Doctoral Consortium at ECTEL 2010

29 September, 2010
in Barcelona, Spain, see also


The EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium brings together Ph.D. students working on topics related to Technology Enhanced Learning. The doctoral consortium will offer Ph.D. students the opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their research in an interdisciplinary and international atmosphere. The Doctoral Consortium will be accompanied by prominent professors and researchers in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning. These accompanying professors will participate actively and contribute to the discussions. The Doctoral Consortium is co-located with and will take place immediately before the EC-TEL 2010 conference. The Doctoral Consortium language is English.

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 2010). To enforce this rule we require authors to disclose their expected graduation date and their advisor's name when submitting.

Fees, Scholarships for the Doctoral Consortium:

For a limited number of accepted contributions we secure funding either from ECTEL 2010 ( or STELLAR ( so that registration fees are waived for participants.

Eligibility and Application Process:

In contrast to regular conference papers, submissions should address specifically doctoral work!
Therefore, the following elements have to be addressed in the papers:

Papers will be reviewed by at least two members of the doctoral consortium committee who will be selected from the EC-TEL 2010 programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings at Accepted students will be asked to peer-review two accepted papers prior to the Doctoral Consortium.

Only electronic submissions are accepted. Please use for uploading. Papers describing doctoral work should be submitted in PDF format before July 18, 2010. Authors should use the Springer LNCS format. For camera-ready format instructions, please see For Authors instructions at The paper length should not exceed 6 pages. A supporting letter by the supervisor of the PhD works should be also uploaded.

Accepted students should prepare:

1. A firehouse introduction of themselves and their PhD project for the introductory session.
   Duration: 60 sec max. No slides.

2. A poster of their PhD project to be used for introducing their project (15-20 minutes) and
   its main issues during the small group sessions.

All papers will be reviewed after acceptance by at least two senior researchers and one of the accepted doctoral candidates. A discussant, a member of the doctoral consortium committee, will be appointed to each paper. Discussant comments will be followed by a plenary discussion of the paper. At the end of the consortium there will be a general discussion, including a brainstorming session about current and future research topics in the area.

Research topics for the Doctoral Consortium at ECTEL 2010:

Technological underpinning
    * Large scale sharing and interoperability
    * Technologies for personalisation and adaptation
    * Context-aware systems
    * Social computing and web 2.0
    * Semantic web and web 3.0
    * Mobile technologies
    * Intelligent games
    * Network infrastructures and architectures for TEL
    * Sensors and sensor networks
    * Roomware and ubiquitous computing
    * Data mining and information retrieval
    * Natural language processing and latent semantic analysis
    * eLearning specifications and standards

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
    * Instructional design and Design approaches
    * Communities of learners & Communities of practice
    * Teaching techniques and strategies for online learning
    * Learner motivation and engagement
    * Evaluation methods for TEL

Individual, social & organisational learning processes
    * Cognitive mechanisms in knowledge acquisition and construction
    * Self-regulated and Self-directed learning
    * Social processes in teams and communities
    * Social awareness
    * Knowledge management and organisational learning
    * Sustainability & TEL business models and cases
    * Business-learning models

Learning contexts and domains
    * 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
    * Aggregated learning at the workplace Distance and online learning
    * Lifelong learning (cradle to grave)
    * 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


July 18, 2010: Deadline for submitting applications to the ECTEL Doctoral Consortium
July 30, 2010:  Notification of acceptance, Assignment of Peer Reviews
August 27, 2010: Peer reviews and discussant reviews sent to students
September 17, 2010: Final version of Doctoral Consortium Submission sent for publishing
September 29, 2010: Doctoral Consortium at ECTEL

Organising Committee:

Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Tomaz Klobucar, Institut Jozef Stefan, Slovenia
Katherine Maillet, Institut Telecom, France

Programme Committee (to be announced)

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