Francesca Pozzi and Donatella Persico
Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche (ITD) - CNR
Via De Marini 6 - 16149 Genova
Tel. +39.10.6475338 - Fax +39.10.6475300
Emails: (pozzi, persico)@itd.cnr.it
Scientific Committee(to be completed)
Ulriche Cress, Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC), Germany
Thanasis Daradoumis, Department of Computer Science -Open
University of Catalonia, Spain and Department of Cultural Informatics -
University of the Aegean, Greece
Stavros Demetriadis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Pierre Dillenbourg, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Suisse
Yannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain
Bernhard Ertl, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany Patrick Jermann, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne,
Heinz Mandl, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany
Symeon Retalis, University of Piraeus - Department of Technology
Education & Digital Systems, Greece Armin Weinberger, Saarland University, Germany.
The STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous(March 28th - 31st,
2011, La Clusaz, France)
The Alpine Rendez-Vous (ARV) is an event supported by the STELLAR
Network of Excellence (www.stellarnet.eu),
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) researcher capacity at European
level. The ARV is an atypical, informal gathering, lasting three and a
half days. It is composed of a set of independent workshops located at
the same time in the same hotel. Four workshops run in parallel during
the first part of the ARV and four during the second part. It's called
"Rendez-Vous" because shared events are organized in the middle of the
week (Tuesday evening) and because breaks and meals are set up in a way
that promotes informal encounters between participants from the
different workshops. Finally, it is called "Alpine" because it gathers
scientists in the Alps, away from their workplace routines, in a place
where snow is used as "social facilitator." For more information about
the ARV 2011, see http://www.stellarnet.eu/programme/wp3/rendez-vous
This workshop will take place during the first part of the ARV 2011,
on March 28th and 29th, and is entitled "Structuring online
collaboration through 3Ts: Task, Time and Teams". The workshop
to bring together researchers (not necessarily STELLAR members) who
have worked on the general issue of "structuring online collaboration"
with different approaches, be it collaboration techniques, strategies,
scripts, content schemes, or any other type of structuring technique.
In order to allow and foster a productive discussion, in this workshop
we propose to regard Task, Teams and Time as fundamental components to
structure students' activities. The idea is to look at the 3Ts
main dimensions along which structure can be provided to scaffold
interactions among learners. From this point of view, we propose that
the 3Ts should be considered as a unifying and common backbone
discussion among people who traditionally orient their research efforts
towards different design approaches.
Workshop participants are expected to express their opinion and vision
about the 3Ts and their power to represent in a complete and
functional way the different structuring techniques.
The workshop aims to gather scattered research results and identify
possible joint research frameworks addressing the following issues:
- Role of the 3Ts in structured collaboration (i.e.
learners through the 3Ts):
- looking insidel each T (identifying subcomponents to scaffold
collaboration, understanding 3Ts' nature and reciprocal
- relationships between instructional design approaches and 3Ts;
- representational issues related to the 3Ts' structure
format, IMS LD, patterns or swimlane description, etc.).
- Orchestrating learning through the 3Ts:
- freedom and constraints of orchestrating the 3Ts;
- teacher's role in orchestrating the 3Ts;
- computer's role in orchestrating the 3Ts;
- students' role in controlling the Ts.
The workshop activities are therefore framed within an intersection of
the two STELLAR Grand Challenges, "Connecting learners" and
"Orchestrating learning", as these have been defined in STELLAR
The workshop will provide input to the Grand Challenges by formulating
a joint vision of the participants on the issue "structuring online
collaboration" and by proposing a set of "Small or Medium Challenges"
that participants deem worth tackling in the near future.
The workshop will take the form of a blended event, composed of a
preliminary online session and a main face-to-face session (to be held
at the ARV).
In particular, before the ARV, a virtual event will be held by using
the STELLAR communication platform TELeurope.
A discussion group will
be created, launched and managed by the workshop organizers and will
involve all the perspective participants and Scientific Committee
members. Through this facility, workshop participants will be able to
share some materials (abstracts of their presentations and/or
previously published papers), which will be used during the
face-to-face event as a common background. The face-to-face event at
the ARV will start from a re-elaboration by the organizers of the
concepts and ideas emerged within the TELeurope group. This will allow
participants to have an immediate overall view of the issue and of how
their work can be collocated within the other participants' vision.
Call for Participation
Interested researchers, practitioners and educators are warmly invited
to submit a proposal to email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org by October
31st, 2010, through
the ad hoc application form (downloadable at http://www.itd.cnr.it/page.php?ID=STELLARWorkshop&FlagSelected=en).
You do not have to be a STELLAR member to respond to this call and
apply for financial support (see next section).
Each proposal will consist of an abstract, which should indicate which
type of participation is envisaged (see below - Discussant or
Discussant: Discussants are those who are interested in the
topic "structuring online collaboration" and are developing some
experience about it. Their application (see application form at http://www.itd.cnr.it/page.php?ID=STELLARWorkshop&FlagSelected=en)
include a summary of their background and prior relevant experience and
their objectives in participating in this workshop, as well as their
position with respect to the three Ts approach.
Presenter: Presenters are people who have developed extensive
experience in the field and wish to contribute to the workshop with a
short presentation of their work and/or proposals that might help
setting the stage for the workshop activities. To this end, Presenters
may also bring to the workshop any material they believe might serve as
a bases for further activities, such as, for example, transcripts of
online interactions between students, content schemes, CSCL software,
provided that they are understandable to an English speaking audience.
Their application (see application form at http://www.itd.cnr.it/page.php?ID=STELLARWorkshop&FlagSelected=en)
should include the same information required to the Discussants plus an
abstract of their presentation.
Output of the workshop
The organizers are willing to make an effort for the workshop outcomes
to take the form of some publishable output (journal special issue or
book). However, this possibility is subject to participants'
willingness and interest. This matter will therefore be discussed
during the workshop itself.
Deadline for applications: October 31st, 2010
Notification of acceptance: November 30th, 2010
Workshop online preparation session: Early March, 2011
Workshop dates: March 28th and 29th, 2011
ARV 2010: March 28th- 31st, 2011
STELLAR will be able to fund food and lodging for 3 nights as well as
the community event on Tuesday, March 29th for 10 selected participants
(regardless of whether they are STELLAR members or not). Traveling
expenses are to be paid by individual participants.
The third biennial ARV will take place in the French Alps in the Massif
des Arravis at a beautiful ski resort called La Clusaz (hotel Alpen
There will be some free time in the afternoons for TEL community
building during winter activities.