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Call for Contributions

The conference organisers invite all education, training and learning policy makers, members of local and regional authorities, people responsible for education and training policies, regional development agencies, research and take-up agencies, members of local learning networks education, training, service providers, providers of portal technologies, consulting organisations, practitioners such as teachers, trainers, education managers, human resource managers, school heads/administrators to submit their contribution to the conference.

u   Background and objectives

The evolution towards a learning society and economy requires to reassess our current views on the quality assurance of  (e)learning. While current approaches to learning quality at regional levels have mainly focused on the region as a buyer or provider of learning services or goods (e.g. providing "certificates" for "good" learning resources), this conference will rather focus on the territory as a learning entity, and take a critical look at the policies, technologies and practices that can lead to (e)learning cities and regions.

The conference will examine the interaction and possible organic link between individual, organisational, territorial and societal learning and the role knowledge, information and learning technologies (KILT) can and should play.

One underlying theme of the conference will be interactive learning, that is how organisations learn from their staff, in interaction with customers, research and other organisations through local and global networks, how local and regional authorities learn through interaction with education and training providers, corporate and non-profit sectors, and how policies, technologies and services can facilitate this interactive process and offers improved accountability of all actors.

u   Format of the conference

The contributions accepted will be included in the delegate packs, and some of the authors will be invited to contribute to the workshops.

This will be the opportunity for a higher number of practitioners and researchers to present their current and future work.

Papers/abstracts on the following themes/tracks are invited; however, other topics related to quality and e-learning will be considered:

1.       Policies for e-learning regions and cities

§     Quality and e-government - Responsibility for leadership and development is shared between public and private organisations, R&D-system and industry, .

§         Lifelong and life wide learning

§         Valuing social capital

§         Building local learning networks

§   Public-private, public-public and private-private partnerships for learning

§         Local-regional-national learning policies co-ordination

2.       Infrastructure, technologies & services for e-learning regions and cities

§         Digital cities as learning cities

§      Technologies for interactive learning between the public services and citizens - regional and local portals

§         Services provided to the regional and local constituency

3.       Practice and practitioners in e-learning regions and cities

§         Examples of implementation of policies

§         Sectoral papers - e.g. health and medicine

§         The learning organisation in the learning region

u   Presentation format

We are planning for a variety of presentation modes:

§         Keynotes (45 minutes)

§         Full paper (30 minutes, including question time)

§         Work-in-progress, position paper (10 minutes, including question time)

§         Panel discussion

§         Poster presentation

§         Website presentation

On submission of abstract, the preferred mode may be specified, but depending on the topic and input from other contributors, delegates may be invited to submit in another mode. Whatever the mode, all presenters will be invited to contribute a fuller text version on their chosen topic to be edited for publication in book format and in shortened form for the SEEL 2004 conference website.

u   Submission of Abstracts (no longer than 500 words)

All abstracts are to be submitted to the conference secretariat, SEEL 2004, by February 30, 2004.

Authors may choose between three different submission formats:

§         Full research/experience report paper: 10-14 pages

§         Work in progress : 4-6 pages

§         Short position paper: 2-4 pages

Before preparing your abstract carefully study the instructions given below.

1.       The abstract should not contain charts, graphics, references, or credits

2.      Abstracts will not be edited. Before submitting your abstract, check carefully to make sure it contains no spelling or typographical errors. The abstract must be written in third person (ie, her, she, they).

3.       An untidy abstract will not be included in the programme.  

4.      Authors must state which format they wish their presentation to be considered as.  The Conference Committee reserves the right to alter the author"s choice.

5.    Poster size should not exceed 900mm vertical and 700mm horizontal and 18pitch letter size should be used with double spacing.  

6.       Abstracts must be in a RTF format and use Arial font 10, single line spacing.  

7.     Abstracts must be conform to the instructions below and sent electronically and to the Conference Secretariat at

u   Abstract layout

Abstracts must follow these formats to be eligible for review.

Abstracts should be less than 500 words (This does not include title and authors) and should contain the following information:

1.       Theme/track

2.       Title of the paper

3.       Authors' names and institution (last name preceding first name or initials): omit degrees, titles, and institutional appointments of co-authors. Underline the name of the person(s) presenting the paper.

4.       Email address and phone number

5.       Abstract possible structure (500 words max)

§         Background or context

§         Objectives

§         Summary of results

§         Conclusions and recommendations

All abstracts must be e-mailed to:

u    General Rules

1. Research previously published at international meetings is not acceptable.

2.      All paper and poster presenters must be registered for the Forum and pay registration fees.

3.  To accommodate as many presenters as possible, the Selection Committee reserves the right to limit each presenter to only one presentation and to decide the most appropriate presentation format for the abstract.

4.       Abstracts must be in English or French.

u    Deadline, notification and registration

  • 14 February 2004: deadline for receipt of Abstracts. All abstracts received will be acknowledged by e-mail.
  • 15 March 2004: authors will be notified whether or not their abstracts have been accepted by  e-mail
  • 15 April 2004: contributions received, camera ready.

IMPORTANT: Should presenters require an invitation letter in order to arrange funding please notify the Congress Secretariat and this will be forwarded immediately either by e-mail or fax, if you do not have access to e-mail. 

Presenting authors must register with full payment once abstract acceptance received.

u    Organising committee

The organising committee will be announced in November 2003.

Contributions should be submitted to with subject header: SEEL 2004 Call for Contributions.

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