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VI International GUIDE Conference
Athens, Greece 3-4 October, 2013

The Global Economic Crisis and its consequences on the national educational systems
Can online education contribute to overcoming the crisis?

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Greece
Ministero Greco

Abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2013
Send your abstract now through the Call for Papers form.

Keynote and highlighted speakers of the upcoming International GUIDE Conference:

bullet Welcome addressby Prof. Alessandra Briganti (Marconi University, Italy)
bullet The Impact of the Crisis on the Structure of Higher Education Systems by Prof. Andrea Gentile (Marconi University, Italy)
bullet Surviving Economic Crises through Education by David R. Cole (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
bullet Distance Learning and Labor Market Flexibilty by Christodoulos Stefanidis (University of Pireus, Greece)
bullet Global knowledge, information technology and the humanities: can intellect exist? A historian's view by Dr. William Mallinson (Ionian University, Greece)
bullet OER and MOOCs in a Time of Economic Crisis by Sir John Daniel and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic (Academic Partnerships, U.S.A.)
bullet Economic Crisis and Online Education by Panagiotis E. Petrakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
bullet MOOCs: Disruptive Force or Disorienting Distraction? by Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr. (St. Leo University, U.S.A.)
bullet Distance learning as a Strategy for National Development: Blended Education that serves the Mission by Muhammed el Sadanni (MISR University for Science & Technology, Egypt)
bullet The elearning as a response to social challenges: Portrait of a situation by Maria de Fatima Goulao (Universidade Aberta, Portugal)
bullet On the Effectiveness of Virtual Labs in Universities - Case studies from an Indian National Mission Project by Shyam Diwakar (Amrita University, India)
bullet MOOCs and Global Distance Learning: Compatibility or Conflict? by Paul Edelson (Stony Brook University/SUNY, USA)
bullet Improving the efficiency of educational process by immersion in virtual reality by Mikhail Lavrentyev (Novosibirsk State University, Russia)





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New members
The GUIDE Association welcomes its new members:
bullet Madrid Open University – UDIMA (Spain)
bullet ASIC – Accreditation Service for International Schools (UK)
bullet Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
bullet Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Philippines)
bullet Amos Laycock Consulting (UK)

GUIDE Survey
We are delighted to introduce the first full survey of the GUIDE Association!
Click here to complete a short anonomous survey on the sate of eLearning within your institutions. Responses will be aggregated and will not be identified by institution.
The results will be presented at the GUIDE conference in Athens and will be subsequently published on our website.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey!


A substantial number of contributions are focused on the impact of the financial crisis on the University and the effects of moral education and culture on the globalized society. In this perspective,  even online and distance education is taken into consideration as a valid source of motivation  when choosing a university or within the professional work environment.

Case studies, intelligent systems applications, and humanoid systems testing accompany the challenging prospect for pedagogical and educational changes at both the European and international level.

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Call for proposals

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Oslo (Norway), 12-15 June, 2013
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New York (U.S.A.), June 12-14, 2013
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mLearnCon 2013: Mobile Learning Conference & Expo
San Jose (U.S.A.), June 18-20, 2013
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10th eLearnExpo: Modern Technologies for Training in Companies and Educational Institutions
Moscow (Russia), June 18-19, 2013
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2nd Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech: The World IT Frontier Trends: Challenge and Opportunity
Dalian (China), June 20-22, 2013
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5th EDULEARN: International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Barcelona (Spain), July 1-3, 2013
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25th ICDE World Conference: New Strategies for Global Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
Tianjin (China), October 16-18, 2013 
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This Section keeps GUIDE Members updated with the latest opportunities to participate in cooperation and research programmes.

GUIDE Project Office will offer support in the search and constitution of partnerships and during the project proposal phase.

GUIDE Members are kindly invited to send their proposals and to suggest other opportunities of funding.

Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme
Call for proposals EACEA/45/12 (PDF)
Deadline: 10 June 2013.

Seventh Framework Programme (FP7): Marie Curie Actions
Guide for applicants (PDF)
Deadline: 14 August 2013.

Deadline: 25 June 2013.

For further information concerning GUIDE projects and proposals:

GUIDE Association's Secretariat
c/o Università degli Studi "Guglielmo Marconi"
Via Gregorio VII, 414 - 00165 Rome (Italy)
Phone: +39 06 37 72 55 16 / Fax: +39 37 72 55 44