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12th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning

What Summer School
When Jun 18, 2016 06:00 PM to
Jun 25, 2016 11:00 AM
Where Tallinn, EE
Contact Email jtelsummerschool2016
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by Milos Kravcik last modified Aug 09, 2017 11:29 PM

We are pleased to announce the 12th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning, to take place from Monday, June 20th to Friday, June 24th, 2016 in Estonia. Pre-summer school activities are organized all day on Sunday, June 19th. The summer school aims to encourage participants to adopt a critical stance in thinking about the role of technologies in providing opportunities for learners and the potential of these opportunities in terms of learning. The summer school provides a stimulating learning environment where participants are given opportunities to: develop research skills; increase their knowledge base; collaborate with others in their own and complementary research areas; engage in debate; have access to experts in the field; and discuss their own work. The programme covers topics from a broad range of domains which contribute to advancing the field of Technology Enhanced Learning. TEL research projects are encouraged to provide doctoral candidates with a perspective of the state-of-the-art research under study in their working groups. The programme will also include practical and methodological workshops as well as opportunities for doctoral candidates to develop their personal research and discuss their doctoral work. Upon request we can provide a certificate for the institution of the participant stating how many lectures / workshops and individual work was delivered. For this summer school the overarching theme is learning analytics.


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Important Dates

April 22, 2016 PhD Student applications deadline (extended!)
April 26, 2016 Notification of acceptance
May 1, 2016 Early registration closes
June 1, 2016 Late registration closes
June 18, 2016 Arrival in Tallinn and pre-summer school activities
June 19, 2016 Summer School begins in Tallinn with a social event, after the welcome dinner the transfer to conference venue will be arranged

Keynote Address

Associate Professor Hannah R. Gerber, Ph.D., from Sam Houston State University will give the keynote address Tracing Informal Learning: The Role of Social Media Analytics to Understand Meaning Making In and Across Online Spaces.

Increasingly people are turning to online resources, communities, and spaces to engage in informal learning activities. These informal learning activities take place in a vast array of settings and situations — from afterschool environments that rely upon the guidance of a caring adults/mentors, to informal learning communities that take place in and across spaces such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, where reliance upon others in the community is central to the meaning making that occurs in and across these spaces.

This keynote address opens with an examination of social media analytics and informal learning, and explores how these metadata can be harnessed to understand meaning making within these spaces. Furthermore, this talk highlights the connections that occur between social media analytics and learning analytics. Finally, this talk concludes with a discussion on the ethics of data collection in these spaces, considering how to use data — through modes and levels of concealment — that divulges sensitive user information.

Local Organiser

The local organiser of the JTEL summer school 2016 is the Centre for Educational Technology of Tallinn University ( Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is one of the most popular tourist destinations and cruise stops in the Baltic Sea. Located on Estonia`s northern coast on the Gulf of Finland, only 80km south of Helsinki, Tallinn has been a meeting point from its very early days. Tallinn sits at the crossroads between East and West, which has marked its development since it’s blossoming as a Hanseatic town. The days of Hansa are brought to mind in Tallinn`s proud merchant houses from 14th – 16th Century, the nearly 2-km-long town wall, and the majestic Town Hall. Today Tallinn is viewed as a town of culture both on local and international arena and the economic hub of the new Northern Europe combining the Nordic countries and the Baltics. Together with the city of Turku in Finland, Tallinn is European Cultural Capital in 2011. Estonia is part of the European Union and has joined the Euro zone in 2011.


Venue for the JTEL summer school 2016 is Roosta Holiday Village, located 98 km from Tallinn to East right next to a nice sandy beach of the Baltic Sea. Roosta Holiday Village offers various services (sauna, massage etc), accommodation in cottages and delicious catering, everything in the same place. The whole holiday village is booked for summer school participants exclusively. The participants will be able to be together from morning till evening every day, getting to know each other better. Hotel offers to summer school participants full board accommodation single, double and triple rooms, high-speed wifi connectivity in all rooms, one large and three smaller seminar rooms, various sports facilities (incl. surfing, adventure park, bowling, mini golf, tennis, rowboats).

Participants are expected to arrive on Saturday, June 18th, at the Tallinn Airport, which is relatively well connected with all major European cities. It is easy to travel to Tallinn with Lufthansa, SAS or AirBaltic, also low-cost connections with RyanAir and easyJet are available. An alternative would be flying to Helsinki and taking ferry to Tallinn. Tallinn Airport is very close to the city centre (5-10 min by taxi) and less than 100 km from Roosta. The bus transfer from Tallinn to Roosta will be organised for all participants on Sunday, 19th June, as well as the return on Saturday, 25th June.

Organizing Committee

General Chairs:
Katherine Maillet, Institut Mines-Télécom, Télécom Ecole de Management, France
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Local Chairs:
Mart Laanpere, Tallinn University, Estonia
Terje Väljataga, Tallinn University, Estonia

Program Chairs:
Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Terje Väljataga, Tallinn University, Estonia
Denis Gillet, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Publicity Chairs:
Ana Torres, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
Maria Perifanou, P.A.U. Education, Spain

Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Local Organizers:
Sille Sepp, Tallinn University, Estonia
Edmund Laugasson, Tallinn University, Estonia
Martin Sillaots, Tallinn University, Estonia
Birgy Lorenz, Tallinn University, Estonia
Romil Rõbtšenkov, Tallinn University, Estonia
Pirgit Voolaid, Tallinn University, Estonia
Kairit Tammets, Tallinn University, Estonia

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