Archive for April, 2007

Corporate Blogging: Vision of Scott Adams

April 27, 2007

Ever thought about the role of blogging in companies? Well, Scott Adams has some appropriate visions: The daily Dilbert cartoon featuring Tina the tech writer and the boss can be found here.

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PROLEARN Academy News

April 23, 2007

*** News

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS – ReTIeL’07

Sent the: 2007-04-19
2nd CALL FOR PAPERS – International Workshop on REpresentation models and Techniques for Improving e-Learning: Bringing Context into the Web-based Education (ReTIeL’07) at Sixth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context, Roskilde University, Denmark, 20-24 August 2007 (URL: http://atc1.aut.uah.es/~mdolores/Context07/ReTIeL07.htm)
There is additional information in http://www.prolearn-academy.org/News

*** New Call For Papers


ASNA 2007

Call-Art: Conference, Paper submission deadline: 2007-06-01
4th conference on Applications of Social Network Analysis (ASNA 2007) September 13/14, 2007, University of Zurich, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research

Communication, participation and impact in the Social Web

Call-Art: Publication, Paper submission deadline: 2007-05-15
Call for chapters: University of Leipzig, University of Bamberg and the German Society for Online Research (DGOF): Title: Communication, participation and impact in the Social Web – Weblogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Communities in an interdisciplinary view
There is additional information in http://www.prolearn-academy.org/cfps

Prolearn Academy news

April 18, 2007

*** New Call For Papers

Learning with Games

Call-Art: Conference, Paper submission deadline: 2007-05-31
“Learning with Games” Conference, 24th – 26th September 2007 Sophia Antipolis, France – www.lg2007.org
ASNA 2007

Call-Art: Conference, Paper submission deadline: 2007-06-01
4th conference on Applications of Social Network Analysis (ASNA 2007) September 13/14, 2007, University of Zurich, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
There is additional information in http://www.prolearn-academy.org/cfps
*** New job offers

PhD in E-Learning and M-Learning

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated computer scientist that would like to complete our team. (job code FIT-114-06-010)

1 PostDoc and 2 Ph.D. research positions

The L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany, invites applications for 1 PostDoc and 2 Ph.D. research positions in the context of two new projects which started in 2007 in our search and information retrieval group at L3S, the PHAROS EU/IST Integrated Project and the LINSearch project, funded by the German Ministry of Economy.
There is additional information in http://www.prolearn-academy.org/jobs

Final Reminder: EC-TEL’07 Call for Papers

April 13, 2007

Only three days left for Papers, Short Papers/Posters, and Workshop Proposals!

The chairhelper submission system is open at
http://www.know-center.tugraz.at/chairhelper/ectel07/submission

EC-TEL’07 – Second European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Creating new learning experiences on a global scale
17-20 September 2007, Crete, Greece – http://www.ectel07.org

Supported by the Professional Learning Cluster (PRO-LC)
http://www.professional-learning-cluster.org/

With the advance of metadata standards, learning objects, Web 2.0 approaches to rip, mix & burn learning, wikis, blogs, syndication, user generated content, interactive TV, games and the ubiquitous availability of computing devices we can and have to offer more flexible learning services on a global scale. As one of the new objectives of the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission puts it: we need “Responsive environments for technology-enhanced learning that motivate, engage and inspire learners, and which are embedded in the business processes and human resources management systems of organizations”. An important challenge is to bridge between informal learning strategies of the knowledge society and formal competence development programmes of organizations.

After the success of EC-TEL 2006, the Second European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning provides a unique forum for all research related to technology-enhanced learning, including its interactions with knowledge management, business processes and work environments. This is a competitive and broad forum for technology enhanced learning research in Europe and world-wide through specialized workshops and the main conference. EC-TEL 2007 provides unique networking possibilities for participating researchers throughout the week and includes project meetings and discussions for ongoing and new research activities supported by the European Commission.

We welcome submissions describing innovative research on all relevant issues in computer science, learning, and the organizational context, as well as experience reports and case studies describing innovative applications of new learning environments and approaches.

Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to:

Deploying Technology Enhanced Learning

* Ubiquitous Technology Enhanced Learning
* Services for Technology Enhanced Learning
* Games and Interactive TV as Educational Tools
* Learning Communities and Distributed Teams
* Online Experiments
* Web 2.0 and Social Software for Technology Enhanced Learning

Learner Modeling and Personalisation

* Personal Learning Environments
* Learner Assessment and Testing
* Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Instructions
* Competencies in Workplace Learning
* Adaptation Patterns and Techniques

Metadata for TEL

* Re-Using, Re-Authoring and Re-Purposing (Rip, Mix and Burn)
* Learning Objects and Learning Repositories
* Learning Design, Narrative and Navigation Models
* Metadata in Search, Retrieval and Harvesting

Technology Enhanced Support for Organizational Learning

* Knowledge Management, Sharing and Learning
* Business Processes and Learning
* Sustainability and Business Models
* Deployment Strategies

Scalable Technology Enhanced Learning

* Authoring of Multimedia/ Virtual Reality Content
* Artificial Intelligence technologies for Technology Enhanced Learning
* Network Infrastructures (Streaming, Peer-to-Peer Infrastructures)
* Runtime Engines for Learning Design and Learning Objects
* Semantic Web technologies

Theoretical and methodological foundations of TEL

* Formal / Informal Learning
* Instructional Methods for Collaborative Learning
* Problem Solving Support
* Collaborative Knowledge Building and Sharing

Experience Reports, Assessment, and Case Studies

All submissions will be reviewed for relevance, originality, significance, soundness and clarity by three reviewers. The proceedings will be published in Springer LNCS (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/index.html). For camera-ready format instructions, please see “For Authors” instructions at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html. The page limit is 15 pages for full papers, 6 pages for posters. Selected papers will be considered for special issues of relevant journals. Workshop descriptions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Dates for submission, notification and camera-ready copies

* Paper Deadline: April 15, 2007 (extended)
* Poster, Short papers, April 15, 2007 (extended)
* Deadline for Workshops: April 15, 2007
* Notification of acceptance of workshops: May 1, 2007
* Author Notification: May 7, 2007
* Camera-ready copy: June 1, 2007
* Workshops: September 17-18, 2007
* Conference: September 19-20, 2007
* Co-located Events: 21-22 September 2007

20 Usability Tips for your Blog

April 10, 2007

A friend sent me the link to a rather good compilation of “how to blog effectively”. The author gives 20 tips how to do successful blogging ranging from spam protection to visualization of your content.

Find the compilation here: Twenty Usability Tips for Your Blog — Condensed from Dozens of Bloggers’ Experiences

So we are building a social network …

April 5, 2007

As promised we started to invite all student of the summer school to LinkedIn and Xing. If you tried out already you might have found our pages in the portals, if not then connect yourself stronger to the PROLEARN NoE by e.g. connecting to the following people:

  • Xing: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • LinkedIn: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Furthermore social networking is not restricted to using social networking portals. You can also connect to blogs (possibly with your own blogs) using comments (or trackbacks) or you can connect using del.icio.us (e.g. my bookmark stream) or flickr (e.g. my profile or Ralf’s profile).

So what’s your task? Get yourself connected! Post a comment right here in this blog or use a trackback for doing so. Connect to us  or to the other students on the networks you are using currently … and have fun doing it!

EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium 2007

April 4, 2007

EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium 2007

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline June 1st, 2007

Crete, Greece, September 17-18, 2007

http://www.ectel07.org/
—Introduction—

The EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium is brings together Ph.D. students working on topics related to professional training. The doctoral consortium will offer Ph.D. students the opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their research in an interdisciplinary and international atmosphere.

The doctoral consortium will be accompanied by prominent professors and researchers in the field of professional learning. These accompanying professors will participate actively and contribute to the discussions.

