Conference Theme

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 emphasized 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 practicing 21st century skills to face the challenges of the future.

This year, the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) will engage 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 have accepted 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 are also encouraging 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. Papers and discussions will focus on reflecting on practices and different pedagogical approaches, types of learning settings, and application domains that can benefit from such technologies.

 

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

Host Organisation

University of Leeds

Supporting Organisations

DIPF Bildungsforschung und BildungsinformationGoethe Universität Frankfurt am MainHTW ChurImaginaryKnow Center TU GrazOpen UniversiteitPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileRayComTU Grazhttc e.V.

Supporters:

European Association On Technology Enhanced Learning

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