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Call For Participation

We are pleased to announce the 9th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning, to take place from Monday, May 27th to Friday, May 31st, 2013 in Limassol, Cyprus. Pre-summer school activities are organized all day on Sunday, May 26th. 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 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. For this summer school the overarching theme is ‘interdisciplinarity’ and the focus will be on the challenges and opportunities that arise from working at the boundaries of different disciplines.

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.

In order to increase social contacts among the summer school participants, the programme includes several social events. A variety of sport activities will also be offered to the summer school participants. Cultural excursions are organised on the Sunday preceding the summer school and the Saturday which closes the summer school.


Doctoral candidates should submit their applications online before Thursday February 14th, 2013 (extended). Please download the application form and upload it to jtel2013. Please tick the appropriate box Doctoral candidate application.

Important dates

February 14, 2013: Deadline for submitting applications, workshop and lecture proposals to the Summer School (extended)

March 8, 2013: Notification of acceptance

Registration Extended: May 1st, 2013: Registration

May 1st, 2013: Pre-Summer School videoconferences begin

May 25 – 26, 2013: Arrival in Limassol and pre-summer school activities

May 27, 2013: Summer School begins


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Accommodation and Social Events

The Summer School will take place in Limassol, Cyprus. It will be hosted in Navarria Hotel, located close to Amathus Ruins and very close to Limassol town centre. Additional area attractions include Limassol Castle and Limassol District Archaeological Museum. Regular buses to the centre of the city and to other cities run from the main road outside the centre. The venue is within 35-45 minutes’ drive from both Paphos and Larnaca airports. Regular buses to these locations are also available, as well as special buses that we will be arranged for JTELSS 2013.


Hotel Features

Accommodation and summer school facilities will be made available at Navarria Hotel located on Limassol waterfront. It features spa and wellness facilities and an elegant outdoor pool. The Navarria Hotel also features a well-equipped gym, a steam bath as well as variety of massages in its spa. Leisure facilities such as a tennis court, table tennis and snooker room are also available.

Travel Information

Cyprus is served by two international airports. Larnaca airport is approximately 35 minutes’ drive from the venue, whereas Paphos airport is around 40 minutes’ drive. Larnaca airport (LCA) serves with direct flights all major European and Middle East destinations. This includes both regular flights and charter flights. Larnaca airport is easily accessed with shuttles, taxis and car rentals providing transportation to the rest of the island. After opening a new terminal in 2008, the airport is currently in its second phase of expansion which is scheduled for completion in 2013 when the airport expects to handle some 9 million passengers each year. Paphos airport (PFO) provides direct flights to some additional destinations. In the case where no direct flights are available, convenient connections are also available.

Transportation to the Venue

Private Taxi: you can book a taxi from and to airport for the cost of approximately €60 each way. There are taxis available at the airport.
Shuttle Services ( at only €9 per person (one way), (including VAT and luggage), the Limassol Urban Bus Company offers transport from Larnaca airport or Paphos airport to Limassol and back, by daily shuttle bus - including weekends & holidays. The pickup and drop-off point in Limassol can be found at the entrance of the city. A bus will be available at this point (see Special JTELSS busses), collect participants and transfer them to the venue on the arrival and departure day.
Special JTELSS busses will be organised on Saturday and Sunday before the summer school begins and on the Saturday after the summer school. The schedule for these busses will be announced two months prior to the event.

Accommodation and Social Events

Accommodation and summer school facilities will be made available at Navarria Beach Hotel. PhD students are asked to share double rooms with other PhD students.

On the 26th of May, an excursion to the green heart of Cyprus will be organized, where the group will discover that the island is full of contrasts! The excursion will take everyone up to the pine-clad Troodos Mountains through wine country and mountain villages offering us panoramic views out to the north-west coast.

On the 29th of May, a tour to Omodhos Village; a traditional wine producing village of Cyprus, will take place. St. Helen founded a monastery here in 4th century, where she left pieces of the Holy Cross. As we will walk through narrow streets of this picturesque village, we will visit the former monastery and the old wine press, which is now a historical monument. A beautiful boulevard of Cypress trees and citrus plantations will guide us to the former city kingdom of Kourion founded in 12th century BC. Here we will visit the Greco-Roman theatre with its breathtaking coastal view. We will then be taken back to Medieval Cyprus, when the Knights of St. John had their Commandaria on the island based at Kolossi Castle with its sugar production centre.

