EC-TEL 2013

Eighth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Scaling up learning for sustained impact

Paphos (Cyprus), 17 - 21 September 2013


International Workshop on EuroPLOT Persuasive Technology for Learning, Education and Teaching (IWEPLET 2013)

Computational tools fostering Creativity in Learning processes (CCL)

3rd International Workshop on Awareness and Reflection in Technology-Enhanced Learning (ARTEL 2013)

EC-TEL tutorial on Seamless assessment in Serious games (SEASG)

Culturally-aware technology-enhanced learning (CulTEL)

Workshop on Collaborative Technologies for Working and Learning (EC-TEL meets ECSCW)

Workshop on solutions that enhance informal learning recognition (WEILER)

3rd International Workshop on Teaching Analytics (IWTA-2013b)

4th International Workshop on Motivational and Affective Aspects (MATEL)

Workshop on Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment 2013 (TEFA 2013)

21st century Learning in the HEALTH and EMERGENCY sectors

Horizon 2020: Smart Growth through TEL


International Workshop on EuroPLOT Persuasive Technology for Learning, Education and Teaching (IWEPLET 2013)

Research and development of "Persuasive Technology" has in the past decade gained significant attention. One of the goals of this research is to understand the basic principles of persuasion and to harness their power. In the fields of education and teaching, persuasion is an important aspect which human tutors are using for motivation and learning. The development of technology which allows unsupervised learning without direct interaction with a human tutor, will need to implement such principles of persuasion in order to be successful.

This workshop aims to bring together experts and stakeholders in the realm of technology-based teaching and learning, who have developed tools or learning objects based on persuasive principles, or who are simply interested in discussing how to use persuasive principles in the development and application of technology-enhanced learning. This workshop will present latest research results related to teaching and learning technology, specifically addressing and utilising persuasive principles. It will host sessions with technical/scientific peer-reviewed papers, keynote presentations, technology workshops with hands-on demonstrations of persuasive teaching/learning technology, poster sessions, and a panel discussion on the outlook and the future of persuasive technology. Furthermore, it will provide a venue for networking with peers and domain experts.

For the scientific/technical sessions, we are seeking high-quality contributions which are addressing one or more of the following topics:

  • Theory and methodology of persuasive design.
  • Persuasive technology as basis for new learning.
  • Persuasive learning objects.
  • Case studies with persuasive technology.
  • Context-aware learning designs.
  • Ethics of persuasion and learning.
  • Persuasive evaluation and tools.

These contributions can be presented as full papers (8-page) with significant novelty and contribution to knowledge, or as posters for new ideas/concepts that have not yet been fully tested, but that are valuable to the community. Furthermore, technical demonstrations can be shown and will be presented in a special session.

More information can be found here.


Computational tools fostering Creativity in Learning processes (CCL) Tuesday 09:00-15:00


  • Dr. Pythagoras Karampiperis, NCSR “Demokritos”, Greece
  • Dr. Dimitris Apostolou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem, University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Isa Jahnke, Umea University, Sweden
  • Dr. Konstantinos Zachos, City University London, UK

Abstract: Learning can be viewed as a continuous iterative cycle through the processes of imagining, creating, playing, sharing and reflection. Learners develop and refine their abilities as creative thinkers. They learn to develop their own ideas, try them out, test the boundaries, experiment with alternatives, get input from others, and generate new ideas based on the feedback and their experiences. Fostering creativity in learning is increasingly seen as a key direction and focus for pedagogic approaches. Creative activity grows out of the relationship between the learner and the world of his or her educational context, as well as out of the ties between an individual and other learners. In this workshop we focus on the study, design, development and evaluation of emergent computational tools that aim to leverage creativity in learning processes.


