EDEN 2020 Annual Conference, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

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Human and artificial intelligence for the society of the future

Inspiring digital education for the next STE(A)M student generation

In the end, all innovation is social innovation and technologies become real when they change social practices.

Ilkka Tuomi, EDEN Bruges Conference keynote 2019

“Education is back where it belongs – at the top of the European policy agenda” stated the European Commission. We intend that Europe will be considered a strong and allied partner to future generations, and that the EU education system must make our societies future proof.

Education is often envisioned in terms of innovation, excellence and competitiveness. But learning is also about reaching personal perfection, using a holistic approach that supports personal and professional development, learner needs and self-realization across different learning environments.

That education can be a social elevator and a vehicle to ensuring a sustainable society is acknowledged. Education delivers the social contract. Skills become obsolete when social, cultural and material contexts change. Creativity contributes to diversity and innovation, thus Europe’s cultural and creative sector is recognized as a substantial resource and driver for innovation and growth.

Digital education has proven to change learning and working practices in the society of today. The reality of lifelong learning towards sustainable life remains as urgent as ever. Intelligence, human and artificial, is in focus, and understanding students and their learning and application of new technologies in education inspires further development.

To prepare our students for this complex, challenging and exciting future we can use digital tools and methods to enhance and enable problem-based approaches to  the creative process, student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking, experiential learning, and collaboration, providing students with opportunities and skills to  make connections between concepts and build productive networks.

Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) represent an important part of basic literacy in today’s knowledge economy. With the inclusion of a critical component – the human being, STE(A)M Education integrates the arts – humanities, languages, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design and digital media.

Education offers incredible potential for the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, with several significant opportunities — and challenges — that the introduction of artificial intelligence could bring, especially to higher education. Increasingly, higher education institutions, as well as adult and professional learning are being transformed by intelligent systems that are helping humans learn better and achieve their learning objectives. The breadth of areas in which AI is already inserted in education includes intelligent tutors or chatbots, personalized learning, smart teaching, learning analytics, reducing student drop-off, education administration, data privacy and ethics.  A balanced relation between Artificial and Human intelligence can create trusted, flexible, personalized and inclusive digital learning eco-systems.

The EDEN 2020 Conference will focus on contemporary educational concepts, leading practice, approaches and tools which help to enhance the innovative power of cutting-edge digital solutions, and integrating the synergetic effects of arts, the human and social dimension.

PhD Symposium Timisoara 2020

The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019) and Dublin (2019), has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, providing a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts.

More information about EDEN PhD Symposium is here.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Full papers

    Presentation of research results, reviews of existing results including empirical or theoretical studies, policy reviews, comprehensive case studies and consolidated project achievements.

    Presentation of research results, reviews of existing results including empirical or theoretical studies, policy reviews, comprehensive case studies and consolidated project achievements.

    Full Paper proposals should not exceed six A4 pages, including figures and references, using the format guidelines. Template for full papers.

    Proposals should be submitted as MS Word .docx files, using the online submission form.

    As EDEN Annual Conference intends to recognise the increased academic value of the published conference papers, Full papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Complete full papers are required to be reviewed.

    Accepted Full papers contributions (except workshops, training and demonstrations) with registered authors will be published online in the electronic Conference Proceedings with ISBN, under a Creative Commons license. The Conference Proceedings Full papers  will be submitted to indexing by scientific databases as CEEOL, SCOPUS, PROQUEST, EBSCO. 

    Please note that all fully registered conference delegates (with payments received) will gain electronic access to the pdf version of the Proceedings, two weeks before the conference.

    Workshops

    Comprehensive, substantial hands-on, practical application of open, distance, e-learning achievements within a workshop environment. Please consult the respective template to be sure that your planned session will meet the requirements. Be kindly informed that the Workshop category is always very competitive at the EDEN conferences. Submissions which have not been selected as workshops may be offered poster presentation slot.

    Workshops will be electronically published in the Conference Booklet, under a Creative Commons license, with ISBN and available online to all participants.

