The X GUIDE International Conference was held in Vienna, Austria on September 16th-18th, 2015 at University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (UASTW). The conference had participants from many well-known universities coming from numerous countries across the globe. Attendees came from Austria, Ukraine, China, United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Argentina, Philippines, Canada, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Great Britain, Algeria, Poland, Denmark, Israel, Slovenia, The Netherlands, and Bulgaria.
Throughout the three days, the conference featured 50 presentations. They reflected the latest worldwide trends in e-learning, addressing topics such as the evolution and transformation of MOOCs, the creation and implementation of virtual laboratories in teaching and learning and the importance to develop distance education programs that can effectively respond to corporate training needs.
Significant attention was also given to gamification, with its crucial role in making the learning experience more attractive and stimulating through the use of simulation, animations and narrative-based learning and to BYOD policies that are becoming an overwhelming trend both in the academic field and in the business world where they are having a significant impact on day-to-day operations.
Finally, a major focus was placed on the always relevant aspects related to quality assurance and on its crucial role in the rapid development of methodologies applied to formal, non-formal and informal learning. The demand for standards and accreditation is growing globally as well as the need to define international quality criteria for comparing the diverse educational systems.
We would like to thank all speakers and participants for coming to Vienna and making the conference a great success!
Photographer: Roland Planitz - http://planitz.at