Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mohammad Ridwan Agustiawan

A photo with my dear friend Mohammad Ridwan Agustiawan, after the successful defense of his master thesis. I will not say he was my student or I was his advisor/supervisor, cause I don't believe in vertical relationships in learning. He is just a great friend of mine. I enjoyed the long discussions we had together when he was working on his master thesis and I learned much from him. I also used to spend a good time with him playing soccer with other friends and colleagues. Mohammad Ridwan will start on April 1st at Vienna University of Technology as a research assistant and PhD student, and I'm very happy for him.

Monday, March 30, 2009

EC-TEL 2009 - Synergy of Disciplines

Below is the 2nd Announcement and Call for Participation EC-TEL 2009. I'm on the publicity chair with my dear colleague and friend Marcela Morales. Please help me in disseminating the conference call through your own network of interested colleagues and friends. Many thanks in advance!

I'm Looking forward to seeing many of you in nice NICE!


Second Announcement and Call for Participation

EC-TEL 2009
September 29th - October 2nd, 2009
Nice, France

Fourth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
"Learning in the Synergy of Multiple Disciplines"

Deadline for Papers: April 20th, 2009

Currently, the face of learning is changing substantially. Formal learning is surrounded by informal learning opportunities, classroom learning is complemented by workplace learning, and even the frontiers between teaching and learning are disappearing as people are learning collaboratively and engaging in knowledge communities. These developments are driven by technological advancements: large scale knowledge repositories provide learners with content and support them in an individualized and adaptive way; semantic technologies provide contextualized and task-specific information; the Web 2.0 enables people to actively take part in knowledge communication and knowledge construction. These new tools and technical means need psychological and pedagogical models of learning which take into account the vast diversity of situations where learning takes place, as well as the specific needs of individuals, tutors and organisations.

ECTEL 2009 aims to bring together new technological developments and  learning models. The conference will explore how the synergy of multiple disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Social Science, can provide new, more effective and more sustainable, technology-enhanced learning solutions. The conference welcomes researchers from European and Non-European countries and industries to present recent advancements from technologies, applications, and learning models in all areas of technology enhanced learning.


Novel technologies for learning:

Large scale sharing and interoperability
Network infrastructures (peer to peer, ad-hoc networks, GRID)
Semantic web and web 2.0
Web services architectures
Sensors and sensor networks
Mobile technologies
Roomware and ubiquitous computing
Data mining and social networks
Intelligent games
User-adaptive systems and personalisation
Natural language processing

Pedagogical issues for TEL:

Learning communities & communities of practise
Problem- and project-based learning; inquiry based learning
Collaborative knowledge building
Game-based learning
Instructional design
Evaluation methods for TEL
Learner motivation and engagement

Individual, social & organisational learning processes:

Cognitive mechanisms in knowledge construction
Social processes
Knowledge management and organisational learning
Sustainability & TEL business models

Learning contexts and domains:

Formal education
Small, medium and large companies
Distance learning
Vocational training
Informal learning
Workplace learning
Learning domains, e.g. science, language, music, geography, history
From kindergarten to elderly people
TEL in developing countries
TEL for disabled persons


The conference will explore how the synergy of multiple disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Social Science, can provide new, more effective and more sustainable, technology-enhanced learning solutions. It welcomes researchers from European and Non-European countries and industries to present recent advancements from technologies, applications, and learning models in all areas of technology enhanced learning.

We invite all researchers across the different fields of TEL to contribute to the scientific landscape of technology enhanced learning. Contributions may address the design of innovative environments, computational models and architectures, results of empirical studies on socio-cognitive processes, field studies regarding the use of technologies in context, etc.

All eLearning documentation bringing together new technological developments and learning models are welcome.


All submissions will be reviewed for relevance, originality, significance, soundness and clarity by three reviewers. Proceedings will be published by Springer.

Submission formats:
Full Papers (between 10 and 15 pages)
Posters (between 4 and 6 pages)

Important dates:
Abstract submission:      April 15th 2009 (pre-submission)
Papers and posters due:   Monday 20th April (Date will not be extended)
Acceptance notification:  June 1st, 2009
Camera Ready:             June 15th, 2009
Conference:               October 1st and 2nd, 2009


Besides the main technical program EC-TEL will host workshops on topics  related to the conference theme. Workshops promote scientific exchange amongst researchers interested in a particular topic and act as a meeting point for the community. The workshops should provide the opportunity to present and discuss ongoing work and new ideas in the diverse fields of research related to Technology Enhanced Learning. Of particular interest are workshop proposals with an interdisciplinary standpoint, proposals focusing on a specific technology of general interest, or bringing together a sub-community.

General Information and Criteria

- Co-located workshops cover topics falling in the general scope of  the EC-TEL conference (refer to http://www.ectel09.org/).
- They are clearly focused.
- There is potentially a significant community interested in the workshop's topic.
- Workshop duration can be half a day or a full day.
- We advise having more than one organizer and no more than four, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop topic.
- Workshops are intended to be genuine interactive events and not mini-conferences. We welcome workshops with creative structures and organizations that attract various types of contributions and ensure rich interactions
- Therefore, the workshop proposals should include how this is going to be fulfilled (i.e. methods for eliciting opinions and ideas to be used, organization of presentations and discussions, how non presenting participants are involved and so on)
- Programme committee, review process, kinds of submissions expected :  (abstracts, short papers, full papers, ...) and planned publishing/proceeding will be taken into account as well.

Submission format:

Workshops: 4 pages

Important Workshops dates:

Workshop proposals:        April 1st, 2009
Workshop acceptance:       May 1st, 2009
Workshop contribution acceptance notification:   July 1st, 2009
Camera Ready papers:       June 15th, 2009
Workshops:                 September 29th and 30th, 2009


EC-TEL is the leading European conference on theory in Technology Enhanced learning, attracting an increasing number of participants from various communities and sectors. In addition to papers and posters EC-TEL 2009 is seeking demonstrations of novel TEL applications in various sectors, as well as innovative enabling technologies and deployment infrastructures relevant to the main conference topics of interest. The demonstrations track complements the paper, workshop, and poster tracks providing hands-on access to real-world, proven-and-tested applications.

Submissions to the demonstrations track must be in the form of a textual  description of the demonstration to be given at the conference.

Important demonstrations dates:
Proposals:  June 1st, 2009
Acceptance notification:   June 21st, 2009
Conference:   October 1st and 2nd, 2009


The EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium brings together Ph.D. students working on topics related to Technology Enhanced Learning. 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 Technology Enhanced Learning who will participate actively and contribute to the discussions. The Doctoral Consortium is co-located with and will take place immediately before the EC-TEL 2009 conference. The working language for the Doctoral Consortium will be English.

We welcome submissions on all major topics, to those of relevance for EC-TEL  2009. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the EC-TEL Programme Committee. Papers selected will be published in proceedings and authors will present their work in front of other students and senior researchers during the Doctoral Consortium workshop. Each accepted paper will be assigned to at least two scientific advisors who will provide extended feedback on the research.

The goal of the symposium is to provide a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students to expose their work to an international group of academics andPh.D. students outside their home institution, enhancing feedback from their supervisors.

Important Doctoral Consortium dates:

Proposals:                   June 10th, 2009
Acceptance notification:     June 30th, 2009
Final paper submission:      August 31st, 2009
Doctoral Consortium:         September 29th or 30th, 2009


General Chair:
Marcus Specht (Centre for Learning Sciences and Technology @ OUNL, The Netherlands)

Programme Chairs:
Ulrike Cress (Knowledge Media Resarch Center, Germany),
Vania Dimitrova (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)

Local Organization Chair:
Katherine Maillet (Institut Telecom, Telecom & Management Sudparis, France)

Publicity Chairs:
Marcela Morales (Institut Telecom, Telecom & Management Sudparis, France)
Mohamed Amine Chatti (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Workshop Chairs:
Nikol Rummel (University of Freiburg, Germany),
Peter Dolog (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Industrial Session Chair:
Volker Zimmermann (IMC, Germany)

Doctoral Consortium Chairs:
Frank Fischer (LMU University of Munich, Germany),
Stefanie Lindstaedt (Know Center, Austria)

Demonstration Chairs:
Alexandra Cristea (University of Warwick, United Kingdom),
Nikos Karacapilidis (Univeristy of Patras, Greece)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Workplace Learning in 10 Years

The Big Question in the Learning Circuits Blog this month is: Workplace Learning in 10 Years. A shared view among almost all respondents is that learning and knowledge work are converging. Tony Karrer summarized the answers in his great blog.

Related posts:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

CUELC Photos

Some photos from the CUELC workshop last week, my short stay in Paris, our visit to CeBIT and the trip to Bonn.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production - Video

Via Nancy White.

"I am what I create" says John Seely Brown addressing the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - Stanford, CA, Oct. 23-25, 2008

In my opinion it's rather "I am what my personal knowledge network is"...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Charlie Rose - Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google

A video of a conversation with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. You can read the full transcript here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Netvibes Appears to Be Dying

It seems that Netvibes is suffering after Tarik Krim left the company and Freddy Mini took over.

Marshall Kirkpatrick from ReadWriteWeb recently wrote:
Popular start-page service Netvibes may be in its final days as a viable product. The service has been suffering frequent, extended downtime, hasn't been fully functioning even when up and can't possibly be making as much money as its backers hoped it would.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CUELC Workshop

Last week, I attended the CUELC workshop in Paris and organized the second part of it in Aachen. We discussed the progress of the project and future implementation steps. The workshop program also included several interesting talks: 

- Armin Schulz from RWTH International Academy talked about "International Communication"
- Hani Sewilam from the Department of Engineering Hydrology in Aachen talked about his experiences in coordinating EU Tempus Projects.
- Ralf introduced the new EU IP ROLE.

I'll post photos from this event in the next days.