FIE 2020 goes virtual


June 26, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

The Frontiers in Education Steering Committee representing the three sponsoring societies has made the decision to move this year’s planned FIE 2020 50th anniversary physical conference to online format.

In the light of the current forecasts regarding the continuation of the current pandemic into the Autumn, as well as being aware of the travel restrictions that are in place for many of our members and authors,  the FIE steering committee has decided to hold an online conference for FIE 2020.

As we move towards the 50th anniversary event, we are aware that you will have experience of other conferences in online digital platforms. We have taken several decisions to enhance the conference experience and we believe this is a unique opportunity to try something new. One exciting opportunity of the online format is the ability to extend access to the conference, and hopefully extend participation to those who might not normally be able to travel internationally for a variety of reasons. In particular, we are working on different formats to ensure the sessions are engaging and dynamic while minimizing the impact of differing time zones as the FIE community stretches across the globe.

This will also result in new registration rates designed so that the conference will precisely break even in 2020 based on our estimates of current expenses. Due to the final negotiations on the registration fee and some delays in our IEEE Xplore process the opening of the registration and submission pages has been delayed. Submission of already accepted camera-ready papers has now opened, but due to the delay we are extending the deadline for submission of camera-ready papers to July 13.

The registration page for FIE 2020 will open at the beginning of August when the final registration fees have been decided by the Steering Committee (these fees will naturally be lower than the usual fees for a physical conference), which means that we will allow for submission of camera-ready papers before registering to the conference.

Changing to an online conference will require major adjustments, but also offers unique advantages, and we will keep you up to date as we move forward with the process. At this time, we do not have exact details to share, but please know we are working diligently to make this new format as engaging and budget friendly as possible. Looking forward, FIE 2021 is still scheduled as a physical conference in Lincoln, NE, USA, and we plan to hold FIE 2022 in Sweden so you can all still experience the castle and a fabulous banquet!

Thank you for your understanding regarding this change, and we hope you too see the online format as an opportunity for us to engage at the frontiers of online education.

Yours in Service to the FIE community.

Arnold Pears ( and Mats Daniels (
General Chairs

Rachel Kajfez, The Ohio State University | ASEE ERM (
Mani Mina, Iowa State University | IEEE Education Society (
Stephen Frezza, Gannon University | IEEE Computer Society (
Technical Program Chairs




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