Dec 042019

cancelled due to Corona

SIG1 & SIG4 Joint Conference 2020 will be held at Universidad de Cádiz, Spain 22. – 25. 6. 2020

SIG1 & SIG4 Joint Conference 2020

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By bringing together two long-standing EARLI special interest groups SIG 1 “Assessment and Evaluation” and SIG 4 “Higher Education”, the “Joint SIG1 & SIG4 Conference 2020” provides an opportunity to initiate, foster and consolidate synergies and collaborations in research areas present in both communities.

The two communities represent a variety of research interests:

SIG 1 Assessment and Evaluation: Research with a thematic focus on classroom assessment, largescale assessment and program evaluation at all levels of education (from kindergarten to higher education).
SIG 4 Higher Education: Research with a contextual focus on higher education that covers various themes related to learning and instruction as well as academic development.

SIG1 & SIG4 Joint Conference 2020: 3. – 6. September 2020
Location:Universidad de Cádiz, Spain
Organizers:SIGs) SIG 1 (Assessment and Evaluation) and SIG 4 (Higher Education)
Call for Proposals: PDF
Deadline for proposal submission: January 12th
Registration Opening: December 4th
Programm: to be anounced

Nov 292019

Systematic Reviews in Educational Research – an Open Acess Handbook

Systematic Reviews in Educational Research

This new and Open Access Handbook of Systematic Reviews in Educational Research covers different aspects of a systematic review: methodical considerations, reflections as well as practical examples and applications. For example in Chapter 2 section 4 a reflection on Transparent Methodological Assessment of Studies is provided.
This book is edited by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Michael Kerres, Svenja Bedenlier, Melissa Bond and Katja Buntins.

The full book can be downloaded from Springer for free as PDF or as EPUB.

All chapters can also be dowonloaded separately as PDF here.

Target Groups Researchers, instructors, and students in the field of education and related disciplines
ISBN: Print ISBN 978-3-658-27601-0 Online ISBN 978-3-658-27602-7
Licence: CC BY

Nov 232019

cancelled due to Corona

18TH Conference on Educational Assessment (CEA 2020)

Conference on Educational Assessment

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The Institute of Education, the Doctoral School of Education at the University of Szeged and the MTA-SZTE Research Group on The Development of Competencies in Szeged organize the Conference on Educational Assessment for the eighteenth time.

The conference primarily welcomes reports of research related to educational assessment or innovative assessment methods; studies of educational assessment in public or higher education; examinations of developmental programs and educational interventions; and theoretical presentations related to these fields.

Important Dates:

Conference Date: 2–4 April, 2020
Deadline for proposal submissions: 10 January, 2020
Registration Open: 15. November 2019
Languages of the Conference: English and Hungarian

Venue: Building of the Szeged Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (H-6720, Szeged, Somogyi u. 7.)

Conference Contact: pek2020[at]

Nov 232019

cancelled due to Corona

JURE Conference 2020

JURE Conference 2020

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The next JURE Conference 2020 will be held at the University of Porto, Portugal. JURE are the JUnior REsearcher (JURE) of the European Association for Learning and Instruction (EARLI).

The Junior Researchers of EARLI host an annual conferences offering the possibility to meet fellow junior researchers from all over Europe and exchange ideas and experiences. JURE provides an environment where juniors can socialise and participate in a scientific community. The theme of the JURE Conference 2020 is “Generation change: the future of education within a diverse society”.

JURE Conference 2020 – Important Dates:

Conference: 13th – 17th of July 2020
Submission Deadline: 10 December 2019
Registration Open: 29. January 2020
Early Bird Deadline: 21. April 2020

JURE Conference 2020
Conference Contact:

Nov 132019

Thinking in the Universe – Are there Intelligent Species in the Galaxy?

thinkint in the universe

Great Stars from Hubble. Photo by NASA.

In his book “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” in chapter three, Stephen Hawking raised the question of whether there can be intelligent living beings in the universe. My answer would be “yes” – there must be intelligent and thinking beings in the universe. But first the question has to be answered what thought processes are needed for – in general.

Thinking becomes necessary living in a changing environment. Through calculating or holistic thinking processes, changes can be anticipated and the chance of survival of a species can systematically be increased. And it can also be assumed that most environments in the universe will change.

