July 6-8, 2021


EdMedia Emerging Scholar Stream

Did you know that EdMedia + Innovate Learning hosts a “conference within a conference”
specifically for Ph.D. candidates, Masters students, and new faculty?

The Emerging Scholar Stream offers a special session each day.

These sessions will all take place in the beautiful Koepelzaal.


The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) is proud to offer a special stream of talks, clinics, discussions and social events specifically tailored for emerging scholars and graduate students, at the EdMedia + Innovate Learning conference. Each day will provide an extravaganza of events with the opportunity for discussions, informal conversations, and social opportunities at the end of the day.

The stream will also appeal to supervisors, advisors, early career researchers and others interested in the conduct of research in educational technology fields. This stream has several activities designed to give you a rich and meaningful experience in the conference.

Day 1 / June 23 / Surviving Post COVID-19?

6:00 PM CEST

Presenters: Joyce Johnston and Verona Leendertz
This session will take the form of a short presentation with a discussion on each of the topics. The topics include: Advance Technologies for learning and teaching in the post covid-19 society, Open Education and the future of learning – looking beyond the pandemic, Virtual and
distance education – the new normal, Research after the pandemic.

Day 2 / June 24 / Tips and Tools: How to get the Best Out of the 2020 Conference

3:30 PM CEST
Presenters: Joyce Johnston and Verona Leendertz
This session targets beginning conferees or those who would like to enhance their previous experiences. The ESS Co-Chairs will provide tips on: navigating your virtual conference experience, things to do before the conference – conference planning, scheduling your conference using Academic Scholar site, how to get the best out of papers presented – Researching presenters and topics, Help, there is no coffee break? – How to network in a digital environment, creating networking opportunities during a digital conference, engaging during presentations as networking opportunity.

Day 3 / June 25 / Where is my digital footprint?

4:45 PM CEST
Presenters: Koos De Villiers, North-West University, South Africa, and Sara Muršic, Edge Hill University, UK
This session targets novice/beginner academics. The two ESS members will present some valuable tips on: thinking of your digital footprint on various platforms, presenting at a virtual conference, using material that will make you memorable, infographics, podcasts and introductions, tips and tools to enhance digital presence, communicating your research, and making a digital business card.

Day 4 / June 26 / Graduate Student “Night In” with the ESS & EDIL 2020

7:30 PM CEST
Presenters:  Verona Leendertz and Joyce Johnston
Join other grad students and emerging scholars for a virtual Happy Hour all your own. Meet the ESS chairs and chat with colleagues.

The ESS Also Includes:

  • Social networking opportunities through AcademicExperts to facilitate discussion during and after the conference, and a dedicated Twitter stream #EmergingScholars
  • A special Emerging Scholar Reception to welcome you, and to provide opportunities to mix with other students and researchers
  • Daily social activities, discussions, and informal gathering with other emerging scholars and the Edmedia Executive Committee
  • An Outstanding Paper award presented to a paper where the author (or first named author) is a student.
  • Help or feedback on your presentation slides provided every day by the EdMedia planning group member during the “Presentation Help-Sessions”
  • On-going networking and social interactions among research peers and experts in the conference

Did you know?

  • AACE and EdMedia offer this program as a service to graduate students by presenting high quality, research training opportunities.
  • The Emerging Scholar program is available for registered attendees at the EdMedia + Innovate Learning Conference. Special registration is not required to attend!
  • Your home institution might consider structuring a readings/seminar course or independent study contract for you that includes attendance at these and other EdMedia sessions as part of the course requirements.
  • You may be able to use the Emerging Scholar sessions to gain credit towards your degree.

ESS Chairs

Joyce F. Johnston, George Mason University

Verona Leendertz, North West University South Africa

2013 Emerging Scholars Stream