A pre-conference event of the 2019 Annual Conference of the European Distance and E-Learning Network
16 June 2019 – VIVES University of Applied Sciences, Bruges, Belgium

Given the success of the EDEN 2018 Barcelona Research Workshop – PhD Student Symposium, this tradition will be continued on Sunday 16 June 2019 as part of the 28th EDEN Annual Conference hosted by VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Bruges, Belgium 16–19 June 2019.

The Symposium is co-organized by VIVES, KU Leuven and EDEN.

The PhD Student Symposium aims at fostering the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the broad area of the conference’s theme: “Connecting Through Educational Technology – To Produce Effective Learning Environments”, while providing a discussion forum for the advancement of doctoral research.

The Student Symposium will be supported by a panel of international scholars of education and supported by the community of EDEN Fellows.

The aims of the PhD Student Symposium are to:

  • Create a community for intellectual exchange and support among doctoral students researching in the area of e-learning and support for learning.
  • Provide practical (peer)feedback on research topics, specific problems or concerns about students’ research.
  • Create an opportunity to receive feedback on research topics, problems and concerns from international experts in e-learning research and 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. Proposals related to the conference theme topics are especially welcomed. We do encourage to reflect upon how your research may contribute to one of the conference theme topics.

PhD students are currently engaged in doctoral research, i.e. have had their research proposals approved but have not yet defended their thesis. Priority will be given to students who already have collected data.

The abstract should be in English and contain:

  1.  a 300-350-word description of the state of their research (including research title, research objectives/questions and methodology) and
  2.  a problem they would like to address in the symposium.

PhD students are invited to submit abstracts before 29 March 2019 using this form. The panel of international experts will review the abstracts and select students to participate. Notification on the results and PhD students invited to present will be sent by 19 April. Authors will need to prepare a short presentation (between 5-10 slides) for the symposium.

There is no fee for the PhD Symposium. PhD students who want to attend the Annual Conference will have to pay the relevant registration fees. There is a reduced rate for young scholars.

Symposium presenters will receive a certificate.

The language of the symposium is English.

The deadline submission date/time is March 29th midnight CEST.

The selected students will give a brief presentation (between 5-10 slides) which can include one or two questions for the expert panel and/or other students. The presentation is limited to maximum of 10 minutes. At the end of each presentation, there will be a group discussion, approximately 15-20 minutes per presentation, to comment, discuss the questions raised and/or offer research advice.

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 29 March deadline. The list of successful applicants and the final programme will be made public after 15 May 2019.

Please use this template when submitting your application.

In addition to submitting an application to the PhD Symposium, PhD students are also welcome to send submissions to the Annual Conference.

The PhD Student Symposium will take place on 16 June 2019 at the VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Bruges, Belgium.

Open call for presentations: 1 February – 29 March 2019

Notification of acceptance: 19 April 2019

Confirmation by presenters: 30 April 2019

Publication of PhD Student Symposium programme: 15 May 2019

Submission of participant presentations: 30 May 2019

PhD Student Symposium: 16 June 2019

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

09:15 – 9:30 Registration
09:30 – 10.00 Welcome by moderator and introduction of experts panels.

Explanation of themes, symposium programme and rooms

10:00-10:30 A1 Student presentation
and discussion
B1 Student presentation
and discussion
C1 Student presentation
and discussion
10:30-11.00 A2 Student presentation
and discussion
B2 Student presentation
and discussion
C2 Student presentation
and discussion
11:00-11:30 A3 Student presentation
and discussion
B3 Student presentation
and discussion
C3 Student presentation
and discussion
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00-12:30 A4 Student presentation
and discussion
B4 Student presentation
and discussion
C4 Student presentation
and discussion
12:30-13:00 A5 Student presentation
and discussion
B5 Student presentation
and discussion
C5 Student presentation
and discussion
13:00 – 13:30 A6 Student presentation
and discussion
B6 Student presentation
and discussion
C6 Student presentation
and discussion
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-15:00 A7 Student presentation
and discussion
B7 Student presentation
and discussion
C7 Student presentation
and discussion
15:00-15:30 A8 Student presentation
and discussion
B8 Student presentation
and discussion
C8 Student presentation
and discussion
15:30-16:30 Plenary session: final remarks, lessons learned and closure

  • Josep M Duart, EDEN Vice-president for research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

Committee Members:

  • Airina Volungeviciene, EDEN President, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Alan Tait, Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, UK
  • Wim Van Petegem, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, The Open University of Israel, Israel
  • Albert Sangra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Sylke Vandercruysse, VIVES University, Belgium
  • Isabel Vanslembrouck, VIVES University, Belgium
  • Jan Elen, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Tinne De Laet, K.U. Leuven, Belgium