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CALL FOR PAPERS

International Workshop on
Adaptivity and Personalization in Ubiquitous Learning Systems (APULS 2008)

http://kinshuk.athabascau.ca/apuls2008/index.php

in conjunction with the 4th Symposium on Usability & HCI for Education and
Work (USAB 2008)
November 18-21, 2008
Graz, Austria

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MOTIVATION
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Ubiquitous learning environments overcome the restrictions of classroom or
workplace restricted learning and extend e-learning by bringing the concepts
of anytime and anywhere to reality, aiming at providing people with
educational content in their daily living environments. Using devices such
as mobile phones or personal digital assistants (PDA) allows new
opportunities for learners by being intensely connected. Therefore,
educational content and information can be accessed whenever learners need
it, in different areas of life, regardless of space and time.

While "ubiquitous technologies in education" is a growing research area,
aspects of adaptivity and personalization become more and more important.
Incorporating adaptivity and personalization issues in ubiquitous learning
systems allows these systems to provide learners with an environment that is
not only accessible anytime and anywhere, but also accommodate to the
individual preferences and needs of learners. Being aware of and considering
the current context of the learners as well as that they have, for example,
different prior knowledge, interests, learning styles, learning goals, and
so on, leads to a more effective, convenient, and successful learning
experience in the ubiquitous learning environments.

This workshop deals with innovative research in the area of adaptivity and
personalization in ubiquitous learning systems, providing a forum to present
and discuss how ubiquitous learning environments can be enhanced with
adaptivity and personalization aspects. The overall goal of the workshop is
to bring people from different fields together, exchange research ideas and
results, and encourage discussion about how to provide learners with
valuable and useful learning opportunities in adaptive/personalized
ubiquitous learning systems.


TOPICS OF INTEREST
==================

Topics of interest for the workshop include (but are not limited to):
. Adaptive collaboration support
. Adaptive curriculum sequencing
. Adaptive presentation and navigation support
. Agent technology 
. Architectures and frameworks of adaptive/personalized ubiquitous
systems
. Authoring tools for adaptive/personalized ubiquitous systems
. Data mining, log mining, and web mining for education intelligence
. Empirical studies of adaptive/personalized ubiquitous systems
. Games-based learning in ubiquitous environments
. Human-Computer Interaction
. Innovative devices for ubiquitous learning
. Integration and interoperability issues
. Instructional design and pedagogy
. Intelligent and adaptive assessment
. Language learning in ubiquitious environments
. Life-long learning support
. Problem solving methods and problem-based learning
. Semantic web and education
. Student modelling
. Ubiquitous technologies for indoor and outdoor learning
. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies for ubiquitous
learning


IMPORTANT DATES
===============

August 22, 2008 Submission deadline for workshop papers
September 5, 2008 Notification of workshop papers
September 19, 2008 Final version deadline for workshop papers
November 18-21, 2008 Symposium on Usability & HCI for Education and Work
(USAB 2008)
November 18 or 19, 2008 International Workshop on Adaptivity and
Personalization in Ubiquitous Learning Systems


SUBMISSION & PUBLICATION
========================

Authors are invited to submit papers in the following categories:
. Full papers (8 pages)
. Short papers (4 pages)
The page length includes figures, tables, references, and so on.

The format of workshop papers should follow the format of conference papers
at USAB. Please use the guidelines at: 

http://usab-symposium.tugraz.at/page.php?n=130

Please submit your paper via email to Sabine Graf at [log in to unmask]
and copy to Kinshuk [log in to unmask]

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by 2-3 international reviewers
from the program committee. The proceedings will be published by Springer in
the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) Series. 


REGISTRATION
============

The workshop is held in conjunction with USAB. All participants of the
workshop are required to register for the main conference, but there will be
no additional workshop fee. Further information regarding the registration,
accommodation, and the workshop/conference venue can be found at the 
website of USAB 2008 (http://usab-symposium.tugraz.at/page.php).


WORKSHOP CHAIRS
===============

Sabine Graf, National Central University, Taiwan
Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada


PROGRAM COMMITTEE (not yet completed)
=================

Ingo Brunkhorst, L3S Research Center, Germany
Maiga Chang, Athabasca University, Canada
Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
Daniel Krause, Leibniz Universitšt Hannover, Germany
Bob Heller, Athabasca University, Canada
Andreas Holzinger, Medical University Graz, Austria
Mohamed Jemni, University of Tunis, Tunisia
Hong Lin, University of Houston, USA
Tzu-Chien Liu, National Central University, Taiwan
Vincenzo Nicosia, University of Catania, Italy
Demetrios G. Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece

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