The IAFOR Conference on Educational Research & Innovation 2019

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Conference Theme: "Learning Beyond Boundaries"

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA, Drillfield Burruss

Burruss Hall, Virginia Tech, USA

Discovery is sparked through opportunities to examine contemporary knowledge and practices from differing perspectives, beyond well-defined areas of expertise. In educational research, the opportunity to explore current educational issues and challenges through a different lens can serve as a valuable catalyst for innovations in teaching and learning. Toward this goal, the International Academic Forum is proud to partner with Virginia Tech to examine the latest research and innovations in education, with a specific focus on perspectives that cross the traditional boundaries of disciplines, geographies, contexts, and cultures to inform the next generation of teaching and learning. Leveraging IAFOR’s globally-renowned offering of international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary scholarly exchanges, the “Learning Beyond Boundaries” conference organisers welcome original research and best practices related to the trends and issues in education that move beyond traditional paradigms and practices.

Held at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA, The IAFOR Conference on Educational Research & Innovation (ERI) is a multidisciplinary conference organised by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

In conjunction with IAFOR's Global Partners, we look forward to welcoming you to Virginia Tech!

– The ERI2019 Organising Committee

Amy Azano, Virginia Tech, USA
Bob Doyle, Harvard University, USA
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Steve Harmon, Georgia Tech, USA
Rich Ingram, James Madison University, USA
Barbara Lockee (Conference Chair), Virginia Tech, USA

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
  • Dates: Monday, May 06, 2019 ​to Wednesday, May 08, 2019
  • Conference Theme: "Learning Beyond Boundaries"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: December 20, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2019
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: March 28, 2019

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.


Keynote Speakers

  • Amy Azano
    Amy Azano
    Virginia Tech, USA
  • Steve Harmon
    Steve Harmon
    Georgia Tech, USA
  • Rich Ingram
    Rich Ingram
    James Madison University, USA
  • Mark Pegrum
    Mark Pegrum
    The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia

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About Virginia Tech., USA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.

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Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), University of Barcelona (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Amy Azano
Virginia Tech, USA


Dr Amy Price Azano is an Associate Professor of Education and teaches doctoral and masters level courses at Virginia Tech. Her scholarship focuses on rural education and literacy research. She is the co-Principal Investigator of Promoting PLACE (Place, Literacy, Achievement, Community, and Engagement) in Rural Schools, a five-year, 1.9 million dollar U.S. Department of Education grant designed to support gifted education programs in high-poverty rural communities. Her previous academic appointment was at the University of Virginia’s National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented where she worked as a research scientist and project manager on two federally funded grants. Azano is the elected secretary/treasurer of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Rural Education SIG, a member of the Rural Education International Research Alliance, co-director of the Rural School-Community Partnership Research Consortium, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Research in Rural Education, and was the guest co-editor for a rural themed issue of the Journal of Advanced Academics. She regularly presents on rural education at AERA, the Literacy Research Association, most recently at the International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education, and has been an invited speaker on rural education in England and Australia. Azano has several book chapters, a curriculum series with Prufrock Press, and over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, including in top tier journals, such as Review of Research in Education, AERA Open, Journal of Research in Rural Education, and American Educational Research Journal.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Context is Everything: Rethinking Evidence Beyond Boundaries
Steve Harmon
Georgia Tech, USA


Dr Stephen Harmon serves as associate dean of research at Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), director of educational innovation at the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), and as a professor at the Georgia Tech College of Design. At GTPE and C21U, he leads the invention, prototyping, and validation efforts associated with educational innovation and with managing facilities available to all Georgia Tech researchers and faculty members.

His previous position was professor and chair of the Learning Technologies Division in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University.

After majoring in English literature at Furman University, Dr Harmon moved to Upper Egypt to teach fourth-grade English for two years. While traveling through the Middle East and Africa, he realized the tremendous need, and scarce resources, for education and training in developing countries. He returned to the US and earned a masters and doctorate in instructional technology, with a cognate in global policy studies, from the University of Georgia.

Dr Harmon’s research centers on educational uses of emerging technologies and has, for the last few years, focused on transforming higher education to better meet the needs of modern students and society. He is a past president of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.

Dr Harmon also conducts research on educational technology in developing countries. He has worked in several Middle Eastern and African countries, including as a consultant for USAID’s Education for Development and Democracy Initiative, in Botswana.

Dr Harmon has over 120 professional publications and presentations, and was the 2011 recipient of Georgia State University’s Innovative Instruction Award. He was the spring 2016 commencement speaker at Georgia Southern University.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Creating the Next in Education. On the Road to the University of 2040
Rich Ingram
James Madison University, USA


Rich Ingram has seen the study of human cognition progress from behaviorism to cognitive behaviorism to cognitive psychology to cognitive neuroscience to cognitive psychophysiology, and now to its emerging embodiment as educational psychophysiology. He was there to see the early conception of concepts evolve from computational models of learning to machine induction and modern machine learning, which heralded the arrival of Big Data and advanced learning analytics. Tying all of this together is a fascination with the thinking style of James Burke, for whom “Everything is connected to everything including you, too, of course”.

Dr Ingram trained and worked as a school psychologist before moving on to complete his doctoral work in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University (Bloomington). He worked as a corporate consultant for 13 years before joining James Madison University. Here he has designed and led major research and development efforts, including serving as the Director of the JMU/Microsoft Partners in Learning initiative for six years, promoting performance certification and twenty-first century (P21) skills. He has written analysis software for widely-used psychometric instruments and dabbled in artificial intelligence. His Selection Expert perceptron has achieved a 100% hit rate identifying “great” teachers relative to teachers who are merely “good”, and a 92% hit rate for identifying winning and losing NFL teams. (Ask about typicality.)

Keynote Presentation (2019) | "The Psychophysiology of Educational Neuroscience"

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Mark Pegrum
The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia


Mark is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia in Perth, where he is the Deputy Head of School (International), with responsibility for overseeing offshore programmes and international connections. In his courses, he specialises in digital technologies in education, with a particular focus on mobile learning. His teaching has been recognised through Faculty and University Excellence in Teaching Awards, as well as a 2010 national Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) Excellence in Teaching Award. His current research focuses on mobile technologies, digital literacies, augmented reality, and mobile learning trails and games. His books include: Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education and the Internet, co-edited with Joe Lockard, and published by Peter Lang in 2007; From Blogs to Bombs: The Future of Digital Technologies in Education, published by UWA Publishing in 2009; Digital Literacies, co-authored with Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly, and published by Pearson in 2013; and Mobile Learning: Languages, Literacies and Cultures, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. He is currently working on a new book with a strong focus on mobile augmented reality, due for publication by Springer in 2019. To date, some of his work has been translated into Chinese and Portuguese. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, and a member of the Editorial Boards of Interactive Technology and Smart Education; System; and Technology in Language Teaching & Learning. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Laureate-Cambridge Online Language Learning Research Network (OLLReN), a member of the Advisory Panels for the Digital Education Show Asia and EduTECH Asia, a member of the Programme Committee for the International Mobile Learning Festival, a member of the International Review Panel for mLearn, and the Co-Convenor, with Hayo Reinders, of the AILA research network Mobile Gaming in Language Learning & Teaching. He currently teaches in Perth and Singapore and has given presentations and run seminars on e-learning and m-learning in Australia and New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, the UK and Europe, and North and South America. Further details can be on his website at:

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Mobility, Mixed Reality, and the Crossing of Linguacultural Boundaries