    Take into account that the decision on the acceptance of a submission as workshop is based among others on the quality of the proposed panel of presenters. Online contribution is not encouraged. In case there would be a change in the composition of speakers (including online contribution instead of being present at the workshop in person), the decision on the workshop slot in the programme may be changed.

    Workshop presenters are expected to register to the conference.

    For workshops, please use this template to provide a thorough description of the content, the presentation structure and speakers.

    Proposals should be submitted as MS Word .docx files, using the online submission form.

    Posters

    Work-in-progress, initial research results, projects in initial stages of development, and case studies. Poster presentations will be – besides the exposition of the poster to be prepared itself – themed in moderated sessions. with short oral presentation and discussion whilst walking around the poster stands.

    Poster submissions should not exceed four A4 pages, using this template. Authors of posters accepted for presentation will be required to prepare a max. A0 (1189mm*841mm) size poster for display.

    Posters will be electronically published in the Conference Booklet, under a Creative Commons license, with ISBN and available online to all participants.

    Proposals should be submitted as MS Word .docx files, using the online submission form.

    Demonstrations

    Showcase of practical innovation, products, softwares, technologies and tools. Demos offer an opportunity to exhibit prototypes and to exchange ideas and collect feedback from expert users. They will be placed in special sessions but focusing on the demonstration of the product itself, not on oral introduction.

    Demonstration submissions should not exceed two A4 pages, including a title, a short description, a summary of its novel characteristics, the features to be demonstrated, using this template. Web address to access the demo or screenshots are welcome.

    Demonstrations will be electronically published in the Conference Booklet, under a Creative Commons license, with ISBN and available online to all participants.

    Proposals should be submitted as MS Word .docx files, using the online submission form.

    Synergy sessions

    This most popular and successful intensive and interactive session format – an innovation of the EDEN Conferences for several years – aims to offer meetings of fellow project co-ordinators, partners and researchers to share and discuss EU projects and initiatives.

    It is useful for partner search, dissemination, networking, discussion of ideas under development. Following few minutes of introduction of your idea, extensicve discussion takes place about clusters of short presentations.

    Synergy submissions should be fitted into this template, not exceeding 1,5 A4 pages, including all data, information and illustrations.

    Synergy publications will be electronically published in the Conference Booklet, under a Creative Commons license, with ISBN and available online to all participants.

    Proposals should be submitted as MS Word .docx files, using the online submission form.

    Training sessions

    Training sessions focusing on a particular topic, setting clear training objectives, competency areas and/or skills to be acquired by the participants– are invited.

    For training sessions, please use this template to provide a thorough description of the theme, context, content, the presentation structure and speakers.

    SELECTION

    Decisions on acceptance will be based on originality, innovation and scholarly quality of contribution, on the proposal’s relevance to the conference themes, further the proven experience of the author(s). Contributions not matching the conference themes will meanwhile also be considered if they bring new knowledge and benefit to delegates.

    The reviewers and the program committee will make the final decision as to the format which will be assigned to the accepted submissions in order to ensure appropriate conference experience and structure.

    QUALITY AND RECOGNITION

    The tradition of awarding the EDEN Best Research Paper will be continued. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning.

    Award for the Young Scholars’ Best Paper may also be issued, subject of receiving submissions of remarkable quality in this category.

List of Topics

  • Smart Learning Environments

    Applications of Semantic Web for Learning

    Credentialing and micro-learning

    Digital learning and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Social justice, inclusivity and digital learning

Committees

Diana Andone, EDEN Vice President, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

Invited Speakers

EDEN2020 proceedings will be published by EDEN Publication ISSN Conference proceedings: 2707-2819. 

Accepted Full papers contributions (except workshops, training and demonstrations) with registered authors will be published online in the electronic Conference Proceedings with ISBN, under a Creative Commons license. The Conference Proceedings Full papers  will be submitted to indexing by scientific databases as CEEOL, SCOPUS, PROQUEST, EBSCO.

Venue

The conference will be held in Timisoara, Romania, at the Politehnica University of Timisoara Conference Center. Timisoara 2021 in June 2020, Timisoara European Capital of Culture in 2021 https://www.eden-online.org/2020_timisoara/2020/01/20/timisoara-2021-in-2020/

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