Symposium 15-16 October, 2020

Harnessing the Potentials of Technology to Support Self-Directed Language Learning in Online Learning Settings


Research partners KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) at Kanda University of International Studies (Chiba, Japan) are organising a joint online symposium to be held from 15-16 October 2020. Anyone with an interest in exploring how we might design and/or use technology to support meaningful self-directed language learning in online learning settings is welcome to attend.

Given the current global situation, this theme is more important than ever, but even before the spread of the COVID-19 virus, increasing numbers of institutions worldwide have been investing in technology and staff development in order to enhance online learning and provide better conditions for students’ learning in formal and informal learning settings. A range of presentations will examine current research and practices in technology-enhanced language learning with a particular interest in creating environments and systems whereby learners can take charge of their learning and thrive.

In addition to exploring individual learning online, we are particularly interested in how mobile technology can support not only self-regulation, but also also collaboration, an important skill for 21st century learners, and serve as a means to extend and improve language learning. 

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Themes explored at this symposium will include:

  • Designing and/or using technologies for supporting individual and collaborative self-directed (or self-regulated) language learning in formal and informal learning settings
  • The teacher’s/advisor’s role in the development of self-directed language learning in online learning environments
  • Learning analytics and educational data mining for measuring and supporting and self-directed language learning
  • Responsible use of learner data in language learning analytics (issues pertaining to student privacy, ethics and security)
  • Facilitating reflective dialogue in learning using online tools and environments

Keynote speakers 

Presenter full bios and abstracts

Conveners: Charlotte Lin, Jo Mynard and Olga Viberg

Register for the event (free)

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Submit a paper proposal

In addition to plenary sessions (TBC), we invite presentation proposals (research and/or practice) from colleagues who are able to contribute to our understanding of this theme. We are accepting the following presentation types:

  • Live presentation followed by a Q&A session 
  • A digital poster with no scheduled Q&A session

All live presentations will be moderated, and an opportunity for Q&A or discussion should be included within the allotted 30 minutes. Digital posters may take any format (e.g. annotated slides for the audience to click through) and will be available on the symposium website throughout the event. Presenters are welcome to make them interactive if they wish.

Please submit a paper using this online form [LINK] by 20th September 2020. Submissions will be blind peer reviewed and decisions made by September 25th.

Presentations will take place live via Zoom and will be recorded and archived on the RILAE website. Extended abstracts will be published in CEUR Workshop Proceedings (ISSN 1630-0079), an open-access proceedings journal for scientific conferences and workshops. The submission date is December 1, 2020.

Presenters may also be invited to submit full papers to general issues of Relay Journal ( which is published twice a year in September and January.

The event is funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, project “STINT”, (Dnr:MC2018-7984).