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Sabine Graf <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:10:23 -0600
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SPeL 2011
4th International Workshop on Social and Personal Computing for
Web-Supported Learning Communities
http://software.ucv.ro/~epopescu/spel2011/

in conjunction with ICWL 2011
The 10th International Conference on Web-based Learning
http://www.hkws.org/conference/icwl2011/

Hong Kong
8-10 December 2011
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Motivation
==========

The workshop follows the previous SPeL 2008, SPeL 2009 and SPeL 2010
editions (http://software.ucv.ro/~epopescu/spel2011/previous.php). The
general topic of the workshop is the social and personal computing for
web-supported learning communities.

Web-based learning is moving from centralized, institution-based systems to
a decentralized and informal creation and sharing of knowledge. Social
software (e.g., blogs, wikis, podcasts, media-sharing services) is
increasingly being used for e-learning purposes, helping to create novel
learning experiences and knowledge. In the world of pervasive Internet,
learners are also evolving: the so-called "digital natives" want to be in
constant communication with their peers, they expect an individualized
instruction and a personalized learning environment, which automatically
adapt to their individual needs.
 
This workshop deals with current research on collaboration and
personalization issues in Web-supported learning communities, leading
towards the creation of a truly social and adaptive learning environment.
Its aim is to provide a forum for discussing new trends and initiatives in
this area, including research about the planning, development, application,
and evaluation of intelligent e-learning systems, where people can learn
together in a personalized way through social interaction with other
learners.

This installment of the workshop is intended to have as a special theme the
provision of intelligent, adaptive support for collaborative learning. In
this context, we will solicit contributions that converge on this topic,
either from the perspective of collaborative learning theory and practice
(highlighting opportunities for the introduction of intelligent support in
the process), or from the perspective of adaptive learning methods and
techniques (traditionally more individual learner-oriented). This is aimed
at complementing the workshop's general themes, and focusing on an emergent
research area that is expected to have major impact in the area of
e-learning in the coming years.


Topics of interest
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The workshop welcomes submissions covering aspects of collaboration, social
interactions, adaptivity and personalization in technology enhanced
learning, particularly related to issues about:

    * Social learning environments
    * Theory and modeling of social computing in education
    * Web 2.0 tools for collaborative learning
    * Lifelong learning networks
    * Social- and group- learning theory
    * Knowledge community formation and support
    * Virtual spaces for learning communities
    * Social networks analysis and mining
    * Computer-supported collaborative learning
    * Personalized and adaptive learning
    * Adaptation methods and techniques for groups of learners
    * Intelligent learner and group modeling
    * Adaptive Web interfaces for learning scenarios
    * Collaborative filtering and recommendations for learners
    * Metadata, folksonomies and tagging
    * Social information retrieval
    * Mobile e-learning applications
    * Intelligent agent technology in web-based education
    * Cognitive, motivational and affective aspects
    * Practice and experience sharing

 
Paper submission and publication
=================================

All accepted workshop papers will be published as a post-proceedings volume
in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). This will give authors
an opportunity to revise their papers in the light of the feedback they will
receive during the paper presentations and discussions at the ICWL 2011
conference.

The length of the workshop papers should not exceed 10 pages and should be
formatted according to the Springer LNCS Authors Guidelines
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Submissions system: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=spel2011.
 

Important dates
===============

September 3, 2011 	Abstract submission
September 10, 2011 	Full paper submission
October 5, 2011 	Acceptance notification
October 15, 2011 	Camera ready paper & Registration
December 8-10, 2011 	ICWL 2011 conference (exact workshop date is TBA)


Workshop Chairs
===============

Elvira Popescu - University of Craiova, Romania Sabine Graf - Athabasca
University, Canada Alexandros Paramythis - Johannes Kepler University Linz,
Austria Stavros Demetriadis - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Program Committee
=================

http://software.ucv.ro/~epopescu/spel2011/committee.php (PC members are
currently being invited)


Please refer to the workshop website
(http://software.ucv.ro/~epopescu/spel2011) for more information and send us
email at [log in to unmask] for any inquiry.

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