General Info

Conference Dates


EAPRIL2021

November 24-26, 2021

ONLINE

Registrations are now open!

Conference theme


LEARNING IN THE AGE OF INDUSTRY 4.0


The EAPRIL online Conference taking place from November 24th to 26th, 2021 addresses the changing goals of our lifelong learners. Practitioner researchers are encouraged to have an in-depth dialogue regarding the opportunities provided through learning in the age of industry 4.0 and digitalisation in education. 

Digitalisation and digital technologies emerging in education and learning are the phenomena in theory and practice in this era. Several promising examples have already emerged and on the one side are intensively discussed in research and on the other side are already integrated in practice. For instance, Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and systems have been successfully introduced in education, especially in training scenarios of adult education. Another example is Artificial Intelligence (AI), which has been applied in education and learning. Promising methods are currently under investigation in order to improve personalized learning approaches or invent intelligent tutoring systems. These mentioned examples have driven several research directions such as Technology Enhanced Learning, (TEL) which “refers to technology enhanced classrooms and learning with technology, rather than just through technology”[1]. However, in view of all these technology-driven learning approaches, the human factor should not be taken out of consideration. Approaches such as reciprocal teaching and similar efforts become significantly important. 

Moreover, digitalisation not only affects and penetrates all types of education (primary, secondary, higher education, lifelong learning, etc.), it also provides opportunities for collaborative learning across school types and didactic concepts. Therefore, we would also like to highlight the important considerations of how and why modern technologies and methodologies in the age of industry 4.0 can cross/connect modern didactic concepts as well as types of education at the EAPRIL2021 conference. 

Digitalisation and its disruptive technologies (drones, self-driving cars, robots, etc.) are going to change our society. New job profiles are going to emerge based on smart products and IoT related services, which demands changes in how and what we educate. We invite the EAPRIL2021 conference participants to exchange, rethink and reconsider their expertise and approaches to meeting challenges in education in the upcoming decades. 

[1] https://www.mentimeter.com/blog/interactive-classrooms/what-is-technology-enhanced-learning-and-why-is-it-important

Conference Venue


ONLINE

The EAPRIL2021 conference will be hosted through PheedLoop, our virtual event platform. 


Due to the ongoing pandemic, EAPRIL has decided to organise this year's EAPRIL Conference online.

Sadly, we will not be seeing each other face-to-face, but rest assured, it is and will remain EAPRIL’s mission to organise an interactive conference, tapping into everyone’s needs and expectations and keeping in mind the uniqueness of the EAPRIL association.

Pheedloop


PheedLoop offers a stable, scalable, and reliable conference solution that is incredibly easy to use. Most importantly, PheedLoop offers a full integration with Zoom, which means that all sessions will benefit from the advantages that Zoom has to offer (stable and reliable connection, well known in academia, screensharing, breakout rooms, ...) without the need to leave the PheedLoop platform.

In order to ensure a smooth conference experience for both conference attendees and presenters, we have provided a series of pre-recorded tutorials that walk you through the main functionalities of PheedLoop, our virtual event platform. You can find them here.

Please consult our FAQ and Troubleshooting document to prepare for any common technical issues you might run into when using PheedLoop for the EAPRIL 2021 conference.

SUPPORT AT THE CONFERENCE


In order to ensure a smooth and carefree conference experience for presenters and attendees, we implemented different tiers of on-site support in case of technical problems or issues.

  • A dedicated EAPRIL helper will be attending each conference session to help the session get started and to provide immediate support.
     
  • The EAPRIL Office is monitoring the conference top-level and can be contacted through the chat widget embedded in the virtual conference platform. Our regular channels of communication (email, phone and social channels) will also be monitored throughout the conference.
     
  • You can use the "help" button in the virtual conference platform to browse through PheedLoop's own support base. You can also reach out to PheedLoop support directly at support@pheedloop.com.

Important dates


Please consider the following important dates:

  • Mid-January 2021
    Opening of submissions
  • April 22, 2021
    Submission deadline
  • May 11, 2021
    Review deadline (first round)
  • May 27, 2021
    Review deadline (second round)
  • June 7, 2021
    Results announced
  • last week of June, 2021
    Opening Registration
  • September 9, 2021
    Early Bird deadline
  • September 16, 2021
    Presenter Registation deadline
  • November 24-26, 2021
    EAPRIL2021 conference