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Keynotes from Experts in Open Education, e-Learning, and Learning Quality Announced for LINQ and EIF 2014

02-14-2014 07:07 PM CET | Science & Education

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LINQ 2014 Welcomes you to Crete!

LINQ 2014 Welcomes you to Crete!

LINQ in conjunction with EIF 2014 “Changing the Trajectory – Quality for Opening up Education” to Welcome Experts from MIT, OECD, ECNU and the European Commission

The International Programme Committee of the LINQ 2014 and EIF 2014 conference has announced the keynote speakers for the upcoming mega event, to be held in Crete, Greece from May 7 to 9, 2014. A selection of prestigious, international speakers known for their ground-breaking work in the fields of open education, learning innovation and quality will engage participants with their remarkable expertise.

European Commission Director Pierre Mairesse will introduce the new EC Policy "Opening Up Education", starting a discussion about future EU member states’ educational systems in regards to openness, innovations and the integration of learning technology. His responsibility and experience in the Europe 2020 initiative and contact to member states’ coordinated efforts in the fields of education and training have bestowed him with a well-rounded perspective of EU policy for lifelong learning, including open education.

Professor Vijay Kumar from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will support LINQ and EIF with his experience as Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at one of the world’s most respected universities. His work on the advisory committee of the exemplary MIT OpenCourseWare and his time as executive officer for MIT’s Council on Educational Technology show the depth of his commitment to advancement in technology and learning.

Professor Zhu Zhiting from Shanghai’s East China Normal University (ECNU) will share his expertise in Smart Education, a unique approach combining Chinese and Western innovations in pedagogy. As the Dean of the School of Open Learning and Education and the Director of e-Education Engineering System Research Center at ECNU, he has been at the center of knowledge exchange between European and international innovators in technology-enhanced learning and essential efforts in Chinese learning policy.

The Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP) for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Dirk van Damme has priceless knowledge in evidence-based innovation in education. His position has enabled him to comparatively analyze different educational systems and evaluate their developments in learning sciences and knowledge management.

The Development Manager in e-Learning June Breivik from the Norwegian Business School will present her perspectives from leading effective national ventures in educational innovation in Norway. As member of the Norwegian Ministry of Education’s MOOC Committee, she has been able to gain valuable, personal insight from the first waves of MOOC courses.

The extended LINQ 2014 / EIF 2014 call for papers, projects, and workshops came to an end on February 10, 2014. Authors and project submitters will be informed of their acceptance by March 10th, 2014. All accepted papers and selected projects may be presented at the conference, will be published in the official proceedings of the conference (with ISBN) and distributed to all conference participants as well as throughout Europe.

Overview of the important dates:
- Notification of acceptance: March 10, 2014
- Camera-ready submission: March 31, 2014
- Deadline for speaker registration: March 31, 014
- Conference days: May 7-9, 2014 in Crete

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About the 3rd European Conference on
Learning Innovations and Quality:

“Changing the Trajectory –
Quality for Opening up Education”

The main goal of Learning Innovations for Quality Conference (LINQ), this year in conjunction with the EFQUEL Innovation Forum (EIF), is to bring together a variety of academics and professionals active in the field of innovations and quality in lifelong learning. LINQ 2014 will support an innovative exchange of the latest developments in education and training innovations and quality on both a European and international level. Potential points of access to this field include new learning methods and design, technology-enhanced learning (TEL), quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities. LINQ 2014 will take place at the Iberostar Creta Panorama Hotel in Rethymnon, Greece from May 7 to 9.

LINQ 2013 attracted hundreds of submissions from throughout Europe, as well as Asia, America, and Africa. LINQ 2013 thus showed a continuation in the high level of interest which made LINQ 2012 such a successful conference. LINQ 2014 will continue this trend in partnership with the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (

More information about LINQ online:

LINQ 2014 Contact:
Sebastian Engel-Vermette
University of Duisburg-Essen
Universitaetsstr. 9 (ICB)
45141 Essen, GERMANY

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