Call for Papers

The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, educational developers, and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. Through EC-TEL, established and emerging researchers as well as practitioners, entrepreneurs, and technology developers explore new collaborations, strengthen networks, and complement their core expertise.

Developments in information and communication technology, for example new communication patterns like in social applications, mobile devices and ubiquitous network access, together with social and economical changes lead to a networked world. The increasing networking in different scales from global to local is having a profound effect on learning and teaching. It makes new forms of collaborative and personalized learning experiences reality. Learners shift between formal, non-formal and informal learning. They come together in different social settings and communities. Teachers roles are also subject to change.

There is a pressing need to shape learning arrangements in such a way that they exploit the potentials and meet the requirements of a networked world. To address these challenges the theme of EC-TEL 2015 is Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World.

Important Dates

Papers, Short Papers, Posters & Demonstrations:

  • 16 March 2015 - Mandatory submission of an abstract
  • 1 April 2015 - Submission of full version
  • 27 May 2015 - Notification of acceptance
  • 21 June 2015 - Camera-ready versions

Workshop Proposals:

  • 1 April 2015 - Submission of workshop proposal (Abstract not needed)
  • 30 April 2015 - Workshop notification
  • 15 and 18 September - Workshops

Project Meetings

  • 19 June 2015 - Room reservation for project meetings
  • 14, 15 and 18 September 2015 - Project Meetings

Conference:

  • 24 July 2015 - Early-bird registration ends
  • 16-17 September 2015 - Main conference

Doctoral Consortium:

  • 23 May 2015 - Doctoral Consortium application submission
  • 20 June 2015 - Doctoral Consortium application notification
  • 30 July 2015 - Doctoral Consortium reviews
  • 29 August 2015 - Doctoral Consortium camera-ready versions
  • 15 September 2015 - Doctoral Consortium

Conference Topics

From both research and innovative practice perspectives the following topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to:

Technological underpinning

  • Large-scale sharing and interoperability
  • Personalization, user modelling and adaptation
  • Learning analytics
  • Context-aware systems
  • Recommender systems for TEL
  • Adapted learning flow, content and monitoring process
  • Serious games and 3D virtual worlds
  • Augmented reality
  • Social computing and social media
  • Semantic Web
  • Natural language processing and latent semantic analysis
  • Mobile technologies (tablets & smartphones)
  • Network infrastructures and architectures for TEL
  • Sensors and sensor networks
  • Roomware, ambient displays and wearable devices
  • Cloud Computing in TEL
  • eLearning specifications and standards
  • Interoperability of devices, tools and architectures

Pedagogical underpinning

  • Problem- and project-based learning / Inquiry based learning
  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Collaborative knowledge building
  • Game-based and simulation-based learning
  • Story-telling and reflection-based learning
  • Learning design and design approaches
  • Communities of learners and communities of practice
  • Teaching techniques and strategies for online learning
  • Learner motivation and engagement
  • Evaluation methods for TEL

Individual, social & organizational learning processes

  • Cognitive mechanisms in knowledge acquisition and construction
  • Self-regulated and self-directed learning
  • Reflective learning
  • Social processes in teams and communities
  • Learning group formation
  • Social awareness
  • Trust and reputation in TEL
  • Knowledge management and organizational learning

Learning communities and contexts

  • Schools and universitues of the future
  • Applications of TEL in various domains
  • Formal education: initial (K-12, higher education), post-initial (continuing education)
  • Workplace learning
  • Global learning communities
  • Lifelong learning
  • Vocational training
  • Informal learning
  • Non-formal learning
  • Ubiquitous learning
  • Seamless learning

Open Learning Arrangements 

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
  • Open educational resources (OER)
  • Learning Networks
  • Teacher Networks
  • Bring your own Device (BYOD)
  • Orchestration of learning activities
  • Learning ecologies, learning ecosystems, fitness and evolvability of learning environments
  • Business models for TEL

TEL in developing countries and for users with special needs

  • ICT Inclusion for learning
  • Digital divide and learning
  • Generation divide and learning
  • Education policies
  • Promoting learning and employability within disadvantaged groups and communities
  • Rural learning
  • Accessible learning for all
  • Visual, hearing and physical impairments
  • Psycho-pedagogic support for users
  • Standards about accessibility and learning

Submission Formats

Submissions will be handled through EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ectel2015). All papers will be reviewed through a non-blind review process. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. "As every year, we will publish proceedings within Springer “Lecture Notes in Computer Science” (LNCS) Series". The use of supplied template is mandatory: http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0

  • Full Papers: max. 14 pages, published in proceedings
  • Short Papers: max. 6 pages, published in proceeding
  • Demonstration Papers: max. 4 pages (published in proceedings) plus max. 2 additionals pages describing the demo (not published in proceedings)
  • Poster Papers: max. 4 pages (published in proceedings)
  • Workshop proposals: max. 4 pages, not published in proceedings.

DEMONSTRATIONS

The EC-TEL Demonstration session is your chance to fully engage EC-TEL attendees at a personal level by letting them see, touch, squeeze, or hear your visions for the future of TEL, or demonstrate highly interactive ‘TEL in Action’ (e.g. through videos, implemented tools, or real-time learning experiences). We expect that your Demonstration will be a reliably running prototype of your vision that is ready to be tried out, questioned and interacted with.

