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SPeL 2015
8th International Workshop on Social and Personal Computing for
Web-Supported Learning Communities
http://software.ucv.ro/~epopescu/spel2015

In conjunction with ICSLE 2015
2nd International Conference on Smart Learning Environments
http://www.ask4research.info/icsle/2015/

23-25 September 2015
Sinaia, Romania


* Extended paper submission deadline: May 22, 2015 (preceded by a
mandatory abstract submission by May 15)

* All accepted workshop papers will be included in the main conference
proceedings, published by Springer

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MOTIVATION
===========

The workshop follows the previous SPeL 2008, SPeL 2009, SPeL 2010, SPeL
2011, DULP & SPeL 2012, SPeL 2013 and SPeL 2014 workshops, held in
conjunction with the SAINT 2008 conference, WI/IAT 2009 conference, DEXA
2010 conference, ICWL 2011 conference, ICALT 2012 conference, ICSTCC 2013
conference and ICWL 2014 conference respectively. 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, social bookmarking systems, 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. The challenge in this
context is to provide intelligent and adaptive support for collaborative
learning, taking into consideration the individual differences between
learners.

This workshop deals with current research on the interplay between
collaboration and personalization issues for supporting smart learning
environments. 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 smart learning environments,
where people can learn together in a personalized way through social
interaction with other learners.

The workshop is targeted at academic researchers, developers,
educationists and practitioners interested in innovative uses of social
media and adaptation techniques for the advancement of smart learning
environments. The proposed field is interdisciplinary and very dynamic,
taking into account the recent advent of Web 2.0 and ubiquitous
personalization, and it is hoped to attract a large audience.


TOPICS OF INTEREST
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The workshop welcomes submissions covering aspects of collaboration,
social interactions, adaptivity and personalization in smart learning
environments, particularly related to issues about:

    * Social learning environments
    * Theory and modeling of social computing in education
    * Web 2.0 tools for collaborative learning
    * Personal learning environments
    * Lifelong learning networks
    * 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
    * Collaborative filtering and recommendations for learners
    * Game-based social learning
    * Personalized mobile learning applications
    * Cloud-based social learning
    * Intelligent agent technology for social learning
    * Metadata, folksonomies and tagging
    * Semantic web and ontologies for personalized learning
    * Cognitive, motivational and affective aspects for personalization
    * Practice and experience sharing


PAPER SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION
==================================

Authors are required to follow the Springer Formatting Guidelines
(http://www.ask4research.info/icsle/2015/files/manuscript-guidelines-1.0.pdf)
and use the ICSLE2015 sample paper
(http://www.ask4research.info/icsle/2015/files/ICSLE2015_sample_paper.docx)
as a template. The length of the manuscript should not exceed 5 pages for
short papers and 10 pages for full papers.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format, through the Easychair system:
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=spel2015.

All accepted workshop papers will be included in the main conference
proceedings, published under Springer's Lecture Notes in Educational
Technology series (indexed in SpringerLink, DBLP etc).


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

Abstract submission: May 15, 2015 (extended)
Full paper submission: May 22, 2015 (extended)
Acceptance notification: June 10, 2015
Registration and camera-ready papers: July 1, 2015
Conference dates: September 23-25, 2015


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

Elvira Popescu - University of Craiova, Romania
Sabine Graf - Athabasca University, Canada


Please refer to the workshop website
(http://software.ucv.ro/~epopescu/spel2015) for more information and
contact us at: [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] for
any inquiry.

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