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Chair of Research Technology-Enhanced Learning Spaces (TELS)

The TELS (Technology-Enhanced Learning Spaces) Chair, a partnership between Université de Lille and KU Leuven, and more particularly with the Itec research group, is part of the Université de Lille's strategy of pedagogical transformation. The chair is closely linked to the Lille Learning Lab project. Within the Chair, a PhD in codirection between Université de Lille and KU Leuven will start soon. 

Chair objective

The main objective of the Chair is to promote innovative systematic research based on a multimodal approach to the use of learning learning analytics in order to support the development of the optimal learning environment and coordination with all the actors in Lille working on these topics (such as the work of GIVRE led by Pierre Ravaux). This research is based on a variety of theoretical perspectives such as

  • the theory of autotelic experience (Csikszentmihalyi)
  • the theory of social facilitation (Triplett)
  • the social-cognitive theory (Bandura).

In particular, these approaches are related to collective learning phenomena as they occur in a wide range of physical, social and technological spaces introducing new concepts, new multimodal methods of investigation, including

  • learning analytics
  • eye-tracking
  • physiological data analysis

These methods aim to support the emergence of new controversies (scientific, epistemological, ethical...): optimal design, optimal learning experience, optimal motivation...


  • Since November 2020, Dr. Annelies Raes is the holder of the Technology-Enhanced Learning Spaces (TELS) research chair.  Within this chair, Annelies Raes works 40% at the Université de Lille with a research affiliation at CIREL as a visiting professor. At Itec, Annelies Raes is principal investigator on educational technologies and academic leader of the STEAMS project.
  • Prof. dr. Fien Depaepe from KU Leuven and Prof. dr. Jean Heutte from Université de Lille are respectively associate director and research director of the TELS Chair, in contribution with Dr. Thierry Danquigny, associate researcher of the Chair.


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