Call for Papers

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 of ‘Adaptive and Adaptable Learning’ highlights developments in adaptive learning systems that are starting to realise the vision of education matched to the needs and interests of each learner. Effective technology enhanced learning must also be adaptable – resilient, flexible, and sustainable despite rapidly changing needs, technologies, contexts and policies. The conference will explore how research in collaborative and personalized learning can be combined with new developments in analytics, interaction design, mobile and ubiquitous technologies, and visualization techniques, to enhance learning for everyone. We call for papers addressing the conference themes, informed by theories of pedagogy and evidence of effective practice. Papers offering robust meta-analyses, new methods of TEL design and analysis are also welcomed.

Important Dates

Papers, Short Papers, Posters & Demonstrations:

  • 14 March 2016 - Mandatory submission of an abstract (Deadline remains unchanged)
  • 4 April 2016 - Submission of full version (Extended deadline)
  • 23 May 2016 - Notification of acceptance
  • 20 June 2016 - Camera-ready versions

Workshop Proposals:

  • 4 April 2016 - Submission of workshop proposal (Abstract not needed)
  • 25 April 2016 - Workshop notification
  • 13 and 16 September - Workshops

Project Meetings

  • 20 June 2016 - Room reservation for project meetings
  • 12, 13 and 16 September 2016 - Project Meetings


  • 24 July 2016 - Early-bird registration ends
  • 14 and 15 September 2016 - Main conference

Doctoral Consortium:

  • 23 May 2016 - Doctoral Consortium application submission
  • 20 June 2016 - Doctoral Consortium application notification
  • 30 July 2016 - Doctoral Consortium reviews
  • 29 August 2016 - Doctoral Consortium camera-ready versions
  • 16 September 2016 - 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 learning systems
  • Personalization, user modelling and adaptation
  • Learning analytics
  • Context-aware systems
  • Recommender systems for TEL
  • Visualization techniques for learning
  • Adapted learning flow, content and monitoring process
  • Serious games, simulations and 3D virtual worlds
  • Augmented reality
  • Social computing and social media
  • Semantic Web
  • Natural language processing and latent semantic analysis
  • Remote labs 
  • Mobile, wearable and pervasive technologies 
  • Network infrastructures and architectures for TEL
  • Sensors and sensor networks
  • Roomware, ambient displays and ubiquitous devices
  • Cloud Computing in TEL
  • eLearning specifications and standards
  • Interoperability and sharing of devices, tools and architectures

                                      Pedagogical underpinning

                                      • 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 online learning
                                      • Learner affect, motivation and engagement
                                      • Evaluation methods for TEL
                                      • Problem- and project-based learning / Inquiry based learning

                                                          Individual, social & organizational 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
                                                          • Learning group formation
                                                          • Dynamic assessment of learning
                                                          • Social awareness
                                                          • Trust and reputation in TEL
                                                          • Knowledge management and organizational learning

                                                                          Learning communities and contexts

                                                                          • Schools and universities 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)
                                                                                            • 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
                                                                                                      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. As every year, we will publish proceedings within Springer “Lecture Notes in Computer Science” (LNCS) Series". 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) 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.


                                                                                                            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 2016 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 2016 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 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 2016. It will be published in the EC-TEL 2016 proceedings if accepted.


                                                                                                            EC-TEL 2016 offers the opportunity to host several workshops. 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) organisational timeline, 7) workshop organizing committee, 8) plans for publishing workshop papers, and 9) organizational requirements.
                                                                                                            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.
                                                                                                            Workshop organizers shall indicate whether they plan their workshops as full-day or half-day events and provide a preferred workshop day (either 13 Sept or 16 Sept 2016). Due to space restrictions, we cannot guarantee to meet these preferences.
                                                                                                            Workshop proposals must be submitted via EC-TEL’s EasyChair system by 29 March 2016.
                                                                                                            We plan to support the workshop dissemination by including the workshop timelines and links to their websites on the EC-TEL Website. Accepted workshops are expected to launch their websites latest by 8 May 2016.
                                                                                                            The workshop’s organisation timeline needs to indicate at least the submission and the notification date. The submission date should be around mid of June. The notification date must be no later than 15 July 2016, because the early-bird registration for EC-TEL participants ends on 24 July 2016.
                                                                                                            Identification of workshop participants, solicitation of workshop contributions and publication of workshop outcomes will be handled by the workshop organizers independently. 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 after the EC-TEL 2016 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 2016). To enforce this rule we require authors to disclose their expected graduation date and their advisor's name when submitting.
                                                                                                            All practical information are given on a dedicated web page: Doctoral Consortium.

                                                                                                            Conference Organization

                                                                                                            General Chair:

                                                                                                            Tomaž Klobucar, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

                                                                                                            Programme Chairs:

                                                                                                            Mike Sharples, Open University, UK
                                                                                                            Katrien Verbert, KU Leuven, Belgium

                                                                                                            Workshop Chair:

                                                                                                            Christian Glahn, University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland

                                                                                                            Poster and Demonstration Chairs:

                                                                                                            Marco Kalz, Open University, Netherlands
                                                                                                            Viktoria Pammer-Schindler, TU Graz and Know-Center, Austria

                                                                                                            Doctoral Consortium Chairs:

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

                                                                                                            Dissemination Chairs:

                                                                                                            Christine Michel, INSA Lyon, France
                                                                                                            Karim Sehaba, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France

                                                                                                            Industry Chairs:

                                                                                                            Franck Tarpin Bernard, SBT Group, France
                                                                                                            Nathalie Cernecka, OpenClassrooms, France

                                                                                                            Local Organization Chair:

                                                                                                            Élise Lavoué, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France

                                                                                                            Local Organization Committee:

                                                                                                            Rubiela Carrillo Rozo, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
                                                                                                            Benoit Encelle, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
                                                                                                            Marie Lefèvre, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
                                                                                                            René Chalon, Ecole Centrale de Lyon
                                                                                                            Jean-Charles Marty, Université de Savoie
                                                                                                            Baptiste Monterrat, INSA de Lyon


                                                                                                            EC-TEL 2016

                                                                                                            Supporting Organisations

                                                                                                            Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3Université Lumiere Lyon 2Institut national des sciences appliquées de LyonEcole Central LyonLirisUniversité de LyonJožef Stefan InstituteThe Open University UKKU LeuvenHTW ChurOpen University NetherlandsTU GrazInstitut Mines-TélécomUniversität PotsdamSBT GroupOpenClassroomsCentre national de la recherche scientifique


                                                                                                            European Association On Technology Enhanced LearningLa Métropole de Lyon

                                                                                                            Silver Sponsors:

                                                                                                            WEKIT ProjectWoonozSymetrix