Call for Papers 2019

The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, educational developers and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. This year’s theme of “Transforming learning with meaningful technologies” addresses how emerging and future learning technologies can be used in a meaningful way to enhance human-machine interrelationships, to contribute to efficient and effective education, and to assess the added value of such technologies.

The conference calls for papers focusing on this theme and addressing many topics: intermediation between learning systems, learners and educators; guidelines and methodologies to enhance learning experience through technologies; bridges between technology and learning; assessment of technologies’ educational added value; promotion of coherence and unity of technology and learning; and improvement of complementarity between technology and learning. We 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 and at the same time connecting them to different pedagogical approaches, types of learning settings, and application domains that can benefit from such technologies.

We invite contributions for research papers, demonstrations and posters as well as practitioner papers and workshops. A doctoral consortium will be organised concurrently with the workshops.

EC-TEL 2019 will be co-located with the 18th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2019 – which focuses on mobile and contextual learning, so there is a good opportunity to visit both conferences at the same time.

Important Dates

Research Papers, Practitioner Papers, Posters & Demonstrations

  • 29 April 2019 - Mandatory submission of an abstract
  • 13 May 2019 - Submission of full version
  • 17 June 2019 - Notification of acceptance
  • 1 July 2019 - Camera-ready versions

Workshop Proposals

  • 29 April 2019 - Submission of workshop proposal
  • 13 May 2019 - Workshops notification
  • 3 June 2019 - Workshops sites launched
  • 16 & 17 September 2019 - Workshops, Delft

 Doctoral Consortium

  • 13 May 2019 - advanced PhD candidate application deadline
  • 14 June 2019 - advanced PhD candidate acceptance notification
  • 17 June 2019 - early stage PhD candidate application deadline
  • 1 July 2019 - early stage PhD candidate acceptance notification
  • 29 July 2019 - Doctoral Consortium reviews
  • 16 September 2019 - Doctoral Consortium
  • 1 December 2019 - Camera-ready version of the improved submission

 All submission deadlines are 11:59pm UTC-12

Statement on Open Science

As last year, we want to encourage Open Science within the EATEL research community. We therefore encourage authors to document their research in a reproducible and verifiable manner, and in general to use Open Science best practices. Two that we specifically would be happy to see in EATEL research are:

  • 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 organisations 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 anonymised!) as well as the scripts or programs you used to analyse them can help other researchers to replicate or extend your analysis. We encourage authors to share this information.

Conference Topics

From both research and innovative practice perspectives the following topics of interest to the conference include, detailed conference topics can be found here

Submission Formats

Research, practitioner, poster and demo paper submissions will be handled through EasyChair ( All papers will be reviewed through a double blind review process so, please, upload your papers without any reference to the authors. Accepted research papers, as well as demo and poster 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: Practitioner papers have to comply with the LNCS template as well, and will be published in Companion Proceedings via CEUR. Workshop proposals as well as industry contributions will be handled separately.

  • Research Papers: 6-14 pages, published in proceedings
  • Poster Papers: max. 4 pages, published in proceedings
  • Demonstration Papers: max. 4 pages (published in proceedings) plus max. 2 additional pages describing the demo (not published in proceedings)
  • Practitioner Papers: 6-14 pages, published in proceedings
  • Workshop proposals: online form (see subsection), not published in proceedings
  • Industry contributions: to be announced

Research Papers

This year, there is no short and full paper categories as EC-TEL used to have in past editions of the conference. There are only research papers. No matter the length, research papers are expected to be mature research contributions to the field of technology-enhanced learning. The length should be appropriate for the contribution the paper makes. Preliminary results or work in progress fit very well in the poster paper category.

Papers will be reviewed according to the relevance of the research to the field, novelty and contribution to the field, and appropriateness of research methodology. Note that it is important for EC-TEL papers to consider both technology and learning.


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 2019. Poster papers will be published in the EC-TEL 2019 proceedings if accepted.

Demonstration Papers

Demo papers are expected to describe innovative TEL applications (e.g. dashboards, tutor systems, interactive learning technologies, etc.). Demo submissions consist of a concise scientific description of your research prototype. This needs to be in a paper that is a maximum 4 pages long including references that will be published in the EC-TEL 2019 proceedings if accepted. Specifically, the paper should have the following sections:

  1. Pedagogical background
  2. Technological Background
  3. Use case (explain a use case that you will use to demonstrate the use of your proposal during the demo-shoot)
  4. Results and Outcomes achieved (Optional).

In addition, you should prepare a small document maximum 2 pages long (not published in the proceedings) describing the specific Technology and Environment needed at the conference for the demonstration session, so that we can organise the session accordingly.

During the conference, EC-TEL attendees will have the opportunity to experience and interact with the presented demo and get a grip on the future of TEL research. 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.

Practitioner Papers

To encourage presentations that address real world problems or practical use cases, EC-TEL invites practitioner paper submissions. The practitioner track aims at sharing thoughts and findings that stem from TEL projects and were transferred into practice including informal pilot studies or iterative design-based research. These papers include the application, implementation, commercial aspects or practical challenges in innovating education through technology, in particular in the context of the EC-TEL conference theme ‘Transforming learning with meaningful technologies’.

Practitioner papers should illuminate from a practical point of view how emerging and future learning technologies can be better understood by learners and educators and how they can be used in a meaningful way to enhance human-machine interrelationships and to contribute to efficient and effective education. Thus, practitioner papers should be based on a practical use of technology for learning to improve, change or enhance learning practice in formal as well as informal learning environments including an expected pedagogical value. The objective is to promote a via practitioner papers a discussion between research and practice, such that on the one hand, practical experiences and challenges are made known to researchers, and ongoing research is made known to practitioners.

Practitioner papers should include descriptions of:

  • Context for the project: What is the context and aim of the project and which key challenges were addressed? How can this be designed and implemented as real world application?
  • New innovative tools/techniques: How do the new tools/techniques look like? How do these tools transfer learning into practice?
  • Digital solution: What is the design rationale? How does the practical implementation look like?
  • Practical deployment: What is the practical context in which the digital solution has been deployed? How were the stakeholders involved? And how was the project evaluated?
  • Lessons learned:
    • Planning/design: How was the project conceived, structured and designed? How did the planning/design affect the success (or failure) of the project?
    • Implementation: Which factors were responsible for the success (or failure) of the implementation or deployment of the project?
    • Outcomes/impact: How was the success of the project measured? What were positive or negative issues such as validation of the expected impact, practical constraints and enablers, user adoption, cost benefit analysis, generalisability? Did other unexpected or surprising results occur?
  • Benefit: How can the benefit be translated into something tangible from which others can learn?
  • Open challenges: Which issues do require further attention or actions .

Practitioner papers will follow the submission format of the main conference (LNCS Format), and should be 6-14 pages long, as outlined above, with the length of the paper correlating with the contribution made. All submissions should clearly articulate the key contribution in terms of the value of the practical experience to the design and deployment of technologies to innovate learning.

The practitioner papers will be submitted following the research papers deadline, through EasyChair. Accepted papers will be published as companion to the EC-TEL proceedings in and linked on the website and presented during the main conference.



The process to submit a workshop is detailed here.

Industry Track

To be announced

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 organisation chair ( at your earliest convenience to book meeting rooms.

Doctoral Consortium

The details of the Doctoral Consortium are available here.

Host Organisation

Centre for Education and Learning

Supporting Organisations

Delft University of TechnologyErasmus Universiteit RotterdamUniversiteit LeidenDIPF Bildungsforschung und BildungsinformationKnow Center TU GrazOpen UniversiteitTU Grazhttc e.V.


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