Message from the convenors: AILA Congress in Rio, 2017

February 2, 2016 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

Hi All,

We hope you are all enjoying settling into the new year and some new students. While we are still fresh after Xmas-New Year, the convenors of the AILA Autonomous Learning Research Network (AILA ReNLA) have been working in the background to be prepared for the AILA ReNLA section of the AILA Congress 2017 in Rio.

Research Networks will have their own presentation day (i.e. colloquia), and there will be no other presentations or symposia at the same time. This will be followed by an AGM and appropriate social event! We also plan to co-edit a refereed book and/or special journal after the conference. 

Last year we circulated an email to all members asking for comment on proposed theme and sub-themes. The following is what seems to be the most useful and appropriate topics for AILA ReNLA to focus on at the 2017 congress:


Learner autonomy in today’s developed and developing world


(i) Delineations and meanings of space and place for autonomy

(ii) Assessing the presence, extent and benefits of autonomy

(iii) Exposition of innovative educational practices as they impact on autonomy

(iv) South American autonomy aspects to research and practice

We would like to invite you to send in 2-300 word abstracts for presentations to your colleagues in the autonomous learning community, in a variety of formats, both serious and more informal & interactive e.g. papers, posters, workshops, discussion, debates etc. We also want to encourage both experienced and new & emerging researchers. Could you please indicate a preferred time frame for the length of your presentation.

Deadline for abstract submissions will be April 30, 2016 and should be sent to

Please note that any submissions you make to the ReNLA colloquium will be separate from those to the main AILA Congress Strand B, No 7  (

Please feel free to pass this link onto anyone else you know who may be interested.

The AILA ReNLA website is 

Moira, Alice, and Kerstin

Entry filed under: Bulletin, conference news, info.

Approval of Learner Autonomy ReN AILA Congress: Rio 2017 ReNLA program

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