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Workshop on Recommender Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning (RecSysTEL)
Barcelona, Spain, 29-30 September 2010

Organised jointly by
- 4th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2010)
- 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2010)


Technology enhanced learning (TEL) aims to design, develop and test 
socio-technical innovations
that will support and enhance learning practices of both individuals and 
It is an application domain that generally addresses all types of technology 
research & development
aiming to support of teaching and learning activities. Information retrieval 
is a pivotal activity in TEL,
and the deployment of recommender systems has attracted increased interest 
during the past years.

Recommendation methods, techniques and systems open an interesting new 
to facilitate and support learning and teaching. There are plenty a resource 
available on the Web,
both in terms of digital learning content and people resources (e.g. other 
learners, experts, tutors)
that can be used to facilitate teaching and learning tasks. The challenge is 
to develop, deploy
and evaluate systems that provide learners and teachers with meaningful 
guidance in order to
help identify suitable learning resources from a potentially overwhelming 
variety of choices.

The aim of the Workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners 
that are working on
topics related to the design, development and testing of recommender systems 
in educational settings
as well as present the current status of research in this area and create 
cross-disciplinary liaisons
between the RecSys and EC-TEL communities. Overall, it aims to outline the 
rich potential of TEL
as an application area for recommender systems, as well as expose 
participants to the challenges
of developing such systems in a TEL context.

Topics include but are not limited to:

* User tasks to be supported by recommender systems in TEL
* Focus of recommendation in TEL
* Requirements for the deployment of TEL recommender systems
* Publicly available data sets for TEL recommender systems
* Recommendation algorithms and systems for TEL
* Transfer of successful algorithms and systems from other application areas
* Evaluation criteria and methods for TEL recommender systems


20 June 2010: Submissions
16 July 2010: Notifications
1 August 2010: Camera-ready of accepted papers
29-30 September 2010: RecSysTEL Workshop in Barcelona


Published data sets in recommender systems, such as the MovieLens and 
EachMovie ones,
are very often used in experimental testing of new recommendation 
Very few data sets are publicly made available online for TEL applications. 
Thus, it is
not possible yet for TEL recommender systems' researchers to apply and 
benchmark their
algorithms on existing, public data sets.

To this end, the DATATEL Theme Team of the European STELLAR Network of 
( is sponsoring the DATATEL Challenge: a call for 
TEL Data Sets
that invites research groups to submit existing data sets from TEL 
that can be used as input for TEL recommender systems (e.g. ratings, tags, 

The winner of the DATATEL Challenge will receive a best TEL Data Set award 
as well as travel/subsistence support
to attend the RecSysTEL Workshop.


The Workshop accepts a variety of submission types:
* Full papers: 12 pages
* Short papers: 6 pages
* System/service demos: 2 pages
* TEL Data sets: 2 pages and data set file (specs/format to be announced 

Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other venues.
Submission will be available through the EasyChair submission system:

If you haven't an EasyChair account yet, you'll be asked to create it before 
you can access the RecSysTEL'10 page.


Workshop proceedings will be published in a seperate volume by a publisher
that will be announced soon.

In addition, authors of best full papers will be invited to submit a revised 
of their manuscripts for a Special Issue in a prestigious international 
such as the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies.

* Jesus G. Boticario, aDeNu - Spanish National University for Distance 
Education (Spain)
* Peter Brusilovksy, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
* Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
* Denis Gillet, Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne (Switzerland)
* Stefanie Lindstaedt, Know-Center Graz (Austria)
* Peter Scott, Open University (UK)
* Fridolin Wild, Open University (UK)
* Martin Wolpers, Fraunhofer FIT (Germany)
* Riina Vuorikari, European Schoolnet (Belgium)

* Nikos Manouselis, Greek Research & Technology Network (Greece)
* Hendrik Drachsler, Open Universiteit Nederlands (The Netherlands)
* Katrien Verbert, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
* Olga C. Santos, aDeNu - Spanish National University for Distance Education 

ABOUT RecSys 2010 and EC-TEL 2010

The 4th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2010) is  the premier 
annual event
on research and applications of recommender technologies. It will promote a 
close interaction
among practitioners and researchers, reaching a wider range of participants
including those from Europe and Asia. See for 

The 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2010) 
brings together
technological developments, learning models, and implementations of new and 
innovative approaches
to training and education. The conference traditionally explores how the 
synergy of multiple disciplines
can provide new, more effective and more especially more sustainable, 
technology-enhanced learning
solutions to learning problems. See for details.


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