Monday, August 31, 2009

PLEF: A Conceptual Framework for Mashup Personal Learning Environments

The paper "PLEF: A Conceptual Framework for Mashup Personal Learning Environments" has been published in the July 2009 issue of the IEEE Learning Technology Newsletter edited by my dear colleagues Sabine Graf and Charalampos Karagiannidis.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Social Media Revolution

An interesting video of different stats about the growth of social media put together by Erik Qualman.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Machine is (Changing) Us

A great video of a talk given by Michael Wesch on how YouTube is changing the way we communicate...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Marissa Mayer at Digg Dialogg

Via Pete Cashmore.

A video of an interview with Google's Marissa Mayer answering questions from the Digg community. Among other topics, Marissa talks about Google Wave and search engine competitions from Microsoft's Bing and Wolfram Alpha.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How people are using Twitter during conferences

An interesting paper by my dear colleagues Wolfgang Reinhardt, Martin Ebner, Günter Beham and Cristina Costa on "How People are using Twitter during Conferences" (available here on Scribd).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ECTEL09 Call for registration and workshops, Early registration ends 12/09/09

EC-TEL 2009

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

We kindly remind you to register to the fourth European conference on Technology Enhanced Learning and Workshops.

Early registration ends September 12th.


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.


WS1: "TEL-CoPs'09: 3rd International Workshop on Building Technology Enhanced Learning solutions for Communities of Practice"

Workshop Organisers: Liliane Esnault, Nikos Karacapilidis, Styliani Kleanthous, Manolis Tzagarakis, Manolis Tzagarakis.
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WS2: "Serious Games Interactive Cafè"

Workshop Organisers: Lucia Pannese, Vania Dimitrova, Sonia Hetzner, Fabrizia Mantovani, Maja Pivec, David Wortley.
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WS3:" Adapting Open Educational Resources: Lessons, issues and methods"

Workshop Organisers: Tina Wilson, Patrick McAndrew and Grainne Conole
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WS4: "SEMHE '09 - Semantic Web Applications for Learning and Teaching Support in Higher"

Workshop Organisers: Thanassis Tiropanis, Hugh Davis, Patrick Carmichael
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WS5: "Future Learning Landscapes: Towards the Convergence of Pervasive and Contextual computing, Global Social Media and Semantic Web in Technology Enhanced Learning"

Workshop Organisers: Serge Garlatti, Yvan Peter, Mike Sharples, Marcelo Milrad, Mohamed Amine Chatti.
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WS6: "Relating IMS Learning Design to Web 2.0 Technologies"

Workshop Organisers: Susanne Neumann, Petra Oberheumer.
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WS7: "Elaborating the Context of Generic Teaching Methods: Catalysts and Barriers"

Workshop Organisers: Susanne Neumann, Petra Oberheumer.
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WS8: "Learning Management Systems meet Adaptive Learning Environments"

Workshop Organisers: Paul de Bra, Ekaterina Vasilyeva

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WS9: "A3H: Seventh International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Hypermedia"

Workshop Organisers: Alexandra Cristea and Rosa M. Carro
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WS10: "Science2.0 for TEL".

Workshop Organisers: Erik Duval, Peter Scott, Stefanie Lindstaedt, Nicolas Balacheff.
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WS11: "MUPPLE-09: 2nd Workshop on Mash-UP Personal Learning Environments (MUPPLE-09)".

Workshop Organisers: Marco Kalz, Daniel Müller, Matthias Palmer, Fridolin Wild.
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WS13: "Methods & Tools for Computer Supported Collaborative Creativity Process: Linking creativity & informal learning"

Workshop Organisers: Symeon Retalis and Peter Sloep.
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T1: "Creating and Delivering Adaptive Course Material through GRAPPLE"

Tutorial Organiser: Paul de Bra.
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T2: "Cognition-based Design of Innovative Learning Environments: Multidisciplinary Perspectives"

Tutorial Organisers: Fred Paas, Tamara van Gog, Femke Kirschner, Paul Chandler
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For more information about the conference please visit us at or register immediately

Monday, August 10, 2009

Workshop on Attention Metadata at Informatik 2009

My dear friends Martin Wolpers and Hans-Christian Schmitz are organizing an interesting workshop on attention metadata (EUAM 09) at Informatik 2009, Sep 28 in Lübeck. The workshop program is available here.

Back from vacation

I'm back from a three-weeks vacation in lovely Tunisia :-)