Theme / Theme and Sub-themes

“Educational Technology to Improve Quality and Access of Education to Prosperous Society.”


Innovation and Creativity

Studies, practices, and ideas on innovation and creativity and the relationships to policies, needs, practices, and the diffusion of innovation. This also covers studies, practices and ideas pertaining to game-based learning and gamification to support learning in a variety of formal and informal learning situations (Alessandro de Gloria; University of Genoa/Marc Childress; Baker University).

Policy and Cultural Considerations

Studies, practices and ideas on how education policies along with demographic, geographic, economic and cultural factors influence education technology (Youqun Ren; East China Normal University).

Networking and Collaboration

Studies, practices, and ideas which involve the collaboration of various parties (including different institutions and countries) in order to continually share knowledge on learning (Demetrios Sampson; University of Piraeus).

Open Educational Resources

The development and empowerment of open education resources related digital online libraries and the recognition and protection of copyright through the creative commons  and open source licensing (Rory McGreal; Athabasca University).

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Badges

Concepts and issues related to the role of MOOCs and competency-based badges in supporting learning , increasing accessibility, and improving the quality of instruction (Mike Sharples; Open University of the UK).

Quality Assurance, Certification, and Accreditation

Studies, practices, and ideas related to license, certification, accreditation, standards, and procedures in education, including the implementation of a vision along with strategies and programs within an institution in order to assure quality assurance, certification, and accreditation (Allan Yuen; University of Hong Kong).

Information, Technology, and Communication Integration

Studies, practices, and ideas on the integration of information, technology and communication in learning process, especially in the planning, practices and evaluation, including  the use of integrated information, technology, and communication in creating knowledge. (Dong Sik Kim; Hanyang University)

Design and Development

Studies, practices, ideas on designs and the development of learning as a solution to education quality and accessibility which can be applied in education in order to build nations’ prosperity. This also covers  studies, practices and ideas pertaining to instructional principles, learning strategies, media selection and evaluation; studies, practices and ideas pertaining to collaboration and group learning strategies in support of a wide variety of learning tasks in diverse situations (Miguel Nussbaum; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile/Jan Elen; Katholik University of Leuven; Instructional Science editor/ Dave Merrill; Utah State University, retired).

Distance Education

Studies, practices and ideas related to distance education, including needs analysis, program development, registration systems, material development, tutorials and testing affect quality and accessibility. This also covers studies, practices and ideas pertaining to mobile learning applications to support both formal and informal learning in a variety of situations (Trey Martindale; University of Memphis/ Som Naidu; Swinburne University; Distance Education editor).