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Workshop on Learning in the Cloud - LC 2015 (
in conjunction with the ACM HyperText Conference(, September 1-4, 2015, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus.

Submission of papers: 12 June 2015 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
Notification of authors: 10 July 2015
Delivery of camera-ready copy: 20  July 2015
Workshop day: 01 September 2015

The evolution of hypermedia content on the Web and the growing popularity of mobile devices are leading to a paradigm shift in the way educational services are provided. Emerging approaches such as cloud technology, semantic web and MOOC are fostering this change, and opening unprecedented possibilities for education. The Learning in the Cloud workshop aims to bring together researchers from industry and academia to address the challenges of the cloud era for learning.

The evolution of hypermedia content on the Web and the spread of handled devices deeply changed the way people are using the Web for learning and pushed education providers to offer a new wave of learning services. Learners are now accustomed to mobile devices and require applications that fit this modality of interaction. They want to be free to access learning contents as they prefer, anytime and anywhere, according to their personal needs. In fact, we are moving towards a model where people build their competences and skills individually, such as in massive open online courses. Learners use and require online services to explore, to interact, to share and to practice; search engines to discover qualitative learning content that fit their needs, social platforms to share contents and experiences.
Therefore, education providers of hypermedia content are becoming providers of services. The increasing availability of cloud-based and semantic-based technologies offers powerful capabilities to this aim and have the potential to introduce a paradigm shift in the way educational services are provided, substantially improving educational processes and lowering the costs of providing higher and professional education.
Cloud technology refers to the set of technologies that enable hardware, software and educational platforms to be provided as a service, so as to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Semantic technologies, on the other hand, can be deployed to enhance several features of educational services: improving the search of resources and of learning services, discovering relationships and patterns, personalizing the hypermedia content and the service. In the last few years, the Web has become more semantic, thanks to the growing adoption of Linked Data best practices. However, while many education institutions started to publish huge amount of LOD (Linked Open Data), these are not often interconnected together or easy to process. Some initiatives such as the LinkedUp  competitions promote the development of tools and applications that exploit Open Web data and the LOD cloud for educational purposes. This workshop follows the same direction, but focuses also on the potential synergy with cloud-based technologies. It aims to provide a forum for addressing the challenges regarding the new trends for educational hypermedia contents and services.

We invite submissions that may include the following topics, but are not limited to:
- semantic LMS services
- learning as a service
- adaptive learning
- mobile learning
- social learning
- learning on demand
- continuous learning
- ubiquitous learning
- cloud learning environments
- sharing of linked data and services in the cloud
- discovering relations
- exploiting analytics of educational open data
- linked-data enhanced learning
- semantically-enhanced cloud services
- technology-enhanced learning in developing countries

The workshop will consist of a part of accepted papers presentation and a part of a discussion among participants. At least one of the authors should register and take part at the conference to make the presentation.
Accepted papers will appear in the Hypertext 2015 Extended Proceedings that will be published open-access at CEUR-WS (ISSN:1613-0073).

We encourage the submission of original contributions investigating and studying learning in the cloud:
- Full research papers (6 pp. in PDF or 5400 words in RASH);
- Short papers (4 pp. in PDF or 3600 words in RASH) for position papers and research-in-progress papers.
In the RASH format, figures and tables count 300 words each.

All submissions must be written in English and contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses.

Two formats are possible for the submission:

- PDF, a file formatted according to the ACM double-column instructions ( with a font size no smaller than 9pt;
PDF files have to be submitted via EasyChair (

- RASH, a zip archive containing an HTML file compliant with the Research Articles in Simplified HTML (RASH) format ( The HTML file should be submitted via easy chair and the full zip ( including images should be sent to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. The translation from the RASH submission into the appropriate publishing format will be handled by us through a semi-automatic process.

İlknur Çelik, Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus, TR
Francesco Osborne, Knowledge Media Institute, the Open University, UK
Ilaria Torre, Department of Computer Science, Bio-engineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Genoa, IT

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