Education, Technology & Culture in Crisis: Secondary & Higher Education in a Time of Virtual Instruction

Education, Technology & Culture in Crisis: Secondary & Higher Education in a Time of Virtual Instruction

International Conference
(Zoom sessions:2 days/Virtual platform:5 days)

Organizing Committee


Thematic Approach

GIRES, the Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, committed to creating a welcoming space for discussion and collaboration, in its new conference seeks to explore the social, cultural and economic impact of virtual education in our time of pandemic and beyond. 

Technology and culture now confront each other with unprecedented force as schools at all levels must deal with the demands of distance learning and teaching in a time of pandemic. We wish to examine key questions and seek viable answers on how the pandemic has altered education and how its impact will affect the quality of education now and in the post Covid-19 era.

The challenges are obvious but the solutions and outcomes are not clear. We wish to explore how the age-old humanism of teaching and learning has become obsolete in our digital age and understand whether the more efficient and less-costly ways to deliver knowledge and skills can benefit private and public, institutional and individual needs. Has the temporary yet long-term closure of schools and universities saved lives while damaging the transmission of skills that only the knowledge industry can provide? At what cost and benefit have schools and universities transformed in-class courses into screen-to-screen? 

We aim at exploring the impact of pandemic on education, on students and teachers and parents and the knowledge industry in general to understand if technologically-enhanced remote teaching and learning will be here to stay in the post-pandemic era for the many or the few? What lessons do we draw from the present situation?  Where does the public education and private technology partnership go from here?

GIRES invites scholars from all fields for which education in a time of e-learning is a pertinent issue — to debate relevant questions and to seek a wealth of answers. Our conference is committed to the cross-pollination of interdisciplinary learning.

Proposed Topics (Lingua franca: English)

– The Developing Private-Public Relation of E-Learning
– Teaching Methodologies: structuring online vs. present-in-class courses  (informal vs. formal context)
– Breakthroughs and anticipations in the world of learning technologies
– Secondary and higher education: e-learning complements and contrasts
– Training for online e-learning: challenges and potential solutions for teachers & students
– Psychological aspects and physical health for students and teachers in the “safe” but socially distanced, solitary classroom.  Do the new distance learning conditions in a time of pandemic foster a society of hermits?
– What’s the relation between online learning & the subject taught?  (Social Sciences, Humanities, Hard Science)
– Disciplines/Fields of studies affected most and least
– Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Challenges (SWOC) analysis of online learning’s key issues and technologies during and after the current pandemic
– EdTech Start-ups and online learning
– Digital literacy and infrastructure
– Socio-economic levels & resources and e-learning
– Online knowledge dissemination: advantages, disadvantages, distractions and dishonesty
– Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Online Learning: the future of the teaching craft
– Post-pandemic E-Learning: What will be lost? What gained?

Proposed Formats (Lingua franca: English)
-Individual papers (GIRES will included it in a panel)
-Panels (up to 4 presentations-chaired by one of the presenters or appointed by GIRES)
-Roundtable presentations (chaired by one of the presenters or appointed by GIRES)
-Poster presentations
-Student presentations (one paper presented by up to 3 young scholars)
-Keynote speech (depending on the time availability)
-Pre-recorder presentation (s) (Asynchronous Platform)
-Pre-recorder presentation (s) (Synchronous-live- Sessions: live participation of presenter (s) during the Q&A sessions)

Publication Opportunity 
The Organizing Committee and GIRES Press will publish the most powerful and dynamic presentations of the conference and include them
in a collective volume in the form of short articles and/or long essays. For more information please contact us

Live Sessions Recording
All participants have the option to have their presentations recorded (during live sessions) in HD quality. The recordings will be uploaded to GIRES media for unlimited access and dissemination.

Asynchronous Options
All participants have the option to have their presentations (video/audio/text) uploaded to our Virtual Platform. All  registered participants will have access to the material for 5 days.

Our proposed topics & formats are not restrictive and we invite additional germane ideas
Due to the restrictions of Corona Crisis our event (for the time being) will take place VIRTUALLY

  • Date of Conference

    GIRES Headquarters(GMT+2)
    15-16 May 2021

  • Deadline for proposals

    30 March 2021

  • Acceptance Notification

    5 April 2021

  • Publication

    Collective Volume

  • Registration fees

    Regular=80 Euros

    Regular=60 Euros

  • Accreditation

    Official Certificate issued by GIRES