Scaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact – the proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Technology-enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) – have been published by Springer. I co-edited the book together with Davinia Hernández-Leo, Ralf Klamma and Andreas Harrer.
The book makes available all the selected papers we had at EC-TEL this year. This was a great effort by all programme committee members as we had a record number of 194 submissions in the review categories this year leading to 542 reviews that were performed.
We therefore had an acceptance rate for full papers of 22.8%. I think this shows that EC-TEL has become a great quality conference over the years.
I thank all the co-organizers as well as all members of the programme committee for such a great effort.
The book can be downloaded from the Springer Link Library: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-40814-4
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.
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.
Together with 20 partners throughout Europe, I recently submitted a grant to the European 7th Framework Programme, called Learning Layers. The project looks at how information technologies can be scaled up to support informal workplace learning in regional clusters of small and medium sized enterprises.
It now looks like we have secured funding, placing at the top of the list for that call.Thanks again to all for all the hard work that has gone into this!
We will most likely start in November 2012. There is only a rudimentary website at the moment: http://learning-layers.eu, but do keep an eye on this for further news!