SIG 6 and 7 Conference 2018


In the 21st century, learning and instruction are becoming increasingly learner-centered. This is reflected by a rise in adaptive and personalized instruction, an emphasis on learner-initiated generative learning strategies, and an increased focus on self-regulated learning skills and learner motivation. Challenges in 21st century learning include the development of data and information literacy, issues of privacy and data security, and effects of globalization, digitalization, and migration on formal, non-formal, and informal learning. During the meeting, state of the art research within the field of learning and instruction will be presented, with special attention to technological advancements within this field. How are the trends and challenges listed above reflected in research on (technology-enhanced) learning and instruction? What are the challenges that we are facing, and what are possible solutions? What future directions are relevant in research on (technology-enhanced) instructional design?

Please note that the highlighted theme does not impose any restrictions on submissions; all proposals that fit the scope of Instructional Design and/or Technology-Enhanced Learning and Instruction are most welcome.


Bonn is best known for being the provisional German capital between 1949 and 1990. It still hosts several governmental structures, including the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and 19 different institutions of the United Nations. Bonn is conveniently located in the centre of Europe and easily reached by public transport (plane, train). With this background, Bonn will be the perfect venue to host the EARLI SIG 6 & 7 meeting in 2018.

The conference will be hosted at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bonn. The conference venue is good to reach by public transport (about 20 minutes from Bonn central station).


  • January 10th, 2018
    submission opens
  • February 28th, 2018
    submission deadline
  • March 15th, 2018
    registration opens
  • April 25th, 2018
    notification of acceptance
  • May 15th, 2018
    deadline for early bird registration
  • August 22nd - August 24th, 2018
    EARLI SIG 6 & 7 conference in Bonn


*** Submission is closed. ***


Below you can find the guidelines for the different presentation formats:


Regular paper presentations:

This format allows researchers to present their empirical or theoretical work. Presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes (15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes discussion). 


No-or-not-perfect data presentations:

This format provides presenters the opportunity for presenting and discussing empirical work which is at an early stage (research ideas or work in progress). Presentations are scheduled for 15 minutes (discussion for a minimum of 5 minutes). 


Poster presentations:

We plan for poster sessions of substantial length and with high attendance, making this an interactive presentation format. Poster sessions will be scheduled for 90 minutes 


Early career-mentoring program:

PhD students who attend this conference and present their work (regular paper presentation, no-or-not-perfect-data presentation, or poster presentation) are invited to additionally opt for the early career-mentoring program in which they receive feedback from one of the senior researchers attending the conference. More information about the early career-mentoring program will be sent via e-mail.



A limited number of 90 minute slots are available for symposia consisting of 4 closely related papers (regular paper presentations) and a discussant. Presentations are scheduled for 15 minutes, followed by a 20-minute discussion by the discussant and 10 minutes for plenary discussion.



Registration is now open. Please follow this link to register for the conference.


Conference Fees:


In the registration form, you will be asked whether you want to participate in our conference dinner (social event). If you tick "yes", an additional fee of 35€ will be added.


Upon registration, we will send you an email including the payment information. Please contact, if you do not receive this mail within 24 hours upon registration. 



The full EARLI SIG 6 & 7 conference program can be found here.


 Sarit Barzilai (University of Haifa)

 "On the Other Hand…: Learning to Integrate Conflicting Information   Sources"

 Twenty-first-century societies are characterized by a dramatic increase in   the quantity and diversity of information sources available to the public.   Hence, informed participation in these societies requires critical capabilities to   understand current issues based on multiple information sources that may   reflect diverse purposes and viewpoints. Integration is at the core of multiple   text comprehension because it involves drawing on information from diverse   sources in order to understand the issue and arrive at reasonable   conclusions. However, integration poses cognitive, metacognitive, and   emotional epistemic challenges for learners, which stem from difficulties in forming connections across separate information sources that may differ in their genres, viewpoints, and claims, as well as from difficulties in coming to terms with the conflicting and often inconclusive nature of the information. In the first part of my talk, I will present an overview of how learners integrate multiple information sources, the challenges they encounter, and the impact of individual, textual, and contextual variables. In the second part, I will discuss findings from a recent systematic review of research on instruction of intertextual integration and point to some promising instructional practices and remaining research gaps. In the last part, I will discuss design principles and scaffolds, developed in my group, for promoting learners’ integration strategies and their meta-epistemic understandings of the complex nature of knowledge. I will describe how the scaffolds evolved from paper-and-pencil to digital form and show findings from studies in which we examined their contribution.


