Friday, 19 May 2017

Call for papers and an online learning Award opportunity #CfP #eLearning

Call for Papers
These four calls for papers/presentations and the additional eLearning award opportunity (10.000 – 100.000$) are listed chronologically based on the submission deadline.

Conference on MOOCs, Language Learning and Mobility
When: 13-14 October 2017
Where: Naples, Italy
Deadline for submissions: 17 June 2017
The conference is part of the
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The University of Naples L’Orientale together with Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa (FENICE), as one of the partners of the project "MOOCs for University Students on the Move in Europe" (MOVE-ME) funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, invite you to attend the Second International conference on "MOOCs, Language Learning and Mobility".
The conference will take place on 13 - 14 October 2017 at Palazzo Du Mesnil, via Chiatamone, 61 Naples 80121 in a central zone, near the Castel dell’Ovo, the sea and in close proximity to some of the best city hotels.
This second international conference aims to bring together higher education professionals, linguists and language technologists from around the world to debate issues relating to MOOCs, language teaching/learning and student mobility, by providing a forum for exchanging ideas, research outcomes and technical achievements. What the organisers say you can expect:

·  Increase your knowledge of the topic.
·  Share results achieved in innovative projects and initiatives.
·  Meet and network with those having shared interests and goals.
·  Bring new ideas and concept home to your institution.

Conference attendance is FREE for presenters and non-presenting attendees. 
Download the registration form from the conference website and email the completed form to by 30 June 2017 if you are a speaker or by 30 September 2017 if you are just attending..
For more information on the event, the keynote speakers and the call for proposals please visit the conference website. Stay tuned for updates to the conference program. If you have any enquiries, or wish to be added to the mailing list, please write an email to

We are now calling for abstracts for your research-related papers, presentations of case studies, work-in-progress and results of EU-financed projects.
Abstracts authors are invited for a 20-minute presentation. Details of how to submit an abstract can be found in the conference website The closing date for submitting your proposals is 17 June 2017.
The abstracts and papers submitted will be peer-reviewed by the scientific committee and the acceptance will be notified by 15 July 2017. All accepted abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings and published on the conference website.

OLC Accelerate conference
When: 15-17 November 2017
Where: Orlando, Florida, USA
Deadline for submissions: 22 May 2017
Info on submission options: please align submission to the session type as shown on the session types and details page.
Submission length for session: abstract 50 words, Please keep extended abstract under 1500 words.

The Online Learning Consortium organises the OLC Accelerate 2017: Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide, to be held November 15-17, 2017 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
The OLC Program Committee seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission.   Note that each individual is limited to no more than three (3) submissions, including the roles of presenter, co-presenter, panelist, or workshop facilitator. 
The session type descriptions will be helpful to you as you shape your submission. Please review the details on these CFP pages before submitting your presentation proposal. 
Be sure to read through all of the information in this section of our website to ensure you understand what needs to be done and when, including our submission checklist, conference tracks, session types and more!  
Notifications are sent to all authors on each submission. All submissions are sent notification emails, regardless of acceptance status. Please be sure to “whitelist” emails from the domain. If you do not receive a notification email by August 4, please contact us at
When registering, please include as much information as possible in your user conference management system (CMS) profile, including your biography, a profile picture, and most current contact information. All additional co-presenters need to also be registered in the CMS with user accounts. Please keep in mind that once you have registered or submitted a paper, all conference-related information can be found here at the OLC Accelerate 2017 website.
After you login and proceed to the conference management system, you will be able to submit a proposal by clicking on “OLC Accelerate 2017” in the top menu navigation within the CMS. 
Step 2. Review the Session Types and Details.
Be sure to align your abstract with any special requirements outlined in the session type requirements. 
Note: Presenters should include active engagement methodology during presentations to encourage audience/participants to ask questions. The CFP ratings are based on the following major categories:
  • Relevance to the conference
  • Clarity
  • Audience Appeal
  • Interactivity (Active Engagement)
Step 3. Review the Strand Descriptions.
Step 4. Review the Submission Checklist.
Step 5. Review the Presenter FAQs.
Step 6. When you are ready to submit, login and select “OLC Accelerate 2017 > Session” to begin. You must be logged in to submit. 

If you need a PDF of the CFP pages for accessibility reasons, we have prepared a simple PDF of the OLC Accelerate 2017 CFP information. 

The submission deadline is May 22, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.
Thank you for your contribution. We look forward to reviewing your presentation submission.