You need to submit a concise scientific description of your research prototype, clearly showing how your technological innovation realises a clear learning innovation. This needs to be in a paper that is a maximum 4 pages long including references that will be published in the EC-TEL 2015 proceedings if accepted. In addition describe on maximum 2 pages how your prototype presented at the conference booth will look like.

At the conference, all accepted demonstrations will be invited to participate in the EC-TEL 2015 Demo-Shootout session. The participants of the EC-TEL Demo-Shootout session will vote for the best EC-TEL prototype in this session and the winner will be awarded.

In particular, we encourage Demonstration submissions that complement an EC-TEL Paper submission, so that attendees can get a direct experience of your work in addition to the scientific presentation.

POSTERS

Posters report on significant work in progress. We are planning a poster session in which you can present your work and elicit feedback from EC-TEL participants. Please submit a paper up to a maximum of 4 pages long including references describing your work and the results that you plan to achieve until September 2015. It will be published in the EC-TEL 2015 proceedings if accepted.

WORKSHOPS

EC-TEL 2015 offers the opportunity to host several workshops. Workshop organizers interested to coordinate a workshop are requested to submit a proposal of maximum 4 pages.  A proposal shall include 1) the theme of the workshop, 2) workshop format, 3) expected participants, 4) domains addressed, 5) dissemination activities, 6) workshop organizing committee, 7) plans for publishing workshop papers, and 8) organizational requirements. 8) Please also include whether your workshop is planned as  full-day or half-day workshop and what day you prefer for the workshop (a day or half day on 15 Sept or 18 Sept (There is no guarantee that we can arrange your preference due to space restrictions.)). 9) Please also outline the workshop timeline, especially, submission date, which should be around mid of June, and notification date, mid of July (not later than 15 July 2015), since the early-bird registration for  participants of EC-TEL ends 24 July 2015. We plan to add this timeline as information about the workshops on the EC-TEL Website, together with links to the workshops individual websites. Note that we expect the accepted workshop websites to be online by 8 May 2015. Workshop proposals should be submitted via the EasyChair system of EC-TEL due to 25 March 2015.

Workshop organizers are encouraged to propose innovative and interactive formats, which will be given priority in the selection process. The workshop selection will be handled competitively: proposals will be ranked according to their fit with EC-TEL’s topics, innovativeness, extent of interaction, overall quality, and comprehensiveness of planning.

Identification of workshop participants, solicitation of workshop contributions and publication of workshop outcomes will be handled by the workshop organizers themselves. In publishing the workshop contributions, workshop organizers are encouraged to target high-quality publication outlets (international impact-rated journals, including special issues in these).

PROJECT MEETINGS

In addition to the regular sessions and workshops, EC-TEL offers a unique opportunity for European Projects in TEL to hold face-to-face meetings. Please contact the local organization chair at your earliest convenience to book meeting rooms.

DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM

The EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium brings together Ph.D. students working on topics related to Technology Enhanced Learning providing them an exceptional opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their research in an interdisciplinary and international atmosphere. Prominent professors and researchers in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning will provide formative feedback to the selected papers through the review process and contribute actively to discussions at the workshop. The Doctoral Consortium will take place immediately before the EC-TEL 2015 conference.

The intention of this doctoral consortium is to support and inspire Ph.D. students during their ongoing research efforts. Therefore, it is necessary that authors will have neither achieved their Ph.D. degree nor officially submitted their thesis before the doctoral consortium (September 2015). To enforce this rule we require authors to disclose their expected graduation date and their advisor's name when submitting.

Information about

  • Doctoral Consortium Eligibility,
  • Application Process, Submission and Review
  • Dates

can be found at the Doctoral Consortium section.

Conference Organization

General Chair:

Christoph Rensing, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Programme Chairs:

Grainne Conole, University Leicester, UK
Tomaž Klobu?ar, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Workshop Chair:

Isa Jahnke, Umeå University, Sweden

Poster and Demonstration Chairs:

Élise Lavoué, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France
Johannes Konert, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Doctoral Consortium Chairs:

Katherine Maillet, Institut Mines-Télécom, Télécom Ecole de Management, France
Ulrike Lucke, Universität Potsdam, Germany

Dissemination Chairs:

Carlos Alario-Hoyos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Industry Chairs:

Carmen Padron, Atos, Spain
Michael Amigot, IBL Studios New York, US

Local Organization Chair:

Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

 

EC-TEL 2015

Supporting Organisations

Jožef Stefan InstituteUniversity of LeicesterTechnische Universität DarmstadtUmeå UniversityUniversité Jean Moulin Lyon 3Universität PotsdamInstitut Mines-TélécomAtosIBL Studios

Diamond sponsor:

Mc Graw Hill Education

Silver sponsors:

Innovative Methods for Award procedures ICT Learning Europe (IMAILE)IMC

Supporters:

European Association On Technology Enhanced LearningOpen Education EuropaSpringer - Lecture Notes in Computer ScienceeMadrid: R&D Network on educational technology in the Region of MadridUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid