CfP: International Workshop on Cloud Education Environments

Date:  15 – 16 November 2012
Venue: Antigua Guatemala
Website: http://ges.galileo.edu/cloud-education-environments-workshop/
Deadline for Extended Abstracts (2 pages): 30 September 2012

This workshop will focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results, as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing cloud education environments, both from a teaching and a learning perspective. Best papers will be selected for submission of an extended version in a Special Issue on Cloud Education Environments of the Journal of Universal Computer Science.

Cloud Learning Environments (CLEs) consider the cloud as a large ecosystem, which is not owned by any educational organization. Within this ecosystem, learners and educators act as the users and producers of cloud-based learning services. They have complete control over the choice, use and sharing of the learning tools and content provided by these services. This approach has the potential to enable and facilitate both formal and informal learning. It allows learners to learn anywhere and at anytime. It also facilitates collaboration among learners and educators. Additionally, the openness, sharing and reusability of learning tools and content on the web are technically enabled and promoted.

Topics of Interest

1.     Learning Tools

  • Learning tools experiences and Cases of Study
  • Social Environments
  • Content and Multimedia Applications
  • Story Telling Tools
  •  Other type of tools

2.     Pedagogical Approaches and Learning Contexts

  • Personalized Learning Environments
  • Self Regulated Learning
  • Learning Artifacts
  • Pedagogical approaches for multiple learning environments.
  • Modeling Languages
  • Assessment approaches

3.     Orchestration

  • Orchestration approaches for learning using several tools
  • Prototype experiences of learning orchestration
  • User Interface Management

4.     Interoperability

  • Standards and Specifications
  • Internet of Services and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Reference Implementations
  • Virtual Learning Environments and Tools integration
  • Integration Experiences and Cases of Study
  • Authentication and identity handling on service based scenarios
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS), with education purposes.

5.     Business Models

  • Learning as a Service
  • Service models of educational institutions
  • Ethical Aspects

Call for Papers

Authors are asked to prepare their papers according to the IEEE guidelines: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/cscps/formatting.

Important Dates

  • Extended Abstracts (2 pages): 30 September 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: 10 October 2012
  • Camera-ready submissions (6 pages): 4 November 2012

Proceedings:

The proceedings will be published on the Web (online) with an ISSN number for the proceedings.

Each workshop paper will be peer-reviewed (members of the Programme Committee). Following the Formatting Guidelines.

Best papers will be selected for submission of an extended version in a Special Issue on Cloud Education Environments of the Journal of Universal Computer Science.

Conference language

English is the official conference language. Online participation (presentation of papers only) is also possible.

Organizers

  • Rocael Hernandez Rizzardini, Galileo University, Guatemala
  • Hans-Christian Schmitz, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
  • Alexander Mikroyannidis, The Open University, United Kingdom

Organization Committee

Byron Linares, Galileo University, Guatemala

Venue, Travel, Accommodation 

Workshop will be held in Antigua Guatemala, UNESCO world-heritage.

Workshop venue and hotel: Portal Hotel, transportation airport-hotel-airport is available (45 mins by private transportation). Portal Hotel is one of the most lovely and nice hotels in Antigua Guatemala., secure transportation

Optional tours will be arranged to Guatemalan must-see attractions such as largest Ancient Mayan city Tikal and its amazing Pyramids, Lake Atitlan and others. Special 2012 end-of-age Mayan tours will be available. If schedule allows, we recommend spending at least 3 days in our country.

Flying to Guatemala: Major U.S. airlines fly to Guatemala (United, AA, others) and major European Airlines (Lufthansa, KLM, others) have connections through U.S. hubs such as Miami. Iberia has a direct flight from Madrid to Guatemala. South American airlines such as Taca & Copa have also many daily flights.

The local organization group is able to help with reservations, transportation, tours, etc. Contact for any question or requests.

This workshop is a sequel of several previous international events organized by Galileo University in Guatemala related to Technology Enhanced Learning, the most recent experience was the ICBL held in November 2011 in Guatemala, with over 200 hundred participants, many of them from Europe and the U.S..

Contact

Contact at: w.cloud.education.environments@galileo.edu

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