EC-TEL 2011

Sixth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Towards Ubiquitous Learning

Palermo (Italy), 20 - 23 September 2011

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Learning activities across physical and virtual spaces (AcrossSpaces)

21 September 2011

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Participants at the workshop but also other researchers who have not participated at the workshop, but can report about research related to the topic of AcrossSpaces, are invited to submit a paper to a special issue of the JCR indexed journal Journal of Universal Computer Science (deadline 15 December 2011). For detailed information, please see the call for papers at

http://www.jucs.org/ujs/jucs/info/special_issues/jucs_special_issue_Across_spaces_cfp.pdf

This workshop seeks to foster discussions regarding new educational scenarios and technological solutions that exploit an integrated transfer from physical spaces, such as the classroom or the playground, to virtual spaces, such as virtual learning environments or 3D worlds. This workshop aims at bringing together both educational researchers, technologists and open public working and interested in this topic in order to identify the possibilities and challenges involved in the design and implementation of learning activities across physical and virtual spaces. It is expected that the discussions and relevant knowledge gained in the workshop will be the seed for the generation of a paper to be submitted to a special issue on the topic of the workshop. Those accepted position statements and abstracts will be given the option to be extended into full papers to be also submitted to this special issue.

Programme

9:00-9:15: Introduction

9:15-10:00: Keynote Speaker: David Robert (MIT Media Lab): Through the interreality boundary: playful learning with Alphabot

10:00-10:15: John Cook (London Metropolitan U.): User Generated Contexts Across Spaces – Design Research Perspectives

10:15-10:30: Henriikka Vartiainen, Anu Liljeström, Jorma Enkenberg (U. Eastern Finland): A Model for Design-Oriented Pedagogy to Educate Learners to Meet the Future Needs

10:30-11:15: Mar Pérez Sanagustín (U. Pompeu Fabra), Valérie Emin (ENS Lyon), Davinia Hernández-Leo (U. Pompeu Fabra): Towards the design of learning scenarios combining activities across multiple spaces

10:45-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-11:30: Davinia Hernández-Leo, Mar Pérez-Sanagustín (U. Pompeu Fabra): Group formation in learning flow activities across virtual and physical spaces

11:30-11:45: María Blanca Ibáñez (U. Carlos III de Madrid), Angela Di Serio (U. Simón Bolívar), Carlos Delgado Kloos (U. Carlos III de Madrid): Orchestration Framework for Learning Activities in Augmented Reality Environments

11:45-12:00: David Griffiths, Tim Goddard, Johnson Mark, Kris Popat, Paul Sharples, Scott Wilson (U. Bolton): Bottling the magic dust: an infrastructure for mixed-mode teaching and learning

12:00-12:15: Michael Gardner (U. Essex), Marie-Luce O'Driscoll (U. Bedfordshire): MiRTLE (Mixed-Reality Teaching and Learning Environment): from prototype to production and implementation

12:15-12:30: Gustavo Salvador-Herranz (U. CEU Cardenal Herrera), David Pérez-López, Mariano Alcañiz, Manuel Contero (U. Politècnica de València):Augmented reality at the primary school: a pilot study on a Natural Sciences course

12:30-12:45: María Blanca Ibáñez, David Maroto, José Jesús García Rueda, Derick Leony, Carlos Delgado Kloos (U. Carlos III de Madrid): Architecture for Collaborative Learning Activities in Hybrid Learning Environments

12:45-13:00: Mikhail Fominykh, Ekaterina Prasolova-Forland (Norwegian U. of Science and Technology): Conceptualizing Virtual Research Arena Framework: Learning Activities across Physical and Virtual Spaces

13:00-14:30: Lunch

14:30-17:00: Discussion

  • Brainstorm visions and challenges of technology-supported learning activities performed across spaces. (45 min)
  • Small groups will be formed by members sharing related visions or interested in similar challenges. These groups will further elaborate their visions or approaches to face the identified challenges. (60 min)
  • The workshop will conclude the day with an open discussion exchanging the results of the group, summing up, and depicting a research agenda. (45 min)

Workshop background and aim

Nowadays education does not happen exclusively face-to-face, in the physical space [4]. Neither does it happen exclusively through online tools in the virtual space, like Virtual Learning Environments, blogs or wikis [1]. There is a continuous transfer from one space to another: certain activities are done in the classroom, some are accessed on a web virtual learning environment or a 3D world, then the students perform the activities and collaborate ubiquitously either physically or digitally [2].

This is what has been traditionally understood under the heading of blended learning, but recent technological advances have opened broad opportunities to link these spaces more profoundly, thus enabling the realization of learning activities across spaces that incorporate and coordinate objects from them all. Examples are: the use of augmented reality, that superimposes a digital layer on top of the physical space, providing extra information or linking objects [7]; the use of 3D virtual spaces mirroring the physical space (e.g. showing an image from the physical world coming from a camera) [5]; sensors or RFID technology in the physical space that can provide information such as identity or location to digital applications [6]; or tangible computing devices that enable the manipulation of objects in the physical space that have impact on the digital space [3]…

The main different spaces that can be linked to support innovative activities include virtual learning environments, 3D virtual worlds, physical classrooms and open learning spaces that can be integrated with virtual spaces through roomware, mobile and location-aware technologies. The main question to explore with workshop contributions is How to design and technologically support innovative learning scenarios across physical and virtual spaces? Associated research questions include: What are the opportunities and challenges that learning scenarios across spaces pose to the learners’ assessment? Can educational technology specifications offer interoperability solutions to facilitate the transfer between spaces? How can educators orchestrate, adapt, monitor and evaluate the learning process occurring across different virtual and physical spaces?

