Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1st CALL FOR PAPERS: The 11th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications

1st CALL FOR PAPERS                                           


                          July 9 - 12, 2013 - Orlando, Florida, USA                         

                            The 11th International Conference on                             

             Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications:              

             EISTA 2013,, in the context of               

    The 7th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics:         

                        IMSCI 2013,                       


                          June 30 - July 6, 2013 - Porto, Portugal                          

                                     Special Tracks on                                      

  Education, Informatics, and Cybernetics: stEIC 2013,    

   Society and Information Technologies: stSIT 3013,      

                                     in the context of                                       

International Conference on Complexity, Cybernetics, and Informing Science and Engineering: 

                       CCISE 2013,                        


Deadlines for this 1st CFP                                                                  

   Abstracts/Draft Papers Submissions: January 8th, 2013                                   

   Notification to Authors: February 8th, 2013                                             

   Camera Ready: February 28th, 2013                                                       


The following issues apply to both conferences. Differences are included in the respective web sites:

   Submission for face-to-face and virtual presentation (via asynchronous communication) are accepted

   Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic.

   Submitted papers/abstracts will go through at least two reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and/or (3) participative peer reviews.

   Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

   Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.


Best regards,


IMSCI/EISTA 2013 and CCISE 2013 Organizing Committees

Converge Special Report Complimentary Webinar Update: Specialty Classroom Technologies



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A whole new class of specialized learning tools and technologies are appearing in classrooms today and are expected to increase in the near future. This influx of new classroom technology is driven by Common Core and other curriculum standards, student demand for cutting-edge technology and need to produce a more globally competitive workforce.

Specialty classroom technologies are also being used in the area of workforce readiness. Campuses face challenges both in trying to interest students in certain fields that are hiring as well as to retain them through graduation. However, a whole new class of specialized technology is emerging that not only can make up for campus’ limited resources, but can spark student engagement.

To equip students with the skills they need, K-12 and Higher Education institutions are now employing intensive and often specialized technologies such as:
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  • Gaming, animation and media programming labs
  • Art labs
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Principal (I.A.)
Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Education High School, NY

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January 17, 2013 :: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

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Blended learning models are one of the fastest growing delivery modes in higher education. The growth of blended models has been fueled in large part by students with differing technology comfort levels, institutions with physical space constraints, and an increase in the demand for more scheduling options.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

"Learning Online Info": How Technology Can Enhance the Educational Experience at the College Level

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How Technology Can Enhance the Educational Experience at the College Level

How Technology Can Enhance the Educational Experience at the College Level

Gone are the days when your standard blackboard and chalk were the primary tools educators used to visually convey information in the classroom. In fact, for decades, teachers have had an array of options available to use in assisting with the learning process (think overhead projectors and other basic audio-visual equipment).

Today, however, technological advancements have made what once may have seemed impossible into a reality in the classroom. Particularly at the college level, technology is transforming the educational process and expanding opportunities for teachers and students alike. The following information highlights some of the most exciting innovations that educators and students benefit from today, as well as some of the promising developments that are on the horizon.

Online Course Management Systems

Course management systems are software applications designed to consolidate and manage various aspects of the educational process. Let’s say you’re a history professor and you have a small seminar-style class. You can use a course management system as an online forum to publish and organize class materials, including the course syllabus, assignments, and reading materials. However, you can also post messages and make announcements for students, allow students to share ideas with the entire class or a subset of students through chat functions or email messages, let students submit assignments online, and professors can maintain an online automated grading system. In this way, course management systems function as a sort of “home base” to connect students and instructors, and the various options available provide endless possibilities for introducing web-based interaction in the learning process.

Interactive Quizzes and Surveys

Getting students in large lecture classes engaged in the material is one of the biggest challenges college professors face. When you’re dealing with several hundred students, one-on-one interaction is simply not possible. However, requiring each student to use an electronic clicker, which typically resembles a small television remote control, can help give each person in the lecture hall a voice. For example, professors can pose questions for the class and require students to register their answers with the click of a button. That information can be immediately compiled and the results displayed to the entire class. Teachers can administer quizzes, polls, and surveys in this way as well, and students get instant feedback. While this technique alone won’t completely transform the educational process, it can certainly enliven the material and make students become active participants in the instruction.

Video Conferencing

Geographic distances are much less limiting in the era of video conferencing. Instead of just reading about what experts in your field of study may have to say about a topic, get them on a video conference and let students ask them their own questions, even if they live half way around the world. Students can also take virtual “field trips” with video conferencing. So, if you’re studying marine biology but aren’t close to the ocean, you can bring the ocean into the classroom. And if you’re studying ancient civilizations, you can bring those worlds to life without leaving campus.

Distance Learning

Offering courses online is nothing new, but until recently, lesser-known educational institutions and for-profit schools had that market cornered. Today, however, the biggest names in higher education are experimenting with academic courses conducted completely online. Critics charge that completely eliminating face-to-face contact between students and teachers leaves a void in the overall educational experience.

On the other hand, proponents of distance learning argue that schools offering online courses can reach more people (some of whom wouldn’t otherwise have such educational opportunities) and still provide ample means of student-teacher interaction. In any event, it appears that distance education is here to stay. Not only do many of the most prominent colleges and universities in the nation currently offer individual courses online, some institutions have complete degree programs that require little or no presence on a physical campus.

Perhaps the most important insight emerging from years of research concerning technology in the classroom is that, while electronic modes of communication and fancy gadgets can significantly enhance the educational process when introduced in a meaningful way, they are not substitutes for thoughtful preparation and compelling content. Therefore, experts encourage college professors to utilize technology when it would naturally add to the dynamic in the classroom, rather than forcing it upon students arbitrarily.

Author info: The author of this post is Lizzie Wann. Lizzie is the Content Director for Bridgepoint Education. She oversees all website content and works closely with New Media, Career Services, and Student Services for Ashford University.

How Technology Can Enhance the Educational Experience at the College Level is a post from Learning Online Info, a blog dedicated to the world of e-learning and the emerging learning technologies.

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Infographic: Online vs. Offline College Students

The debate online vs. offline learning seems interminable. There are so many points to consider that it is difficult to get a definite conclusion.
Some argue that traditional learning is better because is the only way to maintain a fluid and solid learning process. Other models are always considered inferior or less effective.
However, students seem to prefer the online learning model and in most cases obtain better results (when comparing the same courses online vs. offline models).
The cost is another important factor. Online degrees can be up to 80 times less expensive than traditional degrees. This is an universal rule, but this can be a decisive point for the student’s choice.
The number of students taking online courses is growing very rapidly. At the same time, 59 % of students taking traditional courses claim that their classes are becoming increasingly boring. With the recent advent of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) online learning is definitively on the map and must be considered as a credible educational model.

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