Call for Papers 2018

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 is ‘Lifelong technology enhanced learning: Dealing with the complexity of 21st century challenges’.

 We live in an increasingly digital and globalized world that offers great opportunities for information sharing and the generation of new knowledge. This reality has enabled us to move forward rapidly as a society in many respects, but has also led us to complex, diverse and interdisciplinary challenges that affect all areas of knowledge such as health, demographic change and wellbeing; food security and bioeconomy; secure and clean energy; smart and green energy; or climate action and environment - to name just a few that are emphasised by the European Union.

In order to meet these major challenges, we need to build a society that enhances the development of 21st century skills in lifelong learning. 21st century skills encompass not only technical and domain-specific skills, but also domain-independent meta-skills such as the 4Cs: critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration; all needed to manage the complexity of future problems. On the other hand, dealing with the complexity and uncertainty of tomorrow's problems requires citizens capable of developing their knowledge throughout their lives. In this context, technology can play a key role in generating new learning environments that support learners across both formal and informal learning contexts, facilitating them in developing and practising 21st century skills to face the challenges of the future.

This year, the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) aims at engaging researchers, practitioners, educational developers, entrepreneurs and policy makers in a joint discussion on how to put science, technology and practice at the service of learning to embrace these challenges on the topic: “Lifelong technology enhanced learning: Dealing with the complexity of 21st century challenges”. We are looking forward to contributions to feed the debate around this topic on many levels; to discuss and demonstrate how both lifelong learning and technology are indeed a solution to deal with future uncertainty and 21st century challenges. We also encourage participants to extend the debate around the role of and challenges for cutting edge 21st century technologies and advances such as artificial intelligence and robots, augmented reality and ubiquitous computing technologies for learning. We welcome papers reflecting on practices and different pedagogical approaches, types of learning settings, and application domains that can benefit from such technologies.

Theoretical and conceptual papers, as well as small-scale and large-scale empirical studies are welcome. Moreover, we encourage participants to conduct their scientific inquiry using emerging best practices from open science detailed in the call for papers.

Important Dates

Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters & Demonstrations:

  • 15 April 2018 - Mandatory submission of an abstract
  • 29 April 2018 - Submission of full version
  • 27 May 2018 - Notification of acceptance
  • 24 June 2018 - Camera-ready versions

Workshop Proposals:

  • 8 April 2018 - Submission of workshop proposal (Abstract not needed)
  • 6 May 2018 - Workshops notification
  • 3 and 4 September 2018 - Workshops

Project Meetings:

  • 24 June 2018 - Room reservation for project meetings
  • 3, 4, 7 September 2018 - Project Meetings


  • 24 July 2018 - Early-bird registration ends
  • 3 and 4 September 2018 - Workshops
  • 5 and 6 September 2018 - Main conference

Doctoral Consortium:

  • 22 May 2018 - Doctoral Consortium application submission 
  • 19 June 2018 - Doctoral Consortium application notification
  • 31 July 2018 - Doctoral Consortium reviews
  • 28 August 2018 - Doctoral Consortium camera-ready versions
  • 3 September 2017 - Doctoral Consortium

Statement on Open Science

This year, and following the lead of other conferences of the community, we want to contribute to the Open Science movement to promote reproducible and verifiable research. With this aim, we encourage participants to conduct their scientific inquiry using Open Science best practices. Here you have some of the best practices you can think about:

  • Pre-registration. Results from experimental interventions are more robust when researchers predefine an experimental plan and register it. To do so, we encourage authors to have a look at different organizations such as the Open Science Framework, where you can report pre-registered and exploratory analyses to be reviewed by other researchers before running your intervention.
  • Share your data and analysis for replication. Sharing data sources (always anonymized!) as well as the scripts or programs you used to analyze them can help other researchers to replicate or extend your analysis. We encourage authors to share this information through personal web-pages or specialized Web-based platforms such as LearnSphere, Zenodo, Figshare.

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

  • Interactive systems
  • Mobile, wearable and pervasive technologies
  • Robots
  • Sensors and sensor networks
  • Roomware, ambient displays and ubiquitous devices
  • Visualization techniques for learning
  • Learning analytics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Personalization, user modelling and adaptation
  • Context-aware systems
  • Recommender systems for TEL
  • Adapted learning flow, content and monitoring process
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Serious games, simulations and 3D virtual worlds
  • Social computing and social media
  • Semantic Web
  • Natural language processing and latent semantic analysis
  • Remote labs
  • Network infrastructures and architectures for TEL
  • Cloud Computing in TEL
  • Large-scale learning systems
  • eLearning specifications and standards
  • Interoperability and sharing of devices, tools and architectures

Pedagogical underpinning

  • Problem- and project-based learning / Inquiry based learning
  • 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

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
  • Formal education: initial (K-12, higher education), post-initial (continuing education)
  • Vocational training
  • Workplace learning
  • Lifelong learning
  • Digitalisation as Driver for Lifelong Learning
  • Informal and non-formal learning
  • Ubiquitous learning
  • Seamless learning
  • Domain-specific Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • Global learning communities

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 ( All papers will be reviewed through a double 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 proceedings
  • Demonstration Papers: max. 4 pages (published in proceedings) plus max. 2 additional pages describing the demo (not published in proceedings)
  • Poster Papers: max. 4 pages, published in proceedings
  • Workshop proposals: submissions via form (link will be added soon)

Conference Organization

Details on the Conference Organization Committee can be found here.

Host Organisation

University of Leeds

Supporting Organisations

DIPF Bildungsforschung und BildungsinformationGoethe Universität Frankfurt am MainKnow Center TU GrazOpen UniversiteitPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileTU GrazRayComhttc e.V.


European Association On Technology Enhanced Learning