A PhD Student Symposium will take place on 24 October 2018 as part of the EDEN Research Workshop 2018 conference hosted by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 24–26 October 2018. The PhD Student Symposium has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of the event’s theme, “Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning”, while providing a discussion forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The topics related to the EDEN Research Workshop theme are:

  • 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.

The PhD Student Symposium will be led by a panel of international experts on e-learning and members of the EDEN Executive Committee.

  • Create a community for intellectual exchange and support among e-learning doctoral students researching in the area of e-learning and support for learning.
  • Give and receive practical feedback on research topics or specific problems or concerns about their research with their peers.
  • Receive feedback on their research topics, problems and concerns from international experts in e-learning research who are experienced supervisors.

Current doctoral students in the field of e-learning or educational technology are encouraged to submit short abstracts to present an overview of their research at the PhD Student Symposium. Each proposal must be related to one of the research topics listed above. PhD students must currently be studying, ie have had their research proposals approved but have not yet defended their theses. Preference will be given to students who have collected data to analyse. The abstract should be in English, and contain a 300-350 word description of the state of their research and a problem they would like to address in the symposium. It should include the research title, research objectives/questions and methodology.

Submit your abstract before 9 July 2018 using this form. The panel of international experts will review the abstracts and select students to participate. Students will be notified by 25 July 2018. Students will then need to prepare a short presentation (between 5-10 slides) before the symposium.

There is no additional fee for the PhD Symposium. PhD students who want to attend the Research Workshop must pay the relevant registration fees. There is a reduced rate for young scholars. The registration fees will be announced at a later stage.

Symposium presenters will receive a certificate.

The language of the conference is English.

The deadline submission date/time is midnight CEST.

The students selected will have to give a brief presentation (between 5-10 slides) face-to-face or via video-conference, which can include one or two questions for the expert panel and/or other students. This presentation must be designed to last a maximum of 10 minutes. At the end of each presentation, there will be a group discussion, approximately 15-20 minutes per presentation, to answer the questions asked by each participant or offer research advice. The seminar will be streamed live for online participants.

The PhD Student Symposium is an open-invitation event for all PhD students and their supervisors working in the field of e-learning or educational technology. It is aimed at current doctoral students enrolled in any university, both full-time and part-time. We encourage you to take this opportunity to network with fellow researchers, discuss your research, and receive feedback from international experts and your peers.

All applications must be sent via this form by the 9 July deadline. The list of successful applicants and the final programme will be made public after August 2018.

Please use this template when submitting your application.

In addition to submitting an application to the PhD Symposium, PhD students are also welcome to submit a paper proposal to the Research Workshop.

Students may present online if they will not be in Barcelon

The PhD Student Symposium will take place on 24 October 2018 at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The seminar will be streamed live for online participants.

Open call for presentations: April 2018 – 9 July 2018

Notification of acceptance: 25 July 2018

Confirmation by presenters: 30 July 2018

Publication of PhD Student Symposium programme: September 2018

Submission of participant presentations: 13 September 2018

PhD Student Symposium: 24 October 2018

Contact details

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

5 minutes INTRODUCTION Welcome by moderator and introduction of experts
1 h 30 min SESSION 1:

Presentations and discussion

Student presentation and discussion 1 (30 m)

Student presentation and discussion 2 (30 m)

Student presentation and discussion 3 (30 m)


Presentations and discussion

Student presentation and discussion 5 (30 m)

Student presentation and discussion 6 (30 m)

20 min TOPIC DISCUSSION General discussion led by the panel
10 min WRAP-UP Final remarks and closure