PhD Symposium

PhD Symposium Timisoara 2020

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The EDEN 2020 PhD Symposium Timisoara will be organized as a virtual event.

The Symposium is co-organized by Politehnica University of Timisoara and EDEN.

The members of the PhD Symposium Committee are:


Josep M Duart, EDEN Vice-president for research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

Committee Members:

  • Airina Volungeviciene, EDEN President, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Alan Tait, Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, UK
  • Wim Van Petegem, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, The Open University of Israel, Israel
  • Albert Sangra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Radu Vasiu, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

The PhD Student Symposium aims at fostering the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the broad area of the conference’s theme: “Human and artificial intelligence for the society of the future – Inspiring digital education for the next STE(A)M student generation”, while providing a discussion forum for the advancement of doctoral research.

The Student Symposium will be supported by a panel of international scholars of education and supported by the community of EDEN Fellows.

The aims of the PhD Student Symposium are to:

  • Create a community for intellectual exchange and support among doctoral students researching in the area of e-learning and support for learning.
  • Provide practical (peer) feedback on research topics, specific problems or concerns about students’ research.
  • Create an opportunity to receive feedback on research topics, problems and concerns from international experts in e-learning research and experienced supervisors.


Please note that times provided in the programme are according to the Central European Summer Time (CEST).

# Authors Title Session Time Panel of Experts
26 Francesca Amenduni, Roma Tre University, Italy ASSESSING CRITICAL THINKING IN OPEN-ENDED ANSWERS: THE AUTOMATIZATION CHALLENGE C4 11:30 – 13:00 Airina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Alfredo Soeiro, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Vladimir Cretu, University Politehnica Timisoara, Romania
54 Linnéa Carlsson, University West, Sweden The discrepancy   between vision and mission in the context of digitalization: a management perspective C4 11:30 – 13:00
69 Anjaneyulu Jinugu, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, India Usage of Big data in Official Statistics C4 11:30 – 13:00
95 Victor Holotescu, University Politehnica Timisoara, Romania BLOCKCHAIN ECOSYSTEM FOR DECENTRALIZED EDUCATION C4 11:30 – 13:00
36 Ras Greenspon,
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Digital Assessment Strategies for Learning Orient Assessment D4 14:00 – 15:30 Wim van Petegem, KU Leuven, Belgium
Sarah Guri Rosenblit, Open Unisversity, Israel
Radu Vasiu, University Politehnica Timisoara, Romania
39 Irmantas Adomaitis, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania Collaboration in e-learning Environments: Impact on Education Process D4 14:00 – 15:30
43 Antonella Giacosa, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Turin, Italy Online Emergency Pedagogy and Students’ Perceptions. A Comparative Study on Teaching   and Learning English at University during the Coronavirus Outbreak D4 14:00 – 15:30
45 Leila Ribeiro, Amélia Veiga, FACULDADE DE PSICOLOGIA E CIÊNCIA DA EDUCAÇÃO UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO, Portugal, and Alfredo Soeiro, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal Regulation of Distance Higher Education In Portugal D4 14:00 – 15:30
25 Felix Kwihangana, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom Preservice Teachers’ Digital Identity Development for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Under-resourced Context E4 16:00 – 17:30 Elena Caldirola, University of Pavia, Italy
Wim van Petegem, KU Leuven, Belgium
Lacramioara Stoicu-Tivadar, University Politehnica Timisoara, Romania
37 Mahmoud Hawamdeh, Near East University, Cyprus Cultivating Digital Citizenship by Creating an Effective Roadmap for New Generation of Distance Learning E4 16:00 – 17:30
66 Ramon Gutierrez, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain How Interactivity and Advocacy Facilitate Customer Value Co-creation Behaviour in Instagram: a Micro-perspective of Unplanned, Voluntary Usage of Hedonic Social Network Sites E4 16:00 – 17:30
94 Oana Alexandr Rotaru, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania Interactivity and Usability for Creative Industries Applications E4 16:00 – 17:30


Current doctoral students in the field of e-learning or educational technology are encouraged to submit short abstracts to present an overview of their research at the PhD Student Symposium. Proposals related to the conference theme topics are especially welcomed. We do encourage to reflect upon how your research may contribute to one of the conference theme topics.

PhD students are currently engaged in doctoral research, i.e. have had their research proposals approved but have not yet defended their thesis. Priority will be given to students who already have collected data.

The abstract should be in English and contain:

  1.  a 300-350-word description of the state of their research (including research title, research objectives/questions and methodology) and
  2.  a problem they would like to address in the symposium.

PhD students are invited to submit abstracts using this form. The panel of international experts will review the abstracts and select students to participate. Notification on the results and PhD students invited to present will be sent by 25 May. Authors will need to prepare a short presentation (between 5-10 slides) for the symposium.

There is no fee for the PhD Symposium. Students will enjoy FREE 2020 Conference pass, but need to be registered.

Symposium presenters will receive a certificate.

The language of the symposium is English.

The PhD Symposium Call for Contributions remains open throughout May.


The selected students will give a brief presentation (between 5-10 slides) which can include one or two questions for the expert panel and/or other students. The presentation is limited to maximum of 10 minutes. At the end of each presentation, there will be a group discussion, approximately 15-20 minutes per presentation, to comment, discuss the questions raised and/or offer research advice.


The PhD Student Symposium is an open-invitation event for all PhD students and their supervisors working in the field of e-learning or educational technology. It is aimed at current doctoral students enrolled in any university, both full-time and part-time. We encourage you to take this opportunity to network with fellow researchers, discuss your research, and receive feedback from international experts and your peers.


All applications must be sent via this form. The list of successful applicants and the final programme will be made public after 2 June 2020.

Please use this template when submitting your application.

In addition to submitting an application to the PhD Symposium, PhD students are also welcome to send submissions to the Annual Conference.


The PhD Student Symposium will take as track of sessions in the conference programme.


The PhD Symposium Call for Contributions is closed.

Notification of acceptance: 25 May 2020

Confirmation by presenters: 30 May 2020

Publication of PhD Student Symposium programme: 2 June 2020

Submission of participant presentations: 2 June 2020


If you have any queries, or for further information, please visit the EDEN Annual Conference website or email


10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30 – 10:45 Plenary Session Welcome from EDEN President and EDEN PhD Symposium Committee Chair Introduction of experts panels; explanation of themes, symposium programme and rooms
10:45-12:15 Thematic Parallel Sessions
10:45-11:15 A1 Student presentation
and discussion
B1 Student presentation
and discussion
11:15-11:45 A2 Student presentation
and discussion
B2 Student presentation
and discussion
11:45-12:15 A3 Student presentation
and discussion
B3 Student presentation
and discussion
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:15 Thematic parallel sessions
13:15-13:45 A4 Student presentation
and discussion
B4 Student presentation
and discussion
13:45-14:15 A5 Student presentation
and discussion
B5 Student presentation
and discussion
14:15-14:45 A6 Student presentation
and discussion
B6 Student presentation
and discussion
14:45-15:15 A7 Student presentation
and discussion
15:15-16:00 Plenary session: final remarks, lessons learned and closure

More information about EDEN PhD Symposium is here.