Timeline of Important Dates: 
  • Proposals due by 11:59pm ET May 22, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance by August 4, 2017
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is August 21 2017
  • Deadline for presenters to register is September 20, 2017
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is September 20, 2017
  • Final presentation upload date is November 1, 2017

Conference on Digital Universities in the MOOC Era: Redesigning Higher Education
When: 20 – 22 September 2017
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2017
The conference is organised by ICEM and Federica WebLearning Center  ( 

The conference features four thematic areas: 
·        video language and pedagogy; 
·        digital educational environments; 
·        space vs interface design; 
·        Platformism: new paradigms for online learning.
Contributions for papers and workshops in these areas are welcome

General information
The digitalisation of higher education, as a consequence of technological development, has long been confined to providing more efficient management systems. Only recently has the digital culture made a major inroad into academic life, with the diffusion of MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, as the new e-learning format to deliver top quality content for free to millions of students worldwide. While HE Institutions are broadening access to their academic offer to online users worldwide, the corporate and NGO sectors are exploring the benefits of a more qualified online approach to training and dissemination for both personnel and clients, as well as the general public. 
The unbundling of the different processes involved in education delivery, especially credentialing, with the emergence of new actors on the educational market leads us to question what the future holds for traditional HE. What are the new social demands? How do educational institutions intend to cope with these fast-changing audiences and targets? Are corporate MOOCs a fierce competitor to HE institutions or a worthy ally?
The answers lie in the intersection among digital culture and educational environments. Bringing together people from government, academia and media, the ICEM International conference 2017 intends to focus on the emerging of MOOCs as a disruptive innovation in the traditional academic eco-system.

Speakers and contributors would submit abstracts to shed light on specific aspects of these four strands:

1) Digital culture and educational environments
The advent of MOOCs has opened up new, and previously unthinkable, scenarios in higher education. Millions of learners are now aware of this extraordinary offer, and platforms are mushrooming all over in the world. As MOOCs become part of the established institutional offer, HE institutions have to work out how these new distance learning models fit with traditional institutional curricular design and development, teaching, credentialing and research practices. What is the strategic response to funding constraints and the need for flexible provision? Are MOOCs destined to become a new form of shadow education? How is the MOOC phenomenon going to be institutionalized? 

2) Space vs. Interface design
A key aspect is the relationship between MOOC formats and instructional design. One might expect MOOCs to play the same disruptive role that books and printing literacy played in XV century learning. However, books had a well-established format and interface that MOOCs do not have yet. How to create an interface culture for the digital education? How much do learning space and format influence education? How can the user experience be improved both in the classroom and the digital world?

3) Platformism – new paradigms in online learning
Today, two giant operating systems – Microsoft MsDos and Apple Os – dominate the computer world, with two ancillary developments – Android and iOS – controlling the mobile environment. In the Higher Education environment there is still open competition among traditional e-learning software solutions and those offered by the main MOOC providers. How is platformism influencing learning environments, and what operational conditions are necessary for learners to exercise their choices? Moreover, should we expect a new oligopoly to emerge, concentrating the best of higher education in a few giant hubs with their proprietary formats and platforms? 

4) Going visual: video language and pedagogy
Finally, it seems that video is here to stay. Talking heads, interactive videos, virtual labs augmented reality; all kinds of magic can be reproduced through our screens. How do we expect the traditional student-teacher relationship to be reshaped with the new opportunities web-videos are offering to provide top quality educational resources in a distance-learning environment? What is the role of quality and aesthetics and personalisation? How do we accommodate the changing relationships between teacher and student in the online environment?

Online Educa Berlin 2017
Where: Berlin, Germany
When: 6-8 December 2017
Deadline for submssions: 29 May 2017
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The theme of this year: Learning Uncertainy: Can we learn to live with it? Can we accept it, manage it and even thrive on it? We live in an age of acceleration. We are in the midst of a sea-change - a profound, transformative shift in knowledge, experience and perception. It is a new era defined by technology, globalisation, information and, above all, uncertainty. 
Our uncertainty is born of the rapid and continuing change around us. Technology is already developing faster than we can learn the skills we need to use it. Information is the world's most valuable commodity. Demographic change, political turbulence, economic challenges and environmental threats confront us. There has always been uncertainty but this is different. We are facing the end of stability. Are we ready for this new era? Are businesses, governments and societies really prepared for our uncertain future?
Can we live with uncertainty? Could we benefit from it? How can we use volatility and instability to our advantage? How can we weather the storms? How should universities, colleges, schools and workplaces adapt? What should employers do now to plan for the flexible workforce they will need in the future? 
Can we learn uncertainty? Is it a language or an equation, a philosophy or a science? How should it be taught? And how can we learn uncertainty when the future of learning itself is uncertain?
OEB 2017 is about acknowledging uncertainty and preparing for it. It is about how transformative education, training and learning can equip businesses, organisations and individuals with the skills to survive and prosper in our new era.
Become involved in shaping the agenda by proposing a topic, talk or session by May 29th, 2017.
Accepted papers by registered speakers will be included in the published OEB
Conference Book of Abstracts 2017. The ISBN number is 978-3-941055-47-6.

Digital Learning Innovation Award opportunity

Part of the OLC Accelerate conference
When: 15-17 November 2017
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2017.
Where is the award ceremony: Orlando, Florida, USA

The Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward) program recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. OLC is calling for submissions from accredited U.S.-based institutions in two categories:
·  Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
·  Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)
We ask that only those who are serious about truly being innovative, creative, and dedicated to changing the world of digital learning apply for this award. Join us for an informational webinar (optional dates to choose from).

The deadline for submissions is 12:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2017. All applications must be submitted through the online submission portal. Winners will be announced at theOLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.

Read our recent  press release or visit the website for full details regarding the award competition. We look forward to reviewing your submissions, celebrating your successes, and identifying top innovators leading the digital learning landscape.

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