – Content, Learning and Collaboration

Conference themes

The 21st century educational landscape is a rapidly changing space. Traditional education policy models, institutions, work-practices and learning cultures are being challenged to meet the needs of diverse, mobile and LIFE-long learners.

As we grapple with global, national and institutional responses to these challenges, invite you to debate the role, opportunities and challenges afforded by technology-enhanced learning by Opening Up Education at EdTech2013 to address:

  • Changing learning environments e.g. the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) alongside the increasing adoption of non-traditional open, flipped, personal, social and informal learning environments;
  • Supports for digital literacy development of educators and learners e.g. by constructing pedagogically useful practices to address issues of data curation, digital identity, and global citizenship;
  • Policy implementation issues e.g. National Strategy priorities such as enhanced flexibility in the delivery of higher education programmes; and the enhancement of engagement with innovative pedagogies and the technologies that support these;
  • Enhancing the quality of learning experiences for the 21st century learner.

Abstracts for papers aligning with the conference theme and addressing the following topics will be welcomed:

  • Enhancing the student experience
  • Learning Technologies delivering flexibility, efficencies and value for money
  • Learning resources – collaborative and social
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Open Learning Environments – formal, informal, personal, collaborative
  • Creativity and learning design
  • Digital Literacies – teachers, students, organisations
  • Digital Identity
  • Sustainable models of innovation
  • Technology-supported assessment approaches

Conference Track Policy

1. Practitioner Track: Short Papers (30 minutes)

Short papers should be no more than 15-20 minutes in length with 10-15 minutes for questions. Please submit a 300 word abstract describing an application or evaluation of technology-enhanced learning, and the benefits of this initiative to teaching and learning.

2. Research Track: Research Papers (45 minutes)

Similar to the short paper format, but with a presentation of 30 minutes, and allowing about 15 minutes for questions. Please submit a 500 word abstract describing research on new or emergent ideas, technology or practice, and the benefits of this research to teaching and learning.

3. Practice Exchange (3 mins presentation, 5 mins questions)

Practice exchange is a forum for practitioners to give a short, concise presentation on a technique or idea they have implemented with students, and the learnings and/or challenges that emerged from the experience. The format is a 3-minute presentation, without slides, followed by 5 minutes of questions. Please submit a 100-word abstract outlining the idea you used and the lessons/challenges for teaching and learning.

4. Poster Presentations and Moderated Poster Sessions

Posters offer another way to share information visually ,such as research findings or innovative applications. We invite submissions for both traditional and electronic posters (for example using Prezi). The programme will include short moderated poster sessions where presenters will be asked to present and discuss their work. We ask that you submit a 300 word abstract describing your poster/electronic poster.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions

  • The closing date for abstract submissions is 8 April 2013 (UPDATED)
  • Final versions of accepted abstract and papers will be accepted up TBC
  • All presentations (PDF or PowerPoint slides) must be submitted by prior to the conference and will be made available via the ILTA website

How to submit your abstract

Go to our online Abstract Submission system to submit your abstract for review.
Please view our How to Submit Your EdTech 2013 Abstract guide