Conference Theme

The European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) engages researchers, practitioners, educational developers, entrepreneurs and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. This year’s theme is TRANSFORMING LEARNING WITH MEANINGFUL TECHNOLOGIES.

We live in a world where the use of data and technology has, for many of us, become part of our everyday life. The buzzword of the data revolution is ‘insight’. Once people have insight into their behaviour, they can work more efficiently and more effectively. Using technology and analysing data to detect patterns and improve processes has been a staple in business and commerce for decades and has over time also become more and more common in the educational domain. Insight only, however, is not enough. In an era of increased machine learning and artificial intelligence, we need to make sure to not only gain insights into the learning processes but to also look into interventions that can support these processes. There is a need for a shift from mainly data-driven approaches where large amounts of data are first collected and then analysed, to more actionable, contextualised and pedagogically-driven approaches.

Creating this balance between technology- and education-driven approaches offers us the opportunity to not only enhance the users’ learning experiences but to also help in the design and implementation of technologies required to achieve these educational goals. This transformation plays a key role in the wide acceptability and adoption of future and innovative TEL solutions by the learning community. Users need more transparent and meaningful technology to understand the rationale behind it and to gather evidence of its benefits for enhanced education. As was also pointed out by the European Commission's ET2020 Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences, it is extremely important to pay attention as to why we use technology and collect data, i.e., the reason and value behind enhancing learning with technology and collecting education data need to be clear.

Conference Topics

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

Pedagogical underpinning

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

Technological underpinning

  • Interactive systems
  • Mobile, wearable and pervasive technologies
  • Robots
  • Sensors and sensor networks
  • Roomware, ambient displays and ubiquitous devices
  • Visualisation techniques for learning
  • Learning analytics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Personalisation, user modelling and adaptation
  • Context-aware systems
  • Recommender systems for TEL
  • Adapted learning flow, content and monitoring process
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Serious games, simulations and 3D virtual worlds
  • Social computing and social media
  • Semantic Web
  • Natural language processing and latent semantic analysis
  • Remote labs
  • Network infrastructures and architectures for TEL
  • Cloud Computing in TEL
  • Large-scale learning systems
  • eLearning specifications and standards
  • Interoperability and sharing of devices, tools and architectures

 Individual, social & organisational learning processes

  • Adaptive learning systems
  • Cognitive mechanisms in knowledge acquisition and construction
  • Self-regulated and self-directed learning
  • Reflective learning
  • Social processes in teams and communities
  • Bring your own device (BYOD)
  • Learning group formation
  • Dynamic assessment of learning
  • Social awareness
  • Trust and reputation in TEL
  • Knowledge management and organisational learning
  • Education policies

Ethics and privacy

  • Ethics and data gathering
  • Ethics and data storage
  • Ethics and data processing
  • Data policies
  • Privacy

 Learning communities and contexts

  • Schools and universities of the future
  • Formal education: initial (K-12, higher education), post-initial (continuing education)
  • Vocational training
  • Workplace learning
  • Lifelong learning
  • Digitalisation as Driver for Lifelong Learning
  • Informal and non-formal learning
  • Seamless learning
  • Domain-specific Technology-Enhanced Learning

Global learning and teaching

  • Global learning communities
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
  • Open educational resources (OER)
  • Learning Networks
  • Teacher Networks
  • 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
  • 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

Host Organisation

Centre for Education and Learning

Supporting Organisations

Delft University of TechnologyErasmus Universiteit RotterdamUniversiteit LeidenDIPF Bildungsforschung und BildungsinformationInstitut JOŽEFA STEFANKing's College LondonKnow Center TU GrazOpen UniversiteitTallinn UniversityTU GrazUniversité Toulouse III Paul Sabatierhttc e.V.


European Association On Technology Enhanced Learning



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