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EC-TEL and I-Know 2014 in Graz

January 11, 2015 Leave a comment

This year I acted as a general chair of EC-TEL 2014 which took place in Graz. It was nice to return and it was even nicer that I-Know 2014 was collocated with EC-TEL so that we had loads of great talks and I met many old colleagues and friends.

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The collocation of the conferences also meant we did have more keynoters than usually. Bernardo Huberman (from HP Labs, on the left) and Etienne Wenger (on the right) joined us for the conference reception.

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I especially enjoyed Etienne Wenger’s opening keynote who gave us some nice tasks to work on during the conference.

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All in all, it was again a great conference. I am looking forward to seeing all again next year!

Keynote given at ICWL2014 – The International Conference on Web-based Learning

August 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Scaling Informal Learning and Meaning Making at the Workplace

The nice thing about this keynote is that (I think) I managed to integrate some of the issues we face at the Learning Layers project revolving around the use of social media in informal learning with ideas around how shared meaning can emerge in social media. The second issue is addressed in the MERITS project thorough a number of experiments and computational modeling of socio-cognitive processes.  In this presentation, I drawn on ideas of a cognitive ecosystem. I introduce results from a classroom experiment in which we were successful to instill different levels of semantic stabilization in four groups of students by means of a very simple manipulation. What happened was quite unexpected for us though …

I got quite some nice questions from the audience as well. Here are some of the ideas I picked up from that discussion:

  • The connection of formal and informal learning: I think the Learning Layers project has a great strength in being able to cross different contexts. Going from a formal school or training setting into the workplace and the other way around. I think this should remind us educators that for the learners, there often is not really that big of a distinction between “formal” and “informal” as we like to think. Students just have to make sense of the different things they encounter in different contexts. And this is what you then call “learning”.
  • What if the learning in a group stabilizes around some misconceptions rather than what is the “right thing to learn”: I get this question a lot. And of course many examples of what comes out of social media conversations shows that this is really a problem. The experiment was not really meant as a “good practice” or blue print of how to run a course. It was merely to study some phenomena that are interesting from a learning perspective (I think) and the means to influence them. The cognitive ecosystems view suggests that we as teachers should be a bit more humble in how strongly we can influence the whole learning process. But the experiment also shows that artefacts introduced into the learning process can have quite a significant influence. So there is hope for us, I guess …

Paper at CIKM 2013: Recommending Tags with a Model of Human Categorization

August 13, 2013 1 comment

This is a great example of successful interdisciplinary research! Paul Seitlinger started out with a psychological model of how people process tags in social web environments. We formalized the model and then conducted a few experiments to validate the model, published at ECCE and CHI.

Thanks to a very successful cooperation with colleagues at TU Graz, we now made it to one of the premier computer science conferences on information and knowledge management with a recommender that is based on these models.

Now it will be used in the Learning Layers project to give intelligent recommendations during human sensemaking tasks.

Seitlinger, P., Kowald, D., Trattner, C., & Ley, T. (2013). Recommending Tags with a Model of Human Categorization. In Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM’13, Oct. 27–Nov. 1, 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA. (p. in press). New York: ACM Press.

Springer Edited Book on Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning is out!

May 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Open and Social Technologies BookSpringer Edited Book on Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning is out!

The book contains selected and revised papers from our conference in Tallinn last year. Thanks also to the co-editors, Mikko, Mart and Arthur, and to all authors!

Ley, T., Ruohonen, M., Laanpere, M., & Tatnall, A. (Eds.). (2013). Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-37285-8

European Conference on Technology-enhanced Learning

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

European Conference on Technology-enhanced Learning

Together with Davinia Hernandez-Leo, I am acting as one of the programme chairs for next year’s EC-TEL conference in Cyprus. The theme is “Scaling up learning for sustained impact”. The first call for papers is now out! So submit your best research in April and join us in September in Cyprus!

Interview at EC-TEL 2012

November 29, 2012 Leave a comment

This year, the local organizers of EC-TEL (CELTECH) have done a tremendous job in disseminating the conference. Among other things, they conducted interviews with all organizers, keynoters and other people. These interviews are now published in this Youtube channel. And below is my interview as the workshop chair, talking about the importance of workshops at EC-TEL, my particular role and elearning in Estonia.

Presentation at I-Know 2012

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I had a first presentation about the Learning Layers Project which will start in November. Stefanie Lindstaedt invited me to present the project at I-Know 2012 in Graz. This was the 11th time (out of 12) that I visited I-Know. It was good to be back in Graz and see colleagues and friends. And I will be back soon … in October, we have booked a family vacation there, and two PhD students will be having their defense.

Learning Layers Presentation in PDF