3rd International Workshop on Awareness and Reflection in Technology-Enhanced Learning (ARTEL 2013) Tuesday 09:00-18:00

List of organisers

  • Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Birgit Krogstie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Adam Moore, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Viktoria Pammer, Knowledge Technologies Institute, TU Graz, Austria
  • Lucia Pannese, imaginary, Italy
  • Michael Prilla, University of Bochum, Germany
  • Wolfgang Reinhardt, WALLMEDIEN AG / European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning, Germany
  • Thomas Ullmann, The Open University, United Kingdom

Abstract: Awareness and reflection are viewed differently across the disciplines informing Technology-Enhanced Learning (CSCW, psychology, educational sciences, computer science...). The ARTEL workshop brings together researchers and professionals from different backgrounds to provide a forum for discussing the multi-faceted area of awareness and reflection. This year workshop theme is:

"How can awareness and reflection support learning in different settings (work, education, continuing professional development, lifelong learning, etc.). What are the roles that technology can play to support awareness and reflection in these contexts?"

The workshop will include a paper session, a demo and prototype slam as well as an interactive session. The workshop aims at i) providing a forum for presenting and discussing research on awareness and reflection in TEL, ii) creating an interactive experience that connects participants¹ research, current tools or latest prototypes and models with real end users¹ learning experiences and requirements regarding reflection technology, and iii) creating an agenda for future ARTEL research and development.

This workshop is a direct follow-up of last year's ECTEL workshop ARTEL 2012.

Find more information at the ARTEL13 workshop webpage:


EC-TEL tutorial on Seamless assessment in Serious games (SEASG) Wednesday 09:00-12:30

Abstract: Seamless user performance assessment is a major topic for educational Serious Games in order to ensure that desired pedagogical goals are achieved, to provide proper feedback and support adaptivity without interrupting the player’s flow experience.  Devices and tools offering new interaction modalities that promise continuous user monitoring and assessment are available. However, the complex nature of individuality needs objective and systematic assessment of learner behavior and performance monitoring remains highly difficult.

The tutorial will first explain different theoretical aspects (non-invasive assessment, framework for data-collection, learning analytics and how seamless assessment can be implemented).The second part will be practical oriented, and will demonstrate the practical use of stealth assessment: Looking firstly at two demonstrators, secondly playing a game and then analyzing the outcomes based on the learning analytic embedded in the game. Finally, the tutorial will present an approach for Services to support seamless assessment

List of organizers

  • Baalsrud Hauge, Jannicke;  Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik, Germany
  • Bellotti, Francesco; University of Genova, Italy
  • Kickmeier-Rust, Michael;Technical University Graz,Austria
  • Lim, Theodore, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Padrón-Nápoles, Carmen;Atos research and innovation
  • Wim Westra, Open University Netherlands


Culturally-aware technology-enhanced learning (CulTEL) Tuesday 09:00-18:00


  • Emmanuel G. Blanchard, Aalborg University at Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nick Degens - Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Vania Dimitrova, University of Leeds, UK
  • Sonia Hetzner, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Lydia Lau, University of Leeds, UK
  • Sandy Louchart - Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Samuel Mascarenhas - INESC ID, Portugal
  • Asad Nazir - Heriot-Watt University, UK

Abstract: In today's global society, cultural awareness and tolerance of cultural diversity are paramount. This brings forth an opportunity for TEL, which can provide a broad range of examples with exposure to situations with cultural variations (e.g. in games, simulations, or online communities). However, embedding cultural aspects within TEL is a major challenge as interpretation on cultural issues can be very diverse, fluid and continuously evolving with changes in the society. There is a need to re-examine the underlying architectures and approaches currently adopted in TEL. Furthermore, new technologies (such as social media, mobile and ubiquitous computing) make it easier to share experiences and provide a rich source of cultural diversity. The time is ripe to bring together the different disciplines related to culturally-aware technology enhanced learning environments (e.g. computational modelling, virtual agents, cultural studies, communications, human computer interaction, and pedagogy) in order to shape the next generation culture-aware TEL.


