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EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium 2008

Maastricht, September, 2008


The EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium is 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. These accompanying professors will participate actively and contribute to the discussions. The Doctoral Consortium is co-located with and will take place immediately before the EC-TEL 2008 conference. The Doctoral Consortium language is English.

Doctoral Consortium Schedule, September 17

  • 9:15-9:25: Welcome, Tomaz Klobucar, DC Co-Chair
  • 9:25- 9:50: Christian Glahn, Supporting Reflection in Informal Learning
  • 9:50-10:15: Linda J. Castaneda, e-Learning in Higher Education: A model of Curriculum analysis
  • Coffee break
  • 10:45-11:10: Maaike Harbers, Self-Explaining Agents in Virtual Training
  • 11:10-11:35: Nicolas Weber, The Evolution of Social Ontologies
  • 11:35-12:00: Valérie Emin, A goal-oriented authoring approach to design, share and reuse learning scenarios
  • 12:00-12:30: Final discussion and conclusions: Katherine Maillet, DC Co-Chair
Each slot includes 15 min presentation and 10 min discussion

---Topics of Interest---

As for the EC-TEL conference, all topics from the field of professional learning are of interest for the doctoral consortium. These topics include (but are not limited to):

Computational models for TEl

  • Metadata, learning objects and repositories
  • Network infrastructures (peer to peer, ad-hoc networks, ...)
  • Semantic web and Web 2.0
  • Web services architectures
  • Sensors and sensors networks
  • Mobile technologies
  • Roomware and ubiquitous computing

Pedagogical models for TEL

  • Learning communities & social software
  • Problem- and project-based learning
  • Instructional design
  • Collaborative learning and scripting
  • Inquiry based learning
  • Teachers' authoring and orchestration
  • Individualisation and personalization

Individual, social & organisational learning processes

  • Cognitive mechanisms in knowledge construction
  • Social interactions and learning
  • Knowledge management and organisational learning
  • Deployment strategies and change management
  • Sustainability & TEL business models


Papers describing doctoral work should be submitted in PDF or PostScript format before July 14, 2008. 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.

In contrast to regular conference papers, submissions should address specifically doctoral work! Therefore, the following elements are


  • 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.

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 2008). To enforce this rule we require authors to disclose their expected graduation date and their advisor's name when submitting.

Papers will be reviewed by at least two members of the doctoral consortium committee who will be selected from the EC-TEL 2008 ( programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Papers will also be made available electronically to the participants before the symposium to facilitate preparation of discussions and questions. Presentations will be kept short (10-15 minutes). 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.

Only electronic submissions are accepted. E-mail your paper as an attachment in PDF or Postscript format to [email protected]

A supporting letter should be sent by the PhD supervisor by e-mail to [email protected] or by Fax: + 33 1 60 76 42 86 to Katherine Maillet.

The registration fees for the doctoral consortium participants will be 80 euros (30 for those attending the EC-TEL conference).

---Consortium Chairs---

  • Katherine Maillet, Institut National des Télécommunications, France
  • Tomaz Klobucar, Institut Jozef Stefan, Slovenia
  • Denis Gillet, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
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