2nd International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of Data
– 17 April 2012, World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2012, Lyon, France –
This workshop will provide a forum to discuss approaches making use of Web Data resources and technologies, especially Linked Data, for teaching, learning and education. Distance teaching and openly available educational resources on the Web are becoming common practices with public higher education institutions as well as private training organisations realising the benefits of online resources. However, most of the research in E-learning has been focusing on creating a variety of metadata formats and environments for the exchange of educational resources. This has led to a fragmented landscape of Web standards and approaches used in the educational domain to expose resources, ranging from domain-specific educational standards such as IEEE LOM or ADL SCORM, to general-purpose approaches such as Dublin Core or Web interface mechanisms such as OAI-PMH or SQI. Consequently, it is not only the case that interoperability between repositories of educational resources remains a challenge, but also that educational Web resources remain underexploited, as their connection, reuse and repurposing are barely supported by such technologies.
In the meantime, the Semantic Web has redefined itself throughout the last years as a Web of “Linked Data”. That was achieved by establishing principles that support sharing of large datasets on the Web together with a technology stack – fundamentally based on the use of URIs, RDF, and SPARQL – aimed at facilitating these principles. The huge success and widespread adoption of the Linked Data approach has led to the availability of vast amounts of public data such as DBPedia , WordNet RDF or the data.gov.uk initiative. To this end, the Linked Data movement is also supporting the exposure of large amounts of reusable data and resources, ranging from domain-specific expert vocabularies to, for instance, data about cultural heritage (e.g., the Europeana dataset ), which has the potential to fundamentally aid and transform the production, delivery and consumption of educational services and content. More recently, these approaches started to get adopted by education institutions, with Linked Data technologies being used to expose public information regarding course offering, open educational resources and educational facilities in a readily accessible and reusable way. This has lead to the creation of an embryonic “Web of Educational Data” including institutions such as the Open University (UK) or the National Research Council (Italy), as well as Linked Data about publicly available educational resources, such as the mEducator – Linked Educational Resources . While the very nature of the Linked Data approach thus clearly offers promising solutions that can potentially transform education, it is not yet adopted widely within the educational field. Building on the overwhelming success of Linked Learning 2011, the Linked Learning 2012 workshop aims at providing a forum for researchers and practitioners making innovative use of Linked Data technologies for educational purposes on the Web to discuss, exchange and disseminate their work.
/ OBJECTIVES & TOPICS
The LILE2012 workshop will be a highly interactive forum for exploring the promises of the Web of Linked Data in the broad area of education by gathering researchers from the areas of the Semantic Web, Social Web, E-Learning, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), Open Educational Repositories, pedagogy and education. We will welcome high-quality papers about actual trends in (a) how education takes advantage of the Web of Data, especially through Linked Data technologies and (b) how Linked Data principles are being applied in educational contexts. We will seek application-oriented, as well as more theoretical papers and position papers in the following, non-exhaustive list of topics:
- Linked data for informal learning
- Using the Web of Data for personalisation and context-awareness in E-Learning
- Usability and advanced user interfaces in learning environments and linked data
- Light-weight educational metadata schemas
- Exposing learning objects to the Web of Data
- Semantic & syntactic mappings between educational metadata schemas
- Controlled vocabularies, ontologies and terminologies for E-Learning
- Personal & mobile learning environments on the Web
- Learning flows and designs with Semantic Web technologies
- Linked data in (visual) learning analytics and educational data mining
- Linked data in organizational learning and learning organizations
- Linked data for harmonizing individual learning goals and organizational objectives
- Competency management with linked data
- Collaborative learning on the Web of Data
- Linked-data enhanced social learning
We welcome the following types of contributions.
- Short (up to 3 pages) and full (up to 6 pages) research papers
- Poster abstracts and system demonstrations should not exceed 2 pages.
All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted according to the ACM format. Please submit your contributions electronically in PDF format via the LILE2012 submission system at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lile2012.
Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop. The main workshop proceedings will be published as a volume at CEUR Workshop Proceedings. Furthermore, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a dedicated journal special issue. A best paper award will be kindly provided by the workshop sponsors.
/ IMPORTANT DATES
- 170 February 2012 (EXTENDED): Full & short research paper submission deadline
- 05 March 2012: Notification of acceptance
- 05 March 2012: Poster & demo submission deadline
- 20 March 2012: Camera-ready paper
- 17 April 2012: LinkedLearning 2012 workshop day
The workshop programme will be made available via the main workshop site at http://lile2012.linkededucation.org. To receive news about the workshop and related activities, please subscribe to linkededucation.org via the subscription form to the right.
/ PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
- Lora Aroyo, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Soeren Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
- Panagiotis Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Charalampos Bratsas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Dan Brickley, W3C & Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Christopher Brooks, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
- Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
- Gianluca Demartini, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
- Darina Dicheva, Winston-Salem State University, USA
- Vania Dimitrova, University of Leeds, UK
- Nikolas Dovrolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
- Hendrik Drachsler, Open University of the Netherlands
- Hannes Ebner, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
- Marek Hatala, Simon Fraser University, Canada
- Nicola Henze, L3S Research Center, Germany
- Eelco Herder, L3S Research Center, Germany
- Jelena Jovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
- Eleni Kaldoudi, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
- Carsten Keßler, University of Münster, Germany
- Ivana Marenzi, L3S Research Center, Germany
- David Millard, University of Southampton, UK
- Lyndon Nixon, Semantic Technologies Institute, Austria
- Carlos Pedrinaci, The Open University, UK
- Melody Siadaty, Athabasca University, Canada
- Davide Taibi, Institute for Educational Technologies, Italian National Research Council, Italy
- Vlad Tanasescu, Cardiff University, UK
- Dhavalkumar Thakker, University of Leeds, UK
- Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton, UK
- Carlo Torniai, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
- Hong Quing Yu, The Open University, UK
- Amal Zouaq, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada
STEFAN DIETZE (http://purl.org/dietze) Stefan Dietze is a senior researcher at the L3S Research Center of the Leibniz University Hanover (Germany). Previous affiliations include the Knowledge Media Institute (The Open University, UK) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (Berlin, Germany). His main research interests are in Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies and their application to Web data integration problems in domains such as education. He has been involved in leading roles in numerous EU projects, such as LUISA, NoTube or mEducator, where the main focus was to exploit semantic technologies and service-orientation to data and service integration problems. Stefan’s work has been published throughout major conferences and journals in the area of Semantic Web, Web Services or Technology-Enhanced Learning and he is chair, reviewer and committee member for a large number of scientific events and publications.
MATHIEU D’AQUIN (http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/mathieu) Mathieu d’Aquin is a research fellow at the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University, and his research activities focus on the Semantic Web, and especially on methods and tools to build intelligent applications exploiting online knowledge. More recently, he has been working on applications producing and consuming linked data, especially for education and research (for instance, data.open.ac.uk). Mathieu has published many papers in major conferences and journals in the Semantic Web area and has been involved in the organisation of events such as the IWOD series of workshops (http://ontologydynamics.org) and the SSSW summer school (http://sssw.org).
DRAGAN GASEVIC (http://dgasevic.athabascau.ca) is a Canada Research Chair in Semantic Technologies and an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, IBM CAS Faculty Fellow, and an associated research member of the GOOD OLD AI Research Network at the University of Belgrade. His research interests include semantic technologies, software language engineering, technology-enhanced learning, and service-oriented architectures. Being a principal investigator in several national and international research projects, he is a recipient of Alberta Innovates Technology Futures’ 2008 New Faculty Award for his research on families of semantically-enhanced business processes and service-oriented systems. Being a (co-)author of numerous research papers and often keynote speaker, he is the lead author of the book monograph Model Driven Engineering and Ontology Development published in two editions by Springer in 2006 and 2009. Being committed to the development of the international research community and the concept of cross-community engineering, Dragan has (co-)founded several new conferences (e.g., SLE and LAK), has served as a chair and member of numerous steering and program committees, and edited several journal special issues and books.
/ PAST EDITIONS: LINKED LEARNING 2011
This is the second edition of Linked Learning. The first edition (Linked Learning 2011: 1st International Workshop on E-Learning Approaches for the Linked Data Age) was held together with the 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC2011 in Heraklion, Crete in May 2011. The workshop was a great success, being one of the best-attended workshops during ESWC2011 featuring 13 high quality paper presentations, inspiring keynotes and very enthusiastic and engaging presentations and discussions. Several related follow-up activities can be seen as another sign of the success of the event: four outstanding papers from the workshop were selected to be published in the ESWC-2011 post-proceedings (in addition to the general workshop proceedings), and extended versions of some of the workshop papers were invited to submit to a special issue of Interactive Learning Environments dedicated to the workshop theme which is guest-edited by the workshop chairs.
For any questions, please contact the organisers via firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information and updates to the workshop can be found via the main workshop site at http://lile2012.linkededucation.org.