Celebrating 15 years of the JTEL Summer School

EATEL Summer School is the primary European training event for doctoral students in Technology-Enhanced Learning. This summer, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the event!

The summer school this year had to be postponed to next summer, but we would like to invite you to an online event instead.

Joins us on 1 July at 17:00 Central European Summer Time if you want to learn about the EATEL Summer School, receive major updates on doctoral education in Technology-Enhanced Learning, meet the founders of the summer school and engage into discussions, share memories and perspectives for the future of the field!



  • About EATEL
  • JTELSS inception – panel with the founders
  • JTELSS 2005-2020 year by year
  • JTELSS activity framework
  • JTELSS reflecting the TEL field over the years
  • Presentation of DE-TEL
  • Survey on Doctoral Education in TEL
  • Announcement of JTELSS21
  • Sharing memories and online party


Katherine Maillet

Telecom SudParis, France

Ralf Klamma

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Ralf Klamma has diploma, doctoral and habilitation degrees in computer science from RWTH Aachen University. He leads the research group “Advanced Community Information Systems” (ACIS) at the Information Systems chair, RWTH Aachen University. He is coordinating and working in major EU projects for Technology Enhanced Learning (Learning Layers, WEKIT, GALA, METIS, VIRTUS, SAGE, ROLE, and […]

Denis Gillet

EPFL, Switzerland

Mikhail Fominykh

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Maria Perifanou

University of Macedonia, Greece

Fridolin Wild

The Open University, United Kingdom

Dr Fridolin Wild is a Professor at the Open University, leading the Performance Augmentation Lab. With the research and development of the lab, Fridolin seeks to close the dissociative gap between abstract knowledge and its practical application, researching radically new forms of linking directly from knowing something ‘in principle’ to applying that knowledge ‘in practice’ […]

About the Summer School

Launched in 2005, as the Joint Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), the event brings together each year 80 to 100 researchers, including about 50 PhD candidates. 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.

Inspirational instructors

More instructors

Even more instructors

Interactive poster sessions

Technology workshops

Interaction workshops

Program and topics

The program of the summer school covers topics from a broad range of domains which contribute to advancing the field of TEL. Instructors are encouraged to provide doctoral candidates with a perspective of the state-of-the-art research under study in their working groups. The programme also includes 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.

Thematic Workshops on the key concepts of TEL

  • Online and Blended Learning Environments
  • Open Educational Resources and MOOCs
  • Serious Games and Gamification
  • Learning Analytics
  • Orchestration of Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • Adaptive and Personalised Learning
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies for Learning
  • Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
  • Technology-Enhanced Assessment
  • Formal and Informal Learning
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning
  • Motivational and Affective Learning
  • Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Education and Training
  • Sensors, Robots and Maker Spaces in education
  • Technologies for Accessible and Inclusive Learning

Methodology Workshops

  • Research Methods in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Research Design
  • Academic Writing and Publishing
  • Presentation of Research Results
  • Research Ethics
  • European Funding for Research
  • Boosting Research Career Using Social Media
  • Pitching of Research Ideas
  • PhD Life and Supervisor Management

Informal Learning Sessions

  • Pecha Kucha – introduce yourself in 2 minutes with 2 slides
  • Fish Bowl – highly engaging and intensive discussion
  • Speed Mentoring – short one-to-one mentoring with several senior researchers
  • Educational Board Games – learning research design in a highly informal setting
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning community-development discussions

PhD students presenting own research

  • Poster session
  • Mini-doctoral consortium

Value of the summer school

JTELSS provides great value to the progress of research and studies of PhD students in TEL. The contents of the school can extend or replace some of graduate courses on relevant topics and research methodology. Instructors delivering lectures and workshops see the value of the summer school in the possibility to disseminate research results, collect ideas from brainstorming and mini-project competitions, test interactive sessions before running them at larger events and more. JTELSS is a primary event in Europe for dissemination and networking in the Technology-Enhanced Learning community.

Cost of the summer school

The cost of the school varies each year. It depends on the local host and conditions. For PhD students, we normally offer a package price that includes 7-days accommodation (share a room twin with another PhD student), meals (full board), two excursions and materials.

JTELSS follows a non-profit scheme. The organization team and the program 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 printed materials.

PhD students can use different funding schemes to cover the cost of the summer school. A limited amount of scholarships are normally given to the PhD students to cover the cost of the summer school (accommodation, meals and excursions). We also advise you to look for local or university funding. Another option to cover the cost is to apply for an Erasmus+ mobility funding. For this option, please, contact your international relations office.

Instructors who plan to deliver lectures and workshops often use funding from research projects to cover the cost. Erasmus+ teacher mobility funding is also an option.

Normally, we have special conditions for local PhD students and instructors. Please, contact the local chair for more information.
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Past summer school events

2019 Italy
2018 Albania
2017 Portugal
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

Steering Committee

Katherine Maillet
Mikhail Fominykh
Marco Kalz
Ralf Klamma
Denis Gillet
Fridolin Wild
Christian Glahn