The Seventeenth EATEL Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning 2023

3-10 June 2023 | La Manga, Murcia, Spain


EATEL is inviting doctoral candidates and any other researchers in the Technology Enhanced Learning community to participate in the 17th Technology Enhanced Learning Summer School!

📝Application form: If you would like to offer a workshop at the summer school, we invite you to submit it through this JTELSS23 participant application form (inactive after 18 April 2023). If you missed the deadline, send us a email/message. Keep in mind the main target group of the summer school – early and mid-stage PhD candidates working in the field of TEL.

🧘Authors of accepted workshop: Dear authors of the accepted workshops, please, fill in the application form. You can skip all optional fields. It should only take 5 minutes for you.

🏷️Costs: By default, summer school participants are expected to cover the costs of their trip and accommodation. These costs can be covered by internal university funds, by research projects, or by ‘learning mobility’ grants of the EU. Selected participants will be granted a scholarship from EATEL to cover all local costs (full board accommodation, excursions, materials).


The academic program of the EATEL summer school offers a wide variety of formal and informal learning activities. The types of training sessions you can expect and the topics we usually cover in the program are presented below.

Most of the sessions in the program are submitted by the TEL community members, while the keynotes and some other sessions are organized by EATEL and the JTELSS organizing committee.

The draft program with the specific sessions we offer this year is available on the Program page.

Workshop types of the JTELSS Activity Framework

The summer school offers five types of workshops. You can read more about them and the Summer School Activity Framework in the article “Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Technology-Enhanced Learning in Europe” in Frontiers in Education, 2020.

Thematic workshops

Thematic workshops cover one or multiple wide or narrow areas of TEL research or practice. The topics of the workshops change year by year, driven by community interest. Some of the most common topics are listed below.

Methodology workshops

Methodological workshops focus on different research methodologies that can be applied in various contexts of TEL research, such as systematic reviews, design-based research, statistics for TEL, field studies, and many others.

Soft-skills workshops

Soft-skills workshops cover topics such as academic writing, dissemination & communication, or presentation skills.

Informal learning sessions

Informal learning sessions encourage active participation and allow participants to present their work, bring up their questions and challenges, without any restriction to specific topics. These sessions play a key role in developing strong ties in the community, contributing to the social atmosphere of the event. The following informal learning sessions are offered by the organization team: Ice-breaker, Pecha Kucha, Pitch and Poster session, Game Night, and Speed Mentoring.

Career workshops

Career workshops usually target late-stage PhD candidates and focus on opportunities for PhD graduates in both academia and business.


Keynotes presented by established researchers cover central themes as well as frontiers topics. Keynote speakers are selected and invited by the organization team. It is not possible to propose lectures or keynote sessions. Since 2018, it was decided to accept only interactive workshops via the open call, removing the lecture category from the open submission process, while at the same time increasing the number of keynotes and managing the speakers by drafting process centrally through invitation.

Level of relevance in the DETEL program

The summer school offers workshops on four different levels of PhD education in Technology-Enhanced Learning. These levels are defined in the DETEL project. For more information see the DETEL Program page.

🎓 General PhD. Workshops that are relevant to any PhD candidate regardless of the research field they are working in.

🎓 TEL Core. Workshops about TEL overall that are relevant to all PhD candidates working in the field of TEL.

🎓 TEL Introductions. Workshop that covers one sub-topic or method of TEL and that are relevant to some PhD candidates working in TEL.

🎓 TEL ‘deep dive’. Workshops that go into details of narrow and specific topics and can be highly relevant to few participants.


Thematic Workshops on the latest trends and key concepts of TEL

Topics marked with a star were found to be most important and sought after by PhD candidates, based on the DETEL Survey.

  • ⭐Learning analytics
  • ⭐Artificial Intelligence in education
  • ⭐Personalized and adaptive learning
  • ⭐Self-regulated / Informal Learning
  • ⭐Smart / Intelligent Learning Environments
  • ⭐Pedagogical Patterns
  • ⭐Gamification
  • ⭐Visualization / Visual Analytics
  • ⭐Mixed and Augmented Reality
  • ⭐Engagement / Emotion / Affect
  • Wearable Enhanced Learning
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Content
  • Microlearning
  • Immersive Technologies (Virtual Reality and Simulations)
  • Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)
  • Scalability / mainstreaming
  • Blockchain in education
  • Competence Development
  • Intelligent tutoring
  • Connecting Learning (Social media / web 2.0 / social software), Connectivism, Learning Networks, and Communities of Practice
  • Interoperability and standards in TEL
  • Knowledge Work Management / Knowledge Maturing
  • Application domains of TEL
  • Learning Object Repositories and Meta-Data
  • Game-based learning
  • Problem-based and Inquiry-based learning
  • Responsive learning environments
  • Robots in education
  • Knowledge Representation: Semantic Web
  • Recommender systems
  • Remote labs
  • Constructionism / maker spaces
  • Pervasive, ubiquitous and mobile technologies for learning
  • Assessment technology and Technology-Enhanced Assessment (TEA)
  • Orchestration
  • Authoring tools in TEL
  • Professional TEL / Workplace learning
  • Security and privacy in learning / Ethics
  • Big Data / Open data
  • Digitally mediated communication
  • Sensors / Multimodal Learning Analytics
  • Cloud in TEL
  • Personal Learning Environments (PLE)
  • HR Management / Learning Processes
  • E-Mentoring
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)
  • TEL Business case / Case Studies
  • TEL Policy
  • Contextualised Learning
  • Learning systems (LMS / VLE)

Methodology workshops

  • Quantitative methods in Technology-Enhanced Learning 
  • Qualitative methods in Technology-Enhanced Learning 
  • Design-Based Research in Technology-Enhanced Learning 
  • Action research in Technology-Enhanced Learning 
  • Information systems methods in Technology-Enhanced Learning 
  • HCI methods in Technology-Enhanced Learning 
  • Software engineering methods in Technology-Enhanced Learning

Soft-skills workshops

  • PhD well-being
  • Research design
  • Research ethics
  • Academic writing and publishing
  • Data visualization and presentation of research results
  • Boosting research careers using social media
  • Pitching of research ideas

Informal learning sessions

  • Pecha Kucha – introduce yourself in 1 minute with 1 slide
  • 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

Career workshops

  • Business and entrepreneurship opportunities in Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • European funding for research in Technology-Enhanced Learning

PhD students presenting own research

  • Poster session
  • Mini-doctoral consortium


We encourage you to apply early so that you can benefit from early acceptance and arrange your travel plans.

  • 21 March 2023 – Application submission opens
  • (one day after you submit) Notification of acceptance
  • 17 April 2023 – Submission deadline for applications
  • 01 May 2023 – Final notification of acceptance for applications

More information is available on the Important Dates page.


The hosting city of the Summer School 2023 is La Manga on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, 76 km from the city of Murcia. The Summer School will take place in the La Manga Hotel Servigroup Galúa.

If you need a visa to travel to the summer school, we can make an invitation letter for you after your application is accepted. If you need a visa, please, reply to the acceptance email with this request.

More information is available on the Venue page.


The EATEL summer school follows a non-profit scheme. The organizing committee members work as volunteers to make the event possible. The educational program is provided free of charge.

The cost of the school covers accommodation, meals, transfer, excursions, conference facilities at the venue, and printed materials. All these costs will be listed in a single invoice issued by EATEL for each participant during the registration process.

Full-week recommended participation

You can learn about the cost of the summer school on the Fees page. You can register on the Registration page after your application is accepted. You can register for a specific period you are planning to attend the event. We strongly recommend that you participate in the full event: arrive on Saturday 3 June and depart on 10 June 2023. All our registration options include the following:

  • Accommodation for each day (from check-in on 3 June and to check-out on 10 June) in a double room (you can choose single or double occupancy)
  • Meals (full board: from dinner on 3 June to breakfast on 10 June)
  • Sunday full-day excursion
  • Wednesday half-day excursion
  • Conference facilities at the venue
  • Printed materials

You can arrive earlier and stay later in the venue hotel, taking advantage of the our special rates. You can also bring a guest with you (partner/family/friend). We designed a separate registration form for private stay and for guests.

EATEL membership discount

All active individual and institutional EATEL members are eligible for the 25€ EATEL membership discount. You can check your membership status on your profile page of the EATEL membership system

EATEL institutional members are listed on the members page of the EATEL website. If you work at any of these organizations, you are eligible for the membership discount.

Both institutional and individual EATEL membership gives you registration discounts at the EATEL summer school and at the ECTEL Conference during one year. If you plan to attend both events in 2023, we recommend you become a member of EATEL.

Funding sources

PhD candidates can use different funding schemes to cover the cost of the summer school. As scholarships are only available for applicants from low-income countries, we advise you to look for local or university funding. The EATEL 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+ teacher mobility funding. For this option, please, contact your international relations office. Remember, that this year the school is hosted in collaboration with:

  • Department of Information and Communications Engineering, at the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Murcia, Spain

Local participants

Local participants from the nearby regions can choose to register, for example, arriving on Monday morning 5 June  and departing on Friday 9 June.


The social programme includes two excursions on Sunday 4 June, two excursions and a Gala dinner on Wednesday 7 June. 

The summer school programme includes a wide variety of informal learning sessions and optional social activities every evening.

More information is available on the Excursions page.