The International Association for Blended Learning cordially invites researchers, teachers, trainers and technology experts to present the latest blended learning solutions as well as to discuss and exchange the latest findings and new ideas based on the ongoing research, practice, and experience. We would like to invite contributions from across the globe, from all educational sectors and a broad variety of industries. Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work that are not being considered in another forum.
We are inviting submissions of high-quality original research and technology papers that have not been previously published and are not under review for any other conference or journal. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two referees on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology, writing quality and the overall contribution to the field of blended learning.
· Last date for early-bird registration: January 10, 2016 January 24, 2016
· Full paper submission: January 10, 2016 February 7, 2016
· Workshop proposal submission: January 20, 2016 February 3, 2016
· Decision regarding acceptance of papers and workshops: February 1, 2016 February 20, 2016
· Camera-ready paper submission: February 30, 2016 March 12, 2016
· Slide show/presentation/video submission: March 30, 2016 April 11, 2016
· Conference starts: April 22, 2016
The conference is hosted by Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (formerly TEI Kavalas)
Address: Ag.Loukas 65404, Kavala, Greece.
The IABL2016 Conference Opening will take place in the Main Amphitheatre. The main hall has a capacity of 400 persons and the foyer – 120 persons. The pre-conference workshops (April 22nd, 2016) will take place at Windows-1 and Windows-2 Labs with a capacity of 22-25 persons.
You can take a virtual tour of the campus. Select “Kavala’s Points of Interest”. From the drop down menu select “Amphitheatre Entrance” (Opening of the Conference).
Flying to Kavala. Kavala’s airport “Megas Alexandros” is located 27km away from Kavala. It is connected with Athens by regularly scheduled flights and with many cities of the European countries and by charter flights as well. The website of the airport is: http://www.ypa.gr/en/our-airports/kratikos-aerolimenas-kabalas-m-alejandros-kakba
Transportation to Kavala should be arranged by taxi (average cost of 35 -40 euros) or you can contact the IABL committee to arrange an alternative transportation if possible.
Flying to Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki’s airport “Makedonia” (160km from Kavala) is connected with Athens by regularly scheduled flights and with many cities of the European countries. The webpage of the airport “Makedonia”
There are two transportation options from Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia”:
By bus: Route bus No 78 offers a regular service between Thessaloniki International Airport and the city of Thessaloniki. The bus departs every 45mins from the bus station outside the check-in hall. The duration of the above route is about 45 minutes. The cost of the ticket is 1€
From Thessaloniki you can take a bus to Kavala (KTEL MACEDONIA) http://ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/parcels/tid=17
By taxi: It is the most preferable option. A route from Thessaloniki International Airport to KTEL MACEDONIA at average cost of 20€. Plenty of taxis are located at the entrance of the airport. Then you can take a bus to Kavala (KTEL MACEDONIA) http://ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/parcels/tid=17
KTEL MACEDONIA offers about 15 connections to Kavala daily. There is no need to book it in advance. There are two possible routes. The slower option (2.5 to 3h) via mountains leaves on the hour. The faster option (approx. 2h) via Nea Peramos has 4 departures daily (9am, noon, 3pm and 6pm). Fare for a single one-way ticket is 15€.
Flying to Athens: Athens airport “El.Venizelos” offers air connections to Kavala’s airport “Megas Alexandros” http://www.ypa.gr/en/our-airports/aia. There are also regular bus connections from Athens to Kavala.
Local transportation from Kavala city center to Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (TEI Kavalas):
Bus No. 4 – ticket cost 1.25€ (every 10 min)
Taxi to TEI Kavala – average cost 7€
Many visitors to Greece will not need to obtain a visa for visits to Greece of up to 90 days. This includes citizens of all other European Union countries, Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States.
Please contact organizers if you require an invitation letter for the visa purposes.
For the most part, electrical sockets (outlets) in Greece are one of the two European standard electrical socket types. Please check the following websites for details.
Opening hours from Monday to Friday : 7:30 – 14:30 – Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
The weather in Greece in September is warm and mild. Average temperatures in Kavala for September range from 19 to 29°C.
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The Technological Educational Institute of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (TEI EMT; Greek: Ανώτατο Τεχνολογικό Εκπαιδευτικό Ίδρυμα Ανατολικής Μακεδονίας και Θράκης, ΑΤΕΙ ΑΜΘ; formerly Technological Educational Institute of Kavala, Τεχνολογικό Εκπαιδευτικό Ίδρυμα Καβάλας, TEIKAV) is a public institute providing university-level education in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The institute has three campuses; the main campus in St. Lukas, Kavala, and additional campuses in Drama and Didymoteicho, Evros regional unit. The TEI of Kavala had 13,500 registered students in the academic year 2007–08, ranking seventh among the 16 technological educational institutes in Greece in terms of students. The TEI of Kavala was founded in 1976, and its current form is a result of many institutional reforms and changes. Originally established as an educational centre for vocational studies under Presidential Decree 748/76 and Law 652/70, it was recognized in 1983 as an institute of technology by Law 1404/83. In 2001 it was upgraded to a higher educational institute by Law 2916/01 and since 2007 it is recognized as a university-level institute. However, the term "university" is not widely used, because the term "technological educational institute" (TEI for short) is more common throughout Greece. EI of Kavala’s facilities were originally located in leased buildings around Kavala. In 1992 these facilities relocated to the new main campus in St. Lukas. Developed by Michaniki S.A., the campus buildings were arranged in an amphitheatre-style structure, overlooking the gulf of Kavala. The campus area is approximately 132,000 square metres (1,420,000 sq ft) with buildings covering 36,000 square metres (390,000 sq ft). TEIEMT is the main sponsor of the IABL2016 providing the conference attendees with access to the conference main venue.