Last week (May 29-June 4) I attended JTELSS11; the 7th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning in Crete island, Greece. It was supported by PROLEARN Academy , EATEL, TELeurope and STELLARNET. It was such a great event for doctoral students and researchers in TEL to come together to exchange their ideas and build also a TELeurope doctoral community of practice. There were about 42 doctoral students from 22 EU countries (with different nationalities).
The summer school program included verities of activities such as plenary sessions, workshops, group-working on different topics of interest e.g. web 2.0 in research and learning, PLE, augmented reality, adaptive learning systems and other areas of TEL research. The main part of the program was everyday group-working and interactive discussions between PhD students to discuss and share their research issues such as methodologies, theories and other topics and techniques in PhD research. It was a unique opportunity to meet people in TEL research, fellow researchers to exchange our thoughts and develop our professional networking.
In addition to a good scientific program, there were also some leisure activities. The location of the summer school was a great beach resort which provided participants with possibility of doing various activities such as swimming, beach volleyball, and other sports activities. The day before the summer school we had an excursion to south-western of Crete from a very glorious mountainous road. Then in the last day we also had another excursion to some villages in eastern part of Crete and a good-looking lake where we somehow got relaxed after a one-week intensive working.
On the whole, it was such a wonderful experience to benefit both from the excellent program of the summer school and to visit attractive Crete.
Here is a video of the JTELSS11: