EAPRIL2021 Conference

What? The annual EAPRIL Conference aims to build a bridge between research and practice in Education & Learning bringing together up to 500 researchers, practitioners and policy makers from all over the world. 

Where? ONLINE via PheedLoop

When? 24-26 November, 2021

Check out the EAPRIL 2021 DASHBOARD!

Conference theme


The EAPRIL online Conference taking place from November 24th to 26th, 2021 addresses the changing goals of our lifelong learners. Practitioner researchers are encouraged to have an in-depth dialogue regarding the opportunities provided through learning in the age of industry 4.0 and digitalisation in education. 

Digitalisation and digital technologies emerging in education and learning are the phenomena in theory and practice in this era. Several promising examples have already emerged and on the one side are intensively discussed in research and on the other side are already integrated in practice. For instance, Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and systems have been successfully introduced in education, especially in training scenarios of adult education. Another example is Artificial Intelligence (AI), which has been applied in education and learning. Promising methods are currently under investigation in order to improve personalized learning approaches or invent intelligent tutoring systems. These mentioned examples have driven several research directions such as Technology Enhanced Learning, (TEL) which “refers to technology enhanced classrooms and learning with technology, rather than just through technology”[1]. However, in view of all these technology-driven learning approaches, the human factor should not be taken out of consideration. Approaches such as reciprocal teaching and similar efforts become significantly important. 

Moreover, digitalisation not only affects and penetrates all types of education (primary, secondary, higher education, lifelong learning, etc.), it also provides opportunities for collaborative learning across school types and didactic concepts. Therefore, we would also like to highlight the important considerations of how and why modern technologies and methodologies in the age of industry 4.0 can cross/connect modern didactic concepts as well as types of education at the EAPRIL2021 conference. 

Digitalisation and its disruptive technologies (drones, self-driving cars, robots, etc.) are going to change our society. New job profiles are going to emerge based on smart products and IoT related services, which demands changes in how and what we educate. We invite the EAPRIL2021 conference participants to exchange, rethink and reconsider their expertise and approaches to meeting challenges in education in the upcoming decades. 

[1] https://www.mentimeter.com/blog/interactive-classrooms/what-is-technology-enhanced-learning-and-why-is-it-important

Conference Programme

Consult the full conference programme for EAPRIL 2021 below.
A selection of recorded sessions is now available in the EARLI 2021 PheedLoop platform.

Click here to consult the EAPRIL 2021 programme book.

Click here to consult the EAPRIL 2021 book of abstracts.

Keynote speakers

A big thank you to our EAPRIL 2021 keynote speakers

Anastasia Sergeeva

Assoc. prof. Anastasia Sergeeva

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NETHERLANDS)

"Workplace learning in the digital age: insights from ethnographies in organizations"

Her presentation in full is now available on the PheedLoop platform or on YouTube here.

Sanna Järvelä

Prof. Sanna Järvelä

LET Research Unit, University of Oulu (FINLAND)

"Strengthening human capabilities with digital technologies for ongoing learning needs"

Her presentation in full is now available on the PheedLoop platform.

Submission Types

The following submission types were welcomed at the EAPRIL 2021 online conference:




Present and Discuss Sessions allow presenters to present their research and findings in an in-depth manner. These presentations are individually submitted and have already data and results to present. Two or three presentations are scheduled together on similarities in topic, methodology and/or objectives. Each presenter is given 15 minutes presentation time followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. At the end of all presentations, a 10-minute collective discussion is organised by the chair.

Present & Discuss sessions consist of 3 linked presentations that are scheduled together in a 90-minute session.

For the Present & Discuss guidelines click here.




Symposia provide an opportunity to present research on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, compiling a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposia sessions are directed by a chair, involving three presenters and one discussant. Each presenter will get 15 minutes to present his/her research. After all presentations, the discussant has 15 minutes to present his/her reflections on the preceding presentations and to introduce one or two general statements to the delegates. After these contributions, a general 30 minutes discussion is organised to discuss the theme of the symposium and the related statements in-depth.

Symposia are scheduled for 90 minutes.

For the symposium guidelines click here.

Poster Session



A poster communicates the main ideas, objectives, results and conclusions of an ongoing research project. Each presenter will be given 3-5 minutes to present his/her poster. Afterwards, the delegates have time to ask questions or start an in-depth discussion with the presenters. Finally, a general discussion (10-15 minutes) will take place in which the main ideas, conclusions and directions for future research and practice are discussed.

Poster sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes.

For the poster guidelines click here.




Workshops are a highly interactive, collaborative session format that demonstrates the practical outcomes of a research project. They induce learning-by-doing, hands-on experience, and an engagement in in-depth active learning. A formal presentation by the workshop leader as such should remain brief. Creative and/or innovative approaches are encouraged, such as brainstorming, associating, panel discussion, role play, debating, voting on statements, think tank, flipping-the-classroom, systemic approaches, simulations, mystery guest and so on.

Workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes.

For the workshop guidelines click here.

Case Study



In this format practitioners are invited to present a case from practice. A research component can be added to this session but this is not a required condition. Instead, the floor is given to practitioners who wish to share their experiences when designing, implementing or evaluating a practice in class / school / college / university / workplace. In this format there is more time for reflection and in-depth discussion about the case via a hand-on approach. Within one session two thematically linked case studies will be presented. Each practitioner is offered 20 minutes to present his/her case followed by 25 minutes that are dedicated to an in-depth discussion with the audience.

A case study session consists of two linked case studies and is scheduled for 90 minutes.

For the case study guidelines click here.

Round Table



A roundtable session focuses on unfinished or starting projects. In other words, the projects don't have to have actual results. This type of session will not be set-up as a formal presentation but rather as a talk between colleagues. No formal presentation by means of a slideshow presentation is expected. Instead, a 1 page screenshot is advised for the participants of your session that summarises the main ideas and questions central in the discussion. Each presenter will get 15 minutes to outline the main ideas and objectives of the project, as well as to propose 1 or 2 questions that he/she wishes to focus on. This is followed by a 30-minutes discussion per research project.

Two submissions are scheduled together in a timeslot of 90 minutes.

For the roundtable guidelines click here.

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As of the EAPRIL2019 conference we introduced a new submission format: the meet-up. This type of session aims to provide an opportunity for delegates to explore and discuss collaboration in starting practice-based projects or research. This session requires no formal presentation but is intended to meet up with colleagues in a more informal context to explore and discuss potential partnerships or collaborations. 

All meet-ups are organised together during one parallel timeslot of 90 minutes. 

For the meet-up guidelines click here



The EAPRIL Best Practice-Based Research Award wishes to acknowledge an outstanding and innovative project that deals with learning and development in the workplace and educational field. More specifically, practice-based research which has a profound impact on the development of both theory and practice is particularly of interest.

At the EAPRIL Conference the nominated projects get the chance to present their project during an exclusive plenary Award Session. The winner will be announced on the last day of the conference. 

For the Award submission guidelines click here.

For more information on the procedure and criteria click here.


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The thematic track format focuses on a specific theme and welcomes all contributions that fit within this theme. This year's theme is: "Learning and innovating in field labs: addressing wicked problems in collaboration with external stakeholders in higher professional education". To check out the detailed call for abstracts click here.

All accepted submissions for the thematic track will be clustered together in two time slots of 90 minutes.

For the thematic track guidelines click here.


Congratulations to our EAPRIL 2021 Award Winners!

The winner of the EAPRIL 2021 Best Practice-Based Research Award is "POINT: A sustainable educational research lab for professionalization in the field of giftedness" by Anouke Bakx and her team from the Netherlands. You can watch the video pitch of the winning project here.

The winner of the EAPRIL 2021 Best Poster Award is "Ubuntu, Manjaro, & Raspbian OS in K-12. Designing open-source interfaces for digital citizenship" by MA. Mathieu Payn, Prof. HEP Dr Lionel Alvarez, Prof. HEP Dre Kostanca Çuko, MA. Ania Tadlaoui-Brahmi. Check out their blogpost here.

Session Recordings

One of the advantages of hosting an online event, is the opportunity to provide recorded materials for on-demand viewing even long after the conference has finished. As such, some of the sessions at EAPRIL 2021 may be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing within PheedLoop.

A selection recorded EAPRIL 2021 sessions is now available for on-demand viewing in PheedLoop.

Sponsors & Partners

EAPRIL wishes to thank the following sponsors and partners:

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