This workshop will focus on Semantic Web based knowledge representation and engineering approaches and methods for the design, development and experimentation of intelligent educational systems. It will discuss issues related to the use of ontologies and Semantic Web standards for learning content structuring, retrieving, and delivery, services and knowledge components specification, effective intelligent courseware construction, and learner modeling.
SWEL@ITS'08 will be the sixth in the series, following the successful workshop on Concepts and Ontologies in Web-based Educational Systems, held in conjunctions with ICCE'2002 in Auckland, New Zealand, the three sessions of SWEL'04 (in conjunction with ITS'04, AH'04, and ISWC'04), the three sessions in 2005 (in conjunction with AIED'05, ICALT'05, and K-CAP'05), the session in 2006 in conjunction with AH'06, and the session in 2007 in conjunction with AIED'07. It has an established audience and a Web portal hosting related resources - the Ontologies for Education (O4E) Wiki (http://o4e.iiscs.wssu.edu/xwiki/bin/view/Blog/Articles ).
* To discuss the current state-of-the-art in using ontologies and Semantic Web standards in intelligent and distributed educational systems;
* To attract the interest of the related research communities to the problems in the educational Semantic Web and serve as an international platform for knowledge exchange and cooperation between researchers.
Paper submission: 20 April 2008
Notification: 15 May 2008
Camera-ready submission: 24 May 2008
Workshop: 23-24 June 2008
Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
* Building ontologies for e-learning:
- ontology development;
- theoretical issues in ontology engineering;
- lightweight & participatory approaches (e.g. tagging).
* Using ontologies and Semantic Web standards in e-learning applications:
- to represent learning content (knowledge);
- to organize learning repositories / digital libraries;
- to enable sharable learning objects and learner models;
- to allow integrated learning scenarios using several content objects/tools/activities;
- to support authoring of intelligent Web-based educational systems;
- to support adaptive modularised and standardized architectures.
* Using Semantic Web-based contexts for adaptation and personalization of e-learning applications:
- to support personalized information retrieval;
- to support adaptive information filtering;
- to support mobile learning applications personalization.
* Using Semantic Web services in e-learning:
- information retrieval services;
- learning object/learning design services;
- learner modeling services;
- instructional services;
- Web-based educational systems authoring services;
- interoperability of and with these services.
* Educational Semantic Web standards:
- what should be included, e.g. formal languages, rules, metadata, educational modeling languages;
- exploring possible combinations of existing Semantic Web and/or educational standards and mappings between them;
- moving educational standards such as LOM, SCORM & IMS-LD closer to the Semantic Web;
- methods and tools for annotation and reusability of learning objects;
- role of RDF(S), OWL or TML as a basis for educational metadata specification languages.
* Real-world systems, case studies and empirical research for Semantic Web-based educational systems:
- lessons learnt;
- best practices;
- case studies for improved learners, instructors and authors experience.
* Keynote talk - Jim Greer, University of Saskatchewan.
* Paper presentation sessions - 20 minutes per paper including 5 minutes for discussion.
* Poster and Software demonstration and discussion session - 2 hours.
* Discussion Panel (panelists will be invited to present key questions for discussion and their positions on them) - 1 hour.
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.
Submit your papers in electronic form to the workshop organizers at: swel.workshop AT gmail.com
The accepted workshop papers will be printed in the ITS 2008 workshop proceedings. After the workshop, they will be also 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.
Darina Dicheva, Winston-Salem State University, USA Andreas Harrer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany Riichiro Mizoguchi, University of Osaka, Japan
Lora Aroyo, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Paul Brna, University of Glasgow, UK
Cyrille Desmoulins, University of Grenoble, France
Vladan Devedzic, University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Paloma Diaz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Vanja Dimitrova, Univeristy of Leeds, UK
Martin Dzbor, Knowledge Media Institute, UK
Peter Dolog, Aalborg University, Denmark
Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada
Monique Grandbastien, LORIA, France
Jim Greer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Marek Hatala, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Nicola Henze, University of Hanover, Germany
Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia
Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada
Gordon McCalla, Uniersity of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dave Millard, University of Southampton, UK
Tanja Mitrovic, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Ambjörn Naeve, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Hiroaki Ogata, Tokushima University, Japan
Niels Pinkwart, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
Demetrios Sampson, Center for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece
Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcalá, Spain
Sergey Sosnovsky, University of Pitttsburgh, USA
Maria Felisa Verdejo, Univ. Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain