The European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) engages researchers, practitioners, educational developers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. This year’s theme is ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND QUALITY EDUCATION.
The world today is at a crossroad where several global challenges must be urgently addressed in order to build a more sustainable future. The United Nations Agenda 2030 defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals in which “Quality Education” stands out as one of the most crucial ones (SDG 4). This Sustainable Development Goal seeks to ensure access to equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, providing citizens with the skills required for individual, and collective well-being in a world of uncertainty and rapid change. In an era mediated by technology and data, applied research in education and especially in technology-enhanced learning are fundamental to meet SDG 4, contribute to other Sustainable Development Goals, such as “Reduced Inequalities” (SDG 10) within and among countries, and act as a bridge between SDG 4 and other SDGs fostering education for a sustainable growth. This not only includes improving student performance and success in general but also supporting disadvantaged and under-represented groups.
At the same time, 2020 can become a turning point for research and innovation in Europe. This year the Horizon Europe programme is born to replace the successful Horizon 2020 programme, which has been a catalyst for many of the results presented by the EC-TEL community in the last seven years. Horizon Europe is meant to be the cornerstone for researchers and innovators to define their next research lines and obtain new funds for the next seven years. Many research results will surely be presented in future editions of this conference thanks to Horizon Europe. Interestingly, Horizon Europe defines, as one of its fundamental pillars, the need to address Global Challenges, clustered in areas, such as health, culture, creativity and inclusive society, or climate, energy and mobility, among others, and in which education, and more specifically technology-enhanced learning, play a transversal but crucial role.
The European Conference on Technology-Enhance Learning, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, is committed to address global challenges and quality education in this call for papers. First, some research articles are expected to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4 and SDG 10, to help to reduce the existing gaps and inequalities between countries and regions from around the world in terms of inclusiveness, equity, access, and quality of education. Second, the Horizon Europe programme will be present in the conversations of attendees since a significant part of upcoming research and innovation in technology-enhanced learning will be linked to this new programme.
EC-TEL 2020 will be co-located with the 18th “Fachtagung Bildungstechnologien der GI Fachgrupper Bildungstechnologien (DELFI 2020)” and the 9th “Fachtagung Hochschuldidaktik Informatik (HDI) des GI Fachbereich Informatik Ausbildung / Didaktik der Informatik”.
Research Papers, Impact Papers, Posters & Demonstrations
- 30 March 2020 - Optional pre-submission of an abstract [Extended: 06 April]
- 20 April 2020 - Submission of full version [Extended: 27 April]
- 1 June 2020 - Notification of acceptance
- 22 June 2020 - Camera-ready versions
- 27 April 2020 - Submission of workshop proposal [Extended: 4 May]
- 18 May 2020 - Workshops notification
- 1 June 2020 - Workshops sites launched
- 14-15 September 2020 - Workshops in Heidelberg
- 15 July 2020 - Early stage and advanced PhD candidate application deadline
- 25 August 2020 - Doctoral Consortium reviews
- 14 September 2020 - Doctoral Consortium
- 1 December 2020 - Camera-ready version of the improved submission
All submission deadlines are 11:59pm AOE
From both research and innovative practice perspectives the topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to those listed here.
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 best practices that we specifically would be happy to see in EC-TEL 2020 research papers are:
- Pre-registration. Results from empirical studies are more robust when researchers predefine a research and analysis plan and register it before data collection. To do so, we encourage authors to use services like AsPredicted (aspredicted.org) and the Open Science Framework (OSF) to preregister their research so that confirmatory and exploratory analyses can be better evaluated. The research manuscript should then include a link to the preregistration document.
- Sharing data and code for replication purposes. 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 by providing a link to the data and code in the manuscript.
Research, impact, poster and demo paper submissions as well as doctoral consortium submissions will be handled through EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ectel2020). Apart from the DC submissions, all papers will be reviewed through a double blind review process, i.e. authors must upload their papers without any reference to themselves or their institutions.
Accepted research, poster and demo papers will be published in the conference proceedings. As every year, the proceedings will be published within Springer “Lecture Notes in Computer Science” (LNCS) Series. The use of supplied template is mandatory: https://www.springer.com/de/it-informatik/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines. Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made
Impact papers have to comply with the LNCS template as well, and will be published in Companion Proceedings, e.g., via CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR-WS). Workshop proposals as well as industry contributions will be handled separately.
- Research Papers: 8-14 pages, published in Conference Proceedings
- Poster Papers: max. 5 pages, published in Conference Proceedings
- Demonstration Papers: max. 5 pages (published in Conference Proceedings) plus max. 1 additionals page describing the demo (not published in proceedings)
- Impact Papers: 6-14 pages, published in Companion Proceedings
- Workshop proposals: online form (see subsection), not published in proceedings
- Industry contributions: to be announced
Research papers for EC-TEL 2020 should be 8-14 pages long. No matter the length, research papers are expected to be mature research contributions to the field of technology-enhanced learning. Research papers should clearly define research objectives and questions. In addition, research papers should discuss the state-of-the-art in the area in which the work is framed, present an appropriate research methodology, as well as discuss the results of the research conducted. Preliminary results or work in progress fit very well in the poster paper category. Research papers should highlight their novelty and contribution to the field. Note that it is important for EC-TEL 2020 research papers to consider both technology and learning.
Poster & Demo Papers
Poster and Demo Papers are short papers that report on research-in-progress. They describe innovative TEL applications (e.g. dashboards, tutor systems, interactive learning technologies, etc.) and are maximum 5 pages long including references. Poster and Demo papers will be published in the EC-TEL 2020 LNCS proceedings if accepted.
The format of the paper must follow the LNCS template and include the following sections:
- Pedagogical background
- Technological background
- Results and outcomes achieved
DEMONSTRATIONS will consist of reliable running prototypes ready to be tried out by end users
When you submit a demo paper you should also submit a 1 page document (not published in the proceedings) with the following information:
Description of the demo
Set-up requirements for the demo (if any)
Use cases that will be provided during the demo to illustrate the use of the system
POSTERS: the actual posters will be printed and brought to the conference by the authors of the accepted poster paper.
The Poster and Demo sessions will provide authors with an opportunity to present their work in an interactive fashion and elicit feedback from EC-TEL participants.
(formerly known as Practitioner Papers)
To encourage presentations that address real world problems or practical use cases, EC-TEL invites both practitioners and researchers to submit impact papers. The impact track aims at sharing thoughts and findings that stem from TEL projects and were transferred into practice and/or at scale including formal or 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 ‘ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND QUALITY EDUCATION’.
Impact 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, impact 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 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.
Impact 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?
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 .
Impact 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 impact papers will be submitted following the research papers deadline, through EasyChair. Accepted papers will be published in Companion Proceedings, e.g., via CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR-WS), and presented during the main conference.
EC-TEL 2020 offers the opportunity to host half-day or full-day workshops. Organisers interested in coordinating a workshop are requested to submit a proposal by filling out this form (https://bit.ly/2QYaKkh), no later than 27 April 2020 [Extended: 4 May]. Successful proposals will be confirmed by 18 May 2020.
Workshops are expected to promote the conference theme –addressing global challenges and quality education– and provide a venue for community building and idea generation for emerging research topics to groups of like-minded researchers and practitioners, further elaborating on how learning technologies can add educational value to the different stakeholders and contribute to efficient and effective education. Workshop organisers are encouraged to propose innovative and interactive formats, which will be given priority in the selection process. The workshop selection will be handled competitively to achieve a balanced workshop program. Ideally, the workshop will comprise different formats, combining newly emerging, currently evolving, and established research topics. Proposals will be ranked according to their fit with EC-TEL 2020 conference topics, innovativeness, extent of interaction, overall quality, and comprehensiveness of planning including an insight on how sufficient submissions and participants could be achieved. In case of overlapping workshops, organisers may be contacted to clearly differentiate the workshops or to merge them.
Workshop organisers must indicate:
Whether they plan their workshops as full-day or half-day events and provide a preferred workshop day (either 14th or 15th September 2020, although due to space restrictions, we cannot guarantee to meet these preferences)
The workshop’s organisation title and acronym
A list of topics of interest
Motivation on why the workshop is of particular interest at this time
The proposed timeline, including at least the submission deadline (around mid-late June) and notification date (at least two weeks before the end of the early-bird registration).
We plan to support the workshop dissemination by including the workshop timelines and links to their websites on the EC-TEL 2020 conference website. Nevertheless, accepted workshops are expected to launch their websites (latest by 1 June 2020), identify workshop participants, and handle the call for workshop contributions as well as the publication of workshop outcomes. In publishing the workshop contributions, workshop organisers are encouraged to target high-quality publication outlets (international impact-rated journals, including special issues within them).
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Given the current situation, as explained in the updated EC-TEL2020 Covid-19 statement, we confirm that the workshops will also take place in an online format, in case the face-to-face conference will not go through. Hence, workshop organisers should take into consideration that the workshops may be online, face-to-face or blended. In case EC-TEL2020 is an online event, the conference and workshop registration rates will be reduced.
Details for the Doctoral Consortium are available here.
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 Marco Kalz (kalz(at)ph-heidelberg.de) at your earliest convenience to book meeting rooms.
Details on the Conference Organization Committee can be found here.