[Open-education] EC-TEL 2016: Call for papers

Karim Sehaba karim.sehaba at liris.cnrs.fr
Wed Dec 16 09:03:55 UTC 2015

*** Call for Papers EC-TEL 2016 ***
The 11th European Conference on Technology-­Enhanced Learning
13-16 September 2016, Lyon, France

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
29 March 2016 - Submission of full version
23 May 2016 - Notification of acceptance
20 June 2016 - Camera-ready versions
Workshop Proposals
29 March 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 2015 - Project Meetings
24 July 2016 - Early-bird registration ends
14 and 15 September 2015 - 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 2015 - 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
Submission Formats
Submissions will be handled through EasyChair https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ectel2016). 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: http://www.stage.sgw.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0
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).

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.

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.

Information about
Doctoral Consortium Eligibility,
Application Process, Submission and Review
will be available at the Doctoral Consortium section of the EC-TEL 2016 Web site

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
Pierre Dubuc, OpenClassrooms, France

Local Organization Chair:
Élise Lavoué, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France

Karim Sehaba
Associate professor - Université Lyon 2
Liris CNRS Lab, SICAL Team 


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