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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.



21st of June 2020

We like to share the full program* for the upcoming workshop. Take a look at the information about the progam and the timetable. Please contact us if you have any questions.

*We are continuing to evaluate the form this workshops may take, including virtual participation. Our hope is that no matter what the context, we are able to bring the community together to support each other and advance our practice.

Theme 1 Definitions


Panel of invited speakers and plenary discussion on defintions of personalized learning

Coffee break


With demonstrations of attendee's personalised learning tech

Theme 2 Design


Break out groups to discuss current approaches to designing personalised learning

Lunch break



Theme 3 Methodology


Break out groups with demonstrations of methodological designs, reflection on the different designs and identificaiton of drawbacks/benefits

Coffee break


Time to get to know each other better

Theme 4 Impacts


Break out groups to identify the impacts of personalised learning for different groups of people and the questions raised. Participants will introduce reflections from their own research.


Submission Requirements

We welcome researchers across disciplines and industry practitioners. To facilitate activities and round-table discussions on personalized learning, submissions will consist of a short portfolio up to 1,000 words including the topics below.

The papers can be emailed to the main contact person (Stefanie Vanbecelaere - stefanie.vanbecelaere@kuleuven.be) before the 13th of April 2020.

It is required that at least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and that all participants must register for both the workshop and the main conference.

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Definition of personalised learning

Provide a definition of personalized learning that you use to guide your reserach


Provide a design method or empirical methodology you have experience with and reflections on how it worked

Evidence on the impact

Provide evidence on the impacts you have observed on personalised learning for research or practice.



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

There will be space for those who have technology demonstrations to showcase their work. Mention in your short portfolio which technology you wish to demonstrate.



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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