January 31, 2008 by




DATE: June 15 – 21, 2008



PROLEARN, the Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning for Professionals, now working under the umbrella of the EATEL Association ( and PALETTE, European Integrated Project aiming at developing interoperable web-services for Communities of Practice ( are pleased to announce their joint 2008 Summer School.

Our ambition is to foster cross-domain training and collaboration opportunities among researchers in Europe and beyond, working in the disparate fields of expertise which promote the advancement of TEL at the workplace. The programme includes lectures and working sessions from leading professors in the field, tutoring, mentoring, and joint research opportunities. Additionally the school will offer practical sessions in research methodology for Technology Enhanced Learning.
Advanced PhD students will be identified to present their research at the Third European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning in Maastricht, The Netherlands, September 17-19, 2008 (, and to participate in EATEL thematic workshops.


* Collaborative Design between Educational Scientists and Computer Scientists
* Creation of and Access to Knowledge and Learning Resources
* Practice Modelling, Management & Mining
* Personalisation & Adaptation in Learning Environments
* Privacy and Security
* Pedagogy, Life-Long Learning, and TEL
* Individual, Social & Organisational Learning Processes
* Interoperability: TEL Standards, Models, Processes, Tools
* Research Techniques
* The Future of TEL

In order to increase social contacts among the summer school participants, the programme will include several social events. A variety of sport activities will also be offered to the summer school participants.

Cultural excursions are organised on the Sunday preceding the summer school and the Saturday which closes the summer school.


This year the PROLEARN/EATEL – PALETTE joint Summer School will benefit from a special grant from SEEERA.NET to promote collaboration with the Western Balkan countries. The summer school has the pro-active support from a growing number of EU IST and eContent funded R&D projects such as APOSDLE, MATURE, iCAMP, PROLIX, MACE, TENCompetence, GRAPPLE, and ARIADNE.


Magnificent and exciting, mysterious and surprising, Ohrid is one of the most ancient towns in Europe, flavoured with a taste of centuries gone by, full of Hellenistic, Roman, Slavic, Byzantine, and Turkish memories. During the classical and medieval periods Orhid was the artistic, cultural and spiritual centre of the Balkans and has been called a notable bridge of European art. The town is proud of its rich cultural heritage and unique lake which both belong to UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage (


Accommodation and summer school facilities will be made available at Hotel Granit ( Granit Hotel is located on the coast of Lake Ohrid in St. Stefan, 5 km from the centre of Ohrid. It is 12 km from the Ohrid airport. The Hotel has two harbours which enable access to the hotel and the beach from the lake. The wonderful woods which surround St. Stefan Monastery are located 1 km from the Granit Hotel.

PhD students are asked to share a double room with other PhD students.


The cost for PhD students is Euro 500 (including accommodation – 7 nights in double room, meals, and excursions). PROLEARN – PALETTE Summer School 2008 will offer 50 scholarships to PhD students to cover summer school accommodation, catering, and events. Please indicate if you are applying for a scholarship in your application.


The summer school is intended for PhD students investigating issues related to Technology Enhanced Learning and making progress on their dissertation research.
PhD students are invited to submit applications to The application should include a Curriculum Vitae and a summary (not to exceed 5 pages including references and any figures, tables, etc.) describing the student’s dissertation. The deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2008. To ensure a high ratio between tutors and students the school will be limited to 60 PhD students. We look forward to seeing you at the summer school!


March 15th, 2008: Deadline for submitting applications to the Summer School
May 1st, 2008: Notification of acceptance
May15th, 2008: Pre-Summer School videoconferences begin
June 15th, 2008: Summer School begins


Local Chair:
Klime Poposki (St. Kliment Ohridski University),

Programme Co-Chairs:
Luc Vandenabeele (Centre de recherche public Henri Tudor),
Stefanie Lindstaedt (Know Center),
Liliane Esnault (E.M. Lyon),
Martin Wolpers (Fraunhofer),

Summer School Website:
Mohamed Amine Chatti (RWTH Aachen),

Summer School Promotion:
Margit Hofer (CSI),,

Collaborative Learning Support:
Ambjörn Naeve (KTH),
Peter Scott (OU),

Fridolin Wild (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration),

General Co-Chairs:
Katherine Maillet (INT),
Ralf Klamma (RWTH Aachen),
Tomaz Klobucar (IJS),


