The 2nd World Conference on Blended Learning

April 26-28, 2017

Toronto, ON, Canada

George Brown College

Conference tracks

Research Track

regular and short papers

Aims to help define and shape blended learning and innovative approaches to teaching and learning across settings and technologies.

Application/Industry Track

practitioner presentations

The forum for high-quality presentations on innovative applications and technological solutions enabling successful practice of blended learning.

Graduate Symposium

regular and short papers

It is an opportunity for Doctoral and Master’s students to receive expert feedback from a panel of experienced supervisors and examiners.


posters and demos

A space for demonstration of technological solutions and platform for information exchange and networking.

The IABL2017 Conference, the 2nd World Conference on Blended Learning is hosted by the International Association for Blended Learning (IABL) and George Brown College (GBC). The conference organizers cordially invite researchers, teachers, professors, administrators, 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.

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.

IABL2017 is a blended conference and invites both face-to-face and virtual presenters. The virtual presentations are delivered by presenters who cannot attend the conference in person but whose papers have been accepted (in keeping with the Submission Guidelines) for IABL2017. Each virtual presentation consists of three elements: (1) a pre-recorded video (paper presentation), (2) 10-15 minute synchronous presenter-audience chat via Skype, (3) subsequent online discussion (closed after 48 hours from the scheduled presentation unless otherwise requested by the presenter). Virtual presenters are required to submit their proposal using the same guidelines as face-to-face presenters. Virtual presenters can choose from the following three categories: long paper, short paper, and industry showcases/practitioners presentation. All blended sessions are moderated by a session chair to ensure optimal interaction between the virtual presenter and the audience.

  • Pedagogy of blended learning
  • Blended learning in practice
  • Design of blended learning
  • Technology in blended learning
  • Future of blended learning
  • Blended approach to corporate training
  • Blended learning for special needs learners
  • Blended learning in language acquisition
  • Blended learning in K-12
  • Blended learning in higher education
  • Blended learning for development / in developing countries
  • Blended learning in teacher professional development

Important dates

Last date for early-bird registration January 30, 2017
Full/short paper submission December 31, 2016
January 31, 2017
Workshop proposal submission December 31, 2016
Industry showcases/Practitioners presentation/Poster submission January 31, 2017
Demofest submission January 15, 2017
Decision regarding acceptance January 15, 2017
February 28, 2017
Late-breaking papers submission March 5, 2017
Late-breaking papers notification March 18, 2017
Camera-ready paper submission March 25, 2017
Full paper and workshop slide show/presentation submission March 30, 2017
Registration deadline for presenters April 10, 2017
Conference starts April 26, 2017

IABL2017 is collocated this year with Digifest2017. Digifest is an immersive event that showcases ground breaking creations and trending content in digital media, art, design and technology. International speakers, interactive installations and collaborative workshops all take place at the innovative Corus Quay building on Toronto’s waterfront next to the GBC waterfront building. Conference delegates will be offered special tickets allowing them to participate in both IABL and (DF2017).

The festival fosters connections by bringing together industry, academics and the public, to inspire us to think about how digital tools and technology will shape our lives and our future. From architects to app designers, creators and entrepreneurs take centre stage to share their stories and showcase the digital and technological discoveries that will re-shape some of today’s pressing challenges.