By Stefanie Panke
Editor, Social Software in Education
The 19th annual international conference AACE E-Learn took place from October 27-30 in the sunny, warm and welcoming climate of the city of New Orleans. The conference attracted 670 participants from 60 different countries who enjoyed four days of workshops, keynotes, presentations, symposia, SIG meetings, posters, and, last but not least, informal discussions and networking opportunities during the session breaks.
AACE E-Learn Conference
What sets AACE conferences apart from other events in the educational technology community is the rigorous peer review process in the selection of presentations. Instead of simply submitting an abstract, AACE requires a full manuscript of 6-10 pages. While writing skills do not always and certainly not necessarily translate into great presentations, the quality off contributions is generally high. This also makes the conference proceedings (available in the AACE digital library EditLib) a really great resource for an up-to-date overview of the current state-of-the-art in educational technology. While access to the proceedings is generally restricted to conference participants and subscribers, several papers that were honored with an outstanding paper award are openly accessible:
- Video Game Genres and What Is Learned from Them
- Faculty’s Perception Towards the Relationship Between Pedagogical Use of Emerging Technologies and Classroom Technology Infusion
- Using a Design Pattern Framework to Structure Online Course Content: Two Design Cases
- Perceptions of School Children of Using Social Media
- Convergence and Divergence: Accomodating Oline Cross-Culture Communication Styles
- Lessons Learned from a Two Year Implementation Project: Sustaining Student Gains with Online On-Demand Professional Development
- Students’ Learning Outcomes and Self-Efficacy Perception in a Flipped Classroom
- Adapting Teaching/Learning Strategies for the Multigenerational Classroom
The best paper awards mirror the diverse spectrum of the conference. E-Learn is a place where educational technology researchers, developers, and practitioners from higher education, K-12, nonprofit and industry sectors meet – brought together by a joint focus on leveraging technology for achieving instructional goals.
My Conference Experience
This conference report is my personal eclectic account of E-Learn 2014. My schedule was packed this year: Not only did I, in a hyperactive mood, choose to deliver three talks, but I also had a symposium and a special interest group meeting to moderate and an executive committee meeting to attend. Luckily, the overall conference atmosphere, the great discussions during the special interest group meeting, and the thoughtful feedback, ideas, encouragement and contributions by numerous conference participants made all of this fun. Continue reading