Workshop on Collaborative Technologies for Working and Learning (EC-TEL meets ECSCW) Saturday 09:00-17:00

Teaser: This workshop explores the potential of collaborative technologies that are embedded in workplaces and practices, and which contribute to and help to scale learning on the individual, group or organisational levels. This includes particularly learning in informal, dynamic and naturalistic settings where learning often is a by-product of work. With this workshop, we intend to bring together the European communities of technology-enhanced learning, which meets at EC-TEL 2013 – The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, and of computer-supported cooperative work, which meets at ECSCW 2013 – The European Conference on Computer-supported Cooperative Work.


  • Monica Divitini, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Tobias Ley, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Stefanie Lindstaedt, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Viktoria Pammer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Michael Prilla, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany


Workshop on solutions that enhance informal learning recognition (WEILER) Wednesday 09:00-15:30

Abstract: The increasing presence of Web 2.0 media and tools in the workplace makes informal learning increasingly important and its recognition there becomes especially relevant since this can enhance employability, producing positive benefits for managers and companies, and give employees opportunities to learn and keep their skills up-to-date, etc. Thus, taking into account the technological and organizational innovation and the affordances of the Internet, it is necessary to define new methodologies and tools to make visible and manage this informal learning. This workshop will gather experiences about informal learning recognition, focusing on, but not limited to: validation of informal learning experiences, institutional management of informal knowledge, making use of representations of informal learning, decision making informed by informal learning experiences and using of learning analytics to document or promote informal learning.

List of organizers:

  • Miguel Á. Conde, PhD
  • Francico J. García-Peñalvo
  • D. Griffiths

Workshop Chair:

  • Francisco J. García-Peñalvo

Scientific Comitee:

  • PhD. Dai Griffiths, University of Bolton, UK
  • PhD. Francisco J. García-Peñalvo, University of Salamanca, Spain
  • PhD. Miguel A. Conde, University of León, Spain
  • PhD. María José Rodríguez-Conde, University of Salamanca, Spain
  • PhD. Marc Alier, Tech University of Barcelona, Spain
  • PhD. María J. Casany, Tech University of Barcelona, Spain
  • PhD. Peter Sloep, Open University of Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • PhD. Francis Brouns, Open University of Netherlands, The Netherland
  • PhD. Gustavo Ribeiro Alves, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
  • PhD. Clara Viegas, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
  • PhD. Miroslav Minovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • PhD. Milos Milovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • PhD. Mark Johnson, University of Bolton, UK
  • PhD. Ricardo Colomo-Palacios, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
  • PhD. Ángel Hernández-García, Tech University of Madrid, Spain


3rd International Workshop on Teaching Analytics (IWTA-2013b) Wednesday 09:00-15:30

Abstract: The core problem that this workshop series on “Teaching Analytics” addresses is that in comparison with many other professionals that involve rapid decisions in a dynamically changing environment, presently teachers often do not get the data they need for decision-making in a timely fashion and in a meaningful and actionable format. Teaching Analytics as an emerging research area focuses on the design, development, evaluation, and education of visual analytics methods and tools for teachers in primary, secondary, and tertiary educational settings. Teachers’ professional practices with visual analytics methods and tools are a central concern of teaching analytics. Teaching analytics methods and tools aim to develop innovative solutions to assist and augment teachers’ dynamic decision-making in the classrooms of the 21st century. Furthermore, institutional learning can be supported by using aggregated data for decision-making in educational organizations. This can range from diagnostics, to data from standardized tests to socio-economic context data.

List of Organizers

  • Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Peter Reimann, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Susan Bull, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Andreas Breiter, University of Bremen, Germany


4th International Workshop on Motivational and Affective Aspects (MATEL) Tuesday 15:00-18:00 & Wednesday 09:00-15:30

Abstract: Motivational and affective aspects are at the crossroads of various disciplines involved in technology enhanced learning, and research is scattered among them. Their importance is increasingly recognized as a decisive factor for user acceptance and sustainable success of learning solutions, both at the workplace and in formal educational contexts. This workshop intends to continue to provide an interdisciplinary forum to bring together the various perspectives and to stimulate targeted research. It builds upon three successful editions at previous EC-TEL conferences and emphasizes the interactive exchange among participants. In addition to research contributions, demos, and position statements, we will have dedicated time slots for discussion and analysis of specific topics that are suggested and described by workshop participants beforehand.