 Daniel Bodemer (University of Duisburg-Essen)

 “Guiding individual and collaborative learning processes in social   settings”

 Social settings provide various opportunities for learning. However, learners  often need support to deal with the specific challenges when individual and   collaborative learning processes are intertwined. This keynote presentation   discusses how such learning scenarios require individuals to regulate their   own learning processes while dealing with others’ cognitions, how   individual elaboration processes may be triggered by observing and   experiencing cognitive controversies, and how learners use shared   learning material for developing and maintaining mutual understanding of   the content. The talk also addresses approaches of guiding individual and collaborative learning processes explicitly and implicitly. With a focus on cognitive group awareness approaches, it demonstrates how information about others’ knowledge can suggest meaningful learning behavior while enabling self-regulation and considering instructional design principles developed in individual learning settings. It is shown how technology and computational methods (e.g., text mining and network analysis) can facilitate the collection, transformation, and representation of relevant information about group members. The keynote illustrates the relevance and applicability of the topic by giving examples from formal and informal learning settings, such as schools, universities, museums, social media, and vocational training.


 Vincent Hoogerheide (Utrecht University)

 "Effects of observing and creating video examples" (Junior Keynote)

 Vincent Hoogerheide is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Education at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. In his junior keynote, he   will give an overview of recent work on both his main research lines. His   first main research line focuses on uncovering how video modeling   examples, which are videos in which another person –the model–   demonstrates how to complete a task, should be designed to improve   motivation and learning outcomes. Recent research includes examining   whether the benefits of video modeling examples depend on: who the model is in terms of gender and age, whether the model has an accent, and whether the topic appeals to students’ interests. His second main research line focuses on the effects of creating video examples on learning. After repeatedly finding that teaching learned materials on video is a powerful strategy for learning, he is currently investigating how these benefits can be explained.


Our conference dinner (social event) will be hosted at the Parkrestaurant Rheinaue in Bonn on Thursday, August 23rd. The restaurant is situated in a beautiful park landscape near the conference venue. Assuming that the weather will be great in August, we will offer an open air barbecue with lots of vegetarian options. 

The fee for the social event is 35€ and will be added to the conference fee, if you indicate that you want to participate in the social event during registration


Bonn is easily reached by long distance train (station: Bonn / Siegburg or Bonn Hauptbahnhof) or plane (Airport Cologne / Bonn). Please follow the instructions below to travel to the conference venue in Bonn. 




Langer Grabenweg 68

53175 Bonn



U 16/U 63 (headed towards Bad Godesberg)

exit at “Max-Loebner-Strasse/Friesdorf” (approx. 10 minutes)

approx. 400 m to GSI, just follow Max-Loebner-Strasse to the end, then turn left


U 66 (headed towards Ramersdorf/Koenigswinter)

exit at “Robert-Schuman-Platz” (approx. 10 minutes)

approx. 500 m to the GSI



U 66 (headed towards Ramersdorf/Koenigswinter)

exit at “Robert-Schuman-Platz” (approx. 30 minutes)

approx. 500 m to the GSI



airport bus SB 60 to “Bonn-Hauptbahnhof”

then continue by underground (U 16, U 63, or U66) as described above




The Gustav-Stresemann-Institute offers single and double rooms. Because they do not block contingents, we recommend booking your rooms as soon as possible, if you want to stay at the conference venue.

Phone: +49 228 8107 0

book online

single room: 73€ / night

double room: 96€ / night


Moreover, we have blocked some rooms for you in various hotels. Please book your room as soon as possible, since a limited number of rooms is available for a limited time in each hotel.

Booking code for all hotels: SIG67



Hausdorfstr. 105-113

D-53129 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 969 649 0


book online

rooms from August 21st to August 25th, 2018 (book before June 30th, 2018)

single room: 80€ / night (including breakfast)

double room for single use: 95€ / night (including breakfast)

double room: 112€ / night (including breakfast)


HOTEL EDEN AM KURPARK (Bonn-Bad Godesberg)

Am Kurpark 5A

D-53177 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 957 270


book online

rooms from August 21st to August 25th, 2018 (book before July 10th, 2018)

single room: 85€ / night (including breakfast)

double room for single use: 85€ / night (including breakfast)

double room: 98€ / night (including breakfast)



Am Hofgarten 6

D-53113 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 289 710


rooms from August 21st to August 24th, 2018 (book before July 10th, 2018)

single room: 85€ / night (including breakfast)


INTERCITY HOTEL BONN (at Bonn Main Station)

Quantiusstraße 22

D-53115 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 926 181 0


book online

rooms from August 21st to August 24th, 2018 (book before July 24th, 2018)

single room: 144€ / night (including breakfast)

double room: 168€ / night (including breakfast)


More hotels without booked contingents can be found here


The SIG meeting will be organized by EARLI SIG 6 & 7 in partnership with the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) in Bonn. The institute is a member of the Leibniz Association, focusing on the preconditions of successful adult education and lifelong learning.


Scientific committee

SIG 6:

Martin Merkt, German Institute for Adult Education, Bonn

Jean-Michel Boucheix, Université Bourgogne, Dijon

Laurie Porte (JURE), Université Bourgogne, Dijon


SIG 7:

Anne Deiglmayr, ETH Zürich, Zürich

Margot van Wermeskerken, Utrecht University, Utrecht

Milou van Harsel (JURE), Utrecht University, Utrecht 


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at



primary address:

secondary address:



Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung

c/o Martin Merkt

Heinemannstr. 12-14

53175 Bonn



+49 228 3294-334