Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CALL for papers - Conference Theme: Transforming Education in the Big Data Era

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ICCE2015: The 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education
November 30 - December 4,2015
Hangzhou, China
Web page: http://icce2015.zjut.edu.cn
Conference Theme: Transforming Education in the Big Data Era

Paper Submission Due: May 12,2015
Notification of Acceptance: August 4,2015

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Organized by Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE)
    http://www.apsce.net/
Hosted by: Zhejiang University of Technology,
    Collaborative and Innovative Center for Educational Technology, China

ICCE 2015 is a premier annual international forum for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and people in the industry in the Asia-Pacific region to connect with international research communities for the worldwide dissemination and sharing of ideas for research in the field of Computers in Education.

The conference program will comprise keynotes, invited talks, paper presentations and poster sessions, workshops, tutorials, interactive events and Doctoral Student Consortia. All the accepted papers in the main conference, workshops and Doctoral Student Consortium will be published in proceedings which will be indexed by Elsevier Bibliographic Databases (e.g., Scopus, Engineering
Village and others).

Sub-Conferences:
  • C1: Artificial Intelligence in Education/Intelligent Tutoring System (AIED/ITS)
  •     and Adaptive Learning (AL)
  • C2: Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and Learning Sciences (LS)
  • C3: Advanced Learning Technologies, Open Educational Content, and
  •     Standards (ALS)
  • C4: Classroom, Ubiquitous and Mobile Technologies Enhanced Learning (CUMTEL)
  • C5: Digital Game and Digital Toy Enhanced Learning and Society (GTEL&S)
  • C6: ICCE Conference on Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
  • C7: Practice-driven Research, Teacher Professional Development and Policy of
  •     ICT in Education (PTP)

Paper categories and page limits:
  •     Full paper (8-10 pages)
  •     Short paper (5-6 pages)
  •     Poster paper (2-3 pages)

Conference Organization:
  •   Conference Chair:  Siu Cheung KONG, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  •   International Program Committee (IPC) Coordination Chair:    Hiroaki Ogata, Kyushu University, Japan
  •   International Program Committee (IPC) Coordination Co-Chair:    Weiqin Chen, University of Bergen, Norway
  •   Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chair:    Feiyue Qiu, Zhejiang University of Technology, China

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ICWL 2015 Call for Papers - Submission June 2

As other years before, I'm glad to be part of the Programme Committee for the International Conference on Web-based Learning! This year it will be organised by Hong Kong Web Society.  The call for papers below.



The 14th International Conference on Web-Based Learning
ICWL 2015
Guangzhou, China
5 - 8 November, 2015
http://www.cityu.edu.hk/merc/icwl/icwl2015home.htm

ICWL is an annual international conference on web-based learning organised by Hong Kong Web Society. The first ICWL was held in Hong Kong in 2002. Since then, it has been held in Australia (2003), China (2004), Hong Kong (2005), Malaysia (2006), United Kingdom (2007), China (2008), Germany (2009), China (2010), Hong Kong (2011), Romania (2012), Taiwan (2013) and Estonia (2014).

ICWL 2015 will be the 14th ICWL conference and will be held in Guangzhou, China. The conference program will feature keynote addresses, workshops, panels, posters, demos and industry track, in addition to presentations of refereed papers that have been selected by the international program committee. A special attention will be paid on collaboration and exchange of knowledge between our local communities. We especially invite joint contributions from colleagues coming from different continents. We plan a special issue for collaborative papers expressing the spirit of ICWL, to be a truly international conference. In addition we will provide an Asian-Australian-European Research Exchange Forum for presentations from funded research projects.

Conference topics

Areas of interest include but are not limited to the following:

* Personalized and Adaptive Learning
* Computer Support for Intelligent Tutoring
* Intelligent Tools for Visual Learning
* Informal Learning on the Workplace
* Web-based Learning for Oriental Languages Learning
* Game-based Learning and Serious Games
* Personal Learning Environments (PLE)
* Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
* Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
* Web 2.0 and Social Learning Environments
* HTML5 Web-based Learning
* Virtual environments and 3D graphics for e-learning
* Intelligent Learner and Group Modelling
* Learning Analytics
* Human Factors and Affective Computing for Learning
* E-Learning Platforms and Tools
* Design, Model and Framework of e-Learning Systems
* Deployment, Organization and Management of Learning Objects
* Open educational resources (OER)
* E-Learning Metadata and Standards
* Semantic Web and Ontologies for E-Learning
* Mobile, Situated and Blended Learning
* Bring your own Device (BYOD)
* Cloud-based Learning
* Pedagogical Issues

Important deadlines

Abstract submission deadline: June 2, 2015
Full paper submission deadline: June 9, 2015
Notification of paper acceptance: July 14, 2015
Camera-ready papers and registration: August 10, 2015

Conference dates: 5 - 8 November, 2015

Paper Submission & Publication

Authors are invited to submit original papers reporting on research results or novel applications in technology-enhanced learning. Submissions will be handled through EasyChair https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icwl2015

Papers for submission should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS Authors Guidelines and have maximum 10 pages. Since the review process will be double-blind, the submitted manuscript should not contain the authors’ names, affiliations, or any information that may disclose the authors’ identity. All papers should be submitted in PDF format.

