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PROLEARN Academy Newsletter 17-09-2007

Sep 17, 2007

Dear reader,

this is the release of the weekly PROLEARN Academy Newsletter. With this approach we wish to inform you respecting the news in PROLEARN Academy about which are the new added elements, which are the events organized for the next week and some information about the projects registered in PROLEARN Academy.

*** News

EATEL Information Brochure available
Sent the: 2007-09-15

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*** Events in the next 7 days

Free and Open Education: FLOSSCom Virtual & On-Campus Summer University
Place: Virtual & On-Campus (see website), Date: 2007-07-03 - 2007-09-30
The European Union funded FLOSSCom research project is investigating Free / Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities as learning environments. The project aims to identify principles of FLOSS communities that could be transferred to educational settings, e.g. how the community model could help to improve education. The project will run a ‘Virtual and On-Campus Summer University’ starting at the 3rd of July. The Summer University is a 12 week open access session with the objective of developing a toolkit on ‘Learning the Open Source Way’ The summer university will be conducted as a joint event bringing in as a “special guest” the Ubuntu community – The world’s famous Linux distribution with a community of 320.000 enthusiasts! We especially encourage students to take the chance and engage with experts throughout the globe. We ask everyone to feel free to bring in their knowledge, thoughts and energy, without any fees or enrolment criteria. The invitation is open to learners who have no, little or a great deal of experience with FLOSS communities.

Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-17
The workshop focuses on current research trends in technology enhanced learning solutions that aim at addressing the multiplicity and complexity of needs of Communities of Practice all along their lifecycle. The workshop seeks for quality research papers that propose solutions to the issues identified above. It advocates for approaches that build on the synergy of concepts such as multimedia information authoring and reuse, knowledge management, as well as argumentation, negotiation and collaboration support. It aims to bring together scientists and engineers who work on designing and/or developing the abovementioned solutions, as well as practitioners who evaluate them in diverse real environments. Particular interest will be given to approaches built according to well-established pedagogical principles.

Digital Literacy
Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-17
The Workshop is organized by the e-START EU-funded project (e-START Digital Literacy Network, e-Learning Programme, Contract No.: 2006-4530/001-001 ELE ELEB11), which aims to build an EU-wide network of experts and key stakeholders that will provide a communication base for understanding, supporting and promoting “Digital Literacy” in compulsory education (K-9) across Europe.

Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-17
The workshop focuses on current research trends in project-oriented cooperative learning solutions that aim at facilitating more dynamic and realistic learning scenarios, centered on the “learning by doing” approach.

What Went Wrong07
Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-17
Most conferences and workshops report on success stories only. Make your contribution to our collective wisdom by sharing tales and analysis of problems and pitfalls. This workshop is designed to be an opportunity for learning, sharing and collective problem solving. If the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) community is to flourish and make progress then we need to be prepared to share tales of our disasters, how we recovered from them, and how to avoid repeating our mistakes in the future.

Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-18
The workshop aims at to bring researchers, industrial stakeholders and interested community that are active in the area of technology enhanced professional learning together. The workshop will be organized by the members of the European Project IP PROLIX ( PROLIX, which brings together 19 leading European organisations in TEL, coordinated by IMC Germany and providing LMS, LCMS and business intelligence tools aims to align learning with business processes, by bridging e-learning and Business Intelligence tools by means of shared standards and interfaces.

Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-18
Social information retrieval (SIR) refers to a family of techniques that assist users in obtaining information to meet their information needs by harnessing the knowledge or experience of other users. The aim of the SIRTEL'07 Workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who are working on topics related to the application of SIR methods, techniques and systems in educational settings, as well as to present the current status of research in this area to interested researchers and practitioners.

Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-18
The objective of the 3rd Workshop on Learner-Oriented Knowledge Management & KM-Oriented E-Learning is to provide an interdisciplinary forum in which scientists and practitioners can exchange new ideas and applications on Learner-oriented Knowledge Management and the use of Knowledge Management technologies in e-Learning. The workshop will build upon the results of its predecessors LOKMOL’05 which was held at the International Conference on Professional Knowledge Management (WM’05) and LOKMOL’06 which was held at the European Conference for Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL’06).

LODE 2007
Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-18
The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners working at unlocking the educational content hidden in repositories and facilitating the retrieval and exchange of this content. The workshop aims at providing an international forum to highlight the state-of-the-art and discuss the issues and innovative approaches in the field.

