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Keynote Addresses


Dr. Avgoustos Tsinakos, Director of Advanced Educational Technologies and Mobile Applications (AETMA) Lab, Department of Computing Science, International Hellenic University

Keynote Title: Educational Challenges for Learners in COVID Era

Date: May 6 (09:00 EST)

Language: English

Abstract: The pandemic has changed everything, in our lives, in our families, in our schools. How has this major shift to Online Education affected us as teachers and how has it affected our students? What are the advantages, the disadvantages and the challenges we are facing in this context of rapid transition to online learning? Is really Blended Learning a suitable approach to addressing our learning challenges in the COVID era? Why or why not? Let’s discuss it on 6 May 2021 and find out together!



Dr. Andrés Chiappe Laverde, Faculty of Education, Universidad de La Sabana.

Keynote Title: Retos y Posibilidades del Aprendizaje Híbrido en el Entorno Educativo Actual (Challenges and Opportunities of Blended Learning in Current Educational Environments)

Date: May 6 (13:30 EST)

Language: Spanish

Abstract: The synchronization of face-to-face and online learning environments has been a matter under scrutiny in research and practice scenarios for various decades. Results have been both diverse and promising, in terms of their potential to generate flexible learning at various levels and educational contexts. However, school experiences that have emerged from the current pandemic show an urgent need to study the relevance and transformation of Blended Learning to adjust to the demands of home education under confinement conditions, and especially, although not exclusively, to early childhood students. In this sense, this conference addresses some of the most representative challenges of Blended Learning in the current context and proposes some critical reflections and implications for further practice.

La sincronización de espacios de aprendizaje presenciales y online viene siendo objeto de práctica e investigación desde hace ya un par de décadas con resultados muy diversos, muchos de ellos muy esperanzadores en cuanto a su potencial para generar aprendizajes flexibles en diversos niveles y contextos educativos. No obstante, las experiencias escolares vividas a partir de la actual pandemia muestran una urgente necesidad de estudiar la pertinencia y transformación del aprendizaje híbrido para ajustarse a las exigencias de la educación en casa bajo condiciones de confinamiento y en especial, aunque no exclusivamente, para estudiantes de primera infancia. En este sentido, esta conferencia aborda algunos de los retos más representativos del aprendizaje híbrido en el contexto actual y propone algunas reflexiones críticas al respecto.


Dr. Eman. M. AL. Rowaythi, Professor, Science Education at Imam Muhammed Bin Saud Islamic University

Keynote Title: The Role of Blended Learning in the Development of Creative Skills

Date: May 7 (09:00 EST)

Language: Arabic

Abstract: Blended learning is one of the most important learning methods that help enhance the creative skills of the individual and develop them in education. It is a style of learning that uses what is available in technology and accommodates multiple techniques, and in a way that suits students, the educational situation and the educational material. In addition, it preserves the features and characteristics of regular teaching, so that the integration of direct classroom teaching with online teaching provides an opportunity for students to benefit from the skills that they develop outside the framework of the educational process. There are many tools that can be used in blended learning, whether synchronous or asynchronous. This paper will review several e-learning tools that can contribute to the development of students' creativity skills, and they have been classified into digital tools to develop creativity in the personal sphere, the field of work, as well as in the field of education. Also, this paper will present a teaching model, proposed by the researcher, based on blended learning and its effectiveness in developing students 'creativity skills. In conclusion, we will also review a number of requirements for activating e-learning tools in blended learning in order to develop students' creativity.

التَّعلُّم المدمج من أهم أساليب التَّعلُّم التي تساعد على تعزيز المهارات الإبداعية للفرد وتطويرها في التعليم ، فهو نمط من التَّعلُّم يستخدم ما هو متوفر من التقنية ويستوعب كذلك تقنيات متعددة ، وبما يناسب الطلبة والموقف التعليمي والمادة التعليمية ، إلى جانب ذلك فهو يحافظ على سمات التدريس المعتاد وخصائصه، بحيث يتيح دمج التدريس الصفي المباشر بالتدريس عن طريق الإنترنت الفرصةَ أمام الطلبة؛ للاستفادة من المهارات التي يطوّرونها خارج إطار العملية التعليمية ، وتتوافر العديد من الأدوات التي يمكن أن تُستخدم في التَّعلُّم المدمج سواء متزامن Synchronous أو غير متزامن Asynchronous ، وهذه الورقة سوف تستعرض عدد من أدوات التعلم الإلكتروني التي يمكن أن تساهم في تنمية مهارات الإبداع عند الطلبة ، وقد تم تصنيفها إلى أدوات رقمية لتطوير الإبداع في المجال الشخصي ، ومجال العمل ، وكذلك في مجال التعليم ، كما ستتناول الورقة نموذج تدريسي مقترح من الباحثة قائم على التَّعلُّم المدمج و مدى فاعليته في تنمية مهارات الإبداع عند الطلبة ، وفي الختام سنستعرض عدد من المتطلبات اللازمة لتفعيل أدوات التعلم الإلكتروني في التعلم المدمج بغرض تنمية الإبداع عن الطلبة.