All accepted papers presented at the conference will be published as a volume in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Conference Co-Chairs:
- Jun Zhang, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
- Balta Fernandez Manjon, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Rynson Lau, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Program Co-Chairs:
- Frederick Li, Durham University, United Kingdom
- Mart Laanpere, Tallinn University, Estonia
- Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Steering Committee Representative:
- Qing Li, HKWS

Organization Chair:
- Wenyin Liu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Local Arrangement Chair:
- Xiaonan Chen, Sun Yat-Sen University, China

Workshop Co-Chairs:
- Zhiguo Gong, Macau University, Macau
- Yiwei Cao, IMC Information Multimedia Communication AG, Germany

Publication Chair:
- Jeff Tang, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong

Publicity Chair:
- Elvira Popescu, University of Craiova, Romania

Finance Co-Chair:
- Howard Leung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Web Master:
- Zhangjun Yan, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Conference Secretary:
- Christina Tai, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Program Committee to be announced

About Guangzhou

Guangzhou (also romanized as: Canton) is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province in South China. Located on the Pearl River, about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port. One of the five National Central Cities, it holds sub-provincial administrative status. Guangzhou is the third largest Chinese city and the largest city in South Central China. As of the 2010 census, the city's administrative area had a population of 12.78 million. Some estimates place the population of the entire Pearl River Delta Mega City built up area as high as 40 million, with an area of about 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq mi). In 2012 Guangzhou was identified as a Beta+ World City by the global city index produced by the GaWC, the Globalization and
World Cities Research Network.

About Sun Yat-sen University

Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen (also called Sun Zhongshan), a great democratic revolutionary leader of the 20th century. The University is located in Guangdong Province, an area neighboring Hong Kong and Macao, which is at the forefront of China's reform and opening up.

Being one of the leading universities in China, Sun Yat-sen University is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology, and management sciences. It has about 82,384 students studying on four campuses in Guangzhou and Zhuhai. Benefiting from its location near Hong Kong and Macao and the regional advantage of
opening and economic development, the university has become an important base for training high-level talents, scientific research, providing services to society and inheriting cultural traditions. The University has also successfully built international cooperation and exchange relationships with many top universities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2010-2011, Sun Yat-sen
University was ranked in the top 200 in the world. At present, Sun Yat-sen University covers a total area of 5.972 square kilometers and has 4 campuses: Guangzhou South Campus, Guangzhou North Campus, Guangzhou East Campus, and Zhuhai Campus.
ICWL is an annual international conference on web-based learning organised by Hong Kong Web Society....

Monday, December 01, 2014

ICALT 2015 - Call for papers open until January 20, 2015

This year again, I'm pleased to be part of the Program Committee of the 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT2015)! The conference will be held in Hualien, Taiwan from 6-9 July 2015.

The call for paper is out with a deadline of January 20th, 2015 for the submission of papers (Full Paper, Short Paper, Poster).

See more about the conference here.
Emerging technologies keep transforming not only the ways people learn but what they learn as well. Access to learning is nowadays moving beyond defined pathways and discrete courses. It rather integrates formal and informal learning experiences throughout life. Learning is structured around flexible curricula that accommodate needs of diverse student audiences, and offer access to courses, content, and resources through a variety of platforms, devices, and contexts. This change of the way people access learning poses quandaries for educational organisations, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, especially with regards to the development of advanced technologies that accommodate the needs of a new generation of learners; the choice of appropriate technologies; and the application of learning technologies in emerging learning contexts. 

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Study on Khan Academy - non of the teachers used flipped classroom...

Khan Academy is a really intriguing platform. I remember the first time when hearing of it, it was in 2009, Khan himself presented it in the BigIdeasFest in California. He had just received a big grand from Bill Gates to develop it further. I had a hard time imagining what was so cool about it. After all, it was a very classical way of "frontal teaching" where a teacher walks you through a problem. Well, this was in 2009, life before the hype on MOOCs, flipped classroom hype, etc... :)

So after lots of talk about Khan Academy, today, I was glad to find this piece of research on teachers' use of Khan Academy: How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy? (comment: Funnily enough, the starting point of Khan Academy was not to be used as part of formal educational context, but rather as a "catch up tool" when the teacher wasn't really doing his/her job as ought to.)

