Call for contribution

EDEN 2020 Annual Conference, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

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.

PhD Symposium Timisoara 2020

The EDEN 2020 PhD Symposium Timisoara will be organized on 21 June 2020.

The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019) and Dublin (2019), has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, providing a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts.

More information about EDEN PhD Symposium is here.

Important dates

Submission deadline for contributions (except PhD): 10 February 2020
Notification of Authors: 6 April 2020
Submission deadline for PhD Symposium: 30 March 2020
Registration opens: February 2020
Authors’ Registration Deadline: 2 May 2020
Final Camera-Ready Manuscript for Full papers and EDEN Copyright Form submission: 2 May 2020
Early Bird Registration: 16 May 2020
Conference dates: 21-24 June 2020

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.

More information on Author Guidelines and Submissions are here.