Worth exploring – a list of conferences that focus on innovative educators – very American focused but might be interesting?

A listing of conferences of interest to educators, e-learning specialists, designers…

October 27-28, 2014     Oxford, England    

8th Annual EDEN (European Distance and eLearning Network) Research Workshop
Challenges for Research into Open and Distance Learning

The session formats will promote collaboration opportunities, including: Parallel ‘Research-speed-dating’ papers, team symposia sessions, workshops and demonstrations.

Submission deadline: 1 September

Keynotes Speakers

  • Sian Bayne, Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Cristobal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK
  • Pierre Dillenbourg, CHILI Lab, EPFL Center for Digital Education, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Allison Littlejohn, Director, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Chair in Learning Technology, UK
  • Philipp Schmidt, Executive Director, Peer 2 Peer University / MIT Media Lab fellow, USA

Willem van Valkenburg, Coordinator Delft Open Education Team, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

October 27-28, 2014     Regina, Saskatchewan     ?

COHERE (Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research) 2014 Conference
Access and Diversity in Blended and Online Higher Education: Pedagogies and Policies

Call for proposals – submissions accepted until August 15, 2014

Proposals to explore the implications of the theme (title of conference) in the following streams:

  • Accessibility: Policy or practice that leads to accessibility of web resources and the improved design of learning tools.
  • Diversity: Policy and successful online practice that encourages participation from non-traditional student groups.
  • Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Policy and practice in “mainstream” higher education that promises greater access to instructors and resources.
  • Open: The creation, use, processes around, and awareness of open learning resources that can increase access and reduce costs for students.

October 22-25, 2014     Quebec City, Quebec     Universite Laval

ISSOTL14:  Nurturing Passion and Creativity in Teaching and Learning

Call for proposals – submissions accepted until April 21, 2014

11th annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)

Conference challenge:  to expose your inquiries, perspectives and research outcomes related to the nurturing of creativity and passion in higher education. Conference threads include:

  • Inquiry into teaching practices
  • Inquiry into student learning
  • Theories and practices of SoTL
  • Student roles in and perspectives on SoTL
  • Disciplinary approaches to teaching, learning and SoTL
  • New and diverse contexts for SoTL
  • Leadership, academic development and SoTL
  • SoTL and institutional cultures
  • Assessment, accountability, and SoTL
  • Emerging technologies and SoTL
  • SoTL and the changing landscape of higher education

July 23-25, 2014    Vancouver, BC     University of B.C.

International Conference on Improving University Teaching
The Connected Classroom

IUT’s 39th international conference will address the risks and benefits of connected classrooms. “The Internet provides one avenue for such fruitful connection: through it students can access information, view live video, and engage in worldwide conversations without ever leaving their campus. But there are other pedagogically useful forms of connectedness as well, including interdisciplinary teaching, internships, field research, linking secondary and post-secondary education, and competitive projects (think “battle-bots”). Sub-themes include:

1.  IT and Digital Connectedness

2.  Interdisciplinary Teaching

3.  Bridging Classroom and Workplace

4.  Community and High School Collaborations

5.  New Research on Connected Learning

July 12-15, 2014    Vancouver, BC     University of B.C.

STEM Education and Our Planet:  Making Connections Across Contexts

The International Conference of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Education is an opportunity for educators and researchers from schools, universities, colleges, businesses, industries and other private and public agencies to share and discuss their innovative practices and research initiatives that may advance STEM education

June 17-20, 2014     Kingston, Ontario     Queen’s University

STLHE 2014:  Transforming our Learning Experiences

“To transform is to change, to adapt, to grow, to experiment, to evolve. Our learning experiences continue to transform in response to new learning paradigms and pressures.  Imagine…

  • Learning spaces and places reconfigured
  • Cultures and diversities intermingled
  • Ideas and people inter-connected
  • Frames of mind and worldview expanded
  • Learning architectures and landscapes reinvented

How are you redefining learning experiences?”


May 13-16, 2014     Kamloops, B.C.     Thompson Rivers University

Confluences: Spaces, Places & Cultures for Innovative Learning

Explore your own confluences of spaces, places and cultures and the creativity they bring to the learning process.

Spaces: virtual, face to face and where the two intersect, mobile learning, influence of space on teaching and professional practice, new spaces and innovation, accessibility, collaboration, identity.

Places: places and pedagogy, locales, institutions, leadership and change, learning communities, unique opportunities, learning journeys, beyond the walls, open access, innovative projects, classroom design, places of the future

Cultures: change agents, advocates for openness, research practices, professional learning, sector or discipline-based contexts, global – intercultural, international and interdisciplinary opportunities, examining traditions.


  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 14, 2014.
  • Acceptances will be announced March 7, 2014.
  • The deadline for conference registration for all presenters is April 7, 2014.

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