EC-TEL 2013

Eighth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Scaling up learning for sustained impact

Paphos (Cyprus), 17 - 21 September 2013

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Scaling up learning for sustained impact

The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, 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 compliment their core experience.

There is no doubt that Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) has created enormous changes in schools, universities and at the workplaces. However, these innovations have tended to be unsustainable. Too often, initiatives need a high degree of effort to be sustained, and are consequently endangered when funding stops. At the same time, mobile and social information and communication technologies are fundamentally changing our lives. Nowadays we use them naturally to keep in contact with our friends, to seek information, to buy things and to work. In many domains, these emerging technologies demonstrate that scaling is possible. But few educational institutions or companies have taken these technologies up in a systematic way to include them into their learning strategy.

To address these challenges the theme of EC-TEL 2013 is "Scaling up learning for sustained impact".

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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
  • Context-aware systems
  • Social computing
  • Social media
  • Semantic Web
  • Mobile technologies (Tablets & smartphones)
  • Serious games and 3D virtual worlds
  • Network infrastructures and architectures for TEL
  • Sensors and sensor networks
  • Augmented reality
  • Roomware, ambient displays and wearable devices
  • Data mining and information retrieval
  • Recommender systems for TEL
  • Natural language processing and latent semantic analysis
  • eLearning specifications and standards
  • Learning analytics

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
  • Social awareness
  • Trust and reputation in TEL
  • Knowledge management and organizational learning

Sustainability and scaling of TEL solutions

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

Learning contexts and domains

  • Schools of the future
  • Promoting learning and employability within disadvantaged groups and communities
  • Applications of TEL in various domains
  • Formal education: initial (K-12, higher education), post-initial (continuing education)
  • Workplace learning in small, medium and large companies, networked enterprise settings as well as public and third sector organisations
  • Distance and online learning
  • Lifelong learning
  • Vocational training
  • Informal learning
  • Non-formal learning
  • Ubiquitous learning

TEL in developing countries

  • ICT Inclusion for learning
  • Digital divide and learning
  • Generation divide and learning
  • Education policies
  • Rural learning

TEL, functional diversity and users with special needs

  • Accessible learning for all
  • Visual, hearing and physical impairments
  • Psycho-pedagogic support for users
  • Educational guidance for tutors
  • Adapted learning flow, content and monitoring process
  • Standards about accessibility and learning

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Supporting Organizations

University of Cyprus
Tallinn University
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia