EDEN Research Workshop: Towards Smart and Inclusive Learning Ecosystem, Dubrovnik, 19-20 September



Workshop Scope

EDEN’s 2022 Research Workshop entitled “Towards smart and inclusive learning ecosystem” focuses on improved learning environments that drive the digital transformation of educational institutions. COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to blended or fully online learning environments, enforcing educational institutions to embrace technology and offer their students an online or at least blended learning experience. A large amount of data accessible through different learning environments has been analysed and used to drive future strategies of education. This workshop aims to explore the consequences of emergency remote teaching and learning as well as to tackle the new approaches in creating learning environments that should be smarter, more inclusive, involve emerging technologies that will boost digital skills of students and bring them more personalised experience.

Workshop Themes

  • Digital transformation of educational institutions: digital strategies, quality assurance, models and frameworks, supporting teachers and learners
  • Trends and issues in education: emergency remote teaching and learning, development of teachers’ and students’ 21st century skills, diversity issues, digital divide, innovative assessment approaches
  • High-performing personalized learning environments: using big data, learning analytics, artificial intelligence, wearables, and student modelling to create smart and inclusive learning environments for blended and online learning
  • Learning strategies for smart learning environments: activity driven design, instructional design, learning design, gamification, immediate and personalized feedback starting from an early age
  • Emerging technologies in education: flipped classroom, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, BYOD, new platforms for skills development


Established in 1962, the Faculty of Organization and Informatics University of Zagreb is an institution that reaches back more than half a century, which is a comparably long tradition when modern technologies studies are concerned. Over the decades, the Faculty has been providing education to future experts in the field of information sciences and technologies, economics, organization, communication and other related fields.

Important Dates

Submission deadline – August 15, 2022

Notification of acceptance – August 30, 2022

Early bird registration – August 15, 2022

Registration deadline – September 7, 2022

Conference dates – September 19-20, 2022

All papers and posters should be submitted through the Conference Management System.


Ilona Buchem

Dr. Ilona Buchem is Professor for Communication and Media at Berlin University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, She teaches courses in bachelor’s and master’s programs, both on campus and online, including Digital Business (BSc.) and Media Informatics (MSc.). As the Head of the Communications Lab, Ilona Buchem leads a number of projects on the application of humanoid robots as learning and teaching assistants in the context of higher education. Ilona Buchem is an author of many publications in the field of Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) and has been involved in many national and international TEL projects, dedicated to topics such as Open Badges, Wearables, Virtual Agents, Gamification, Virtual Mobility, Open Education, Mobile Learning, E-Portfolios and Personal Learning Environments. She is the founder and one of the Chairs of the Special Interest Group on Wearable Enhanced Learning (WELL) at the European Association for Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL). Ilona Buchem has been actively involved in some of the leading TEL organizations in Europe, including the European Association for Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL), the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU).

Topic: Designing Interaction with Humanoid Robots as Teaching and Learning Assistants

Abstract: Humanoid robots, such as Nao, Pepper, iCub, QT, Navel and many others have just recently started to be used in higher education. Currently available humanoid robots provide multimodal interfaces which allow design for human-robot interaction through speech, touch, gestures, face recognition and eye gaze. Current research on applying humanoid robots in education as part of the field of robot assisted learning provides some promising evidence for enjoyable learning experiences and enhanced learning outcomes of diverse groups of learners. This talk will provide an overview  of how humanoid robots are applied as teaching and learning assistants including examples from own research at the Communication Lab. Specifically, this talk will focus on the design process and design options for human-robot interaction in different application scenarios. The talk will also address some limitations and challenges inherent to the currently available humanoid robotic platforms. The talk will end with an interactive part in the form of crowd-creation, in which the audience will participate in the joint creation of a playful human-robot interaction

Bart Rienties

Dr. Bart Rienties is Professor of Learning Analytics and programme lead of the learning analytics and learning design research programme at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. He leads a group of academics who provide university-wide learning analytics and learning design solutions and conduct evidence-based research of how students and professionals learn. His primary research interests are focussed on Learning Analytics, Professional Development, and the role of motivation in learning. Furthermore, Bart is interested in broader internationalisation aspects of higher education. He has successfully led a range of institutional/national/European projects, and has received a range of awards for his educational innovation projects.  He has published over 285 academic outputs, and is the 2nd most published author on Networks in Education in period 1969-2020 (Saqr et al. 2022), the 3rd most cited author on higher education internationalisation in Asia in the period 2013-2018 (Can & Hou, 2021), the 4th most cited author and contributor in Learning Analytics in the period 2011-2018 (Adeniji, 2019), the 5th most published author on internationalisation in the period 1900-2018 (Jing et al. 2020) and the 7th most published author on social network analysis in social sciences in the period 1999-2018 (Su et al. 2020), and the 14th most published author on educational technology in the period 2015-2018 (West & Bodily, 2020).

Topic: How can you use learning analytics in your own research and practice: an introductory perspective

While many “brick-and-mortar” universities had to rapidly shift online provision during the pandemic, a range of online and distance learning universities have been teaching in blended and online formats for years. Obviously with every single click potentially interesting data might become available about how and perhaps why learners are engaging with learning materials and activities.  A blossoming field of learning analytics has emerged since 2011 trying to make sense of these increased data flows. The Open University UK (OU) has been trailblazing innovative learning across the globe for 50 years. Since 2014 the OU has gradually moved from small-scale experimentation to large-scale adoption of learning analytics throughout all 400+ modules and qualifications available within the OU for its 170.000+ online learners.