An interesting finding:
While Khan Academy videos are often associated with the flipped classroom model in which teachers assign instructional videos to be watched at home, none of the teachers in this study used that model. And though some educators have used Khan Academy videos as a launching point for project-based learning models, none of the teachers in this study reported using that model.

So instead of an innovative new way of using the resources, teachers often resorted back to their usual classroom organisation, namely to using Khan Academy resources as part of a rotational model (some use it, while others use pen&paper and a third group receives face2face lesson), for remediation purposes or as part of self-paced studies.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ICWL 2014: the 13th International Conference on Web-based Learning


One of my favourite conferences on e-learning is the International Conference on Web-based Learning. This year it takes place in Tallinn, Estonia on 13-16 August 2014. Also one of my favourite Nordic capitals! And I'm also glad to be able to serve as part of the Programme Committee again :)

The call is out now at:
http://www.hkws.org/conference/icwl2014/

Find below the conference topics and areas of interest. They include but are not limited to the following:

* Personalized and Adaptive Learning
* Computer Support for Intelligent Tutoring
* Intelligent Tools for Visual Learning
* Web-based Learning for Oriental Languages Learning
* Game-based Learning
* Personal Learning Environments (PLE)
* Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
* Web 2.0 and Social Learning Environments
* HTML5 Web-based Learning
* Virtual environments and 3D graphics for e-learning
* Intelligent Learner and Group Modelling
* Learning Analytics
* Human Factors and Affective Computing for Learning
* E-Learning Platforms and Tools
* Design, Model and Framework of e-Learning Systems
* Deployment, Organization and Management of Learning Objects
* E-Learning Metadata and Standards
* Semantic Web and Ontologies for E-Learning
* Mobile, Situated and Blended Learning
* Cloud-based Learning
* Pedagogical Issues


Paper Submission & Publication
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Authors are invited to submit original papers reporting on research
results or novel applications in technology-enhanced learning. Submissions
will be handled through EasyChair:
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icwl2014.

Papers for submission should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS
Authors Guidelines
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0) and have
maximum 10 pages. Since the review process will be double-blind, the
submitted manuscript should not contain the authors' names, affiliations,
or any information that may disclose the authors' identity. All papers
should be submitted in PDF format.

All accepted papers presented at the conference will be published as a
volume in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).


Important Dates
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Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2014
Full paper submission deadline: March 8, 2014
Notification of paper acceptance: April 15, 2014
Camera-ready papers due: May 8, 2014
Conference dates: August 13-16, 2014


Conference Organization
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General Co-Chairs:
* Howard Leung, City University of Hong Kong
* Mart Laanpere, Tallinn University, Estonia

Program Committee Co-Chairs:
* Elvira Popescu, University of Craiova, Romania
* Rynson Lau, City University of Hong Kong
* Kai Pata, Tallinn University, Estonia

Steering Committee Representatives:
* Qing Li, City University of Hong Kong
* Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
* Yueh-Min Huang, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

Workshop Co-Chairs:
* Yiwei Cao, IMC Information Multimedia Community AG, Germany
* Terje Väljataga, Tallinn University, Estonia
* Jeff Tang, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong

Publicity Chair:
* Mohammad Smadi, Tallinn University, Estonia

Poster Chair:
* Vladimir Tomberg, Tallinn University, Estonia

Local Organization Chair:
* Kairit Tammets, Tallinn University, Estonia


Please refer to the conference website
(http://www.hkws.org/conference/icwl2014) for more information.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Travel hints: places in Sevilla and Triana

I've now spent about 5 and a half months in Sevilla. It's been a great discovery so far, I'm loving it. Here are some of my favourites.

To visit:

Tapas:



My hood, TRIANA


  • Drinks by the river on the Triana site offers the best view on Sevilla. I often sit at Cafe de la Prenza on Calle Betis as it's really close to home.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A great talk about simple laws that govern growth

I especially like the part starting at 9.3 min. where he talks about how cities are network:
"cities are network and the most important network of cities is you. Cities are just a physical manifestation of your interactions, our interactions, and the clustering and grouping of individuals"
However, a word of warning: read the comments and the critical discussion! 
"Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.

Physicist Geoffrey West believes that complex systems from organisms to cities are in many ways governed by simple laws -- laws that can be discovered and analyzed."