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Eurovision 2020: Technology Enhanced Learning for a New Horizon

The Irish Learning Technology Association invites Irish and international participants to submit abstracts for inclusion at EdTech2014 which align with the confernece themes from pedagogical, research, innovation, policy and/or organisational perspectives.


Conference Theme

Irish higher education is undergoing fundamental structural reform at a national level, while engaging in an increasingly globalised market place. As we move towards 2020 student participation, retention and resourcing challenges sit alongside policy and practice tensions. However, the core issue of quality in higher education remains of paramount importance for all educational stakeholders.

The EdTech 2014 conference theme, Eurovision 2020: Technology Enhanced Learning for a New Horizon, aligns with the forthcoming EU strategic report ‘New Methods of Delivering Quality in Higher Education’ (Due June 2014 by the EU High Level Group for the Modernisation of Higher Education which is chaired by former President Mary McAleese).  The aims of this conference are (1) to pro-actively contribute to this agenda-setting debate; and (2) provide a tangible evidence-base to inform our own policy and practice through knowledge and practice exchange.  Your submissions will contribute to this agenda. 

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

  • Online Education – MOOCs, SPOOCs and SPOCs – how to, why to, or not to
  • Digital Literacies for All Stakeholders – students, staff, institutions and governments
  • Show me the Evidence-Base – informing policy and practice
  • Learning Technologies – Disruptive or Reductive?
  • eAssessment – the REAL student and staff focus
  • Digital Badges – new currency or non-runner?
  • mLearning – flexible learning for lifelong learners
  • Learning Analytics – rationale, process and application
  • Flipped/BYOD Learning – innovative use of scarce resources or DIY learning?
  • Digital Identity –  data, presence, ownership, safeguards
  • Engaging with EU programmes – who, what, when, how?
  • Where mHealth  & eLearning intersect – meeting societal challenges, patient centred care,  continuous professional development.
How to Submit an Abstract

All abstracts should be submitted online via the conference website OCS:

Conference Tracks at a Glance

Abstracts will be accepted under the following conference tracks:

  1. Research papers
  2. Practitioner papers
  3. Gasta* (brief rapid-fire micro presentations)
  4. ePosters and
  5. Practice Exchange

*Gasta (adjective): An Irish word meaning fast, clever, quick, smart, snappy (Ref. Our thanks go to Dr. Tom Farrelly, IT Tralee for this suggestion.

EdTech2014 will also present its popular Technology in Action strand showcasing case studies developed with education and vendor partners.

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Key Dates
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Download the Call for Paper Author Guidelines

Conference track and detailed author guidelines are contained in the following document:
EdTech 2014Guidelines_090514a_FINAL (Updated 14 May 2014)