History of the International Conference on Blended Learning

The International Conference on Blended Learning (ICBL) is an annual international conference with the main focus on blended learning – an integration of the traditional learning with innovative means, such as e-learning and open online learning, in order to create a new learning environment to enhance learning effectiveness and enrich learning experience. The purpose is to bring together researchers and developers from education and computer science to advance the research of blended learning.

ICBL is the continuation of the International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL) series which started in 2008. Following the success of ICHL 2015, the ICHL 2015 Conference Chair and Programme Chair together with some other Organizing Committee members decided to continue the Conference with a new name ICBL, starting from 2016. This new name ICBL would better reflect the latest practice in the field, as it has become an established trend to integrate (not only to combine) the traditional learning with e-learning and other innovative means of learning (such as open education resources and social media) to create a blended learning environment to enhance learning effectiveness and enrich learning experience.

ICBL together with its predecessors ICHL had attracted hundreds of delegates from many countries, including China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, UK, Canada, and USA. Previous ICHL conferences are highlighted below.

The 1st International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL 2008) was held on 13-15 August 2008 at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 5169) by Springer.

The 2nd International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL 2009) was held on 25-27 August 2009 at the University of Macau, Macau. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 5685) by Springer.

The 3rd International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL 2010) was held on 16-18 August 2010 at the Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 6248) by Springer.

The 4th International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL 2011) was held on 10-12 August 2011 at HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College, Hong Kong, China. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 6837) by Springer.

The 5th International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL 2012) was held on 13-15 August 2012 at South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 7411) by Springer.

The 6th International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL 2013) was held on 12-14 August 2013 at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 8038) by Springer.

The 7th International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL 2014) was held on 8-10 August 2014 at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 8595) by Springer.

The 8th International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL 2015) was held on 27-29 July 2015 at Central China Normal University, Shanghai, China. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 9167) by Springer.

The 9th International Conference on Blended Learning (ICBL 2016) was held on 19-21 July 2016 at Peking University, Beijing, China. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 9757) by Springer.

The 10th International Conference on Blended Learning (ICBL 2017) was held on 27-29 June 2017 at City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. The conference proceedings was published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Volume 10309) by Springer.