ECLL/ECE/ECTC Conference Report
Wednesday July 9 – Sunday July 13, 2014
Brighton, United Kingdom
Conference Theme: “Individual, Community, Society: Connecting, Learning and Growing”
The Second European Conference on Education (ECE) and the Second European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL) were held alongside the inaugural European Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ECTC) at the Thistle, Brighton, between July 9 to 13, 2014. Our largest European event attracted 270 delegates from over forty countries in a program chaired by Professor Sue Jackson, Pro-Vice Master of Teaching & Learning at Birkbeck, University of London (UK), Professor Steve Cornwell of Osaka Jogakuin University, and Professor Barbara Lockee of Virginia Tech (USA), and considered the joint conference theme, “Individual, Community, Society: Connecting, Learning and Growing.”
The plenary session and supporting sessions at the conference had an excellent line up of speakers. IAFOR would like to thank ECLL Keynote Speaker Mr Ken Wilson, a leading ESL author and consultant, ECTC Keynote Speaker Dr. Peggy S. Meszaros, William E. Lavery Professor of Human Development and Director of the Center for Information Technology at Virginia Tech, USA, and ECE Keynote Speakers Professor Penny Jane Burke of Roehampton University, London, and Professor Heidi Safia Mirza of Goldsmith’s College, University of London.
We would also like to thank Professor Linden West from Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and Professor Barbara Merrill, the Reader in Lifelong Learning and Director of Research in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Warwick, UK, for their superb ECE Featured Presentation ‘Transforming learning, selves and institutions: student narratives from European biographical research,’ and the members of our ECTC Featured Panel discussion IT Pathways: Utilizing Game-based Learning to Enhance Girls’ Interest in IT Careers, which featured Dr Monica Kimbrell, Professor Barbara Lockee, and Professor Peggy Meszaros, from Virginia Tech, USA. It was also a pleasure for IAFOR to bring to the conference the award-winning educational architect Cindy Walters, from the London architectural firm Walters & Cohen Architects, whose featured presentation gave us academics and educators insights into the creativity, challenges and contributions of specialist educational architects.
IAFOR academic conferences provide an international forum that encourages the development of collaborative links and connections between researchers, academics, scholars and practitioners. We congratulate the delegates for active and open-minded engagement over this long weekend together and hope to see them all back in Brighton for the 2015 conference series.
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