Even at the quantum level it can be seen that location and impulse cannot be determined simultaneously. This unpredictability is already hidden in the micro level and probably continues onto the macro level. Conversely, it can be concluded that the unpredictability of many worlds in the universe increases the chance for thinking living beings. On a galactic scale, there should therefore be a multitude of beings who gain an advantage by thinking.

This of course raises the question why we haven’t been visited by extraterrestrials long ago. Stephen Hawking himself gives a possible answer: probably, the aggressive species have usually destroyed themselves, while the peaceful ones have no interest in reaching or destroying other habitable planets.

Nov 112019

Diversity in the Transition to Higher Education – Open Call of Frontline Learning Research

Diversity in the Transition to Higher Education

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To overcome the limitations of existing research in the field of Higher Eduction (HE), this special issue aims at entering a novel pathway to investigate diversity in the transition to HE by: a.) further investigating the role of diversity on different levels of HE, b.) connecting previously unconnected micro, meso and macro levels of diversity and, c.) developing methodological designs that can tackle this broaden perspective of diversity in the transition to HE. The common aim of the studies to be published in the special issue is to connect different levels of diversity by using different methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and beyond). These studies will therefore contribute collectively and individually to a widened understanding of diversity and to further methodological developments in the field.

Important information:
Submission Deadline for 750 word abstracts: January 31st, 2020
Decision upon invitation to submit a paper: February 15th, 2020
Submission deadline for full papers: April 15th, 2020
Submit your proposal to: Mikael De Clercq (mikael.declercq[ET]
Find full call as PDF: here
Guest Editors: Mikaël De Clercq, Taiga Brahm, Ellen Jansen & Elke Bosse
FLR Website:

Sep 022019

Hurricane Dorian crawls slowly but with unmatchted power …

Climate activists have predicted this for a long time, starting in the early eighties, that the average temperature would rise. But they were wrong. It turns out that climate change will faster progress than predicted in the eighties.
One of the very obvious results of climate change is the rising surface level temperature of tropic oceans. This may not automatically result in more hurricanes because of the complex weather dynamics. But there is an association proved by the observed rise of the Power Disspation index within the last years.
So Dorian is very probable also a result of climate change.
hurricane dorian crawls slowly

I think the inhabitants of the Bahamas will suffer greatly, because the eye of the hurricane Dorian is moving very slowly. Sadly it will bring very strong winds and a lot of rainfall to the Bahamas in the next two days.
Projected track of Dorian:
Satellite image of Dorian:
Weather forecast for the Bahamas:

May 282019

EARLI 2019 program

EARLI 2019 program

The 18th Biennial EARLI Conference will be hosted by RWTH Aachen, Germany. All participants are encouraged to present results and ideas on state-of-the-art research in learning and instruction, specifically around the topic “Thinking Tomorrow’s Education: Learning from the past, in the present and for the future“.

In times of constant changes, the future is a moving target – difficult to predict and prepare for. Yet, education is doing just that. At the 18th Biennial EARLI Conference and the accompanying 23rd Conference of the Junior Researchers of EARLI, researchers in learning and instruction from all over the world come together to discuss current research findings. In order to think tomorrow’s education and education research, it is crucial to relate new findings to what we already know and elaborate how this will help foster sustainable learning processes and navigating what is yet to come.

Dates: August 10th-11th (JURE 2019) and 12th -16th (EARLI 2019)
Full Program: here
Conference App guidebook (IOS): PASSPHRASE: earli2019
Conference App guidebook (Android): PASSPHRASE: earli2019

May 222019

Meet the EARLI Journal Editors at the EARLI Conference 2019

EARLI Journal Editors

Session E: 1 Meet the EARLI Journal Editors
Date: 13.8.2019
Time: 10:15 – 11:45
Room: Lecture Hall – H06
Conference Website:

EARLI Journal editors

The EARLI journal editors will introduce the EARLI journals and the EARLI book series. They will inform the audience about specific services and goals of each journal and how to select the right journal for publishing their work. Additionally, some basic guidelines for potential authors will be presented.

