LINGUIST List 25.4933

Fri Dec 05 2014

Calls: Applied Linguistics/France

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 03-Dec-2014
From: Elke Nissen <>
Subject: International Conference 'Learning through Online Interaction'
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Full Title: International Conference 'Learning through Online Interaction'
Short Title: Epal

Date: 04-Jun-2015 - 06-Jun-2015
Location: Grenoble, France
Contact Person: Elke Nissen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

International Conference “Learning through Online Interaction”
Focus on instructional design
Grenoble (France), June 4-5-6, 2015

The fifth session of the EPAL Conference (Echanger pour apprendre en ligne / Learning through Online Interaction), organized by Stendhal University – Grenoble 3 (Lidilem research group), will take place on June 4, 5, and 6, 2015.

Over the last few years, the academic community has been gripped by MOOC-mania and the mass of attendant hype, which has at least had the merit of bringing e-learning back into the spotlight. It is against this background that EPAL 2015 will focus on the systemic aspects of blended learning or distance learning course design: the systemic approach is increasingly being recommended for both research (“design-based research”, “activity theory”, etc.) and design. Every course, be it blended, distance, or MOOC, etc., is a training system consisting of a combination of elements, including resources, learning activities, tutoring, verbal interactions, and evaluation/certification. These elements ought to be analysed as interrelated components. Looking beyond individual courses to the “meso” or “macro” level (Fichez), institutional and societal contexts also influence instructional design, whether at the adult training, university, or school levels.

EPAL 2015’s objective is to investigate these dimensions of distance learning courses, and the institutional and societal contexts in which they operate, from a systemic and multi-disciplinary point of view, bringing together input from the fields of educational science, information science, applied linguistics, psychology, sociology, and computing.

Hence, the main theme of the fifth EPAL conference will be the components of learning systems, especially the interrelations between them. Angles from which these components may be addressed include:

- Resources: Lecture videos as a resource (MOOCs). Resources drawn from the Internet (notably, the social web as a resource). Resources created by learners and then shared. Links between activities and resources.
- Learning activities: Which activities promote fruitful interactions? What are the characteristics of collaborative activities? What sorts of activities are best suited to massive online courses? to blended learning courses? Links between collaboration and tutoring, collaboration and interactions, and activities and evaluation, etc.
- Tutoring, guidance: What kind of guidance for what kind of autonomy? How to be “present” from a distance? The socio-affective dimension of tutoring. Tutoring by peers. What kind of guidance in blended learning courses? Links between tutoring and activities.
- Verbal interactions: Can verbal interaction serve as a criterion for evaluating learning? How are interactions distributed in blended learning courses? Should interactions be synchronous or asynchronous, written or oral? Interactions between peers.
- Evaluation/certification: How should collaborative work be evaluated? What kind of evaluation in MOOCs? How can MOOC course work be evaluated? Peer assessment. Evaluation of methods/courses/systems.

The official languages of the conference will be English and French.

EPAL conference website :

Call for Papers:

Submission Procedure:

Proposals should be between 4000 and 5000 characters long (including spaces but excluding the bibliography), and address one of the themes described above (the main theme must be indicated with the proposal). Proposals should be submitted online, via the conference website.

Two publication opportunities are offered:

1. Publication in a refereed Journal: Distances et Médiations des Savoirs ( or the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (CJLT, CJLT is bilingual (papers in English or French).
2. Online publication in the Conference proceedings: for those who do not wish to submit to the above Journals, or have not been accepted by the scientific committee.
Publication preference should be mentioned with the first submission. The EPAL scientific board may modify this choice, in order to attain a balance between the different topics.

The official languages of the conference will be English and French.

Key Dates:

July 2014: Call for papers
November 1, 2014 – January 15, 2014: submission of proposals
March 1, 2015: Notification of acceptance
June 4-6, 2015: EPAL conference
September 7, 2015: Deadline for sending papers either for the Online Proceedings, or for the submission to one of the two Journals.

Conference website: (and on Facebook and Twitter)

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