Workshop topics

Educational scenarios, technological solutions and evaluation studies focused on learning activities happening across spaces, which can include, but are not limited to:

  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • 3D Virtual Worlds
  • Roomware and other pervasive devices for the classroom
  • Mobile and location-aware technologies for open learning space

Transversal topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures, frameworks, models
  • Design of activities, assessment
  • Interoperability, educational technology specifications, data flow, linked data
  • Orchestration, adaptation, monitoring, evaluation

Related topics include also:

  • Augmented reality
  • Augmented virtuality
  • Mediated reality

Workshop format

The workshop will issue a call for original significant research about the topics mentioned above as position statements (max. 2 pages) and extended abstracts (max. 4 pages). All submitted position statements and extended abstracts will be peerreviewed by at least two members of the program committee. The submissions will be handled through EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acrossspaces2011).

The morning session will be devoted to paper presentations. Based on the contributions, the workshop organizers will prepare a short introduction to the afternoon session in which all the participants in the workshop will be asked to brainstorm visions and challenges of technology-supported learning activities performed across spaces. Small groups will be formed by members sharing related visions or interested in similar challenges. These groups will further elaborate their visions or approaches to face the identified challenges. The workshop will conclude the day with an open discussion exchanging the results of the group, summing up, and depicting a research agenda.

Program Committee

The program committee is composed of the following members:

  • Juan I. Asensio-Pérez, University of Valladolid, Spain
  • Nikolaos Avouris, University of Patras, Greece
  • Josep Blat, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Grainne Conole, Open University, UK
  • John Cook, London Metropolitan University, UK
  • Carlos Delgado-Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Yannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain
  • Valérie Emin, INRP, France
  • Dai Griffiths, University of Bolton, UK
  • Sergio Gutiérrez-Santos, London Knowledge Lab, UK
  • Andreas Harrer, Katholishe Universität, Germany
  • Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Carlo Maria Medaglia, University Di Roma Sapienza, Italy
  • Yishay Mor, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Mario Muñoz-Organero, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Abelardo Pardo, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Ted Selker, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Marcus Specht, Open University of the Netherlands
  • Martin Wolpers, FIT, Germany

Dissemination activities

A website hosting the call for contributions of this workshop will be created. It will include a blog to host the presentations and continue the discussions. Social networks, such as facebook and twitter, and distribution lists from projects (e.g., Stellar, eMadrid) and associations (e.g., EA-TEL, TELSpain) will be employed to distribute information and results of this event.

The discussions and relevant knowledge gained in the workshop will be the seed for the generation of a paper to be submitted to a special issue of the Journal of Universal Computer Science, which we are currently preparing. Those accepted position statements and abstracts will be given the option to be extended into full papers to be also submitted to this special issue.

Important Dates

  • First call for workshop papers: 12 May 2011
  • Submission deadline: 04 July 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: 29 July 2011
  • Camera-ready: 01 September 2011
  • Workshop: 21 September 2011

Organizers

  • Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Carlos Delgado-Kloos, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Juan I. Asensio-Pérez, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

References

1. Alario-Hoyos, C., Wilson, S.: Comparison of the main alternatives to the integration of external tools in different platforms. In: International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, pp. 3466—3476, Madrid (2010)

2. Bruce, B.C.: Ubiquitous learning, ubiquitous computing, and lived experience. In: Networked Learning Conference, Halkidiki, Greece (2008)

3. Dillenbourg, P., Jermann, P.: Technology for Classroom Orchestration. In Khine, M.S., Saleh, I.M. (eds.) New Science of Learning, pp. 525--552. Springer Science + Business Media, New York (2010)

4. Gee, J.P.: Semiotic social spaces and affinity spaces: from The Age of Mythology to today’s schools. In Barton, D., Tusting, K. (eds.) Beyond Communities of Practice: Language, Power and Social Context, pp. 214-232, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (2005)

5. Jarmon, L., Traphagan, T., Mayrath, M., Trivedi, A.: Virtual world teaching, experiential learning, and assessment: An interdisciplinary communication course in Second Life. Computers & Education, 53 (1), 169—182 (2009)

6. Pérez-Sanagustín, M., Ramírez-González, G., Hernández-Leo, D., Muñoz-Organero, M., Santos, P., Blat, J., Delgado Kloos, C.: Discovering the campus together: a mobile and computer-based learning experience. Journal of Networks and Computing Applications, (in press, doi:10.1016/j.jnca.2011.02.011)

7. Priestnall, G., Brown, E., Sharples, M.: A student-led comparison of techniques for augmenting the field experience. In: 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, pp. 195--198 Florida (2009)

EC-TEL 2011

Significantly Supporting Organizations

Ministerio de ciencia e innovació
Desire2Learn
UNIR

Supporting Organizations

FIT
UC3M
EPFL
EATEL
ROLE
eMadridnet
STELLARNET
EATEL
Springer
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