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13th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning

What Summer School
When Oct 09, 2017 08:00 AM to
Oct 13, 2017 05:00 PM
Where Aveiro, PT
Contact Name Mikhail Fominykh
Contact Email mihail.fominyh
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by Mikhail Fominykh last modified Jul 27, 2017 03:00 PM

We are pleased to announce the 13th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning, to take place from Monday, October 9 to Friday, October 13, 2017 in Aveiro, Portugal. Pre-summer school activities are organized all day on Sunday, October 8. The summer school is organised by the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning - EATEL (

The JTEL summer school provides a stimulating learning environment where participants get 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). 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 PhD students to develop their personal research, discuss their doctoral work and build bridges for future collaborations experts in the field and peers across Europe. The summer school is open for PhD students and instructors from all countries.

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Aveiro City

Call for Lectures and Workshops

If you would like to offer a lecture or workshop at the summer school, we invite you to submit a proposal (about ½ page to a full page) describing your contribution, which should demonstrate how your presentation/activity will benefit the PhD students attending the summer school (mainly early to mid-stage). If your proposal is selected, it will be published on the summer school website.

We encourage interactive sessions rather than lecture-style presentations, and your proposal could include details about how you plan to engage the PhD students. Lectures are usually no longer than 45 minutes and workshops are usually 90 minutes. Some workshops run 2 x 90 minutes. Lectures should provide PhD students with insight into the state-of-the-art in one aspect of TEL or methodologies for conducting research in TEL. Workshops should provide hands-on opportunities to work with new technologies or develop research techniques. Please submit your proposals to EasyChair no later than June 19, 2017. Be sure to tick the correct box: “Lecture and/or workshop proposal”.

Please note that speakers and workshop organizers are expected to cover the costs of their trip and accommodation (in some cases, it is covered through the TEL projects they are working for).

PhD students applying to participate in the summer school are also invited to propose workshops. In this case, they must make TWO summer school submissions: the PhD student proposal and the lecture and/or workshop proposal.

All questions about the submission can be sent to:

Download the Call for Participants as a PDF

Call for PhD Student Proposals

PhD students should submit their proposals online no later than July 18, 2017. Please download the PhD student proposal form, fill it in, and upload it to the summer school submission system at EasyChair. In the submission system, please, select the correct submission type: “PhD student proposal”.

For the PhD student proposal, you will need to attach the following three documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae - CV (max 2 pages)
  2. A letter of support from your PhD advisor approving the proposal
  3. A summary of your PhD (max 3 pages). The following sections should be included and clearly labeled in the order given:
    • Title
    • Context and background
    • Theoretical perspective
    • Methods
    • Current progress
    • Motivation (explain how you expect to benefit from the summer school and how you expect to contribute to the summer school)

Update: PhD students with accepted lectures or workshops do not need to submit attachments. However, the submission itself with the filled in form is required. Attachments are required for all PhD students who wish to receive a scholarship from the school.

All questions about the submission can be sent to:

Download the Call for Participants as a PDF


  • Scholarship will be given to the author of the best PhD student proposal! The Martin Wolpers student award will grant 700 EUR to the most promising young researcher (covering the cost of the school and part of the travel). The exceptionally high endowment is made possible through the generous funding provided by the International University of La Rioja-UNIR.
  • The registration is now open. Authors of all accepted proposals (both PhD students and instructors) have to fill in the registration form.
  • Second call for PhD student proposals has been opened (Deadline: August 2). Authors submitted to the first call will be notified on time.
  • The draft program is now available: JTELSS program draft.
  • Scholarships secured for JTELSS 2017! A limited amount of scholarships will be given to the PhD students to cover the cost of the summer school (accommodation, means and excursions).
  • The submission deadline for instructors has been extended. The new deadline is June 26. The authors who submitted before June 19 will be notified before June 26.
  • eLearning Industry has become an official partner of JTELSS.
  • The Call for Participants has been published and the submission opened.

Important Dates

There are two deadlines for submitting proposals and consequently two notification dates. We encourage you to apply early so that you can benefit from early acceptance and arrange your travel plans.

Date For instructors and PhD students For PhD students only
May 15, 2017 Submission opens
June 26, 2017 Submission deadline for workshop and lecture proposals (Extended)
July 3, 2017 Notification of acceptance (for all submitted proposals, including PhD students)
July 18, 2017 Submission deadline 1 for PhD student proposals
July 31, 2017 Notification of acceptance for PhD students (call 1)
August 2, 2017 Submission deadline 2 for PhD student proposals
August 7, 2017 Notification of acceptance for PhD students (call 2)
September 1, 2017 Registration deadline
October 7, 2017 Arrival to Aveiro
October 8, 2017 Pre-summer school full-day social event
October 9-13, 2017 Summer school dates
October 14, 2017 Departure from Aveiro


The registration for JTEL Summer School 2017 is now open. Authors of all accepted proposals (both PhD students and instructors) have to fill in the registration form. Payment information will be sent directly to each registered participant.

Keynote speakers

Armin Weinberger

Armin Weinberger
Department of Educational Technology, Saarland University

Orchestration of Technology-Enhanced Learning

Abstract: Is technology enhancing learning? While both, small and isolated as well as large and scalable technology‐enhanced learning environments are being designed, the state of the debate is that mere digitalization or enrichment of learning environments with technology does not equal innovating for better learning and instruction. At the same time, the learning sciences focus on investigating isolated learning events rather than learning in an ecology of devices and software. Technology-enhanced learning arrangements need to be orchestrated and evidence on effective orchestration needs to be collected.

