Thirteenth International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies - Virtual Conference

  • 2020 Special Focus - There is No Scale: Distance and Access in the Era of Distributed Learning
  • 23 April 2020
  • University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

2020 Special Focus - There is No Scale: Distance and Access in the Era of Distributed Learning

We have over the past decade experienced unprecedented growth in online learning. In a number of ways, these defy traditional resistances of scale. It makes no difference whether MOOCs have thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of students in the one course because they do not require instructor interaction. And universities can easily expand their geographical reach and incomes via e-learning because this only requires them to hire new instructors, often cheaply and without tenure. On the one hand, these changes come hand-in-hand with the increasing commodification of education. But on the other hand, when scaling up is friction-free or low cost, new opportunities for access present themselves—students accessing high-prestige university courses for small MOOC fees, for instance, and online students taking regular degrees who would never have been able to afford the time out required by face-to-face learning. These are old objectives for distance learning that are, in the era of digital learning, now scaled up. These changes are also creating pedagogical effects for traditional teaching, as in-person courses adopt the “flipped classroom,” digital content delivery, auto-assessment, online discussion, and peer assessment—to name a few pedagogical innovations that also reduce the frictions of scale. In this year’s special theme, we will address these and other questions of access and pedagogy in this era of distributed learning.

Welcome and Plenaries

Welcome Address

Bill Cope, Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, President, Common Ground Research Networks, Champaign, United States

Mary Kalantzis, Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Chryssi Vitsilaki, Rector, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece

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Dr. José Luis Ortega-Martín, Director científico de Common Ground en Español, Profesor, Universidad de Granada, Granada, España (in Spanish)

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Plenary Sessions

The Ambient Intelligent Classroom

Matthew Montebello, Professor, Department of Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of ICT, University of Malta, Msida, Malta

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After the COVID-19 Crisis: Why Higher Education May (and Perhaps Should) Never be the Same

Mary Kalantzis, Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Bill Cope, Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, President, Common Ground Research Networks, Champaign, United States

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COVID and After

Pierpaolo Limone, Full Professor of Experimental Pedagogy, Department of Humanities, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

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Dr. Marcelo Careaga Butter, Docente Universitario e Investigador, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile (in Spanish)

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Emerging Scholar Awardees

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the Research Network themes. Here are this year’s winners.

  • Yanqui Liu, Shanghai Normal University, China
  • Diana Maddah, Modern University for Business and Science, Lebanon
  • Harwati Hashim, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,
  • Jessica Thompson, Keele University, United Kingdom
  • Siphamandla Mncube, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Catalina Cheng-Lin, Universidad de Granada, España
  • Felipe Parada Hernández, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
  • María Jesús Flores Campos, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España
  • Ángela Marcela Rueda Hernández, Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero, Argentina


Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. View the posters below.

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Presentations are grouped by general themes. Each presenter's formal, written paper will be available to participants if accepted to the journal.