fredag, maj 16, 2008

CfP: workshop on mash-up PLEs

CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on Mash-Up
Personal Learning Environments (MUPPLE'08)

at the 3rd European Conference on
Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL08)
in Maastricht, The Netherlands,
September 17-19, 2008

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A change in perspective can be certified in the recent years
to technology-enhanced learning research and development:
More and more learning applications on the web are putting
the learner centre stage, not the organisation. They empower
learners with capabilities to customize and even construct
their own personal learning environments (PLEs).

These PLEs typically consist of distributed web-applications
and services that support system-spanning collaborative and
individual learning activities in formal as well as informal

Technologically speaking, this shift manifests in a learning
web where information is distributed across sites and
activities can easily encompass the use of a greater number
of pages and services offered through web-based learning
applications. Mash-ups, the 'frankensteining' of software
artefacts and data, have emerged to be the software
development approach for these long-tail and perpetual-beta
niche markets. Core technologies facilitating this paradigm
shift are Ajax, javascript-based widget-collections, and
microformats that help to glue together public web APIs
in individual applications.

In a wide range of European IST-funded research projects
such as iCamp, LTfLL, LUISA, Palette, and TENcompetence
a rising passion for these technologies can be identified.

This workshop therefore serves as a forum to bring together
researchers and developers from these projects and an open
public that have an interest in understanding and engineering
mash-up personal learning environments (MUPPLEs).

TOPICS OF INTEREST (but not limited to):

* Architectures:
e.g. from cross-domain java scripting
up to to embedding of pedagogy

* Learning Models:
e.g. Activity Models, Environment
Design Models, including their theoretical bases

* Learning Services:
e.g. Concepts and Demonstrators for recombinable
learning services

* Authoring:
e.g. editors, user-interfaces for mash-up creation,
drag&drop mash-up creation, in-place editing

* Data formats:
e.g. microformats, new data models for
fragmented data such as streaming data, recombination models
needed to establish data interoperability

* User Interfaces:
Concepts, Metaphors, Workflows

* Mash-Up Strategies:
cooperative, value-chain oriented, master
and slave

* Development Methodologies: for building and sustaining
and services, including analyses of success factors,
characteristics of user uptake including long-tail requirements
engineering and software development


The aim of this workshop is to bring together the various research
and development groups in technology-enhanced learning that currently
focus on the development of the next generation learning environments --
learning environments that put the individuum centre stage and empower
learners with design capabilities by deploying modern mash-up principles
to establish system-spanning interoperability.

As this approach is rather young, the workshop seeks to attract
research results and work in progress in order to chart out
the current state-of-the-art of MUPPLEs in TEL and to define
main enablers and future challenges. Naturally, it will serve
as a forum for establishing new collaborations.

Using the presentations as impulses and continuing post-talk
debates, the workshop will conclude the day with an open discussion
exchanging ideas, summing up, and defining a medium- to
long-term research agenda.

The workshop is supported by the European Commission as a concertation
activity between especially the European Projects iCamp, LUISA,
LTfLL, Palette, and TENcompetence.


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as full
papers (8 pages), work-in-progress as short papers (max. 4 pages) or
position statements (max. 2 pages). All submitted papers will be peer-
reviewed by at least three members of the program committee for
originality, significance, clarity, and quality.

The workshop proceedings will be published online as part of the
CEUR Workshop proceedings series. is a recognized
ISSN publication series, with ISSN 1613-0073. Furthermore, the two
best papers of the workshop will be published in a special issue of
the International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (IJTEL,

Authors should use the Springer LNCS format (
lncs). For camera-ready format instructions, please see "For Authors"
nstructions at

All questions and submissions should be sent to:
mupple08 @


* Paper Submission: July 1st, 2008
* Results Notification: August 1st, 2008
* Camera Ready Submission: August 31, 2008
* Workshop Date: September 17, 2008

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (to be confirmed)

* Abelardo Pardo (University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)
* Ajith Ranabahu (Wright State University, Ohio)
* Dai Griffith (University of Bolton, UK)
* Denis Gillet (EPFL, Switzerland)
* Effie Law (University of Leicester, United Kingdom)
* Fabrizio Giorgini (Giunti, Italy)
* Felix Mödritscher (Vienna University of Economics and
Business Administration, Austria)
* Graham Atwell (Pontydysgu, United Kingdom)
* Gytis Cibulskis (Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania)
* Mart Laanpere (Tallinn University, Estonia)
* Martin Wolpers (Fraunhofer FIT, Germany)
* Mohamed Amine Chatti (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
* Nikos Karacapilidis (University of Patras, Greece)
* Scott Wilson (University of Bolton, United Kingdom)
* Stéphane Sire (EPFL, Switzerland)
* Tony Hirst (Open University, UK)


* Fridolin Wild (Vienna University of Economics and
Business Administration, Austria)
* Matthias Palmer (University of Upsala, Sweden)
* Marco Kalz (Open University, The Netherlands)


After two successful EC-TEL conferences in 2006 and 2007,
the Third European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
provides a unique forum for all research related to TEL,
among them education, psychology, and computer science.
The contributions will cover the design of innovative environments,
the implementation of new technological solutions, results of
empirical studies on socio-cognitive processes in learning, and
field studies regarding the use of technologies in context.

EC-TEL is a competitive and broad forum for TEL research in
Europe and beyond. In its specialised accompanying workshops and
the highlighting main conference programme, EC-TEL08 provides
unique networking possibilities for participating researchers
throughout the week and includes project meetings and discussions
for ongoing and new research activities supported by the European
Commission. See for details.

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