September 17, 2007

EC-TEL 2007 Poster Session Proceedings available

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:44 pm by wolpers

Finally, and with some delay, we finally managed to make the poster session proceedings available. You’ll find them at For more information on, please see their readme.html. In order to cite your paper, please use the following text:

CEUR Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073, online

Best regards,


September 14, 2007

Upload your presentation materials to the ECTEL wiki!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:46 pm by erikduval

The ECTEL wiki is live: you can upload your presentation materials, the recording of your presentation, a link to your web site, … This is the age of UGC, so I am very much looking forward to your contributions here.

No more waiting for presentations authors promised they would send you, or no more searching in vain for the demo of the system you forgot to write down the name of, etc! Ask people to upload the stuff you ant to the wiki…

(Only three days left for the first workshops!)

September 10, 2007

Call for Participation: Workshop LOKMOL 2007

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:38 am by wolpers


                                 Call for Participation

                             3rd International Workshop on
                         Learner-Oriented Knowledge Management
                                KM-Oriented E-Learning

                                    (LOKMOL 2007)

               "Using Context and Web2.0 Approaches to Bridge the Gap"

                  Workshop affiliated to the European Conference on
               		    Technology Enhanced Learning
                                     (EC-TEL 2007)

                   18 September 2007, Crete, Greece. 9am-12.30am
                 (three invited talks and three paper presentations)




In spite of the close relationship between learning and knowledge, there is still a lack of cooperation between the fields of e-Learning and Knowledge Management (KM). Accordingly, LOKMOL 2005 brought together researchers and developers to discuss about the perceived connections between KM and e-Learning that are not yet sufficiently operationalised, i.e., the integration-ideas are rarely implemented in practice. The discussions showed that KM addresses learning mostly as part of knowledge sharing processes and focuses on specific forms of informal learning (e.g., learning in a community of practice) or on providing access to learning resources or experts. Last year, the focus lied on the use of techniques and applications arising in the Web2.0 context:
e.g., social software that enables individuals to tag content and act both as producers and consumers of content. So far, these technologies seem to have a positive impact in terms of community building, knowledge sharing, and content creation - even if their success hasn't been empirically proven. First questions arose during the workshop, to what degree these systems (e.g., Weblogs, Wikis, XML/RSS based content syndication and aggregation) support certain learning processes.

Technology-enhanced learning approaches develop more and more towards responsive environments that are embedded into the working process of individuals and existing organizational structures. Research has shown so far, that we have to cope with the challenge of gathering, describing, and using resources as well as context (information) about their creation and (re)use in order to drive the integration of KM and e-Learning technologies. Research has already been tackling the domain of context, for example related to context description, context matching, or context-based information delivery, but still needs a better integration into KM and e-Learning.
The aim of this year's workshop is to bring together experts who are willing to share their experience about their work about the (re-)use and repurposing of arbitrary types of existing resources and who provide insights about how context could help to develop forthcoming technology-enhanced approaches that integrate KM and e-Learning solutions for strategic as well as individual and (in-)formal competence development.

The workshop is based on the insight that KM technologies need to take into account findings from social sciences such as pedagogy or psychology, to be effective in terms of learning and that learning can profit from KM technologies. In fact, there is a gap between well organised, but monolithic and inert e-Learning material such as courseware on the one hand and dynamic and flexible knowledge bases that are often not able to activate learning processes on the other hand. An integration of KM and e-Learning, especially by using context-based technologies, could dramatically change today's understanding of further education towards lifelong learning fed by dynamically changing public and organizational knowledge repositories.
This workshop will continue the series of LOKMOL workshops and will build upon the results of the previous ones.


The LOKMOL workshops is organised around three main types of questions, which have shown up as a good motivation and structure for discussion in the previous workshops.

* Methods: Which pedagogical approaches are suitable to facilitate learning from (heterogeneous) knowledge repositories? How can KM systems be enhanced to suit the learners' needs as well as pedagogical principles such as informal and self-directed learning? What kind of pedagogical theories, principles, and methods can be applied to compose learning material (semi-) automatically from knowledge chunks? In which way can context and Web2.0 approaches support current learning methods?

