ECTEL Doctoral Consortium 2006 - call for papers

10. Jan. 2006

The ECTEL Doctoral Consortium is intended to bring together Ph.D. students working on topics related to professional training. The doctoral consortium will offer Ph.D. students the opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their research in an interdisciplinary and international

The doctoral consortium will be accompanied by prominent professors and researchers in the field of professional 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 ECTEL 2006 conference. The doctoral consortium language is English.

Topics of Interest

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

Collaborative Learning:
Learning Communities, Distributed Teams, Instructional Methods for Collaborative Learning, Problem Solving Support, Collaborative Knowledge
Building and Sharing, Collaborative Games, Online Experiments

Personalized Learning:
Reasoning Techniques, Adaptation Patterns and Techniques, Data Mining, Information Retrieval, Learner Modeling, Learner Assessment and Testing, Remote Monitoring of Users, Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Instructions, Competencies in Workplace Learning

Authoring and Re-Use of Learning Objects, Authoring and Learning Design,
Authoring Tools, Re-Authoring and Re-Purposing, Authoring of Multimedia Learning Content, Authoring for Ubiquitous Learning

Semantic Web, Metadata and Learning:
Learning Objects, Learning Activities, Learning Design, Narrative and Navigation Models, Semantic Clustering, Metadata for Search and Information

Workplace Learning:
Knowledge Management and Learning, Business Processes and Learning, Cost and Economy Models, Leveraging Expertise, Vocational Education, Informal Learning, Situated Learning, Social Constructivsm, Social Software, Organizational Learning, Corporate Training, Institutional change strategies, Knowledge Sharing, Learning and Competence Development on-the-job, Workplace-related eLearning

Learning Repositories and Infrastructures for Learning:
Web services, Multi-Agent Systems, Peer-to-Peer Infrastructures, Runtime Engines for Learning Design and Learning Objects, Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning, Multimedia and Learning, Virtual Reality and Learning, Deployment Strategies, Design of e-learning environments


Papers describing doctoral work should be submitted in PDF or PostScript format before June 7, 2006. The paper length should not exceed 6 pages (single linespace, Times New Roman (or similar) font type, 12 pt font size, reasonable margins).

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 (October 2, 2006). 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 leas two members of the doctoral consortium 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

A supporting letter should be sent by the PhD supervisor by e-mail to
or by Fax: +49 241 8021513 to Ralf Klamma

Participants should register for the ECTEL conference itself at student

Consortium Chairs

Katherine Maillet, Institut National des Télécommunications, France
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Program Committee
Heidrun Allert, University of Applied Sciences, Hagenberg, Austria
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
Paul de Bra, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Paul Brna, University of Glasgow, UK
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Fabrizio Cardinali, Guinti Interactive Labs, Italy
Stefano Ceri, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL, Switzerland
Peter Dolog, L3S and University of Hannover, Germany
Erik Duval, KU Leuven and Ariadne Foundation
Dieter Euler, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Monique Grandbastien, LORIA, France
Jörg M. Haake, FU Hagen, Germany
Kai Hakkarainen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Friedrich Hesse, Knowledge Media Research Center, Tübingen, Germany
Nicola Henze, L3S and University of Hannover
Wayne Hodgins, Autodesk, USA
Geert-Jan Houben, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Matthias Jarke, Fraunhofer and RWTH Aachen, Germany
Rob Koper, Open University Netherlands, The Netherlands
Stefanie Lindstaedt, Austria
Peter Loos, Germany
Erica Melis, DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany
Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan
Enrico Motta, Knowledge Media Institute, Milton Keynes, UK
Gustaf Neumann, University of Economics Vienna, Austria
Roy Pea, SCIL, Stanford, USA
Juan Quemada, UPM, Madrid, Spain
Jeremy Roschelle, SRI, Menlo Park, USA
Vittorio Scarano, University of Salerno, Italy
Peter Scott, Knowledge Media Institute, Milton Keynes, UK
Marcus Specht, Open University Netherlands, The Netherlands
Ralf Steinmetz, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Vincent Wade, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
erhard Weber, University of Education Freiburg, Germany

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: June 7, 2006
Notification to authors: August 1, 2006
Camera ready version: September 1, 2006
Ph.D. Workshop: October 1-2, 2006