Photo from EdTech2006 by @topgold.
THE CALL FOR PAPERS for EdTech2015  arrived at the top of my inbox and I immediately remembered my first session with those third level educators. It happened in Sligo and it was the first time I met passionate lecturers (like the ones in the photo) from across the Republic of Ireland who shared their enthusiasm and best practise.
The sixteenth annual conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, called Beyond the Horizon: Policy, Practice and Possibilities, happens on Thursday and Friday, the 28th and 29th of May, on the campus of the University of Limerick. The deadline for abstract submissions is Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Successful authors will be notified in mid-April. After the conference, abstract submissions will be considered for publications as full papers in TEL Ireland Journal.
Irish and international participants may submit abstracts. There are opportunities for submitting and presenting the following items:
-- Research Papers
-- Practitioner Papers
-- Gasta (brief rapid-fire micro presentations)
-- Practice Exchange that relate to the conference themes from pedagogical, research, innovation, policy and organisational perspectives.
The conference theme follows European and national policy reports that have identified the enabling and transformative role of technology in supporting learning over the medium term at individual, institutional and sectoral levels. The EdTech2015 conference invites participants to consider the efficacy of these policies, to explore how they can be operationalised in practice and to highlight the challenges, opportunities and possibilities for learning in an ever changing Irish and international landscape.
Helping to inform this discussion will be the publication of the Horizon Report for Higher Education in Ireland which will be launched to coincide with EdTech2015 by New Media Consortium CEO (and EdTech2015 keynote) Professor Larry Johnson.
The Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) is a community of researchers, practitioners and industry professionals with a shared interest in technology-enhanced learning across Ireland. ILTA organises regular events such as the EdTech conference on an annual basis in various universities or Institutes of Technology around the country. Membership is free.
1. Author guidelines: http://ilta.ie/edtech/edtech2015
2. Conference submissions: http://edtech2015.exordo.com
3. Follow @ILTAtweets for breaking news.
[Bernie Goldbach is the senior pilot creative multimedia lecturer at the Limerick Institute of Art & Design.]