The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. Through EC-TEL, established and emerging researchers as well as practitioners, entrepreneurs, and technology developers explore new collaborations, strengthen networks, and compliment their core experience.
There is no doubt that Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) has created enormous changes in schools, universities and at the workplaces. However, these innovations have tended to be unsustainable. Too often, initiatives need a high degree of effort to be sustained, and are consequently endangered when funding stops. At the same time, mobile and social information and communication technologies are fundamentally changing our lives. Nowadays we use them naturally to keep in contact with our friends, to seek information, to buy things and to work. In many domains, these emerging technologies demonstrate that scaling is possible. But few educational institutions or companies have taken these technologies up in a systematic way to include them into their learning strategy.
To address these challenges the theme of EC-TEL 2013 was “Scaling up learning for sustained impact”.