The doctoral consortium is co-located with and will take place immediately before the EC-TEL 2007 conference. The doctoral consortium language is English.

—Topics of Interest—

As for the EC-TEL conference, all topics from the field of professional learning are of interest for the doctoral consortium. These topics include (but are not limited to):

Deploying Technology Enhanced Learning

  • Ubiquitous Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Services for Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Games and Interactive TV as Educational Tools
  • Learning Communities and Distributed Teams
  • Online Experiments
  • Web 2.0 and Social Software for Technology Enhanced Learning

Learner Modelling and Personalisation

  • Personal Learning Environments
  • Learner Assessment and Testing
  • Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Instructions
  • Competencies in Workplace Learning
  • Adaptation Patterns and Techniques

Metadata for TEL

  • Re-Using, Re-Authoring and Re-Purposing (Rip, Mix and Burn)
  • Learning Objects and Learning Repositories
  • Learning Design, Narrative and Navigation Models
  • Metadata in Search, Retrieval and Harvesting

Technology Enhanced Support for Organizational Learning

  • Knowledge Management, Sharing and Learning
  • Business Processes and Learning
  • Sustainability and Business Models
  • Deployment Strategies

Scaleable Technology Enhanced Learning

  • Authoring of Multimedia/ Virtual Reality Content
  • Artificial Intelligence technologies for Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Network Infrastructures (Streaming, Peer-to-Peer Infrastructures)
  • Runtime Engines for Learning Design and Learning Objects
  • Semantic Web technologies

Theoretical and methodological foundations of TEL

  • Formal / Informal Learning
  • Instructional Methods for Collaborative Learning
  • Problem Solving Support
  • Collaborative Knowledge Building and Sharing

Experience Reports, Assessment, and Case Studies
—Submission—

Papers describing doctoral work should be submitted in PDF or PostScript
format before June 1, 2006. The paper length should not exceed 6
pages (single space, Times New Roman (or similar) font type, 12 pt font
size, reasonable margins).

In contrast to regular conference papers, submissions should address
specifically doctoral work! Therefore, the following elements are
recommended:

  • A clear formulation of the research question,
  • An identification of the significant problems in the field of research,
  • An outline of the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions,
  • A presentation of any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far,
  • A sketch of the applied research methodology,
  • A description of the Ph.D. project’s contribution to the problem solution,
  • A discussion of how the suggested solution is different, new, or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.

The intention of this doctoral consortium is to support and inspire Ph.D. students during their ongoing research efforts. Therefore, it is necessary that authors will have neither achieved their Ph.D. degree nor officially submitted their thesis before the doctoral consortium (September 17, 2007). To enforce this rule we require authors to disclose their expected graduation date and their advisor’s name when submitting.

Papers will be reviewed by at leas two members of the doctoral consortium committee who will be selected from the EC-TEL 2007 (http://www.ectel07.org/) programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Papers will also be made available electronically to the participants before the symposium to facilitate preparation of discussions and questions. Presentations will be kept short (10-15 minutes). A discussant, a member of the doctoral consortium committee, will be appointed to each paper. Discussant comments will be followed by a plenary discussion of the paper. At the end of the consortium there will be a general discussion, including a brainstorming session about current and future research topics in the area.

Only electronic submissions are accepted. E-mail your paper as an attachment in PDF or Postscript format to dc-ectel07@i5.informatik.rwth-aachen.de.

A supporting letter should be sent by the PhD supervisor by e-mail to dc-ectel07@i5.informatik.rwth-aachen.de. or by Fax: + 33 1 60 76 42 86 to Katherine Maillet.

Participants should register for the EC-TEL conference itself at student rate.

—Consortium Chairs—

  •   Katherine Maillet, Institut National des Télécommunications, France
  •   Tomaz Klobucar, Institut Jozef Stefan, Slovenia
  •   Denis Gilet, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  •   Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany