Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning 2012

Date: May 20 – 26, 2012
Venue: Estoril, Portugal

Deadline for applications: March 1st, 2012

We are pleased to announce the 8th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning, to take place from Monday, May 21st to Friday May 25th, 2012. Pre-summer school activities are organized all day on Sunday, May 20th.

The summer school aims to encourage participants to adopt a critical stance in thinking about the role of technologies in providing opportunities for learners and the potential of these opportunities in terms of learning.

The summer school provides a learning environment where participants get opportunities to: develop their research skills; increase their knowledge base; collaborate with others in their own and complementary research areas; engage in debate; have access to experts in the field; and discuss their own work.

The programme will include lectures from a broad range of domains which contribute to advancing the field of Technology Enhanced Learning. TEL research projects are encouraged to provide students with a perspective of the state-of-the-art research under study in their working groups. The programme will also include practical and methodological workshops and opportunities for doctoral candidates to develop their personal research. Students will have opportunities to present and discuss their doctoral work.

Applications should be submitted online before Thursday, March 1st, 2012. The online application form will be available from Friday, January 6th, 2012 at

Applicants will be required to submit:

  •  a CV outlining their educational background and work experience (maximum one page);
  • a letter of motivation, explaining why they want to participate in the Summer School (maximum one page);
  • a letter of support from their PhD advisor, which should include a statement of the level of support the institution is able to supply.

Applicants requiring financial support for participation should explicitly mention it in their motivation letter, briefly explaining their circumstances. It is expected that applicants working on research projects which are able to fund them will not apply for financial support. To ensure a high ratio between tutors and students the school will be limited to 60 PhD students.

In order to increase social contacts among the summer school participants, the programme includes several social events. A variety of sport activities will also be offered to the summer school participants. A cultural excursion is organised on the Sunday preceding the summer school.


This year the JTEL Summer School will benefit from special funding from the STELLAR Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning and the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning.

Venue Description

The Summer School will take place in Estoril, Portugal. Situated on the coast, half-hour by train from Lisbon, Estoril has a wonderful climate and a superb natural environment, known as the Portuguese Riviera. The richness of the heritage of Estoril Coast, reflects its Royal historic past. To walk around the region is to have the sensation of living in another time, to belong in another world.

The Estoril Coast also knows how to adapt itself to the present, incorporating its “glamour”, delicacy,  and royalty into a wide range of environments and activities. Surfers will find the best waves at Carcavelos Beach and Guincho Beach is very popular for wind and kite surfing.
Nowhere else in the world can such changes of scenery and such contrasting atmospheres be experienced in such a small area as the Estoril Coast. The region offers a concentration of different experiences.

Accommodation and social events

Accommodation and summer school facilities will be made available at Hotel Vila Galé Estoril, ( ) located right along Estoril Coast, two minutes away from the sea and overlooking the  charming Tamariz Beach.

PhD students are asked to share double rooms with other PhD students.

Cost of Summer School

The cost for PhD students is Euro 570 (including accommodation – 7 nights in double rooms, meals and excursions,).  JTEL has secured funding to provide funding for about 40 PhD student grants to cover summer school  accommodation, catering, and events. Please indicate if you are applying for a scholarship in your application.

Important Dates

March 1st, 2012: Deadline for submitting applications to the Summer School

April 1st, 2012:  Notification of acceptance

May 1st, 2012: Pre-Summer School videoconferences begin

May  21, 2012:  Summer School begins

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