Embarking On A New Era Of Learning With Transformative Technologies

The conference theme challenges us to look anew at how the potential of current and emerging technologies can and/or should be harnessed for education and learning in our ever-changing world. Over the last several decades, digital technologies have revolutionized the way we work, play and learn—arguably changing our lives for the better overall—but they have not come without their problems and challenges (e.g., environmental degradation, social inequity arising from the "digital divide," ethical and moral dilemmas brought about by artificial intelligence). Over the next ten years (2020–2029), technologies such as AI, robotics, brain–computer interfaces, and extended or cross-reality (XR) that augment human sensory abilities, cognition and performance will continue to evolve and have a transformative impact. How can we ensure this transformation is positive, both for and through learning? As these technologies increasingly blur the boundaries between human and machine, and between physical and virtual, what can we do so the technology works toward our advantage, for the betterment of all of society and of our planet? Participants of TALE 2020 are encouraged to engage with these and other questions from creative, multidimensional and interdisciplinary perspectives as we stand on the precipice of this new era of learning with transformative technologies.
The IEEE Education Society and TALE 2020 Organizing Committee have been closely monitoring developments related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the safety and wellbeing of all conference participants being our foremost priority. In light of the guidance and recommendations of the relevant international and national health organizations, we have made the decision to switch from our plans for a face-to-face event in Takamatsu, Japan to a fully online conference format. Importantly, the dates of the conference will remain the same, and all papers that are accepted, registered, and presented will still be published in the proceedings that will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore. The specific online platform(s) that will be used to host the conference will be announced in the coming weeks.