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LinkedLearning2012 – 2nd International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of Data (LiLe2012)

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LinkedLearning2012 -
2nd International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of
Data (LiLe2012)

In conjunction with the World Wide Web Conference 2012 (WWW2012)
Lyon, France, 17 April 2012

- http://lile2012.linkededucation.org/ -

IMPORTANT DATES
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* 10 February 2012: Full & short research paper submission deadline
* 05 March 2012: Notification of acceptance
* 05 March 2012: Poster & demo submission deadline
* 20 March 2012: Camera-ready paper
* 17 April 2012: LinkedLearning 2012 workshop day

OVERVIEW
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Distance education and openly available educational resources on the Web
are becoming common practices with public higher education institutions
as well as private training organisations realising the benefits of
online resources. However, most of the research in E-learning has been
focusing on creating a variety of metadata formats and environments for
the exchange of educational resources. This has led to a fragmented
landscape of Web standards and approaches used in the educational
domain. Consequently, it is not only the case that interoperability
between repositories of educational resources remains a challenge, but
also that educational Web resources remain underexploited, as their
connection, reuse and repurposing are barely supported by such technologies.

The very nature of the Linked Data approach offers promising solutions
that can address these open challenges in the education arena. In
addition, the Linked Data movement has produced a vast body of knowledge
and data which can substantially support and contribute to educational
services and content. Building on the overwhelming success of Linked
Learning 2011, the Linked Learning 2012 workshop will provide a forum
for researchers and practitioners making innovative use of Linked Data
technologies for educational purposes on the Web to discuss, exchange
and disseminate their work.

TOPICS OF INTEREST
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The workshop aims to become a highly interactive research forum for
exploring the promises of the Web of Linked Data in the broad area of
education by gathering researchers from the areas of the Semantic Web,
Social Web, E-Learning, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), Open
Educational Repositories, pedagogy and education. We will welcome
high-quality papers about actual trends in (a) how education takes
advantage of the Web of Data, especially through Linked Data
technologies and (b) how Linked Data principles are being applied in
educational contexts. We will seek application-oriented, as well as more
theoretical papers and position papers in the following, non-exhaustive
list of topics:

* Linked data for informal learning
* Using the Web of Data for personalisation and context-awareness in
E-Learning
* Usability and advanced user interfaces in learning environments and
linked data
* Light-weight educational metadata schemas
* Exposing learning objects to the Web of Data
* Semantic & syntactic mappings between educational metadata schemas
* Controlled vocabularies, ontologies and terminologies for E-Learning
* Personal & mobile learning environments on the Web
* Learning flows and designs with Semantic Web technologies
* Linked data in (visual) learning analytics and educational data mining
* Linked data in organizational learning and learning organizations
* Linked data for harmonizing individual learning goals and
organizational objectives
* Competency management with linked data
* Collaborative learning on the Web of Data
* Linked-data enhanced social learning

SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION
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We welcome the following types of contributions.

* Short (up to 3 pages) and full (up to 6 pages) research papers

* Poster abstracts and system demonstrations should not exceed 2 pages.

All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted
according to the ACM format
(http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). Please
submit your contributions electronically in PDF format at

* http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lile2012

Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality,
technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop. At
least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop.

The main workshop proceedings will be published as a volume at CEUR
Workshop Proceedings. Furthermore, authors of selected papers will be
invited to submit extended versions to a journal special issue .

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS
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* Stefan Dietze, L3S Research Center (DE)
* Mathieu d’Aquin, The Open University (UK)
* Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University & Simon Fraser University (Canada)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
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* Lora Aroyo, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Soeren Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
* Panagiotis Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
* Charalampos Bratsas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
* Dan Brickley, W3C & Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Christopher Brooks, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
* Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
* Gianluca Demartini, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
* Darina Dicheva, Winston-Salem State University, USA
* Vania Dimitrova, University of Leeds, UK
* Nikolas Dovrolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
* Hendrik Drachsler, Open University of the Netherlands
* Hannes Ebner, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
* Marek Hatala, Simon Fraser University, Canada
* Eelco Herder, L3S Research Center, Germany
* Nicola Henze, L3S Research Center, Germany
* Jelena Jovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
* Eleni Kaldoudi, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
* Carsten Keßler, University of Münster, Germany
* Ivana Marenzi, L3S Research Center, Germany
* David Millard, University of Southampton, UK
* Lyndon Nixon, Semantic Technologies Institute, Austria
* Carlos Pedrinaci, The Open University, UK
* Melody Siadaty, Simon Fraser University & Athabasca University, Canada
* Davide Taibi, Institute for Educational Technologies, Italian National
Research Council, Italy
* Vlad Tanasescu, Cardiff University, UK
* Dhavalkumar Thakker, University of Leeds, UK
* Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton, UK
* Carlo Torniai, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
* Amal Zouaq, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada

For further questions please contact the organisers via
lile2012@linkededucation.org

Future Research & Developments on ReMashed

Yesterday, I gave a presentation on the latest developments on ReMashed for the community building cluster within CELSTEC.

The cluster members were interested in the data set created so far by ReMashed to explore how to recommend persons in informal environments based on their competences. Therefore, the new competence fields in the personal profile of the learners are quite suitable. Further, we discussed the need to create a widget / portlet interface for ReMashed to integrate it into personal environments like iGoogle and Netvibes but also into Liferay or Moodle.

Following up on this, we talked about the need create an administration layer above the current systems to create different instances of ReMashed for various online communities. From here we stumbled into a ‘privacy issue / suitability of information’ discussion for different communities.

Online Educa 2008

Always nice to be here and meet all the busy people. This time OEB has 2600 participants from over 91 countries. Biggest group are the Germans but on the second place are the Netherlands followed by the UK. Taking into account the inhabitants of the country the Netherlands is on first place ;) .
Today I did my first Pecha Kucha talk in the ‘Choosing a LMS‘ session. It was really fun and enabled the audience (around 120 participants) to ask questions after 400 seconds of presentation slides. The slides were automatically changing after 20 seconds and we were limited to have not more than 20 slides. Erik Duval was moderating the session he did a great job so we had the most interactive session I ever attended. Pechu Kucha really prevents death by power point.
The discussion was really fruitful, the audience first claimed that LMS did not change the way their students learn. I was able to pick that up and argued for PLE’s as learner focused environments that enable the learner to become more active. From my point of view PLE’s really allow for a constructivism way of learning as it is already claimed by Wild, Mödritscher and Sigurdarson here. If you are able to read german have a look on Schaffert & Kalz.
Check out my slides:
Institutions Struggeling with Web2.0

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