Place: Crete, Date: 2007-09-18
International Workshop on Applying Data Mining in e-Learning (ADML'07) is related to the series of Educational data mining workshops organized in conjunction with the AAAI'05, AIED'05, ITS'06, AAAI'06, AIED'07, UM'07, and ICALT'07 conferences. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers in Data Mining, e-Learning, Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Adaptive Educational Hypermedia to discuss the opportunities of applying data mining to e-learning systems. This mix of data mining, e-learning, tutoring system and adaptive hypermedia researchers is also reflected in the program committee.

ECER 2007 Ghent
Place: Ghent, Date: 2007-09-19 - 2007-09-21
Venue: Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium.

Second European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL'07)
Date: 2007-09-19 - 2007-09-20
Second European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL'07) - Creating new learning experiences on a global scale, 19-20 September 2007, Greece

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*** PROLEARN Academy - Measure

Our auto observation tool for scientific communities contains at present 906 projects, of which 218 are newsfeeds, 91 newsletters, 333 web sites, 69 mailinglists and 195 blogs. The number of catched entries totals 29560 for the feeds, of which 0 were retrieved last week. For the newsletters totals 2307 entries, of which 29 were retrieved last week, for the mailinglists there are 59841 entries, of which 468 last week and for the blogs there are 3586 entries, of which 0 last week.

The feed project with the highest activity level last week was Feedwatcher mechanism corrupt or not working, with 0 entries, 0 Feedwatcher mechanism corrupt or not working. The top mailinglist project last week was LM_NET: Library media specialist information exchange, with 276 entries, 18 more than the top-project of the week before - LM_NET: Library media specialist information exchange. The top blog project last week was Blogwatcher mechanism corrupt or not working, with 0 entries, 0 Blogwatcher mechanism corrupt or not working.

There is additional information about the projects in

We are continuously enlarging our project database.

*** Last week were added 6 new projects. These are the following:

6 Web Pages
Learning with games 2007
The aim of â??Learning with Gamesâ? is to promote excellence in the research, production and deployment of Serious Games to support the learning of individuals within the academic, industrial and business environments. The conference covers a wide range of topics, categorized into game development, game design, content creation, mobile games, production, business, user studies, and deployment. The conference will create a multi-disciplinary forum where researchers, developers, artists, producers and industrial and academic users come together to share ideas, knowledge and experience. Moreover Learning with Games 2007 will be to showcase the new approach to the learning that can be achieved using games, making education and training fun and enjoyable. The conference invites leaders from industry, government, funding agencies and academia to join together to exchange ideas/views on the new learning and training tools. Moreover attendees will also able to concretely see the results of these new approaches and evaluate their impact.
  Category: N.A.; in English
IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2007)
Due to its potential to make learning easier, more convenient, and more effective, education is one of the preeminent areas of applications for multimedia.
  Category: N.A.; in English
Third International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning 2007
The Third International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning will be held at The University of Southern Queensland Springfield Campus.
  Category: N.A.; in English
EC-TEL 2007
Second European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning - â??Creating new learning experiences on a global scaleâ?
  Category: N.A.; in English
PerU 2007
Mit dem rasanten Entwicklungsfortschritt hochmobiler Netzwerktechnologien und Geräte eröffnen sich neuartige Perspektiven für verschiedenste Anwendungsgebiete. Zukünftige Interaktionsformen werden neben klassischen Arbeitsplatzrechnern und Notebooks auch andere Infrastrukturen umfassen. In Verbindung mit dem durch proaktive, kontextorientierte Dienste erzielbaren Mehrwert tritt die Technik in den Hintergrund zurück und unterstützt zugleich den Nutzer auf vielfältige Weise durch mehr Komfort und Transparenz in seinen täglichen Handlungen. Pervasive Computing ist eine wichtige Schlüsseltechnologie, die Aus- und Weiterbildungseinrichtungen nicht nur im akademischen Umfeld optimieren und modernisieren wird. Eine Pervasive University stellt somit die konsequente Weiterentwicklung des Konzepts der Notebook University dar.
  Category: N.A.; in German
IFIP Working Group 3.4
Professional and Vocational Education in Information and Communications Technologies WG3.4. is focused on the area of professional and vocational education rather than on specific computing curricula in primary, secondary or tertiary educational institutions. The membership of WG3.4 comprises academics and IT practitioners whose interests are reflected in the conference activities organised by the Working Group over recent years. These include the use of computer-mediated education, the on-going professional education of both IT and non-IT professionals, the activities of national IT professional bodies, the delivery of effective IT vocational education to post-secondary students and the integration of IT into other tertiary curricula.
  Category: N.A.; in German