Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Last Sunday we won the RWTH Computer Science Faculty Soccer Tournament (InfoCup 2009). below is a photo of our international winner team.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
1st Workshop on Web2.0 approaches, tools and technologies to support
research on Technology Enhanced Learning (TELSci2.0)
at the 4th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
(EC-TEL09), Nice, France, September 29 - October 2, 2009
In Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), the use of web2.0 technologies is
now actively being researched, under banners such as "Personal Learning
Environments" or "Open Learning Environments" and the like. In this
workshop, we want to discuss how we can leverage the same opportunities
for our research on TEL.
Indeed, as researchers in Technology Enhanced Learning we already know
how to include things like blogs, wikis and forums into the heart of our
work to enhance collaborative working, but a full "Science 2.0"
framework might provide us with a much more powerful framework to make
our research more effective.
This workshop aims to bring together all those who want to turn a vision
of the e-scholar and e-scientist of the 21st Century into reality in our
own domain of TEL.
The core of significant development in a "2.0 world" is
* leveraging web2.0 technologies (that rely on the "social graph") for
improving the effectiveness and efficiency of how we conduct science;
* the capacity to share and reuse data, and to benchmark scientific
activity in the international community.
Key questions for this workshop include:
* How do we mesh social web2.0 technologies with the scientific workflow?
* How do we share the data of our activity wider in our community?
* How do we visualize that data and how do we provide researchers with
powerful new frameworks for their scientific endeavor?
Early generic tools for science2.0 are beginning to appear:
However, most of these focus more on the sciences. There is some
discussion in blogosphere about how we could make use of science2.0
opportunities for TEL. Yet, there has not been a dedicated workshop or
conference on this theme. That is the missing piece that this workshop
wants to fill in, in the hope of moving forward this idea and
accelerating the evolution that has considerable promise of improving
how we conduct research on TEL.
The workshop will be highly interactive: presentations will be clustered
and presenters will not only discuss their own work, but also to
explicitly comment on the work of the other presenters in their session.
We will make all the papers available beforehand, so as to facilitate
Participants will also be asked to do a 5 min vlog posting to the
workshop web site before the event. (This will be a requirement for
We will ask the editors of the IEEE Transactions on Learning
Technologies to host a special issue of the re-worked papers after the
This half-day workshop is supported by the STELLAR EU Network of
Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning; http://stellarnet.eu
The workshop is organized by
* Erik Duval (K.U.Leuven, Belgium)
* Peter Scott (Open University, UK)
* Stefanie Lindstaedt (KnowCenter, Austria)
* Nicolas Balacheff (UJF, France)
Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as papers
(4-8 pages). Including demonstrations is explicitly encouraged. All
submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the
program committee for originality, significance, clarity, and quality.
All questions and submissions should be sent to:
* Paper Submission: July 5, 2009
* Results Notification: July 20, 2009
* Camera Ready Submission: September 1, 2009
* Workshop Date: September 29 or 30, 2009
After three successful EC-TEL conferences in 2006, 2007, and 2008, the
Fourth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning provides a
unique forum for all research related to TEL, among them education,
psychology, and computer science. The contributions will cover the
design of innovative environments, the implementation of new
technological solutions, results of empirical studies on socio-cognitive
processes in learning, and field studies regarding the use of
technologies in context.
EC-TEL is a competitive and broad forum for TEL research in Europe and
beyond. In its specialised accompanying workshops and the highlighting
main conference programme, EC-TEL09 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. See
http://www.ectel09.org/ for details.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Future Learning Landscapes: Towards the Convergence of Pervasive and Contextual computing, Global Social Media and Semantic Web in Technology Enhanced Learning
a workshop of EC-TEL 2009
September 29 or 30, 2009
This workshop seeks to foster discussions and conceptual ideas regarding the convergence of three technologies which will have a major impact on next generation of technology enhanced learning environments, namely; pervasive computing, social media and the semantic web. Each one of these technologies provides its own opportunities and challenges as their convergence has the potential to enable the development of new educational practices in situated andnetworked learning.
This workshop aims at bringing together both practitioners and academics interested in these topics in order to explore and make a first statement on the opportunities and challenges that arise while combining pervasive computing, social media and the semantic web for the design and implementation of future learning landscapes. The workshop will facilitate discussions aiming at identify and summarize main theoretical and technological design concerns related to the increasing use of the technologies mentioned above in a variety of educational settings. It is expected that the main outcome of the workshop will result on a summarizing document (in the form of a white paper) that clearly describe future research directions on the related topics discussed during the workshop.
Relevant topics of interest to be discussed in this workshop include but are not limited to the following aspects:
* Global learning environments
- How can we reuse linked data to suggest activities and/or collaborations with other users on different environments and furthermore, how can we provide guidance to learners?
- How can we help tutors and teachers to understand learning processes and learner progression?
- What will be the contribution of such environments to pedagogical design and activities (e.g., field work, inquiry learning...)?
- What are the possible infrastructure solutions that will enable the aggregation of learning services and data interoperability among them (e.g., facebook, skype and blogs)?
* Institutional and social environment integration
- How can we integrate institutional learning and personal informal learning through the use of social media and mash-up techniques?
- How can we define global scenarios including formal and informal learning in social environments?
- How to support learning activities in context and across contexts?
* User modelling
- How can social data ontological tools like FOAF, SIOC, etc. enrich the user model?
- Can we build and leverage a rich user model, built from linked data on the learning web environments?
* Context and adaptation
- How can we develop new approaches to modelling context, arising from interactions between people, locations and interactive artefacts?
- How can context be dynamically adapted to social environments, to enable local and global adaptivity?
- How can continually changing contextual data be interpreted at the semantic level?
Position papers should address one of the topics of the workshop and are limited to 2 pages long.
It outlines the submitter’s view on the workshop theme and the reasons for the submitter’s interest in the particular topic. Based on the analysis of the submissions, the workshop organisers will prepare a short synthesis and issue oriented presentations for the introduction of the workshop.
Send papers to the following email address : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Paper submission deadline: July 31, 2009
* Notification of acceptance: August 14, 2009
* Final camera ready papers due: September 4, 2009
* Workshop date: September 29 or 30, 2009
Serge Garlatti – Telecom Bretagne, France
Yvan Peter – Université Lille 1 – LIFL, France
Mike Sharples, University of Nottingham, UK
Marcelo Milrad, Växjö University, Sweden
Mohamed Amine Chatti, RWTH Aachen University, Germany