EC-TEL 2013

Eighth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Scaling up learning for sustained impact

Paphos (Cyprus), 17 - 21 September 2013

Call for Papers

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 complement 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.

Many initiatives now focus on scaling up bottom-up initiatives to create higher and more sustainable impact. However, the question of how to scale is not a trivial one. To be successful, scaling must be obtained on a number of different levels. Some of the research questions that need to be addressed include:

  • How can next generation social and mobile technologies be used to support informal learning processes?
  • How can TEL be better integrated within our daily work and learning practices?
  • What are the pedagogical and technological challenges of massive open learning scenarios and how can TEL research address them?
  • How can TEL support complex learning eco-systems involving multiple devices, activities, resources and agents?
  • How can novel architectural solutions and social-semantic technologies help us scale solutions beyond the immediate learning context?

Addressing these questions requires an interdisciplinary perspective in TEL research, drawing on core disciplines of Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Social Science.  This blend of research traditions has always been a strength of EC-TEL and its vibrant community. EC-TEL 2013 will harness this tradition by providing even more opportunities for interdisciplinary discourse and dialogue. We will explore ways to more tightly integrate workshop communities into the main conference programme. We will also continue the tradition started at EC-TEL 2012 to give demonstrations and interactive ‘TEL in action’ sessions a more pronounced position in the conference. We hope this will spark discussions between different but complementary groups, bringing us closer to solving the manifold problems we are facing.

We invite contributions for demonstrations, workshops and project meetings as well as academic research papers. A doctoral consortium will also be organized concurrently with the workshops.

To further improve the quality of the peer review process, ECTEL 2013 will employ a two-stage submission process. We ask authors to submit title and abstract of their paper one week prior to the full submission of their paper. This will allow for a more thorough two-stage review process in which a selection of PC members will be asked to synthesize the evaluations from different reviewers.

Best papers will be invited to submit extended versions to IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies


Note: all submission deadlines are final and will not be further extended.

Paper, short paper, poster, & demonstration

  • Mandatory submission of an abstract: 25 March 2013 23:59 CET
  • Full version due: 2 April Extended to 9 April 2013 23:59 CET
  • Notification of acceptance: 4 June 2013
  • Camera ready version: 28 June 2013


  • Mandatory submission of an abstract: 25 March 2013 23:59 CET
  • Full proposal submission: 2 April Extended to 9 April 2013 23:59 CET
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2013 23:59 CET
  • Workshops dates: 17, 18, 21 September 2013

Project Meetings

  • Room reservation deadline: 15 June 2013
  • Possible meeting dates: 16-21 September 2013

Main Conference: 18-20 September 2013




  • General Chair:
    • Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Programme Chairs:
    • Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
    • Tobias Ley, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Industry Chair:
    • Lucia Pannese, imaginary, Italy
  • Workshop Chair:
    • Anoush Margaryan, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
  • Poster and Demonstration Chair:
    • Andreas Harrer, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Doctoral Consortium Chairs:
    • Katherine Maillet, Télécom SudParis, France
    • Tomaž Klobučar, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Dissemination Chair:
    • Michael Derntl, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Local Organization Chair:
    • George Angelos Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus



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


Submissions will be handled through EasyChair ( All papers will be reviewed through a non-blind review process. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Proceedings will be published by Springer within their “Lecture Notes in Computer Science” series which is ranked in the ISI Web of Knowledge. The use of supplied template is mandatory:

  • Full Papers: max. 14 pages, published in proceedings
  • Short Papers: max. 6 pages, published in proceeding
  • Demonstration Papers: max. 4 pages, published in proceedings
  • Poster Papers: max. 4 pages, 2 page summary published in proceedings
  • Workshop proposals: max. 4 pages, not published in proceedings. Note: We are exploring possibilities for arranging publication of all workshop papers in a post-conference proceedings volume to be published by Springer. Workshop organizers are requested to indicate in their proposals whether they would like to contribute to such a post-conference proceedings volume, or whether they are targeting other high-quality publication outlets (international impact-rated journals, including special issues in these).

EC-TEL 2013

Supporting Organizations

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