"Learners and citizens as leaders of educational and social innovation"

This is the goal of the 14th edition of the ePIC conference. We want to open up technology and put it at the service of educational and social innovation. We want to think deeply about technology - not just its surface and trends but its newest ideas and applications - and technology to be the key to open up social innovation itself: open it up to new viewpoints and new paths. ePIC is a community of innovators, and here is everything we are asking you to help out with, and everyone we feel would be a great asset for this #openEpic community:

We are looking for contributions on the following themes:

  • Opening up Education: educating social innovators
    • Teacher education, continuing education, competency based education, open educational practices (e.g. open assessment…), accreditation of prior learning
  • Opening up Lifelong Learning: empowering social innovators
    • Informal and experiential learning, self-directed learning, peer learning, individual and community learning, learning without grades...
  • Opening up Credentials: enabling P2P credentials
    • recognition, assessment and accreditation of learning achievements, key competencies and 21st century skills, peer assessment, endorsement
  • Opening up Workplace Development
    • education to employment, talent pipelines, talent management, team building, workforce adjustment
  • Opening up Employment: enabling social entrepreneurs
    • entrepreneurship, self-employment, social entrepreneurship
  • Opening up Culture: enabling rich identities
    • art education and practice, food and wine education and practice, folk cultures, learning in a global world, learning from developing worlds, learning from migrants and refugees
  • Opening up Cities and Governments: enabling active citizenship
    • civic engagement, open democracy, cities of learning, social integration, social responsibility, citizenship, refugees, migrants, youth at risk
  • Opening up Healthcare: enabling a healthy society
    • healthcare education and practice, humanitarian learning and development, personal healthcare records
  • Opening up Technologies: enabling an open society
    • open knowledge, open data, open source, open access, open architectures, open platforms  tools and infrastructures
  • Opening up Markets: enabling responsible consumers
    • fair trade, educated consumer, Vendor Relationship Management (VRM)

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for research papers, workshops, case studies, work in progress, hands-on activities, position papers, presentations and posters on one or more of the abovementioned themes in relation to ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust and Blockchains.

Submissions that do not make clear references to one of the themes AND either ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust or Blockchains will not be considered for review.

How does ePIC 2016 differ from other conferences?

ePIC 2016 intends to build on previous ePIC conferences (started in 2003!) to continue its original journey among conferences related to education and digital technologies. While previous conferences have led to the emergence of a number of interesting projects and initiatives, such as the Open Badge Passport (an outcome of ePIC 2014), the objective of this conference is to equip practitioners with the tools, intellectual, social and technical, to become active agents and leaders of educational and social innovation.

For example, while the conference will provide many opportunities to learn how to use Open Badges and how to use blockchains, this will be done primarily in the perspective of using them as a means to empower learners and citizens to lead educational and social innovation — not just as a fashionable alternative to grades and certificates.

Much emphasis will be placed on hands-on workshops and open sessions where participants will have an opportunity to invite other delegates to explore a particular subject or issue. There will be time for the presentation of short and long papers, but we will use a different approach where questions from delegates will take precedence over lectures — what is the point of a presentation if it does not lead to questions and conversations from the participants?