Attending an international summer school is a great opportunity for PhD students to grow their network and get up to speed with the latest research methods, trends and outcomes in their field. Launched in 2005, as the Joint Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning brings together each year 80 to 100 researchers, including about 50 PhD candidates.
If you are working on your PhD or EdD, you can apply to EATEL by February 22nd.
What are the benefits for doctorate students of attending a summer school? Mikhail Fominykh, the general chair of the EATEL summer school, explains how both PhD students and more seasoned researchers benefit from the week-long opportunity to learn, discuss, debate, brainstorm and network:
“The EATEL summer school provides great value to the progress of research and studies of PhD students in Technology-Enhanced Learning. The contents of the school can extend or replace some of graduate courses on relevant topics and research methodology. The academic program is enhanced by multiple informal learning sessions (such as pecha kucha and PhD board-game sessions) and opportunities for PhD students to present their work and receive feedback (such as pitch and poster sessions and speed mentoring session).
PhD students are not the only ones who benefit from the school. Most of the program consists of workshops submitted by researchers (in some cases late-stage PhD students) via an open call for workshops. Instructors delivering workshops see the value of the summer school in the possibility to disseminate research results, collect ideas from brainstorming and mini-project competitions, test interactive sessions before running them at larger events and more.
Apart from all that, the school is just a lot of fun. We have a very friendly and inclusive community. The school is similar to a conference, but the participants stay together much longer the event is seven days long and we have social activities and excursions included in the program”.
The 16th EATEL Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning will take place on May 23-30, 2020 in Sani, Halkidiki, Greece. The summer school is organized by the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning – EATEL (http://ea-tel.eu/). The focus is similar to the AACE conferences – using technology to improve and enhance learning.
This year’s program comprises many workshops that are of interest to emerging scholars, for example on design-based research, systematic literature reviews, concept mapping academic writing and actionable research.