GKA EDU 2021 VIRTUAL | JUNE 23-25, 2021

International Conference on Education and Learning in collaboration with Universidad de Granada

Highlighted Theme
Scientific Coordination
Program
Key Dates
Proposal submission
Registration
Virtual Platform

Highlighted Theme

Hybrid learning models for sustainable education in contexts derived from COVID-19

The reflection on the value of systematizing and promoting the construction of Hybrid Learning Models, and the strategies to implement it in our educational systems, from the sustainability and educational situation derived from the global pandemic of COVID-19, is the central theme of this conference that we present.

Today’s cities are generating a wide variety of changes, on which an informed reflection must be made, in order to make them functional, sustainable, and livable places. These places are ideal for innovation and the implementation of ideas, and therefore also for learning, leading to economic growth and social development.

On the other hand, the constant and increasingly transparent presence of interconnected mobile devices, the internet of things, the accelerated convergence between technology and information, Big data, or learning analytics, are a part of the new social ecology. In it, educational systems must not only teach how to use all these technologies, but it is the educational system itself that has to function methodologically from them.

This is how we thought it prior to the global pandemic of COVID-19, and thus this new reality has forced us to understand that traditional learning environments, due to their fixed, static, and decontextualized characteristics, do not conform to current training requirements. With that what must be considered  when defining priorities and designing new pedagogical learning models, these must be planned considering the inclusion of elements that guarantee the formation of different needs of students, from different social origins and technological opportunities.

And among these models, which consider the new techno and socio-educational needs, we notably find the Hybrid Learning Models, which are currently considered as enhancers of current and future learning, since they have the best of both worlds. On the one hand, they consider face-to-face teaching, fundamentally non-digital resources, and in traditional physical spaces such as schools, institutes, academies or universities; and on the other hand, non-face-to-face teaching, using mature technologies in virtual spaces of various characteristics.

These hybrid spaces allow the development of learning processes that are not limited by space or time, with synchronous and asynchronous learning. They are processes that are determined by the subject’s own use of information sources, hyper-connected tools, and the use and dissemination of their own learning. And in this sense, it supposes democratization of learning, because greater autonomy is achieved in the acquisition of content, in the ability to make decisions, or in academic and social integration. In short, the appearance of these new ways of learning is a positive disruption that individualizes the learning activities of students, enhancing their strengths and complementing their limitations, to facilitate them to reach their maximum potential.

However, some educators are reluctant to use a part of the virtual learning experience. Since although they offer immense opportunities that guarantee diversity, knowledge, and network action. These same technologies can facilitate segregation and marginalization, justified by the absence of user skills or by limited access to them due to economic, social, and cultural disadvantages. We are at a decisive moment caused by this great world crisis in which we have to take advantage of and to reverse situations of social and technological disadvantage since governments have promoted access in record time to the means necessary to make this implementation of the hybrid learning model.

Social Sciences and Humanities are an area of ​​knowledge in which most of these challenges can be answered. And on which to elucidate the modes of relationship between hybrid learning and social learning scenarios. To evaluate how these new learning models are contributing to the development of a new social, and global citizenship,  model that requires to be aligned with the current needs derived from COVID-19. Seeking that the sustainable development goals promoted by the United Nations are an early reality and not any utopian dream.

  • Hybrid learning models in times of COVID-19
  • Development of training contexts to achieve sustainable development objectives with emphasis on citizens who are economically, socially, and culturally disadvantaged.
Other conference themes

Scientific Coordination

Universidad de Granada

University of Granada was founded in 1531, and built on a long-standing teaching tradition, the roots of which can be traced back to the madrasahs of the Nasrid dynasty of Granada. As a forward-looking historical University located at various sites throughout Granada, the UGR is deeply engaged with today’s city, province and surrounding region, playing a leading role in the recovery and conservation of Granada’s magnificent historical and cultural heritage sites. With over 55,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6,000 staff members, the UGR has a powerful presence in a city of 240,000 inhabitants. Its role as leader in incoming and outgoing student and staff mobility in European and international programmes, and its attractiveness for international students and researchers, make for multicultural campus life and a lively cosmopolitan setting. Over the course of the current academic year 2019-2020, 2,600 new international undergraduate students from over 70 countries will complete studies at the UGR, thanks to the diverse range of mobility programmes on offer at our institution. The UGR is the highest-ranked university in the South of Spain and the 4th highest-ranked in Spain, according to the prestigious Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2019).