This keynote will explore how you as researcher, practitioner, and/or policy maker could start to use learning analytics to better understand your educational practice. Using examples from small-scale experiments and large-scale adoptions of predictive learning analytics I will explore together with EDEN RW participants which approaches and methods in learning analytics might be useful to consider. No prior knowledge or experience of learning analytics is expected, and join me on a journey of how you could potentially use data from your learners and teachers to further improve and finetune your blended and online provision.

Call For Papers

Submission categories

Paper presentations – Presentation of research results, reviews of existing results (including empirical or theoretical studies, policy reviews, comprehensive case studies), and project results that are in a conclusive phase.

Posters – Work-in-progress, initial research results, projects in early stages of development, and case studies. Poster presentations will be themed in related sessions. 

All papers and posters should be submitted through the Conference Management System.


Submissions undergo a double-blind peer-review and are evaluated based primarily on originality, significance and quality of contribution, and relevance to workshop themes. Unique and innovative contributions that do not directly align with the workshop themes will also be considered if they are believed to bring benefit to workshop participants.


Accepted presentations (including posters) will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Registered delegates will have electronic access to the full version of contributions prior to the workshop. Publications will be openly accessible after the Workshop.

Selected authors will be invited to submit their work for a special track on Education and Learning Analytics at CECIIS 2022 conference that will be held in Dubrovnik, September 21-23, 2022. CECIIS 2022 Proceedings are indexed in Web of Science, INSPEC, Proquest, DOAJ and EBSCO.

Selected authors will be invited also to submit to a special issue of EURODL.

Acknowledgement of quality and excellence

The tradition of awarding the EDEN Best Research Paper will be continued. 

Submission Guidelines

Paper proposals should not exceed six A4 pages, including the 10-15 line summary, figures and references, use the paper submission template, download here

Poster submissions should not exceed four A4 pages. Authors of posters accepted for presentation will be required to prepare a max. A0 (1189mm*841mm) size poster for display. Use the poster submission template, download here.

Important dates

Submission deadline – August 30, 2022

Notification of acceptance – August 30, 2022

Early bird registration – August 15, 2022

Registration deadline – September 15, 2022

Conference dates – September 19-20, 2022

Program and Organising Committees

Programme Committee:

  • Denise Whitelock, EDEN DLE Vice-President of Research, UK
  • Josep M. Duart, EDEN DLE President, Spain
  • Airina Volungevičienė, Lithuania
  • Elena Trepule, Lithuania
  • Sandra Kučina Softić, Croatia
  • Helga Dorner, Hungary
  • Alfredo Soeiro, Portugal
  • Mart Laanpere, Estonia
  • Antonella Poce, Italy
  • Wim E.A. Van Petegem, Belgium
  • Vlad Mihăescu, Romania
  • Igor Balaban, Croatia
  • Bojan Zugec, Croatia
  • Goran Hajdin, Croatia
  • Dijana Plantak Vukovac, Croatia

Organising Committee: 

  • Josep M Duart, Spain
  • Elena Trepule, Lithuania
  • Carlos Madrid, Spain
  • Evelina Grigule, Lithuania
  • Gabija Kvieskaite, Lithuania
  • Petra Grd, Croatia
  • Igor Balaban, Croatia
  • Ivana Fojs
  • Ena Barčić


Workshop registration notes

Register for the workshop through the Events management system 

Payment methods available: Bank transfer

Registration steps

1. Register to the system (https://events.foi.hr/register/)

2. After login, start the event registration process (https://events.foi.hr/event/public/show/7145?_changeLocale=en)

3. After the first step, the participation fee needs to be paid. 

Payments details and sales conditions:

Beneficiary: EDEN Digital Learning Europe MTU

Account nr: EE752200221078252481

Name of the bank: Swedbank AS

Address of the bank: Liivalaia 8, 15040 Tallinn, Estonia


Payment comments/purpose: Dubrovnik RW, name surname

4. After paying the fee, you will receive an email with payment confirmation (a few days) and a link to continue the registration process.

5. Fill in the registration form and finish the registration process.

Please note that your participation is approved only after the payment of the participation fee.

If you have a need for the invoice please contact us at evelina.grigule@vdu.lt

Registration fees

Regular registration* – 400 EUR

Early bird registration* – 350 EUR

Gala dinner – 80 EUR

*For online participation (keynote speeches and one online section) fees are 50% reduced


About Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century and until today became a magical puzzle consisting of history, culture, entertainment, sports, shopping, excursions and gastronomy. One can feel and experience with all senses its title of one of the world’s most beautiful cities and “a living museum within the modern present”, being the perfect background for numerous cultural, professional and scientific events.  It was the only city-state on the entire Croatian coast from the 14th to the 19th century. Seafaring, harbouring and trade, together with the wise international policy and skilful diplomacy brought economic and cultural prosperity for centuries to the free city–state and brought in world’s finest builders and artists, which contributed to its richness and diversity.

University of Dubrovnik with map

The conference venue is the University of Dubrovnik. The University of Dubrovnik, as it is today, was founded in 2003. Although one of the youngest, the University of Dubrovnik is, according to its studies, structure and technical equipment, a very modern higher education institution. The venue is just a short walk away from Dubrovnik Old Town and Walls of Dubrovnik.

Venue Address

Ul. branitelja Dubrovnika 41

20000, Dubrovnik


Recommendations for accomodations

Akademis “Academia” student dormitory (available for two nights, from September 18 to September 20)

Hotel Lero

Hotel Adria

Hotel Kompas

Contact us

If you have any queries, or for further information, please email eden-dubrovnik@foi.unizg.hr

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