CARDET and the University of Nicosia, hosted the 62nd Annual conference of the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM) in conjunction with the 5th Annual Innovative Learning Environments 2012 conference. The event was under the Auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union and took place on 27-29 of September 2012 at the University of Nicosia. This global event is of great importance for Cyprus and is in line with the long term strategy of the island to become a regional center for education and services.
The conference theme was: “Design Thinking in Education, Media and Society”. The theme is based on the idea that all humans have an inherent ability to design. Design thinking is an interdisciplinary framework that draws from the fields of cognition, media, creativity, engineering, arts, and the social sciences. Design thinking uses the sensibilities of a designer to develop human-centered innovative solutions to problems. During the ICEM2012 conference, we explored the various applications of design thinking and elearning and discussed challenges and opportunities that arise when combining design with learning technologies to address challenges faced in education, media, and society. For information about the event visit http://icem2012.cardet.org.