Congress Program


Each year, the International Congress of Education and Learning attracts a diverse group of participants from around the world. Our program development team builds on this diversity to deliver a rich and distinctive experience, including plenary speakers, presentations, workshops, exhibitions and social events. The congress program groups presentations of similar themes to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building.

The program of the 2019 congress will be available for download 2 months before the start of the event. In the meantime, you can find below more information about the highlighted theme, accepted proposals and confirmed plenary speakers.

Congress Program
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Highlighted Theme

The Use of Virtual Environments as Extended Classrooms

A concept that is deeply studied at present by the philosophers of science and technology is the “extended mind” (Clark and Chalmers, 1998). The thesis of the extended mind (also called “extended cognition”) is that some mental processes occur outside the brain (and outside the body) of the biological subject that triggers them. This view of the mind implies that cognitive processes would be strongly conditioned by the natural, technological and social environment (Hutchins, 1995). According to this perspective, we should talk about “cognitive systems” rather than “cognitive subjects” (Clark, 2008). Therefore, if we consider virtual learning environments as extended classrooms, we must analyze their impact on teachers and students as distributed and strongly interconnected and interdependent cognitive systems.

Nowadays, technology is more than a toolbox of artefacts that are used as partial solutions to particular problems. It constitutes a virtual environment with information, tools and social structures for every task related to the production and communication of knowledge. Therefore, we need to understand the virtual environment where our educational tasks are deployed, and we need to teach about the skills and competences about technology in order to take advantage of that rich educational environment. If both approaches are blended, educational virtual environments extend the range of teaching activities, opening up our classroom and enriching to a broad range the kind of strategies that we can consider as educational strategies. When and how can we use those extended classrooms and educational strategies, is a matter of good researching activities.

In this edition of the Congress, we will embrace this new field of study to fully understand how technologies are being used as an extension of our teaching possibilities. Thus, scholars and practitioners alike are welcome to present how they are using virtual environments to extend the traditional boundaries of educational activities and the cognitive processes we deploy in learning activities.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Olufemi Isiaq

Prof. Olufemi Isiaq, PhD – Solent University (United Kingdom)

Technology and its role in Learning and Teaching

Prof. Isiaq career started in the business industry, working for multinational companies including Eon UK and Siemens Enterprise and Communication Limited. As a software engineer at Siemens Enterprise communication, he had the opportunity to work on various clients’ project including software systems for companies such as Rolls Royce etc. At one point he decided to move to the academic area and began teaching at Trent International College, becoming a keynote speaker at Nottingham Trent University. Currently, as a professor at Southampton Solent University, research interest and work have been in the area of Decision Support Systems and its technological application for mental health alleviation, Educational support and intervention and Business Processes improvement.

Maricarmen Gil Ortega

Prof. Maricarmen Gil Ortega, PhD – University of the West of England (United Kingdom/ Spain)

Virtual Education: Empowering learners with avatars

MariCarmen is an innovative and versatile academic with 22 years’ experience in UK Higher Education. With a background in Applied Linguistics and Modern Languages, from early on in her career, she developed a strong interest and expertise in digital pedagogy and technology enhanced learning. MariCarmen is committed to making education inclusive for all, in both its design and delivery. Currently, she works as an instructional designer, lecturer and PhD supervisor for the Universities of the West of England, Essex and UNICAF. For the last decade she has been examining the use of virtual world environments and virtual reality technologies for teaching and learning. She designs unique learning experiences and innovative solutions to some of the challenges encountered in traditional educational practices. Her recent book, Virtual Worlds: Concepts, applications and future directions, co-edited with Professor Falconer, makes a strong contribution to the field of virtual education.

Javier Sierra

Prof. Javier Sierra-Sanchez, PhD – Universidad Camilo José Cela (Spain)

Virtual reality applied to teaching in the audiovisual communication field: The Education District success case

Currently is Vice-rector for Academic Affairs in the University Camilo José Cela. He holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid; an M.A. in Marketing and Corporate Communications from San Jorge University; and a B.A. Degree in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is an expert in International Public Relations recognized by the Complutense University of Madrid, and an expert in National and International Protocol and ceremonial recognized by the University of Oviedo and the Diplomatic School of Madrid. He has worked as a Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, San Pablo CEU University and San Jorge University of Zaragoza. He has written several articles on Educomunication for various scientific journals (like Zer, Ámbitos, Revista de comunicación, Doxa, etc.). He has presented numerous papers at national and international seminars and conferences. He has participated in several research projects funded by Spain’s Ministry of Education and Science, MEC, and the Complutense University of Madrid. It has been a research fellow for the FPI of the Complutense University of Madrid. He is the principal researcher of the Research Body on University Education in Communication (GIFUCOM). He is founding member of Icono 14 magazine.

Myint Swe Khine

Prof. Myint Swe Khine, PhD – Emirates College for Advanced Education (United Arab Emirates)

Technology and Innovation in Virtual Learning Environments

Dr. Myint Swe Khine is a Professor at the Emirates College for Advanced Education, United Arab Emirates. He has taught at leading universities throughout Asia including Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Curtin University in Australia. He holds Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California, USA, and University of Surrey, UK and a Doctorate in Education from Curtin University in Australia. He publishes widely in international refereed journals and edited several books. His latest book Computational Thinking in STEM Disciplines: Foundations and Research Highlights (2018), is published by Springer in Switzerland.

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