2017 turns out to be quite a busy year in terms of e-learning events held both in the United States and abroad. As professionals working in the industry, you most likely have a pretty tight schedule already, but here are some international events that might not want to miss. Attending an e-learning conference held outside the USA might be a challenging task since it can be costly and time consuming, but they do offer a rewarding experience in return. You have the opportunity to meet with foreign experts and enthusiasts working with the latest trends and technologies. On top of that, you get to experience personally the foreign culture and its nuances, which can be very helpful when you come back home and start creating the content of your next online learning course. You can use the tips you learn and your personal impression to prepare better material and even create e-learning content that is localization-friendly and beneficial for your company training because you learned directly from the source. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of five international e-learning conferences that are worth your consideration.
EDULEARN17 is the 9th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies that takes place in Barcelona, Spain on July 3-5. The three-day event brings together over 700 experts from 80 countries to share their knowledge and showcase new projects on educational innovation and teaching and learning methodologies. This is the best platform to present your ideas to an international audience in three different formats – oral, poster or virtual.
EDULEARN is perceived as a reference event and its 2017 edition is expected to be one of the most successful conferences on education in Europe. Proof of its popularity is the extended deadline for submission of abstract proposals until April 12. Even though you have missed that, there is still a chance to attend the event and get inspired by the keynote speakers:
• Alec Couros, University of Regina (Canada), professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education. He is a well-recognized scholar, researcher, and passionate advocate of openness in education.
• Jennie Magiera, Des Plaines School District 62 (USA), Chief Innovation Officer for Des Plaines School District 62 and the author of Courageous Edventures. She is a White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker.
You can register for EDULEARN17 here.
LITE 2017 welcomes experts, customers and enthusiasts from across the training and education spectrum to the capital of Scotland – Edinburgh on September 21-22. The organizers promise inspiring keynote speakers, workshops, and entertaining evening events to all attendees. If you want to be a contributor to the two-day forum on Learning, Innovation, Technology and Evolution, you can fill in their online LITE speaker application form. The complete program is yet to be announced but during your stay in Edinburgh you should expect:
• Keynote Talks
• Product Immersion Workshops
• 1-2-1 Support Sessions
• Evening Events
eLearning Africa 2017
eLearning Africa 2017 is the 12th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training. The event duration is three days and it is scheduled for September 27-29, 2017. Every year the eLearning Africa conference is held in a different country and this year the host is the Republic of Mauritius. The forum brings together high-level policy makers, practitioners, investors and decision makers from the fields of education, business, and government and provides them with a platform to exchange ideas. The event reminds us that Africa is not a single country but a continent that consists of 54 countries and has five different time zones. While the official languages spoken at the conference are English and French, the people on the continent speak as many as 3,000 different languages and dialects. The theme for the 2017 forum is “Learning in Context,” since context is highly important in education in general and in Africa especially. Some of the topics that will be covered by the seminars and workshops are:
• The African Context
• In Search of Education for All
• New Methods and Tools for Excellence in Learning
• Overcoming Technical Problems and Ensuring Equal Access for All
• The Power of Technology: Future Trends and What They Mean for Africa
• Focus on Skills: Education and Labor Market Needs
• New Partnerships and Initiatives for Sustainable Development
Since eLearning Africa is the largest gathering of eLearning and ICT supported education and training professionals in Africa, it is a must for those who seek to build multinational and cross-industry partnerships and enrich their knowledge and expertise.
Sign Up for eLearning Africa here.
eLearning 2017 – 8th International Conference on eLearning 2017 is organized by The Belgrade Metropolitan University, the Open University of the Netherlands, and the Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The event will take place on September 28-29 at the Belgrade Metropolitan University, Belgrade, Serbia. The conference is an international platform for researchers, developers, and educators to get together to discuss topics related to the best practices and innovation in e-learning, distance education, and new learning opportunities. The forum focuses on three main topics:
• Technical Concepts
• Instructional Design
• Pedagogical and Psychological Aspects of eLearning
Participants can submit paper abstracts until June 15 and after gaining approval, the full paper shall be delivered by September 1. A full list of the sub-topics of each of the three main topics can be found on the site of the organizers.
ICERI2017 – 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation is held in Seville, Spain on the 16th, 17th and 18th of November. The event is open to academics, researchers, student unions, technical staff, education policy development representatives, library personnel, open learning specialist, and virtually for anyone who is interested in Education, Research, and Innovation. If you would like to participate in the conference you can do so without even attending. There is an option to register for a “virtual presentation” and share your projects and insight on the topic. The final program of the conference shall be announced in October 2017 but the provisional one contains:
• Pre-Conference Workshop in the Afternoon of November 15
• Series of Parallel and Poster Sessions throughout November 16 and 17 with Opening and Closing Plenary Sessions
• English-Guided Seville Sightseeing Tour on November 18 – this is a complimentary social activity offered to all ICERI2017 participants
Follow this link if you want to visit ICERI2017
Visiting an international education conference is a great way to get to know industry practitioners and experts outside the USA. It’s an opportunity to learn new things and visit interesting places and we hope that you will enjoy it.