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[Call for Papers] ICE 2013 : PELS International Congress on eLearning 2013

June 5th, 2013 by


Dec 6, 2013 – Dec 7, 2013, The Heritage Hotel Manila, Philippines
Submission Deadline: Jul 31, 2013
Notification Due: Aug 31, 2013
Final Version Due: Oct 31, 2013


The International Congress on eLearning 2013 hosted by the Philippine eLearning Society (PeLS) is a forum for an international exchange of research, innovation, experiences and best practices in eLearning. The Philippine eLearning Society (PeLS) has been the country’s leading organization in promoting the development of eLearning competencies through education, training and collaboration among various stakeholders in government, industry and academe.

The theme of the congress is “The eLearning Q.U.E.S.T: Harmonizing the Elements of a Global Knowledged Society.” In the last decade, countries have focused on evolving into knowledge societies and developments in information and communication technology (ICT) have opened more opportunities for borderless collaboration and co-creation. In this stage of growing interdependence and multidisciplinary perspectives, there is a need to synergize the requisite components to nurture a global knowledge society. This congress aims to provide a collaborative model of teaching and learning online by determining the many elements that must be managed to create eLearning programs and to stimulate participation across diversity.

Specifically, the congress aims to:
● review and examine the technical, pedagogical/andragogical, management and social challenges associated with eLearning implementation and develop a model for collaborative eLearning in the global arena;

● strengthen the convergence of technology and learning theories to form meaningful settings for learners with different academic, industry and support needs and to ensure quality in eLearning practice and delivery;

● organize educators, researchers, educational technologists, instructional designers and students in discussing the issues related to the development of quality online education and the challenges of ensuring pedagogically sound eLearning practices.

The congress will feature various types of sessions in order to create the most comprehensive program possible. The program is divided into:

Plenary Sessions
These sessions feature key eLearning experts, practitioners and innovative decision makers from education, business, and government sectors showcasing their national or international eLearning initiatives.

Parallel Sessions
These sessions focus on the theme of the congress where leading practitioners present best practices, experiences and findings. Some of these sessions feature case studies and researches from their institutions, organizations and corporations. Some sessions may take the form of demonstrations of innovative services and products, best practice showcases, vendor presentation and additional networking events created for interaction of elearning practitioners with common interest.

Pre-Congress Workshops
A series of short-term workshops designed to enable participants to further improve their
elearning technology practice. These skill-based workshops in variety of topics allow participants to readily apply gained skills back to their workplace.

The exhibit will showcase the latest in educational technology applications and solutions as well as product and service offerings of various elearning service providers. A specified exhibit area will be provided for the exhibitors and sponsors of the congress.

Various stakeholders in the eLearning practice from educators in basic to higher education, non-formal training, and industry, trainers, researchers, media specialists, instructional designers, school administrators, policy makers, industry partners and students are encouraged to participate in this congress by submitting and presenting papers. These papers may be in the form of empirical research, case studies, or frameworks for decision-making regarding the application of information and communication technologies for education and training.

Papers can be presented in any of these parallel sessions:
● Paper Presentation: This is best suited for completed research and scholarly work. Individual paper presentations are organized around a theme. Each presenter will be given 15 minutes to discuss his/her work and five minutes for Q&A.

● Poster Presentation: This is ideally intended for current research projects or works in progress more suited to visual displays. Presenters will be assigned an area within the congress venue where they can set up their posters and time to discuss and entertain questions.

● Roundtable Discussion: Three to four authors presenting on related topics will have an assigned table during a session to review and discuss the ideas, frameworks, and perspectives underlying their work with interested delegates who gather at the table.

● Virtual Presentation: For individuals who want to participate but have travel constraints. Presentations can be in the form of powerpoint presentations, video or screencasts and will be made available during and after the congress. An online Q&A facility will be set up to allow virtual presenters to answer questions.

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