INTED2014 Conference in Valencia, 10th-12th March

Last week I came back from Spain, after presenting at the 8th International Technology, Education and Development conference in Valencia. This annual conference, organized by the International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED, www.iated.org), is a meeting point for educators, teaching and learning technology experts and researchers from all disciplines and cultures. This year, there were over 600 participants from more than 75 countries world-wide, a truly international community for exchange of ideas and partnerships building.

The setting was great, the organization was fantastic and the food was very good. Overall the conference, although a bit too broad in scope in my opinion, it was very stimulating with some very good presentations. The keynote speakers were the MOOC pioneer Stephen Dowens and Pape Samp, a social entrepreneur specialized in international development who shared some very inspiring ideas (such as “every failure is learning if you document it!”). I’ve also discovered some interesting facts (e.g. students in Japan are not assessed individually but only as a group), I’ve heard innovative approaches to teaching and learning in many different subjects and I’ve met an electroacoustic composer interested in educational research and grounded theory!

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The paper I presented was based on the findings from the InStePP project evaluation co-authored with Greg Benfield. I also chaired that session (entitled Pedagogical & Didactical Innovations. Learning and Teaching Methodologies), which, sadly, I felt it wasn’t very well thought through as the presentations didn’t really relate to each other. However, there was a big turnout. This is a snapshot of the first presentation in the session:

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And here is a gallery of all the conference pictures . The next conference in these series is called EDULEARN14 and is taking place in Barcelona, 7th-9th July (the deadline for abstract submission in the 3rd of April). You can follow this link for more details.

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