The IADIS Information Systems Conference (IS 2014) aims to provide a forum for the discussion of information systems (IS) from a socio-technological perspective. The call for papers is now open and authors are invited to submit their papers in English through the conference submission system by 30 October, 2013.
The conference will have five principal themes, however, papers on innovative issues outside of these themes will still be considered.
- IS in Practice: Technology Infrastructures and Organisational Processes
- IS Professional Issues
- IS Learning and Teaching
- IS Design, Development and Management Issues and Methodologies
- IS Research
Authors can make submissions of several different types. Submissions are blind peer-reviewed.
- Full Papers – Results of completed research, maximum 8 pages (5,000 words)
- Short Papers – Works in progress reports or fresh developments, maximum 4 pages (2,500 words)
- Reflection Papers – Review of recent literature, suggestions or critiques, analysis of general trends, or discussion of important issues related to applied computing. Maximum of 2 pages (1500 words)
- Posters / Demonstrations – To be exposed at the conference, accompanied by a maximum of one page (625 words)
- Tutorials – Tutorials can be proposed by scholars or company representatives. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.
- Panels – Discussions on selected topics will be held. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.
- Doctoral Consortium – A discussion of in-progress PhD work in an informal atmosphere. Contributions can be a critical literature review or a short paper describing the research problem, methodology, and progress. Maximum 4 pages (2,500 words)
- Corporate Showcases & Exhibitions – A Showcase is a scheduled timeslot for companies to present recent developments, future plans, and noteworthy products or services. Exhibitions allow companies to display their offerings at an exhibition booth. For further details please contact the publicity chair.
In a special session at the Panhellenic Conference on Informatics (PCI 2014), researchers will have the opportunity to present their work on Quality in Education Technologies.
The topics of the special session include, but are not limited to:
- Learning Management Systems
- Synchronous and asynchronous educational Tools
- Web 2.0 in distance education
- Virtual classroom
- Educational software quality
- HCI in educational technologies
Interested authors have until 23 April 2014 to submit an abstract.
About PCI 2014
PCI 2014 gives room for scientists, experts and professionals in computer science and the emerging fields of informatics to present original research results, to share experience and to exchange ideas. The conference provides a unique opportunity for presenting methodological approaches to describe, explain, predict, and design information and communication models, architectures, and systems for the business environment. To find out more, please visit the conference website.
The Open Discovery Space (ODS) will offer a pre-conference workshop at the International LINQ and EIF Conference 2014. The European Workshop on Opening Up Education in Schools will focus on success stories of innovative teaching practices.
The full-day pre-conference workshop is for teachers, school authorities, and policymakers. The workshop will cover success stories and examples of excellence from diverse countries in Europe. In addition, the participants will learn about new ODS services for teachers and schools that have already been piloted in hundreds of schools.
The opening address will be given by Athanassios Kyriazis, the General Secretary of the Greek Ministry of Education. For more details on the programme, please see the full workshop schedule. For the latest conference news and promotional opportunities, please visit LINQ at www.learning-innovations.eu.
This facilitated workshop guides participants through a creative and dynamic problem-solving process for addressing challenges at all levels of education.
Participants will engage in a dynamic and creative process that takes them from brainstorming to prototyping to, ultimately, creating new and viable solutions. The event is an opportunity for project participants to meet and collaborate in small groups that will be made of a diverse mix of various project stakeholders.
External experts will be invited to give short comprehensive speeches on innovative relevant topics, as well as their reflection to the project activities. In this way, Open Discovery project will benefit from the experience of similar initiatives and projects.
The Open University is hosting and sponsoring the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8), a highly interactive and participatory event for researchers and postgraduate students in the field of open and distance learning.
The theme of the conference is Challenges for research into Open & Distance Learning: Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things.
The format of the conference is unique in that it requires full participation from the attendees. Participants can expect small groups for deep dialogues, feedback on your research, team symposia, ‘research-speed-dating’ papers, demonstrations, poster sessions, a connect lounge, informal sessions for meet the professor for early career and postgraduate researchers, world café style facilitation and presentations along with our resident keynotes.
Find out more about the conference programme and opportununities on the event website.
The first European Media Literacy Forum will bring together experts, teachers, media professionals, industry, audiovisual authorities, researchers, NGOs, and foundations with the aim of discussing MIL policies at a European level.
Slovenia will be the first country to implement a national-level version of the European Commission’s Opening up Education initiative. Opening Up Slovenia will be launched at the OCWC global conference in April 2014.
What is Opening up Slovenia?
The goal of Opening up Slovenia is to convert the country into a testing environment for educational innovations at all levels. Davor Orlic, one of the organisers of the OCWC conference, commented:
“The idea is to attract researchers, companies, etc. to come to Slovenia and also apply for Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 Calls, but also to have a kind of pool for educational technologists to be tested, and experiments being run, trying to figure out new business models for open education and OER, and all of it from Kindergarten all the way up to vocational training and lifelong learning. So the idea is to produce something which has never been done, and test it to see if it works.”
According to Davor Orlic, there are two main reasons why Slovenia is an ideal place for piloting new ideas for open education. Firstly, its size: Slovenia is small enough to be well-connected and build strong networks between relevant stakeholders, but big enough to have a good pool for experiments. Secondly, its talent: it is a hot spot for future-oriented research and technology. For instance, Slovenia has more researchers on Artificial Intelligence per capita than any other country in the world.
Launch at the OCWC conference
The initiative will be launched at the OCWC global conference, which takes place in the capital of Slovenia, on 23 April 2014. The panel introducing the new initiative includes:
Androulla Vassiliou – Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, DG EAC, European Commission
Jernej Pikalo – Slovenian Minister for Education
Mitja Jermol – Head of Center for Knowledge Transfer @ JSI
Fred Mulder – UNESCO Chair in Open Educational Resources
EFQUEL has now published the full EIF2014 programme. This year's conference will be held in collaboration with LINQ from the 7th till the 9th of May in Crete.
The 9th EFQUEL Innovation Forum in 2014 will address one of the greatest challenges in today’s quality development for education and training: how to achieve quality for opening up education?
Scope of the conference
Digital technologies are radically changing the landscape of education and training. Open educational resources (OER), ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs), and the question of how to recognize open learning in formal education are challenging traditional models and practices.
These global changes are having an increasing impact on education and training institutions, teachers, learners and publishers, among others. With the introduction of MOOCs in recent years and the uptake of open education resources, open education at large and its quality have become an issue of major importance for education and training institutions, policies and professionals. Studying and learning have evolved from closed to open processes, which demand greater self-organization skills, higher levels of media literacy and new models of support and organization. Education institutions, professionals, policy makers, public authorities for formal education as well as non-formal training providers and learners are discovering the benefits of opening up learning opportunities.
However, quality evaluation and development models have not yet matured enough in order to provide guidance for open learning models to all stakeholders how to shape content and learning environments or provide effective support for institutions and educators. Uncertainty is growing as to whether the new open learning environments are fit to lead the European learning revolution needed for the 21st century. In order to make open learning and education more relevant and feasible for organizations as well as learners, innovations have to be combined with well-proven learning traditions and flexible quality standards. In addition new models for recognition of open learning are needed: education institutions need a better understanding of how open education processes can contribute to excellent learning and high quality education provision, and certification schemes need to incorporate more flexible concepts of open education.