EARLI Journals

EARLI publishes three peer-referred journals which are all available for free readership to all members; Learning and Instruction, Educational Research Review and the newest open access journal Frontline Learning Research. Additionally, the EARLI book series, New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction is designed to communicate the high quality research on learning and instruction to a broader audience of researchers and post-graduate students in education and psychology. Earli members are fully encouraged to submit their current research on the association’s journals.

May 162019

cancelled due to Corona

International Conference on Motivation 2020

The next International Conference on Motivation 2020 will be held at TU Dresden, Germany. The chair will be Susanne Narciss.

This will also be the first joint conference of the EARLI SIGs 8 and 16 in Dresden. The joint conference will be a place to go beyond disciplinary boundaries by sharing and discussing research issues and findings from all fields of Motivation, Emotion, and Metacognition. It will also offer great opportunities for detecting new pathways for collaborations that will contribute to empowering smart learning and instruction in a world of rapid and complex changes.

The ICM 2020 will be held from Thursday 3.9. untill Sunday 6.9.2020, preceded by the Summer School. The conference has one overlapping day with the conference of SIG16 (Metacognition), held from Sunday 6.9. – Tuesday 8.9.2020.

17th International Conference on Motivation (SIG 8): 3. – 6. September 2020
Summer School 2020: 31. August – 2. September 2020
9th International Conference on Metacognition (SIG 16): 6. – 8. September 2020
Location: Dresden – DGUV-Conference Center
Organizers: Faculty of Psychology – TU Dresden, SIG 8 – Motivation and Emotion, SIG 16 – Metacognition
Deadline for proposal submission – EXTENDED: January 6th find the second call here
Deadline for earli bird registration: June 3rd
Programm: to be anounced

May 152019
May 102019

reMarkable Test
reMarkable Test – What is a reMarkable?
A reMarkable looks and feels like a big E-book reader. The display of the reMarkable is a very readable LCD liquid crystal display: black writing on a light gray background. The real secret of the reMarkable lies in the nature of its surface: it is a rough plastic. In combination with the fiber tip of the reMarkable pen, this results in a writing feeling that is very close to writing with a pencil on paper.

What can you do with a reMarkable?
Mainly writing – and in all variations: with line support or blank or on a number of other templates. It would also be possible to draw – such as small mind maps. The writing process is supported by different types of pencils and three eraser functions – also with a very practical aera fuction. You can use different planes for editing – this is especially handy for commenting PDF documents or E-books in E-PUB format.

How does the reMarkable fit into the “normal” workflow?
With the reMarkable APP, which runs equally well on PC and mobile phone and tablet, the documents are synchronized (tested with Windows 10 and lOS) The documents that were created on the reMarkable are immediately assssible on the PC and can be exported as picture or PDF. Conversely, you can drag and drop PDF documents and e-pub files into the reMarkable app and then immediately process them on the reMarkable. On the reMarkable there is also a fonts recognition feature available (this text was also created on the reMarkable).
The results of this text recognition is very good with normal wording and works almost as well for the German language as for the English. However, the results of the speech recognition can not be saved so far and must be further processed by mail.

reMarkable Test Technique
Inside the reMarkable is a 1GHz ARM -19 with 512MB DDR 3L RAM and 8GB memory. The Codex operating system, which is based on Linux, masters all tasks without delay. The e-ink display works with a resolution of 1827 × 1404 dots on a 10.3 “diagonal, which corresponds to a resolution of 226 DPI A beautiful display that is completely sufficient for writing A backlight is not present The speed of the E-ink displays is of course – due to the design – something sluggish, which is noticeable in the construction of new pages – something like an e-book reader.The battery with 3000 mA can be charged via micro USB and lasts for several days, the pen does not need power, and at the end has a small storage for a replacement tip – very handy.

reMarkable Test – Conclusion
All the details of the reMarkable are really well thought out. You realize that the developers have gone to great lengths to think about everything.
But most importantly, it’s fun to write with. And although I can type with 10 fingers quickly, I prefer writing with a pen. The reMarkable has replaced all my notebooks after a short time. ☺ And that actually says it all. A clear buy recommendation for those who need a lot of writing and prefer to work with a pen rather than a keyboard.

Here you can find a discount of 80 euros on the reMarkable.


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