Doctoral Consortium

Presentations given at the Doctoral Consortium

  • Bernardo Tabuenca
    Title: Seamless support for lifelong learners with mobile technology
  • Raja M. Suleman
    Title: Negotiation Driven Learning: A new perspective of learning using negotiation
  • Gene Dalton
    Title: Gaeilge Gaming: Irish Language Learning for Children in a 3D Virtual Environment
  • Jan Schneider
    Title: Sensor-based Learning Support
  • Angel Suarez Fernandez
    Mobile Seamless Learning Support in Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Mohsen Saadatmand
    Title: An Investigation into Learning Ecology in Connectivist Massive Open Online Courses (cMOOCs): Learners’ Perspectives

Doctoral Consortium

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. Prominent professors and researchers in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning will provide feedback to the selected papers and participate actively and contribute to the discussions. The Doctoral Consortium will take place immediately before the EC-TEL 2014 conference.

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 2014). To enforce this rule we require authors to disclose their expected graduation date and their advisor's name when submitting.

Doctoral Consortium Eligibility and Application Process

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.


The maximum length of DC submissions should not exceed 6 pages. Students are kindly requested to make use of the supplied Springer template:

Papers accepted to the Doctoral Consortium will be eligible for publication in CEUR Workshop proceedings :

In a separate sheet include:

  • A statement of the particular issues/problems in your dissertation, research areas that you want to discuss, types of feedback that might be particularly useful,
  • A list of members of the ECTEL 2014 Program Committee who you think would be able to provide a particularly useful perspective or feedback on your work,
  • A letter of recommendation from your dissertation supervisor/advisor. It should include an assessment of the current status of your work, and an expected date for dissertation completion.

Submissions should be uploaded to: []

Accepted students should prepare:

  1. An introduction of themselves and their Ph.D. project for the introductory session. Duration: 60 sec max.
  2. A 15-20 minute presentation of their Ph.D. 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 EC-TEL 2014 poster session.

Submissions should be uploaded to:

All submissions will be reviewed after acceptance by at least two senior researchers and one of the accepted doctoral candidates. Additionally, two discussants, members 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.

Doctoral Consortium Calendar

Doctoral Consortium application submissionMay 23, 2014
Doctoral Consortium application notficationJune 20, 2014
Doctoral Consortium reviewsJuly 31, 2014
Doctoral Consortium camera-ready versionsAugust 29, 2014
Doctoral ConsortiumSeptember 16, 2014
Author registration (regular, EATEL member or student if applicable) deadlineJune, 2014
EC-TEL 2014

Supporting Organisations

Technische Universität GrazKnow Center GrazTechnische Universität DarmstadtCurtin UniversityTallinn UniversityUniversidad Carlos III de MadridUniversity of MaltaInstitut Mines-TélécomCentre for Learning Sciences and Technologiesimc information multimedia communication AGVirtualwareSpringer - Lecture Notes in Computer Science
European Association On Technology Enhanced Learning


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