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George Magoulas <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers

         1st International Workshop on


      to be held in conjunction with the


              September 17-19,
         Maastricht, The Netherlands


Submission deadline: June 8, 2008
Notification of acceptance: July 8, 2008
Camera-ready version: Aug 8, 2008
Workshop: One day between September 17-19, 2008, Learning Cafe Methodology


There is an increasing trend of research in exploratory learning
environments (ELE), as opposed to traditional systems with
a clear delimitation of the domain and well-defined sequences of tasks
to be performed. ELE support a constructionist approach to learning
encouraging the learner to create their own solutions to problems.
This has been found to be particularly beneficial in terms of providing
opportunities for acquiring deep conceptual and structural knowledge.

However, there are several factors that prevent appropriate learning
within an exploratory learning environment, not least the 'play paradox',
which recognises the pedagogical power of playful, exploratory learning,
yet acknowledges that students may potentially learn concepts that
were not predicted by the designers. A key finding is that a
crucial determinant of learning is the level of support of the
learning process by teachers, peers, technologies and the structure of
the activity sequences. There is a need for a certain level of support
of the learning process. This is particularly true in the case of
mathematics where, unlike physics or other science domains, knowledge
is rarely a directly observable outcome of a simulation under
exploration and therefore other more expressive tools are required to
permit students to externalise their ideas.

There are two aspects of this support that are relevant: intelligent
support and support for collaboration. Both of them provide important
challenges which are described at the workshop web page at The workshop web page also
enumerates the research questions that will be the focus of the workshop.


- Design of exploratory learning environments
- User modelling in exploratory environments
- Collaborative tools for open environments
- Collaborative learning in open environments
- Adaptive feedback for exploratory tasks
- Modelling based on open-ended tasks
- Fuzzy and probabilistic techniques for modelling
- Educational data mining
- Development of generalisation thinking
- Sequencing of activities in open learning enviroments
- Application of learning standards in exploratory learning enviroments
- Support for teachers in blended learning scenarios with exploratory
learning environments
- Authoring of open-ended tasks with intelligent support


The workshop will be question-oriented, aiming at lively discussion
sessions rather than a mini-conference format.

In particular, the methodology used will be based on an adaptation of
the 'learning discussion forum' (aka Learning Cafe Methodology) which
involves experts' introductions and group discussions ensuring that
all participants can have a direct impact in addressing the workshop
questions. This methodology has been successfully implemented in
previous conferences (e.g. 'Towards User Modelling and Adaptive
Systems for All' at UM'07 or 'Making of the Future of Technology
Enhanced Professional Learning' at ECTEL'06).

More details of this methodology are given at the workshop web
page (


Authors should send papers that clearly address one or more
of the questions to be explored at the workshop (see Papers should
be 6-10 pages long.

All submissions will be refereed by the Programme Committee
in order to decide on acceptance.

Accepted papers will be used as a basis for the discusions on
the day of the workshop.

The submissions should be in the format of Springer Lecture Notes in
Computer Science (LNCS). Please check: for instructions on how
to prepare submissions. Send your submissions to
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The workshop proceedings will be published online as part of the CEUR
Workshop proceedings series. is a recognized ISSN
publication series, ISSN 1613-0073.

The two best papers will be selected for publication
in a special issue of the International Journal of
Technology Enhanced Learning  (IJTEL -


    * Ryan Baker (Carneggie Mellon, USA)
    * Jesús García Boticario (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia,
    * Andrea Bunt (University of Waterloo, Canada)
    * Celia Hoyles (Institute of Education, UK)
    * Ken Kahn (University of Oxford, UK)
    * Piet Kommers (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
    * Chronis Kynigos (University of Athens, Greece)
    * George Magoulas (Birkbeck College, UK)
    * Richard Noss (Institute of Education, UK)
    * Kyparissia Papanikolau (University of Athens, Greece)
    * Abelardo Pardo (University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain)
    * Alexandra Poulovassilis (Birkbeck College, UK)
    * Cristóbal Romero (University of Cordoba, Spain)
    * Olga Santos (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain)
    * Niall Winters (Institute of Education, UK)

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