Cost of Summer School

The cost for doctoral candidates is Euro 570 (the summer school fee covers room and board from Saturday night 25/05/2013 to Saturday morning 01/06/2013 - 7 nights in double rooms, meals and excursions). The European Association for Technology Enhanced Learning will provide funding to pay summer school fees for a limited number of applicants.

Social Groups

Join the JTEL group on Facebook:

Twitter: #jtelss13

Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee:

Paul de Bra, Technical University of Eindhoven
Grainne Conole, University of Leicester
John Cook, University of the West of England
Charles Crook, University of Nottingham
Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University
Nikos Manouselis, Greek Research & Technology Network
Igor Mayer, Technical University of Delft
Ambjörn Naeve, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Abelardo Pardo, Carlos III University of Madrid
Peter Scott, The Open University
Jocelyn Wishart, University of Bristol
Martin Wolpers, Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Information Technology
Panayiotis Zaphiris, Cyprus University of Technology

Programme Chairs:

Denis Gillet

Local Organisation Chair:

Antigoni Parmaxi, Cyprus University of Technology
Panayiotis Zaphiris, Cyprus University of Technology

Student Organisation Chairs:

Ana Torres, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém
Ruthi Aladjem, Tel Aviv University
Dirk Börner, Open Universiteit Nederland
Christina Vasiliou, Cyprus University of Technology
Ricardo Kawase, Leibniz University Hannover
Antigoni Parmaxi, Cyprus University of Technology

Activity Chairs:

Ana Loureiro, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém
Wolfgang Reinhart, Open Universiteit
Maria Perifanou, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Inês Teixeira de Sousa Messias, Lisbon Open University
Maren Scheffel, Fraunhofer FIT

Publicity Chairs:

Ana Loureiro, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém
Aekaterini Mavri, Cyprus University of Technology
Efi Nisiforou, Cyprus University of Technology
Thomas Photiadis, Cyprus University of Technology

Social Network Chairs:

Efi Nisiforou, Cyprus University of Technology

Journal Chairs:

Ambjörn Naeve, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Fridolin Wild, Open University

Admissions Chairs:

Tomaz Klobucar, Institut Jozef Stefan
Katherine Maillet, Institut Telecom

Finance Chair:

Fridolin Wild, Open University
Tomaz Klobucar, Institut Jozef Stefan


Anna Hannemann, RWTH Aachen University
Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University

Steering Committee:

Katherine Maillet, Institut Telecom
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University
Tomaz Klobucar, Institut Jozef Stefan
Denis Gillet, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Programme Committee:

John Cook
Michael Derntl
Erik Duval
Denis Gillet
Marie Joubert
Ralf Klamma
Joris Klerkx
Tomaz Klobucar
Milos Kravcik
Tobias Ley
Ana Loureiro
Katherine Maillet
Ambjörn Naeve
Efi Nisiforou
Nikos Palavitsinis
Antigoni Parmaxi
Wolfgang Reinhart
Birgit Schmitz
Marcus Specht
Stefaan Ternier
Ana Torres
Fridolin Wild
Martin Wolpers
Panayiotis Zaphiris

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 half page to a full page) describing your contribution, which should demonstrate how your presentation/activity will benefit the doctoral candidates attending the summer school (mainly early to mid-stage). For this summer school the overarching theme is ‘interdisciplinarity’ and the focus will be on the challenges and opportunities that arise from working at the boundaries of different disciplines. 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 doctoral candidates. Lectures are usually no longer than 45 minutes and workshops are usually 90 minutes. Some workshops run 2 x 90 minutes. Lectures should provide 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 proposal to Easy Chair: JTEL2013 EasyChair. Be sure to tick the correct box: lecture or workshop proposal.

Please note that speakers and workshop organizers are expected to cover the costs of their trip and accommodation (typically through the TEL projects they are belonging to).

Doctoral candidates applying to participate in the summer school are also invited to propose workshops. In this case they must make TWO submissions: the JTEL doctoral candidate application and the workshop submission.
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