Call for contribution

Human and artificial intelligence for the society of the future

Inspiring digital education for the next STE(A)M student generation

In the end, all innovation is social innovation and technologies become real when they change social practices.

Ilkka Tuomi, EDEN Bruges Conference keynote 2019

“Education is back where it belongs – at the top of the European policy agenda” stated the European Commission. We intend that Europe will be considered a strong and allied partner to future generations, and that the EU education system must make our societies future proof.

Education is often envisioned in terms of innovation, excellence and competitiveness. But learning is also about reaching personal perfection, using a holistic approach that supports personal and professional development, learner needs and self-realization across different learning environments.

That education can be a social elevator and a vehicle to ensuring a sustainable society is acknowledged. Education delivers the social contract. Skills become obsolete when social, cultural and material contexts change. Creativity contributes to diversity and innovation, thus Europe’s cultural and creative sector is recognized as a substantial resource and driver for innovation and growth.

Digital education has proven to change learning and working practices in the society of today. The reality of lifelong learning towards sustainable life remains as urgent as ever. Intelligence, human and artificial, is in focus, and understanding students and their learning and application of new technologies in education inspires further development.

To prepare our students for this complex, challenging and exciting future we can use digital tools and methods to enhance and enable problem-based approaches to the creative process, student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking, experiential learning, and collaboration, providing students with opportunities and skills to make connections between concepts and build productive networks.

Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) represent an important part of basic literacy in today’s knowledge economy. With the inclusion of a critical component – the human being, STE(A)M Education integrates the arts – humanities, languages, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design and digital media. A balanced relation between Artificial and Human intelligence can create trusted, flexible, personalized and inclusive digital learning eco-systems.

Education offers incredible potential for the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, with several significant opportunities — and challenges — that the introduction of artificial intelligence could bring, especially to higher education. Increasingly, higher education institutions, as well as adult and professional learning are being transformed by intelligent systems that are helping humans learn better and achieve their learning objectives. The breadth of areas in which AI is already inserted in education includes intelligent tutors or chatbots, personalized learning, smart teaching, learning analytics, reducing student drop-off, education administration, data privacy and ethics. A balanced relation between Artificial and Human intelligence can create trusted, flexible, personalized and inclusive digital learning eco-systems.

The EDEN 2020 Conference will focus on contemporary educational concepts, leading practice, approaches and tools which help to enhance the innovative power of cutting edge digital solutions, and integrating the synergetic effects of arts, the human and social dimension.

With the development of the pandemic COVID19, it is not likely that national and international restrictions on normalization of life, travels and social gatherings will be lifted by the end of June.
In consideration of the present situation, the EDEN Executive Committee has decided to organize the 2020 Annual Conference as Virtual Conference.
In making this decision, the Executive Committee has taken into account the recent, positive experience with virtual EDEN events, such as the webinars and chats by the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals, the European Distance Learning Week (EDLW), and the EDEN sessions at Open Education Week.
We aim to maintain the identity and momentum of the EDEN 2020 conference as a major gathering of the European professional community, to focus on cutting-edge research, developments and problems, sharing experience and publishing achievements.
Considering the extraordinary global situation with the COVID19, special sessions will be organized to survey the pandemic related educational issues, gather experience, and to share the latest emerging issues and best practices. In order to allow for and invite such submissions, the format will be flexible, using the most efficient virtual conferencing tools.
EDEN aims to ensure the enhanced academic quality of the event and the related publications.

PhD Symposium Timisoara 2020

The EDEN 2020 PhD Symposium Timisoara will be organized as a virtual event.

Important dates

The Conference Call for Contributions is closed.
Notification of Authors (late submissions): 5 June 2020
Authors’ Registration Deadline: 8 June 2020
Final Camera-Ready Manuscript for Full papers and EDEN Copyright Form submission: 8 June 2020

The registration is open.

Submissions uploaded by 30 March will be considered for the virtual conference and evaluated respectively.

Information on Author Guidelines

Contributions are invited by original work which are addressing own research, project achievements, case studies, theoretic and conceptual work in the conference theme and tracks, or research in the area of Education and Education Technologies.

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

Authors of submissions accepted for presentation will be invited to contribute to the virtual conference sessions online and/or by sending beforehand the presentation as video, Powerpoint/Prezi file with sound (technical instructions will be communicated in time).

More information on Author Guidelines and Submissions are here.