Andrej Afonin, Lithunia
Olivier Bohl, Germany
Zuzana Bizonova, Slovakia
Daniel Burgos, Spain
Bernadette Charlier, Switzerland
Mohamed Amine Chatti, Germany
Alexandra Christea, United Kingdom
Hannes Ebner, Sweden
Liliane Esnault, France
Luc Vandenabeele, Switzerland
Denis Gillet, Switzerland
Ashley Healy, United Kingdom
Maurice Hendrix, The Netherlands
Margit Hofer, Austria
Patrick Johnscher, Germany
Anna-Kaarina Kairamo, Finland
Ralf Klamma, Germany
Styliani Kleanthous, Greece
Tomaz Klobucar, Slovenia
Tobias Ley, Austria
Katrina Leyking, Germany
Stefanie Lindstaedt, Austria
Matthias Lux, Austria
Katherine Maillet, France
Mark Melia, Ireland
Ambjörn Naeve, Sweden
Wolfgang Nejdl, Germany
Klime Poposki, FYROM
Peter Scott, United Kingdom
Steinn E. Sigurðarson, Austria
Martin Sillaots, Estonia
Marcus Specht, The Netherlands
Armin Ulbrich, Austria
Fridolin Wild, Austria


EC-TEL 2007 Call for Participation

July 13, 2007 by

the EC-TEL 2007 Call for Participation has been published today!

Please have a look at it.

PROLEARN Academy News

July 9, 2007 by

New edition of the PROLEARN Academy news in

PROLEARN Summer School 2007 Encore

July 4, 2007 by

Our student Martin Frericks has now edited a video from the shots I took at the PROLEARN Summer School 2007 in Fréjus, France. It is available together with Margit Hofer’s slide show at

Please give feedback how you liked it 🙂

PROLEARN Academy portal on beamtenherrschaft

July 3, 2007 by

I have posted a short entry about our PROLEARN Academy Portal at my blog beamtenherrschaft.

TEL modelling sessions: the next seaons

July 2, 2007 by

Dear all,

the next two TEL cluster modeling sessions will take place in FlashMeeting on

Thursday 5 July, 10.00 – 11.30 CET:

Friday 6 July, 10.00 – 11.30 CET:

We will continue to go through the different models and discuss how to improve them. Moreover, we will try out a VNC-based screen-sharing service, so that you will be able to see my screen while I’m navigating through the Conzilla maps.

A client application is required in order to participate in the VNC-session. You can download a free client from You will get the necessary information for connecting to the VNC-server (IP address) during the FlashMeeting.

Hope to see you “in flash” on Thursday and/or Friday!

Best …

PROLEARN Academy News

June 18, 2007 by

*** News

CAMA 2007 workshop: Call for participation

Sent the: 2007-06-12
ACM/IEEE Workshop on Contextualized Attention Metadata: personalized access to digital resources to be held on June 23, 2007 in conjunction with JCDL 2007 in Vancouver, Canada.

Applying Data Mining in e-Learning (ADML’07): Extended deadline

Sent the: 2007-06-11
The Deadline for the “Call for Papers” has been extended until June 25th.
There is additional information in

*** Events in the next 7 days

Microlearning Conference 2007

Place: Innsbruck, Austria, Date: 2007-06-21 – 2007-06-22
Microlearning Conference 2007. The conference will be held on 21-22 June, 2007 in Innsbruck, Austria

Workshop on Contextualized Attention Metadata: personalized access to digital resources

Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Date: 2007-06-23
Workshop on Contextualized Attention Metadata: personalized access to digital resources June 23, 2007 Held in conjunction with the ACM IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2007) June 18-23, 2007 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

International Workshop on Adaptation and Personalisation in Social Systems: Groups, Teams, Communities

Place: Corfu, Date: 2007-06-25
SociUM workshop: International Workshop on Adaptation and Personalisation in Social Systems: Groups, Teams, Communities – in conjunction with UM’2007
There is additional information in
*** New Call For Papers

IAWES 2007

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-07-20
1st International Workshop on Intelligent and Adaptive Web-based Educational Systems (IAWES 2007)


Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-07-14
Second International Workshop on MObile and NEtworking Technologies for social applications (MONET ’07)
There is additional information in

*** New job offers

Vacancy for PhD student in adaptive hypermedia at TU/e

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven has a vacancy for a PhD Student/promovendus (1.0 fte) “GAF: Generic Adaptation Framework” V32.989 within the expertise group databases and Hypermedia (DH).

Four Post-Doctoral positions and One PhD Studentship

Intelligent Support for Mathematical Generalisation project
There is additional information in

PROLEARN Academy News

June 11, 2007 by

** News

Applying Data Mining in e-Learning (ADML’07): Extended deadline

Sent the: 2007-06-11
The Deadline for the “Call for Papers” has been extended until June 25th.
There is additional information in

*** Events in the next 7 days

EDEN 2007 Annual Conference

Place: Naples, Date: 2007-06-13 – 2007-06-17
NEW LEARNING 2.0? – Emerging digital territories – Developing continuities – New divides : EDEN 2007 Annual Conference, 13-16 JUNE, 2007, Naples, Italy
There is additional information in
*** New Call For Papers

Digital Literacy

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-07-07
3rd International workshop on Digital Literacy Organized by the e-START Digital Literacy Network, 2007 Workshop affiliated to the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2007) 17th September – 20th September, Crete, Greece
There is additional information in

*** New job offers

Personalization Research

School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck, University of London, 2 Research Posts and 1 Full-time PhD studentship, Closing date: 12 June 2007, 12 noon

Intelligent Technologies for Cultural Visits and Mobile Education

2 Post-Doc/PhD Positions are avaiable at the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science at the University of Haifa, Israel

Postdoctoral research position at the School of Information at the University of Michigan

The research will focus on the influence of network structural characteristics on information diffusion and change. Specifically, we will be using large blog and social tagging data sets to model patterns of information diffusion, including its speed of propagation, eventual reach, and change in content.
There is additional information in

Provocation Based Learning

June 7, 2007 by

Summer School made me think a lot about TEL, but also about learning in general. When I think about my own teaching experience it seems to me there is a certain approach to grab the attention of students, even if the weather is hot, it’s friday afternoon and the material is boring. The key is provoking the students. Of course “provocation” is a term carefully chosen in order to provoke you and grab your attention, dear reader of this small article. What is really meant here, in fact is trying to motivate the audience  by surprising them, using improvised jokes and funny examples, making them laugh and keeping the adrenaline level high. Did you ever ask yourself why people usually fall asleep in a lecture, but rarely do in the movie theatre?

The question I would like to raise is how we could adress this issue of really making learning a bit more “provocative” when we look at TEL methods. We have to bear in mind that a user is far less patient with software than with a real teacher. If the program does things that are too provocative, the user would probably quickly become bewildered and say “what the..” possibly in a negative sense of meaning. Hence, usability of a learning system must not be hampered by provocative system activity. Also the level of provocation strength needs to be personalized to the requirements of the learner. There could be a small questionnaire at the beginning of a session in order to assess the general level of the learner’s sarcasm tolerance, as well as his/her daily mood.

Then the next question would be how individual adaption of content could soundly be balanced against the properties of materials / system behaviour being applied in a collaborative learning context. Each user has a different provocation tolerance, and some might even have a minimum requirement for being provoked. And the whole concept is dynamic, as people’s attitudes change over time.

I would go as far as to say, concerning the “Future of TEL”,  this is a crucial point to be considered in the early stages of requirements analysis for the design of new e-learning systems. Learning has to be fun, and people have to be drawn on the edge of their sofa, their mouths open in amazement! Otherwise the system is not really usable, pretty much classically speaking in terms of software engineering.

Feel free to discuss. What are you thinking about this? I came up with this myself but if I accidentally stole someone elses idea, please provide me with the according reference – i will add it to this post right away.

Summerschool again

June 4, 2007 by

The summerschool was really great. Nice to have met you all! And this comic is also to appreciate Mathias for his brilliant idea of making comics.