www.ugr.es

Scientific Director

Prof. Eva María Olmedo Moreno, PhD – Universidad de Granada (Spain)

PhD in Pedagogy from the University of Granada and Full Professor in the Department of Research Methods and Diagnosis in Education of the University of Granada, where she teaches the core subject of Educational Research Methods. Her main line of research: «Learning Strategies and the development of hybrid learning models in the Smart Cities culture: Effective tools for socio-educational inclusion», topic on which she directs the I+D+I EDU2017-88641-R National Project. She is currently the Director of the MIDE Department and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Educational Sciences of the University of Granada.

Conference Scientific Committee

Program

The program is provisional and will be updated soon.

You can check the program of the previous edition in the following link.

Wednesday, June 23
Opening
Plenary sessions
Thematic panels (webinars)
Thursday June 24
Opening
Plenary sessions
Thematic panels (webinars)
Friday, June 25
Opening
Plenary sessions
Thematic panels (webinars)

Key Dates

  • 1st Call for papers: March 8, 2021

  • FINAL Call for papers: June 7, 2021

  • Registration with super discount: until March 15, 2021

  • Early Registration: until June 14, 2021

  • Final Registration: from June 15 to 22, 2021

  • Submission of articles for publication: until July 25, 2021

  • Delivery of certificates: July 25, 2021

  • Publication of the Conference Proceedings: August 25, 2021

Follow these steps

Choose between Webinar (Live Presentation) and Video (Prerecorded Presentation). You can check the characteristics of each one in the next section.

Title of the presentation, short abstract (max. 300 words), long abstract (for the Book of Proceedings), keywords, the language of the presentation, data of the main author, and data of the co-authors. The scientific committee will review your proposal within 2-3 weeks and notify you by email (please check your SPAM folder).

Once your proposal has been accepted, you must pay for your registration at the conference according to the type of presentation chosen.

Consult the conference program to check the day, time, and virtual room where your presentation has been scheduled. If you are presenting a webinar, check out our quick guide to learn about the controls of the ZOOM platform and the technical requirements that your computer and internet connection must meet. You can also participate in a test session a few days before the conference, to test your audio, video, and slide presentations.

  1. Log in with your username and password on the GKA virtual congress platform: https://virtual.gkacademics.com/
  2. Go to the conference main page and click on the green button “Start Conference”.
  3. In the list of panels on the left side, find the virtual room you wish to access and click on it.
  4. Click on the “Join via Web Client” button to access directly from your browser.

Speakers may submit an article for publication (at a discount) in a GKA indexed book or journal, as assessed by the scientific committee. Download the template and see the guidelines at this link.

Proposal submission

Webinar
(Live Presentation)

The speaker will enter live in a virtual room of ZOOM platform – along with other speakers on the same topic – and present his or her paper for a maximum of 15 minutes, supported with slides (e.g., PowerPoint)or speaking directly to the camera on their device. Each room will have a moderator who will introduce the speakers, keep time, and moderate questions from attendees for 20 minutes at the end of the session.

Next deadline:
March 8, 2021.

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SUBMIT PROPOSAL

Before submitting your proposal, read our Quick Guide and check our Frequently Asked Questions.

Video
(Prerecorded Presentation)

This option is ideal for those who cannot participate in the live conference. This option allows the author to record their presentation in the format of a 5-minute video and send the link (Youtube or Vimeo) through the proposal submission platform. The video will be published in a virtual conference room related to its theme and will be available to all attendees of the event. Important: the video must contain an oral presentation.

Registration

Before registering, check the frequently asked questions and our cancellation policy.