Dr. Aga Palalas, Associate Professor, Athabasca University, Canada

Keynote Title: Digital Wellness in Blended Learning: From Theory to Practice

Date: May 7 (13:30 EST)

Language: English

Abstract: Digital wellness of both learners and educators is a significant factor to consider when designing and facilitating digital learning. The need to use and engage with technology in a way that promotes optimal health and well-being is essential to successful online and blended learning; that has been accentuated and “revealed” to a wider audience by the pressures and challenges of emergency remote teaching and learning. Working in the digital space, designing for, and facilitating online and blended learning offers many benefits but also comes with demands and limitations that require new strategies as well as changed habits of body and mind. In this closing keynote, Dr. Aga Palalas discusses both the potential positive and negative effects of the use as well as misuse of technology for learning. She addresses them through a whole-person lens in the context of the larger technological ecosystem. Dr. Palalas introduces evidence-based strategies drawing from her two-decade-long practice of mindfulness and research on mindfulness-informed practices for online learning and digital well-being.


Call for Presentations

(call for presentations is now closed)

6th World Conference on Blended Learning (WCBL 2021)

May 6 & 7, 2021 

~~ Online ~~

Blended Learning in the New Normal: The Future of Education and Training 

Organized by the International Association for Blended Learning (IABL)


The International Association for Blended Learning (IABL) is proud to organize its 6th World Conference on Blended Learning (WCBL 2021). For the first time, IABL is hosting a multilingual virtual conference (English, Arabic and Spanish). IABL cordially invites 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 accepting submissions of high-quality full and short research papers (Research Track) that have not been previously published and are not under review for any other conference or journal. There is also an option to submit abstracts only - for practitioner presentations (Application/Industry Track). Submissions will be reviewed by at least two Program Committee members on the basis of 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 2021 is a virtual conference and accepts live and pre-recorded presentations.

Best papers and presentations will be awarded!



Conference Themes

The overarching conference theme is Blended Learning in the New Normal: The Future of Education and Training

The sub-themes are:

  • Blended Learning Technologies and Tools in Learning and Training
  • Blended Learning in Primary, Secondary, High Schools, and Higher Education
  • Government and Corporate Training


Topics of interest can be based on any of the following:

  • Blended learning in research and 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 inclusive learning environments
  • Blended learning in K-12, higher education and teacher professional development
  • Blended learning for refugee and immigrant populations
  • Blending learning during COVID-19 and post-COVID settings
  • Digital wellness in blended learning


Conference Tracks

Research Track

We are inviting submissions of high-quality original research to the Research Track of WCBL 2021. 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 2021 is a forum for high-quality presentations on innovative applications and technological solutions enabling successful practice of blended learning in this sector. 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.


Submission Information

Submissions may be made in the following presentation categories:

  • Long paper (3500-5000 words)
  • Short paper (2000-3000 words)
  • Panel (abstract of 500 words)
  • Posters (abstract of 400-500 words)
  • Practitioners presentation/Industry showcases (abstract of 400-500 words)
  • Please submit anonymized versions
Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wcbl2021


Presentations for this virtual conference will be delivered live but pre-recorded presentations will also be accepted.

Each live presentation will:

  1. Be conducted via Zoom
  2. Include a presentation file (e.g., PowerPoint slides, video, etc.)

Each pre-recorded virtual presentation should include:

  1. Pre-recorded video presentation
  2. Presentation file (e.g., PowerPoint slides)

All sessions are moderated by a session chair to ensure optimal interaction between the virtual presenter and the audience.


Important Dates

Submission deadline: 28 February 2021 (extended)

Accept/Reject notification: 20 March 2021

Camera-ready submission of all papers/abstracts: 15 April 2021

Conference: 6 - 7 May 2021


Important Files


We hope to see you at IABL’s virtual conference!


With regards,

The WCBL 2021 Organizing Committee

http://iabl.org

https://www.facebook.com/iabl.org/

Twitter: @IABLblend


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EasyChair Paper Submissions System

Submit your paper, presentation, or session proposal using the EasyChair conference submission system.

Submission Status:

Open 

Please use the link above to submit all submission types.


 

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 28 February 2021 (extended)

Accept/Reject notification: 20 March 2021

Camera-ready submission of all papers/abstracts: 15 April 2021

Conference: 6 - 7 May 2021


Registration Costs

Presenters: Free (automatically registered upon accepted presentation)

Registration: 25€

IABL Members: Free (terms and conditions apply)

Registration Details & Procedures TBA



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