A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 1989, The Learner Research Network is brought together around a common concern for learning in all its sites, formal and informal, and at all levels, from early childhood, to schools, colleges and universities, and adult, community and workplace education. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Twenty-ninth International Conference on Learning calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2022 Special Focus: Intercultural Learning in Plurilingual Contexts
  • Theme 1: Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Theme 2: Assessment and Evaluation
  • Theme 3: Educational Organization and Leadership
  • Theme 4: Early Childhood Learning
  • Theme 5: Learning in Higher Education
  • Theme 6: Adult, Community, and Professional Learning
  • Theme 7: Learner Diversity and Identities
  • Theme 8: Technologies in Learning
  • Theme 9: Literacies Learning
  • Theme 10: Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

Local Conference Chairs

Anna M. Devís Arbona

Anna M. Devís Arbona

Professor, Department of Language and Literature Didactics, Faculty of Education, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Ángela Gómez López

Ángela Gómez López

Associate Professor, Department of Language and Literature Didactics, Faculty of Education, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

M. Begoña Gómez Devís

M. Begoña Gómez Devís

Professor, Department of Language and Literature Didactics, Faculty of Education, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Francesca Romero Forteza

Francesca Romero Forteza

Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Research Network Chairs

Bill Cope

Bill Cope

Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, United States

Mary Kalantzis

Mary Kalantzis

College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, United States

José Luis Ortega Martín

José Luis Ortega Martín

Professor, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Conference Partners

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