Friday, August 12, 2011

Workshop: Social and Personal Computing for Web-Supported Learning Communities (SPeL 2011)

The website with the call for papers is at: and the schedule for SPeL 2011 is as follows:

September 7, 2011 Abstract submission
September 10, 2011 Workshop paper submission
October 5, 2011 Workshop paper notification
October 15, 2011 Camera ready paper & Registration
December 8-10, 2011 ICWL 2011 conference

The workshop follows the previous SPeL 2008, SPeL 2009 and SPeL 2010 workshops. The general topic of the workshop is the social and personal computing for web-supported learning communities.

Web-based learning is moving from centralized, institution-based systems to a decentralized and informal creation and sharing of knowledge. Social software (e.g., blogs, wikis, podcasts, media-sharing services) is increasingly being used for e-learning purposes, helping to create novel learning experiences and knowledge. In the world of pervasive Internet, learners are also evolving: the so-called "digital natives" want to be in constant communication with their peers, they expect an individualized instruction and a personalized learning environment, which automatically adapt to their individual needs.