ECTEL 2011 Doctoral Consortium, Call for Participation, Deadline July 15, 2011

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Call for Papers: Doctoral Consortium at ECTEL 2011, 20 September, 2011 Palermo, Italy



 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. Accompanying professors will provide feedback to the papers that are selected for the doctoral consortium and participate actively and contribute to the discussions. The Doctoral Consortium is co-located with and will take place immediately before the EC-TEL 2011 conference. The working language of the Doctoral Consortium 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 2011). 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:

 The ECTEL 2011 early registration fee for students is €250 and this fee includes participation in the Doctoral Consortium.

For a limited number of accepted contributions we secure funding either from STELLAR ( or EATEL ( so that registration fees for the conference and the doctoral consortium are waived for participants.


 In contrast to regular conference papers, submissions should address specifically doctoral work!

Therefore, the following elements have to be addressed in the papers:

     * A clear formulation of the research question,

    * An identification of the significant problems in the field of research,

    * An outline of the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions,

    * A presentation of any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far,

    * A sketch of the applied research methodology,

    * A description of the Ph.D. project's contribution to the problem solution,

    * A discussion of how the suggested solution is different, new, or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.

Papers will be reviewed by at least two members of the doctoral consortium committee who will be selected from the EC-TEL 2011 programme committee. Accepted students will be asked to peer-review two accepted papers prior to the Doctoral Consortium. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings at

Only electronic submissions are accepted. Please use for uploading. Papers describing doctoral work should be submitted in PDF format before July 15, 2011. 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. An introduction of themselves and their PhD project for the introductory session.

   Duration: 60 sec max.

2. A 15 – 20 minute presentation of their PhD project to be used for introducing discussion about their project and its main issues during the small group sessions. 

3. Students are also invited to prepare a poster about their Ph.D. for the ECTEL 2011 poster session.

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.


July 15, 2011: Deadline for submitting applications to the ECTEL Doctoral Consortium

July 20, 2011:  Notification of acceptance, Assignment of Peer Reviews

August 15, 2011: Peer reviews and discussant reviews sent to students

September 8, 2011: Final version of Doctoral Consortium Submission sent for publishing

September 19 or 20, 2011: Doctoral Consortium at ECTEL


Research topics for the Doctoral Consortium at ECTEL 2011

 Technological underpinning:

Large scale sharing and interoperability

Personalization, user modelling and adaptation

Context-aware systems

Social computing

Social media

Semantic Web

Mobile technologies

Serious games and 3D virtual worlds

Network infrastructures and architectures for TEL

Sensors and sensor networks

Augmented reality

Learning-enhanced rooms, campuses and outdoor environments

Data mining and information retrieval

Recommender systems for TEL

Natural language processing and latent semantic analysis

eLearning specifications and standards

Learning analytics

Pervasive and ubiquitous technologies

Tangible technologies


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 and communities of practice

Teaching techniques and strategies for online learning

Learner motivation and engagement

Evaluation methods for TEL

Assessment for learning


Individual, social & organizational learning processes:

Cognitive mechanisms in knowledge acquisition and construction

Self-regulated and self-directed learning

Reflective learning

Inquiry-based learning

Social processes in teams and communities

Social awareness

Knowledge management and organizational learning

Sustainability and TEL business models and cases

Business-learning models

Trust and reputation in TEL

Fitness and evolvability of learning environments


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

Knowledge management

Mobile and contextual learning

Open 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



Katherine Maillet, Telecom & Management SudParis, France

Mike Sharples, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (to be announced)