List of organizers:

  • Teresa Holocher-Ertl (ZSI Center for Social Innovation, Vienna, Austria)
  • Christine Kunzmann (Pontydysgu, UK)
  • Lars Müller (FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Germany)
  • Verónica Rivera-Pelayo (FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Germany)
  • Andreas P. Schmidt (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany)


Workshop on Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment 2013 (TEFA 2013) Tuesday 15:00-18:00 & Wednesday 09:00-15:30 Agenda

Abstract: The goal of the workshop is to develop the notion of technology-enhanced formative assessment (TEFA) as a component for extending existing or new TEL approaches, further combining expertise from pedagogy, educational measurement, cognitive science, and information technology. A trend from dedicated to integrated and from sporadic to continuous formative assessment is envisioned. Challenging research questions will be addressed such as: How are established forms of formative assessment changing with the inclusion of technology and what new forms of formative assessment become possible? How is this reflected in new pedagogical approaches? How can today VLE support the provision of elaborated feedback?

Position statement submissions are solicited (6 pages max. in Springer Format) that deal with approaches and innovative assessment technologies that support the transition from current assessment scenarios towards the development of e-assessment forms through which high level of meta-cognitive skills are evaluated, on-going feedback is provided, and students are more engaged in the learning process.


  • Dr. Eric Ras (first contact), Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxembourg-Kirchberg, LUXEMBOURG
  • Dr. Mohammad AL-Smadi, Centre for Educational Technology Institute of Informatics Tallinn University, Tallinn, ESTONIA
  • Dott. Ivana Marenzi, Leibniz Universität Hannover, L3S Research Center, Hannover, GERMANY


21st century Learning in the HEALTH and EMERGENCY sectors (Health) Wednesday 09:00-15:30

Abstract: The eHealth sector is one of fastest growing sector today and as such, promotes the creation of various technological solutions, all of them individually facing similar challenges and dilemmas. This workshop represents a space where Industry meets TEL projects for discussing how to concretely exploit projects’ outcomes and experiences into real-world health and emergency practice and how to concretely and effectively make eHealth work. Through a discussion on concrete business scenarios and on state of the art technology solutions, together with healthcare and emergency practitioners, this workshop represents a bridge between research and market needs. Participants will reflect on sustainable solutions that guarantee a high impact in real working settings: this workshop is conceived for people creating solutions to present their work to people from practice interested in these solutions and viceversa. MIRROR, ImREAL and Rehab@Home, the supporting projects, invite 8 other projects to join and contribute with their results.


  • Lucia Pannese, imaginary srl, Milano, Italy
  • Michael Prilla, Ruhr Universitaet Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  • Declan Dagger, Empower the User, Dublin, Ireland
  • Zvika Popper, Edna Pasher Ph.D & Associates, Tel Aviv, Israel



Horizon 2020: Smart Growth through TEL Wednesday 09:00-12:30

Symposium at the 8th European Conference on TechnologyEnhanced Learning

Organised by the TELL-ME project, with this symposium, the TEL projects ARISTOTLE, MIRROR, LAYERS, and TELL-ME, and the Factory Of The Future projects COPERNICO, VISTRA, MANUSKILLS bring together experts from industry and academia in a think tank to exchange how Europe 2020, the strategy for growth, can best benefit from technology-enhanced learning.

This invitation-only Symposium serves both as a concertation meeting between the projects (across EC units) and as a sandbox to explore new ideas for Horizon 2020. More info and a provisional programme can be found here.


  • Eva Coscia, TXT e-solutions s.p.a., IT
  • Fridolin Wild, The Open University, UK
  • Paul Lefrere, IMAGES & Co ltd, UK
EC-TEL 2013

Supporting Organizations

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