Towards Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning


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EDEN’s 2018 Workshop “Towards Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning” focuses on the crucial and changing roles of teachers in supporting student learning in the digital world. This includes the creation of enabling conditions that encourage learning personalization, learner agency and self-direction.

Experiences of learner empowerment resulting from balanced “guide on the side” teaching, timely teaching interventions, consistent feedback and feedforward, explicit teaching of learning-to-learn strategies, assessment for learning, and technology-based adaptive teaching will provide a substantive background for reflection and discussion.

The Scientific Committee encourages potential participants to either submit a paper in the main programme or an abstract proposal in the PhD Symposium.

Here are the research topics of interest:

  • Personalized learning: accompanying learners while addressing distinct learning needs, situations or preferences.
  • Teachers’ and learners’ roles: rethinking teaching facilitation strategies using the potential of digital technologies.
  • Open education: making the most of openness to ensure student success.
  • Adaptive teaching: enhancing teacher decisions through course analytics and course awareness methodologies.
  • Formative assessment: assessment for learning and the implementation of complementary ipsative approaches.
  • Feedback: reinforcing teacher-learner dialogue through different channels in networked environments.

Paper presentations

Presentation of research results, reviews of existing results (including empirical or theoretical studies, policy reviews, comprehensive case studies), and project results that are in a conclusive phase.


Work-in-progress, initial research results, projects in early stages of development, and case studies. Poster presentations will be themed in related sessions. Student researchers should indicate whether they plan to participate in the Research-in-Process competition.

PhD Symposium 

Presentation of the state of your research and description of a problem you would like to address in the symposium. It should include the research title, research objectives/questions and methodology.


Submissions undergo a double peer-review and are evaluated based primarily on originality, significance and quality of contribution, and relevance to workshop themes. Unique and innovative contributions that do not directly align with the workshop themes will also be considered if they are believed to bring benefit to delegates.


Accepted presentations (including posters) will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Registered delegates will have electronic access to the full version of contributions prior to the workshop. Publications will be openly accessible after the Workshop.

Selected authors will be invited to submit to a special issue of EURODL.

Awarded and accepted papers can be submitted to the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE) an Scopus indexed journal edited by UOC and Universidad de Los Andes, and published by Springer.

Acknowledgement of quality and excellence

The tradition of awarding the EDEN Best Research Paper will be continued. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning.

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning will support FIVE young scholars or teams of young scholars with a grant of 600 Euros for successfully submitting a conference paper to be presented at the EDEN Research Workshop in Barcelona in October 2018.

Two weeks after the deadline for conference paper submissions the competitiors will receive a note from the Ulrich Bernath Foundation via EDEN Secretariat about the winners of the five grants. The grants will be handed out individually and in cash in Barcelona on Oct. 26th  or if wished by bank transfer after the Research Workshop.

Eligible for the Young Scholars grants are degree-programme and doctoral students, who individually or in teams submit conference papers that are originated for the EDEN Research Workshop in Barcelona and which will be presented by young scholar(s). Team work with senior scholars are accepted, however it must be declared that the major part of the paper has been authored by young scholar(s).

Young scholars, who apply for the grant will take part in a competition, and the best five papers will be awarded based on evaluation results that follow the standard evaluation criteria for EDEN’s Best Research Paper Award, which are: The paper deals with a research question; rigorous examination/research methods are applied; findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined; conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including aspects like applicability, transferability, and/or further research; literature is reviewed against the state of art.

Ultimately winners of the young scholar(s)’ grants may also become winners of the EDEN Best Research Paper Award.

submissions2 rw pa Paper proposals should not exceed six A4 pages, including the 10-15 line summary, figures and references, using the format guidelines here.
submissions2 rw po Poster submissions should not exceed four A4 pages, using the same format guidelines as above. Authors of posters accepted for presentation will be required to prepare a max. A0 (1189mm*841mm) size poster for display.
PhD abstract may have between 300-350 words and participants should use the following submission form.


Time Wednesday October 24th (UOC Building – Avinguda del Tibidabo, 39, 08035 Barcelona)
9.30 – 16.30 PhD Students. Call for postdocs
16.30 Registration
18.30 Welcome party

Time Thursday October 25th (Cosmocaixa – Isaac Newton, 26, 08022 Barcelona)
9.00 Registration
9.15 Welcome
9.45 – 11.15 1 Keynote: Sanna Jarvela (University of Oulu)
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 12.45 Parallel sessions (4 sessions of 60’)
12.55 – 13.55 Parallel sessions (4 sessions of 60’)
14.00 Lunch box
14.30 – 15.15 Poster session
15.15 – 16.15 Parallel sessions  (4 sessions of 60’)
16.15 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 17.30 Parallel sessions  (4 sessions of 60’)
19.30 Short tour of Palau Requesens & Dinner (Palau Requesens – Carrer Bisbe Cassador, 3,08002 Barcelona)

Time Friday October 26th (Cosmocaixa – Isaac Newton, 26, 08022 Barcelona)
9.00 – 10.30 Round table
10.30 – 11.30 Parallel sessions ( 4 sessions of 60’)
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 – 13.30  1 Keynote: Neil Selwyn (Monash University)
13.30 – 14.00 Statement presentation and closing
14.00 Lunch box
 Submissions closed  
 Registration open
 Notification of authors and presenters  25 September 2018
 Conference dates   24-26 October 2018



If you have any queries, or for further information, please visit the EDEN Research Workshop website or email