The concept of orchestration has recently emerged as a useful metaphor in technology‐enhanced learning research, because of its explanatory power and appeal in describing how different learning activities, tools, and arrangements could be combined to promote learning in an ecology of devices. More than a buffet of tools offering possibilities to the teachers, orchestration refers to the purposeful mixture of different aspects of the learning experience, serving a particular set of learning goals. In this presentation, current potentials and open issues in orchestrating technology‐enhanced learning arrangements will be discussed and exemplified with current scenarios of technology-enhanced learning such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), learning with social media, e.g., Facebook, and learning with mobile and multi‐touch devices.

Carlos Santos

Carlos Santos
Department of Communication and Art, University of Aveiro

Luis Pedro

Luis Pedro
Department of Communication and Art, University of Aveiro

chmod 777 education

Abstract: The term 'chmod 777’ is originally a UNIX command that is used to grant total privileges (read-write-execute) on the operating system to any user. Although these are computer science terms, it is rather easy to translate them to educational contexts. What would happen if we would give students full access privileges to their learning? What if they could decide, on their own terms, the design of their learning paths, their information sources, their courses? In this keynote we will introduce the concepts of open access, sharing and collaboration in formal educational contexts and explore some of their possibilities supported by an overview of international initiatives/projects.

Leonel Morgado

Leonel Morgado
Department of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Aberta

Serious games and virtual worlds for learning: trends and perspectives

Abstract: This keynote will present - with examples - how the great power of virtual worlds and serious games in learning is towards a deep, personal understanding and clear, profound communication between learners and educators.

This keynote sets forth from the concept that games and virtual worlds are at their best supporting the understanding and communication of complex concepts and ideas. By creating content and interacting with game dynamics, people can witness outcomes that reflect their worldviews and systemic reactions of their actions. This often counters our understanding of complex systems, such as their behaviour across large time spans, large numbers of participants, massive data, or dangerous situations. People can model rules to reach insights, using a span of tools, from paper-based low-tech prototyping to full-fledged game programming. These uses are not yet widespread in augmented reality systems, but several prototypes allow us to envision a path forward.

Classic and modern examples will be used, bridging towards implications for current trends in this technology, such as augmented/mixed/virtual reality, gestural interaction, pervasive computing, cultural-based interaction.


JTELSS program draft

Venue, Accommodation and Social Events

The Summer School will take place in Aveiro, Portugal.

More information about the city is available at the Aveiro tourist office website.

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The event (lectures and workshops) will be hosted by Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro.

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The accommodation will be available at the twin hotels HOTEL AFONSO V and HOTEL JARDIM. The hotels are located close to the historical city center of Aveiro and not far from the ocean.

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Participants are expected to arrive on Saturday, October 7. The social program will include a full-day trip to Porto on October 8 and a half-day trip exploring the surrounding of Aveiro on October 11.

Cost of summer school

The cost for PhD students is €500 (including accommodation - 7 nights in double rooms, meals and excursions). Special arrangements for PhD students who would like a single room can be made. In this case, the fees will be €575.

The cost for instructors is €575 (including accommodation - 7 nights in single rooms, meals and excursions). Instructors can choose to attend only a part of the event. In this case, they can negotiate the price with the hotel directly.

The JTEL summer school follows a non-profit scheme. The organizing committee members work as volunteers to make the event possible. The educational program of the school is provided free of charge. The cost of the school covers accommodation, meals, excursions and some printed materials.

PhD students can use different funding schemes to cover the cost of the summer school. Update: A limited amount of scholarships will be given to the PhD students to cover the cost of the summer school (accommodation, means and excursions). We also advise you to look for local or university funding. The JTEL summer school will provide great value to the progress of your research and studies. The contents of the school can extend or replace some of your courses. Another option to cover the cost is to apply for an Erasmus+ mobility funding. For this option, please, contact your international relations office. Remember, that this year the school is hosted by the University of Aveiro.

Instructors who plan to deliver lectures and workshops often use funding from research projects to cover the cost. The JTEL summer school is a primary event in Europe for dissemination and networking in the Technology-Enhanced Learning community. Erasmus+ teacher mobility funding is also an option.

Attention local participants! There are special conditions for local PhD students and instructors. Please, contact the local chair for more information.

Past jTEL summer school events

2016 Estonia
2015 Italy
2014 Malta
2013 Cyprus
2012 Portugal
2011 Greece
2010 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
2009 Slovakia
2008 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
2007 France
2006 Slovenia
2005 Turkey

Social Media

Hashtags #JTELSS and #JTELSS17

Official Partners


Organizing Committee

Local Chair:
Fernando Ramos, University of Aveiro, Portugal

General Chairs:
Katherine Maillet, Telecom Business School, France
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Program Chairs:
Milos Kravcik, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany
Denis Gillet, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
Maria Aristeidou, The Open University, UK

Organisation team:
Mikhail Fominykh, Independent researcher, Norway
Maria Perifanou, University of Macedonia, Greece
Ana Loureiro, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
Alessandra Antonaci, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
Endrit Kromidha, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Maka Eradze, Tallinn University, Estonia
Mohsen Saadatmand, University of Helsinki, Finland
Antigoni Parmaxi, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Vanessa Camilleri, University of Malta, Malta
Maria Aristeidou, The Open University, UK
María Jesús Rodríguez Triana, Tallinn University, Estonia
Ana Luísa Torres, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal

Publicity Chairs:
Maria Perifanou, University of Macedonia, Greece
Ana Loureiro, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
Mikhail Fominykh, Independent researcher, Norway

Mikhail Fominykh, Independent researcher, Norway

Local Organizers:
Fernando Ramos, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Carlos Santos, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Luis Pedro, University of Aveiro, Portugal

About the venue and accommodation: Fernando Ramos,
About EATEL and general organisation: Katherine Maillet,
About the program and submission: Milos Kravcik, or
All other inquiries: Mikhail Fominykh,

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