Call For Papers – EDEN 2023 Annual Conference hosted by National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL), Dublin City University, 18-20 June 2023


Conference Theme 

The 2023 EDEN conference is designed to explore the theme, “Yes we can!” – Digital Education for Better Futures. This theme focuses on the language of opportunity and challenges participants to dream big! While there are many big and small challenges that we can’t ignore in building a more inclusive digital future, the conference places the spotlight on the “art of the possible” in reimagining teaching, learning and assessment and delivering on the promise of better futures for all. We hope to encapsulate throughout the conference the spirit of hope and optimism through the enabling language of “yes we can”. More specifically, the conference theme asks:

1. What does a better future look like?

2. How can digital education contribute to this future?

3. What can you do to help make and shape a better future? 

Conference Topics 

In exploring the overarching conference theme of “Yes we can”, paper submissions are invited under the following five topics and related focus tracks: 

1. Transformative Education

  • Digital transformation for better futures
  • Fostering a digital education ecosystem for all
  • Policy, strategy and leadership for the next normal
  • Rewilding traditional places, spaces and habitats of learning
  • Creating new lifelong learning pathways and recognition models

2. Future Pedagogies

  • Putting education in the driving seat of the next big thing: AI, VR, the Metaverse, etc. 
  • Designing best practices for blended, hybrid and online learning
  • Hacking assessment for more authentic and meaningful learning
  • Realizing the potential of open educational practices 

3. Next Generation Teachers and Learners

  • Developing teachers’ skills and competencies for the digital era
  • Exploring the Third Space in reshaping impactful professional learning
  • Students as active partners in learning transformation
  • Evaluating teaching and learning for continuous improvement

4. Digital Citizenship for Sustainable Futures

  • Fostering resilience and wellbeing for digital living and learning
  • Placing equity, diversity and inclusion at the core of digital education
  • Infusing digital education across the Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Understanding the ‘green’ dimensions of EdTech for better and worse

5. Research Designs for Uncertain Times

  • The scholarship of practice
  • Students as research partners
  • Reframing the digital education research agenda
  • Topics related to the EU Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027)

Submission Types and Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit high-quality manuscripts reporting original unpublished research and recent developments. Submissions should align to the conference theme and in the topics related to the scope of the conference (see below). All paper types will be double blind peer reviewed by members of the Scientific Committee. There are four different paper submission categories:

Full Paper – A Full Paper allows you to present a slightly longer account of your work. This presentation format is better suited to sharing the findings of case studies, research projects or more mature innovations related to the conference theme/topics which allow you to provide a richer analysis, description and interpretation of the work. Importantly, a Full Paper should identify the main implications or discussion points which will be of wider interest to conference participants. The paper length is 2500 to 3500 words, including tables, figures and references. If your Full Paper is accepted, the presentation time is a maximum of 15 minutes and 5 minutes for questions (i.e., 20 minutes in total). Download here the Full Paper submission template.

Concise Paper – A Concise Paper allows you to present a shorter summary of your work. This presentation format is ideally suited to small projects, new and emerging areas and works in progress. The format allows you to showcase and/or offer a brief snapshot of your work, with a specific focus on the main findings or discussion points that should be of wider interest to conference participants. The paper length is 500 to 1000 words, including tables, figures and references. If your Concise Paper is accepted, the presentation time is 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions (i.e., 15 minutes in total). Download here the Concise Paper submission template.

Poster – A Poster allows you to present your work on a poster board which will be on display throughout the conference. This format is ideal for showcasing and/or offering a brief snapshot of your work in order to generate more interest and follow up conversations with conference participants. The author(s) need to bring the printed poster to the conference and attach it on the poster board when they arrive at the conference venue. There will be a dedicated poster session in the conference programme, but we encourage presenters to be available to discuss their work during the refreshment breaks.  Poster submissions require an Abstract of between 250 and 500 words, including references.  Authors of posters accepted for presentation will be required to prepare a maximum A0 (1189mm x 841mm) size poster for display. More details concerning poster requirements will be provided upon acceptance. Download here the Poster submission template.

