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Global IT conference comes to York

Posted on 10 September 2014

The latest in a global series of conferences on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET) will be hosted in York from 11 to 13 September.

Commencing with a reception at the Guildhall on 11 September at 7pm, the Lord Mayor of York will give a speech to approximately 60 academics from around the world.

The conference is gathered to discuss recent advances in technology that have significantly changed the education scene. Supported by the UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics of Bogazici University, Istanbul, and co-sponsored by the Industrial Electronics Society (IEEE IES), participants will attend from institutions such as the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), International Society for Engineering Education (IGIP) and the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering (EAEEIE).

Tony Ward, organiser of the conference and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronics at the University of York, said: “It is recognized that traditional, rigid educational and training methods cannot cope with the increased demand for higher education, and we must find solutions to bring knowledge and expert reasoning to students who may find it difficult to be part of a traditional classroom. As a result, the use of IT in teaching and learning has increased tremendously, enabling the creation and implementation of computer aided or multimedia-based techniques.

“The educational researchers gathering in York are vital in keeping our education systems up to date and we will share successes in the development of IT-based learning from our respective institutions.”

Established in 2000, previous conferences have been held around the world in cities such as Istanbul, Sydney and Kumamoto, Japan.

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