* Standards and technologies: Up to what extend do current KM and e-Learning technologies and standards (e.g., IMS Learning Design, SCORM reference model, LOM, Semantic Web standards) support an integration of learning and KM? What are the requirements of KM technologies in order to support personalisation by addressing the learners' needs and individual learning processes? What kind of technologies exist that combine stored knowledge (e.g., resources existing in the World Wide
Web) to learning material based on, e.g., instructional design models or didactic concepts? Which KM technologies, especially the ones focusing on the support of technical and organizational components, are useful to support professional e-Learning? How did context-based technologies influence e-Learning so far? How do Web2.0 technologies such as lightweight APIs enabling Mashups of existing services support the integration of KM and e-Learning?

* Empirical results and studies: Which empirical findings demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of learning material created in accordance with these methods and technologies? Are there any studies that describe the success or failures of the application of context and Web2.0 approaches in e-Learning?


* incorporating arbitrary types of resources for KM and e-Learning:
metadata concepts to represent resources and different views; (re-)using resources from heterogeneous repositories; frameworks and techniques to repurpose resources;

* context of creation, (re-)use and repurposing of resources:
representing and visualizing content; tracking context; contextual attention metadata; matching contexts; exploiting context information (e.g., for adaptation and personalisation);

* connecting content and components:
using (lightweight) semantic descriptions such as micro-formats to enable data exchange and interoperability; services and service-oriented architectures; mashups;

* users as content consumers and producers:
collaborative knowledge building and sharing; tools and architectures for authoring, annotating, storing and retrieving of user generated content; aspects of quality assurance; use of Wikis, Blogs, social bookmarking tools and folksonomies; encouraging user participation; establishing self-sustained communities;


The workshop intends to bring together researchers and practitioners from relevant communities (technology enhanced learning, knowledge management, knowledge representation, information systems, personalisation, user modeling, psychology and pedagogy, etc.) to share their knowledge, results and expertise about their research on cross-disciplinary research approaches for e-Learning. In more detail, the workshop aims to discuss how suitable technologies (e.g., Web2.0, context-based methods) and designs can be used to integrate e-Learning with KM more efficiently and effectively.

The workshop language will be English.


Martin Memmel, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI), Trippstader Straße 122, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany martin.memmel[at]

Eric Ras, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, Fraunhofer-Platz 1, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany eric.ras[at]

Martin Wolpers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200A, 3001 Leuven, Belgium martin.wolpers[at]


Andrea Back, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Nicola Henze, L3S, Hannover, Germany
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aaachen, Germany
Katrina Leyking, IWI, Saarbrücken, Germany
Stefanie Lindstaedt, Know-Center, Graz, Austria
Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S, Hannover, Germany
Gabi Reinmann, Universität Augsburg, Germany
Andreas Schmidt, Forschungszentrum Informatik, Karlsruhe, Germany
Klaus Tochtermann, Know-Center Graz, Austria
Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland, Ireland
David Wiley, Utah State University, USA
Volker Zimmermann, IMC AG, Germany

Best regards,
Martin Memmel, Martin Wolpers, Eric Ras
workshop organisers

September 5, 2007

Driving Directions to EC-TEL 2007

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:58 am by klamma

EC-TEL directionsEC-TEL directions

Kalimera Kriti Hotel is situated 42 km east from Heraklion Airport, normal driving time is around 35 minutes.


As you exit from Heraklion Airport you take on E75 the direction to Agios Nikolaos, so eastwards. You will drive over Hersonissos, Malia and as you exit Malia after approx 1,5 km there is a junction, where you turn on the left to directions of Siss, Milatos. Then you will follow all the signs to Sissi and Kalimera Kriti Hotel. 

Hotel tel. for call for any assistance is (+30) 28410 69000


August 30, 2007

The conversation starts…

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:38 pm by erikduval

Now that we are less than 20 days from the start of ECTEL07, we want to start a conversation among the participants. As a simple start, please leave a reference to your blog in the comment below, and we will add it to the blogroll here.

We would also appreciate your questions – to the organisers, to the other participants, to the keynoters, to … Again, please use the comments below or send us an email!

This is the start of a conversation that will begin before and end well beyond ECTEL07: let’s roll!