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e-Assessment Scotland 2012

There is a good range of talks and online sessions coming up as part of e-Assessment Scotland 2012. A full day of talks in Dundee on the 31st of August, with online sessions running for a full week before and after that date. More details here:

I’m looking forward to Geoff Crisp’s keynote session, and the Second Life session (yes, there are still folk using Second Life!), but there should be something there for everyone.

2nd European Immersive Education Summit – Paris in November

Paris in November… what are you waiting for?

2nd European Immersive Education Summit

26th and 27th November 2012

École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratif EnsAD (Paris, France)

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: 27th July 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: 28th September 2012
  • Final paper submission: 26th October 2012
  • Summit: 26th-27th November 2012


The theme for the 2nd European Immersive Education (iED) Summit is:

Immersive Education: combining creativity, art and pedagogy

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Calls for Papers: VS-Games & Virtual Worlds III

Two recent calls, Virtual Worlds III (Paris in July, papers by 16th Feb.) & IEEE VS Games 2012 (Genoa in October, papers by 18th May)

Virtual Worlds III has Craig Reynolds and Ken Perlin lined up for keynotes (two incredibly influential academics, Reynolds work on ‘boids has had a huge influence on agent based AI in games, and Perlin’s impact in graphics has been immense).

No keynotes announced yet for VS Games, but is supported by the EU FP7 GALA network of excellence, so will be guaranteed to bring along many of Europe’s top games and learning researchers.

Call for Papers: ICEC 2012

The IFIP International Conference on Entertainment Computing explores the application of computational technology to entertainment. The conference brings together practitioners and researchers interested in the art and design of entertainment computing applications. ICEC welcomes submissions on the design, engineering, application and theory of entertainment technology. We solicit paper, poster and demonstration submissions, as well as proposals for tutorials and workshops. Papers will be published by Springer and archived in the SpringerLink digital library.

Download here the whole Call for Papers as PDF.

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Cypris Chat at the Global Education Conference

I’ll be in Edinburgh when his online session is on, but I know Mike will be great (he always is!)- so I just have to share the following post from Mike McKay (ProfessorMike Merryman if you know him from SL):

**Please Twit, share, post, or 1+ the following to help me promote virtual world language learning. Thank you so much! On with the show!**

I will be presenting at a fairly major international online conference next week and thought I would pass on this information to you. Many of you are aware I have been researching ways to use virtual worlds like Second Life for language learning. In the past few years I have grown my community, Cypris Chat (, to over 500 active members from more than 40 countries. The conference I will be presenting at is focused on global awareness and education. I think it will be very exciting to show how a community like Cypris Chat has brought the world together with one main goal in mind, to learn or teach English. I hope this presentation will help promote this fantastic medium for educating students.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15th from 10:00pm to 11:00pm JST – 1:00pm – 2:00pm GMT

WHERE: Blackboard Collaborate link will be provided here on the 15th: Please find my presentation in your time zone (Cypris Chat) I will be on Facebook during the presentation. Cypris Chat members can help you on our Facebook group page and chat channel here:

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JISC Assessment workshop: From Challenge to Change…

From Gráinne Hamilton:
Effective Assessment in a Digital Age Workshops
From challenge to change…

Using principles of good practice, work with colleagues towards an effective model for the use of technology in assessment and feedback.
The JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland is pleased to be partnering with JISC to deliver the final workshop in the successful series based around the JISC Effective Assessment in a Digital Age publication, and associated online resources, The event will take place on 27th October in Glasgow at the Radisson Blu hotel.
The workshop will be exploring how the use of technology in HE and FE, linked to principles of good practice in assessment and feedback, can help promote more effective learning. These workshops, which draw on the work of recent JISC-funded projects as well as related significant developments in the area of assessment, will have a practical, hands-on flavour with a focus on how to move from current challenges towards sustainable change.
The workshops will be suitable for:
  • Lecturers, tutors and course leaders who design assessment and feedback for their learners
  • Intermediaries with a role in supporting practitioners with assessment, and technology-enhanced assessment (learning technologists, e-learning/ILT champions, staff developers, educational developers, academic registry)
I am delighted that two examples of the effective use of technology in assessment from Scotland will feature as part of the event, with case studies from Cumbernauld College and the University of Edinburgh.
Further information together with the registration form is now available from


European Immersive Education Summit – Madrid 28-29 Nov

Deadline is approaching for submissions to the 1st European Immersive Education Summit. This will be held at the end of November (a nice time to visit Madrid if you live in a more Northern clime as I do!)

The important dates are:

  • Paper submission: 30th September 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: 14th October 2011
  • Final paper submission: 28th October 2011
  • Summit: 28th-29th November 2011

Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Blended/Hybrid learning
  • Personalised learning
  • Intelligent agents in learning
  • Edutainment & Game-Based Learning
  • Location-based and contextual learning
  • Immersive Educational technology markets & challenges
  • Virtual and mixed-reality for education
  • Educational software/hardware
  • Intelligent classroom
  • Virtual laboratories and tools
  • Pedagogy for the Internet Age
  • Innovations in the teaching laboratory
  • Student assessment in high-tech teaching environments
  • Cultural dimensions of educational technology
  • Educational technology innovations
  • Social/Collaborative learning
  • Smart educational environment
  • Teaching strategies to maximise benefits of emerging technology
  • Future research issues for Immersive Education

More details on the call for papers page.