Due to the Corona virus outbreak the conference chairs have decided to organise the conference completely online. Registered participants will receive access to different tools and resources to enter the conference and to participate.
In the preparation of the events two conference teams have joint forces: The conference chairs of the European conference on technology-enhanced learning (ECTEL) and the annual conference of the educational technology special interest group of the German informatics society. For this purpose, we have a mix of sessions to select from. Some sessions might have presentations in German.
The program is built on the basis of Central European Summer Time (CEST, UTC +2). You can calculate your local time compared to CEST on this page.
All sessions will be held in Zoom. Each track is associated with a designated Zoom room, which can be inspected in the conference program. Additionally, after the pre-conference, we will be using a virtual meeting space called Gather.town, where you can hang out between sessions, meet other researchers, and join discussions.
All registered participants will be provided with a user account for the conference website (ectelfi20.org). With this, participants can access an otherwise hidden page on the website where all URL’s are listed. An email with account information will be sent out shortly before the start of the conference. With this email, you have two ways of accessing sessions: (1) Use the link in the mail to login to the website and navigate to the internal schedule, where you’ll find all URL’s at the bottom or (2) access the enhanced PDF-schedule that you find linked in the email, with the full list of URL’s (either click on Z1-Z8 or scroll down). If you have not received this email, please check your spam folder.
The conference website (ectelfi20.org) has a support chat functionality. To ask for help or information please click on the blue bubble on the bottom right of the page. During working hours, you will be connected to one of the local chairs.
We have tried to keep the pricing scheme for the conference as cheap and as easy as possible. Therefore, we only have one price for the whole conference including access to all workshops. We have a special price for EATEL/GI members and for PhD students. In addition, we offer a world-bank rate for participants from struggling economies plus EATEL is offering scholarships for participants who can’t afford to pay. The early bird rate is valid until 1 month before the conference.
You can either pay by Paypal or credit card or request a manual invoice to payed by bank transfer before the start of the event.
First of all, you will need to ensure that you can enter the conference facilities with a decent internet connection. For access to the conference session it is recommended to install the Zoom-client. If you want to interact with other participants via audio and video, the necessary hardware should be available.
Presenters should have their talk prepared as they would do during a normal conference. Via Zoom, presenters will be able to share their presentation screen or any other sources from their computer. A normal research paper will have 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. If you have a different paper format, schedules might deviate. Please ask your program chairs for further information.
In general, the basic rules of good presentation apply here. We recommend keeping the slides relatively simple, both in terms of technical complexity as well as density of information. Please only use additional videos in your presentation if absolutely necessary and if you have tested its functioning beforehand.
Yes! It is recommended that you arrive at the session room prior to the session, in order to test screen sharing as well as audio and video functionality. For this reason, our technical support team will open the session rooms 20 minutes before each session starts.
Besides technical support, there will also be designated session chairs, just as in every other conference. They will moderate the session and take care of tracking time of presenters, so please keep an eye out for them before and during your presentation. Session chairs are listed in the program.
As a presenter, it is important to have a microphone. Headsets, stationary mics or earbuds with speaking functionality will all work. The most important factor is that environmental noise and echo is avoided. Besides this, your computer should be able to handle screen sharing. Finally, turning on your webcam as you present allows participants to associate a face with the information provided in the presentation.
This year, ePoster&Demo implementation of EC-TEL allows participants to get in ‘touch’ with the authors before the conference via their pitch videos (available on the programme). It also offers the opportunity to interact with the topics, contents and authors via learning toolbox after the conference.
However, the actual sessions will follow a format similar to ‘traditional’ conference presentation as follows: each author will give a presentation (10’ for posters & 20’ for demos) using learning toolbox. This will be followed by a discussion of their work and its relation to the conference topic with the participants.