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Call for Presentations (abstracts)

Full papers are still being accepted for the WCBL 2019 Special Issue and we have extended the publication-ready deadline to OCTOBER 1, 2019. You can submit your full paper after the conference for peer review, to be published in the Special Issue of of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives Journal, a peer-reviewed open-access journal.

Join the WCBL 2019 Graduate Student Symposium!
Present virtually if you cannot attend in person.

FINAL CALL – Submission deadline: 03 March 2019

The International Association for Blended Learning (IABL) is proud to organize its 4th World Conference on Blended Learning (WCBL 2019), this time in collaboration with the Center for Educational Innovation at Zayed University (ZU), Dubai, UAE. The conference organizers cordially invite researchers, trainers, teachers, professors, administrators, and technology experts to present the latest blended learning solutions, as well as discuss and exchange recent findings and new ideas based on the ongoing research, practice, and experience. We invite contributions from around the globe, from all industries and all educational sectors.

We are inviting submissions of high-quality, original research papers (full and short papers) and abstracts presenting blended learning practical solutions that have not been previously published and are not under review for any other conference or journal. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two committee members on the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology and strategies, writing quality and the overall contribution to the field of blended learning. WCBL 2019 is a blended conference and invites both face-to-face and virtual presenters.

Conference Theme: Making Blended Learning Work

The overarching conference sub-themes are:

  1. Blended Learning Technologies and Tools in Learning and Training
  2. Blended Learning in Primary, Secondary, High Schools, and Higher Education
  3. Government and Corporate Training

Topics of interest can go beyond the conference themes, and can be based on any of the following:

  • Blended learning in practice
  • Design, pedagogy, and future of blended learning
  • Technology in blended learning
  • Blended approach to corporate training and non-profit associations
  • Blended learning in language acquisition and special education
  • Blended learning in K-12, higher education and teacher professional development
  • Blended learning in developing countries


Conference Tracks

Research Track

We are inviting submissions of high-quality, original research to the Research track of WCBL 2019. We are looking for novel and significant research contributions addressing theoretical, analytical and empirical aspects of blended learning. Submissions to the research track should describe original, significant research on blended learning, and are expected to provide some principled means of evaluation. Specifically, all papers should include evaluations of the described approaches.

Application/Industry Track

The Application/Industry track of WCBL 2019 is a forum for high-quality presentations on innovative applications and technological solutions enabling successful implementation of blended learning. These include, but are not limited to, technology for blended learning; the application of the blended learning approach across various levels of education from K-12 to university; and the application of blended approaches in corporate training.

Graduate Symposium

The Graduate Student Symposium brings together a worldwide community of master’s and doctoral students working on blended learning projects. The Symposium promotes engagement among students and researchers from academia and industry, thus offering students with great opportunities to interact with and receive feedback from renowned and experienced researchers in the field and to create bonds with others who share their interests in blended learning within a welcoming, supportive environment. Students are invited to submit a research project proposal or “in-progress work” (i.e., papers that do not include sections on research findings or discussions) that focuses upon some aspect of blended learning, following the short-paper submission guidelines. Further information about the Graduate Student  Symposium, including student paper and presentation details are found on the Graduate Student Symposium page.

If you would like to join our IABL Graduate Student Facebook group, please click here.

Submission information –

Abstracts (400-500 words) may be submitted in the following participation/presentation categories:

  • Long paper
  • Short paper
  • Panel
  • Posters
  • Industry showcases/Practitioners presentation

Virtual Presentations

Virtual presentations can be delivered by those who cannot attend the conference in person but whose submissions have been accepted for WCBL 2019, in keeping with the Submission Guidelines. Each virtual presentation consists of three elements:

  1. Pre-recorded video presentation;
  2. Presentation file (e.g., Power Point slides);
  3. Live presenter-audience chat (10 -15 minutes).

Virtual presenters are required to submit their proposal using the same guidelines as face-to-face presenters. All sessions are moderated by a session chair to ensure optimal interaction between the virtual presenter and the audience.


Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 03 March 2019
  • Accept/Reject notification: 15 March 2019
  • Print-ready submission for conference proceedings: 30 March 2019
  • Conference: 25 – 27 April 2019

We hope to see you in Dubai!

With regards,

The WCBL 2019 Organizing Committee




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