Within the context of the ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference 2020, a workshop is organized on technology-mediated personalized learning. This workshop will provide a forum for in-depth discussions, resource exchange and networking. Community building and communal knowledge creation will be the focus in this 1-day workshop.



This is a full day workshop that seeks to map out current research and future goals for those involved in designing and understanding the impact of technologies for personalised learning. Academics and practitioners who have done work in this area are invited to participate. The workshop will focus on the following themes: definitions of personalised learning, methodologies for design and evaluating, impacts of personalised learning on pedagogy and research. The workshop will engage participants in hands on activities and round table discussions.



19th of June 2020

Given the measures due to Covid-19, it was decided to organise this workshop in a virtual manner. Participation will be realised using the tool Zoom. All times are BST.


10:00 am-10:15am

Introduction to the workshop – Short introduction of all participants – Explanation on how the day will be organized

Session 1


Two short presentations (2 x 15 minutes) and a Q&A session (15 minutes) addressing the first aim (Towards a definition of personalised learning) 

-Presentation by Stamatina Anastopoulou and Wayne Holmes

-Presentation by Rani Van Schoors

Session 2

11:00 am-11:45pm

Two short presentations (2 x 15 minutes) and a Q&A session (15 minutes) addressing the second aim (Designing personalised technology)

- Presentation by Laura Benton and Manolis Mavrikis

- Presentation by George Tsatiris and Kostas Karpouzis

Lunch break



Session 3

12.45 pm - 1.30 pm

Two short presentations (2 x 15 minutes) and a Q&A session (15 minutes) addressing the third aim (Methodologies for evaluation)

-Presentation by Stefanie Vanbecelaere

-Presentation by Judit Serra

Demonstrations of technologies for personalized learning

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Three demonstrations of how technology can facilitate personalized learning
- Whizz
- i-Learn
- Kuato

Coffee Break


Coffee break



Conclusions based on the presentations and discussions of the day with a focus on the fourth aim (The impact of personalised learning on children and teachers.

After workshop chat

03:00 pm -...pm



Workshop Contributions

Below we present the authors who will present their work during the workshop in a 15 minutes presentation.

Image by Waldemar Brandt

Dimensions of personalized learning (by Wayne Holmes and Stamatina Anastopoulou)

Throughout a long history, personalised learning has been given various names. It can mean different things in different geopolitical contexts, and depends on who makes the decisions: policymakers, teachers, or students. Considering personalised learning according to multiple dimensions which helps us understand the complexity of the term and offers a way to understand how it might best be implemented.

Contribute to our special section in British Journal of Educational Technology

Interested to contribute? Check the open call (under the ‘Call for Papers’ dropdown)

Guest Editors

Stefanie Vanbecelaere (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Dr Laura Benton (University College London, UK)

Abstracts (+-250 words) to be submitted by August 14th 2020 and emailed directly to stefanie.vanbecelaere@kuleuven.be.

Manuscript submission deadline: 1st of November 2020

Expected publication date: July 2021



The organising team brings together expertise in pedagogy, personalised learning, AI and interaction design. Additionally, the team cuts across different disciplines involved in research around the topic.

Stefanie Vanbecelaere

She is part of the Centre of Instructional Psychology and Technology and the ITEC-imec research group at KU Leuven campus Kulak Kortrijk. She is currently pursuing a PhD that focuses on investigating the effectiveness of adaptive educational games for the development of math and reading in young children. Currently, she is involved in the i-Learn project which aims to develop a platform with tools that support personalized learning which will be used by primary and secondary schools in Flanders.

Mina Vasalou

She is associate professor in interaction design at the UCL Institute of Education, UCL Knowledge Lab. Mina has participated in a number of projects around the theme of personalised learning, including the EU Horizon 2020 project iRead.  Mina’s research focuses on the area of design for educational technologies, both reflecting on how design can best support learning and methods that involve teachers, students and parents in the design process.

Frederik Cornillie

He works in the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). Currently, he is research manager of ITEC (research group of imec) at the campus kulak of the University of Leuven. He coordinates projects within the field of digital innovation in education, including the Smart Education @ Schools programme which involves teachers in primary and secondary education in Flanders in co-designing and -developing educational technology for their learners.

Manolis Mavrikis

He is associate professor in Learning Technologies at the UCL Institute of Education, UCL Knowledge Lab. His main area of research is personalised learning and the use of data in education. Combining quantitative approaches from educational data mining and theories from education, his work contributes new design tools that augment the creativity and decision-making for teachers and students. Dr Mavrikis has been principal investigator on a portfolio of large interdisciplinary EU projects on technology-enhanced personalised learning, most notably the award-winning iTalk2learn https://www.italk2learn.com/

Fien Depaepe

She is associate professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and affiliated to the Research unit Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology (CIP&T). She is principal investigator of the imec KU leuven interdisciplinary research group ITEC. She supervises researchers on topics of instructional design and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning environments. In these different projects multimodal data (self-reports, assignments, logdata, physiological, and audiovisual data) is used to model students’ learning.

Roger Gilabert Guerrero

He is a professor and researcher within the Language Acquisition Research Group (GRAL) at the University of Barcelona (UB). He’s currently involved in research into multimodal learning (second language learning through subtitles and captions in TV series) and he leads the UB team within an EU-funded project on personalized, game-based technologies and reading skills (iRead). Roger Gilabert has also published extensively in the areas of task design, task complexity, task sequencing and syllabus design.

Laura Benton

She is a research associate working full-time on the iRead project, an EU-funded project led by UCL aiming to develop personalised learning technologies to support reading skills at primary school. Her research interests span the areas of user-centred design, child-computer interaction, ed-tech, literacy and children's programming. Her research focuses on education technology design for children and she has worked on several projects using design approaches such as participatory design and design-based research, including iLearnRW and ScratchMaths.


Technology demonstrations

Three demonstrations of how technology can facilitate learning will be showcased.


- i-Learn 

- Kuato



Authors of accepted position papers

It is required that at least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and that all participants must register for the workshop. The registration fee is 50 $ per workshop (ACM and non ACM members). Please have look at the IDC website to officially register for the workshop (https://idc.acm.org/2020/registration/)

 Attend the workshop as a participant?

Contact Stefanie Vanbecelaere (stefanie.vanbecelaere@kuleuven.be)



We hope you will attend our workshop. If you have any questions about the registration process, our program or general information, do not hesitate to contact us. Please find general information about the IDC conference here: https://idc.acm.org/2020/


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