Gasta Presentation – A Lightning Talk (Gasta) allows you to present a very brief synopsis of your work in a fast, engaging and high-energy style where you only have 5-minutes to provide a quick account of your work. The term ‘Gasta’ is a Gaelic (Irish) word for a fast, quick, clever, smart or snappy presentation that shares an activity, innovation or piece of research in a brief rapid-fire style. This presentation format is ideally suited to showcasing an innovation, promoting a new development or reporting a line of research inquiry that may be of wider interest to conference participants. Gasta presentations require an Abstract of between 150 and 300 words, including references. Authors of accepted Gasta presentations are limited to a maximum of 10 slides. Download here the Gasta Presentation submission template.

 Action lab– upon invitation only. Action Labs give participants the opportunity to debate, discuss and engage in lively professional dialogue on high profile topics or issues relevant to the conference theme. Each Action lab will be structured around a handful of big questions for participants to debate. 

PhD Symposium

The EDEN 2023 PhD Symposium will be organized in the frame of the conference. The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019), Timisoara (2020), Lisbon (2020), Madrid (2021) and Tallinn (2022) has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students conducting research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, and provides a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is open to all doctoral students, both PhD and EdDs, and will be led by the host university with contributions from EDEN Management Board members and a panel of international experts. Doctoral candidates are invited to submit a brief Synopsis Paper of their work in progress or proposed research topic, as there will be an opportunity to discuss your research during the Symposium. This Synopsis Paper should be a maximum of 500 words, including references. Participation in the Symposium is not dependent on submission of a paper.

General Instructions

As all submission types will be subject to a peer review process. Full Papers will be double blind peer reviewed by members of the Scientific Committee consisting of international experts working in the field. Other paper types will be peer reviewed by the conference co-Chairs and members of the Programme Committee. Authors should leave their names and affiliations blank when uploading  submission documents, and take care to avoid details that could be used to identify contributing  authors. These include institution information, specific funding information and clear self-citations. Authors of selected top quality Full Papers will be invited to submit their manuscript for publication in a special issue of the EURODL. All other Full Papers and Concise Papers will be published in EDEN’s conference proceedings (ISSN: 2707-2819) with unique DOI. The formatting of all types of submissions should follow the guidelines and templates provided. References should follow the APA (7th) style.  Please note that authors are limited to one Full Paper in which they are the first author.  There is no restriction on the number of submissions by multiple authors. 

Acceptance Criteria

Decisions on acceptance will be based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Innovation
  • Quality of scholarship
  • Contribution to new knowledge
  • Alignment to the conference theme

Contributions outside of the main conference themes will be considered if they bring new knowledge and benefit to delegates. The Conference co-Chairs and the Scientific Committee will make the final decision as to the accepted submission format in order to ensure quality and the coherence of the conference theme. Note that some Full Paper submissions may be accepted following revisions as Concise Papers after the review process. All Full Papers will be considered for the prestigious EDEN Best Research Paper Award, which will be presented at the Gala Dinner. 

EDEN Best Research Paper Award in cooperation with The UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change

EDEN Best Research Paper Award competition is based on evaluation results on submission of Full Papers presented to the Annual Conference that follow five standard evaluation criteria:

  • The paper deals with a research question.
  • Rigorous examination/research methods are applied.
  • Findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined.
  • Conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including applicability, transferability, and further research.
  • Literature is reviewed against state of the art.

The composition of the honorable jury for the EDEN Best Research Paper Award is composed in cooperation with The UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change.  

The decision on the winner of the EDEN Best Research Paper Award will be announced on June 19th at the EDEN Annual Conference Gala Dinner in Dublin, Ireland.

Important dates

PhD Symposium: 18th of June 2023

Conference Dates: 19th-20th of June 2023

Gala Dinner: 19th June 2023

Open of Paper Submission: 1st February 2023

Event promotion webinar on how to successfully write/submit an abstract: February 2023

Deadline for submissions: 10th March 2023

Notification of acceptance: Poster, Gasta, Concise, Synthesis Papers – 14th of April 2023

Notification of acceptance: Full Papers – 28th of April 2023

Registration opens: 3rd March 2023

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 10th May 2023

Final Camera-Ready Manuscript for Full papers: 5th of June 2023

Delegates’ Registration Deadline: 15th of June 2023

Published Proceedings: September 2023