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SWEL'09@AIED'09 - Ontologies and Social Semantic Web for IES - Deadline Extended!

From: Dicheva, Darina <dichevad@wssu.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 21:39:23 -0400
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in conjunction with AIED 2009: The 14th International Conference on 
Artificial Intelligence in Education

Brighton, UK, July 6-10, 2009



An important target for educational Web application researchers and
developers today is to provide means to unite, as much as possible, 
the efforts in creating information and knowledge components that are 
easily accessible, shareable, reusable and modifiable by others. Within 
the educational field, this motivates efforts to achieve 
semantically rich, well-structured, standardised and verified 
learning content. Ontologies and Semantic Web standards allow 
achieving such reusability, shareability and interoperability among 
educational Web resources. Conceptualizations, ontologies and the 
available Web standards such as XML, XTM, RDF(S), OWL, OWL-S, 
RuleML, LOM, SCORM and IMS-LD allow specification of components 
in a standard way. 

The notion of Social Semantic Web describes an emerging design 
approach for building Semantic Web applications which employs 
Social Software approaches. Social Semantic Web systems are usually 
characterized through their emphasis on collaborative creation, 
usage and continuous refinement of Semantic Web structures by 
groups of humans. Social Semantic Web systems typically elicit 
domain knowledge through semi-formal ontologies, taxonomies or 

Ontologies, Semantic Web and Social Semantic Web techniques offer 
new perspectives on intelligent educational systems by supporting 
more adequate and accurate representations of learners, their 
learning goals, learning material and contexts of its use, as well 
as more efficient access and navigation through learning resources. 
The SWEL'09@AIED'09 workshop, the seventh in the SWEL workshop series, 
will focus on the best practices of using these technologies for knowledge 
representation, adaptation and personalization in educational settings. 
We will discuss lessons learned, benefits and further steps to be undertaken.

Workshop goals
* to discuss the current state-of-the-art in using ontologies and 
Semantic Web standards in e-learning applications

* to attract the interest of the related research communities to 
the problems in the educational Social Semantic Web and serve as an 
international platform for knowledge exchange and cooperation 
between researchers  

Important Dates
Paper submission: April 30, 2009
Notification:     May 25, 2009
Camera-ready due: June 10, 2009
Workshop:         July 7, 2009

Workshop topics
Appropriate topics for the AIED'09 edition of the SWEL workshop 
include but are not limited to: 

* Building ontologies for e-learning:
- ontology development
- theoretical issues in ontology engineering

* Using ontologies and Semantic Web standards in e-learning 
- to represent learning content (knowledge) 
- to organize learning repositories / digital libraries
- to enable sharable learning objects and learner models
- to support authoring of intelligent Web-based educational systems
- to support adaptive modularised and standardized architectures 
- to exchange user model information between Semantic Web 
- to facilitate the reuse of content and tools in different 
  contexts and cultures

* Using Semantic Web and Social Web techniques for adaptation and 
  personalization of e-learning applications: 
- to support personalized information retrieval
- to support adaptive information filtering
- to support mobile learning applications personalization
- to support exchange of user model information between semantic 
  web applications - reuse of content and tools in different 
  contexts and cultures
- to support intelligent learning group formation
- to support collaborative learning

* Educational dimensions of the Social Semantic Web:
- collaborative tagging of learning resources
- semi-formal ontologies, taxonomies and folksonomies in education
- social perspective: motivations and benefits of Social Semantic 
  Web approaches in education

* Real-world systems, case studies and empirical research for 
  semantics-based Web educational systems:
- lessons learnt
- best practices
- case studies for improved learners, instructors and authors 
- case studies of successful integrations of Web2.0 applications as 

* Semantic Web applications for learning and teaching support in 
  Higher Education:
- pedagogical application and use-cases (existing and envisaged) 
  of semantic technologies in education
- applications of semantic technologies to support learners and 

Workshop Format
* Keynote talk: 
  Learner Models as Metadata to Support E-Learning,  
  Gord McCalla, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

* Paper presentation sessions  
* Poster & Software demonstration and discussion session

High quality research papers are encouraged, including position 
papers  and work in progress, in order to present the current state 
of the art on various perspectives of intelligent educational 
systems within the context of educational Semantic Web. They will 
serve as an input for a scientific discussion to identify main 
problems and to set the basis for novel solutions. Participation 
of young researchers is encouraged. All submissions will be 
reviewed by at least two PC members.

Participants can submit full papers up to 10 pages, short and 
position papers up to 5 pages, and posters up to 3 pages. 

Papers should be formatted in compliance with the AIED'09 paper 
format (see htp://www.iospress.nl/). Follow the link from the IOS
homepage via Books and Authors Corner to Book Publishing and then
to Instructions and tools for book authors.

Template for Word users: 
Template for Latex users: 

Submit your papers in PDF format via EasyChair at

Workshop proceedings
The accepted workshop papers will be printed in the AIED 2009 
Workshop proceedings. After the workshop, they will also
be made available online at the SWEL workshop website. 
Possibilities will be investigated to publish the best workshop 
papers in a special issue of a refereed journal.

Workshop Organizers
Niels Pinkwart, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
Darina Dicheva, Winston-Salem State University, USA
Riichiro Mizoguchi, University of Osaka, Japan

Workshop Committee
Lora Aroyo, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Ig Ibert Bittencourt, Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil 
Paul Brna, University of Glasgow, UK 
Patrick Carmichael, University of Cambridge, UK
Evandro Costa, Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil
Hugh Davis, University of Southampton, UK
Cyrille Desmoulins, University of Grenoble, France 
Vladan Devedzic, University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro 
Paloma Diaz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain 
Lydia Lau, Univeristy of Leeds, UK 
Martin Dzbor, Knowledge Media Institute, UK 
Peter Dolog, Aalborg University, Denmark 
Serge Garlati, Institut TELECOM, TELECOM Bretagne, France  
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada 
Monique Grandbastien, LORIA, France 
Andreas Harrer, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany 
Yusuke Hayashi, University of Osaka, Japan 
Jelena Jovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro 
Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia 
Niki Lambropoulos, London South Bank University, London, UK 
Gordon McCalla, Uniersity of Saskatchewan, Canada 
Erica Melis, DFKI, Germany 
Dave Millard, University of Southampton, UK 
Tanja Mitrovic, University of Canterbury, New Zealand 
Margarida Romero, Université de Toulouse II, FR 
Demetrios Sampson, Center for Research and Technology, Greece 
Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcalá, Spain 
Sergey Sosnovsky, University of Pitttsburgh, USA 
Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton, UK

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