ROLEROLE Responsive Open Learning Environments 2013-03-27T13:17:12Z WordPress thomasova <![CDATA[THE ROLE Dissemination Trophy Captain has been handed over!]]> 2013-03-27T13:17:12Z 2013-03-26T11:44:12Z Continue reading ]]> During our last week´s Final ROLE Review Meeting in Luxembourg, we have been finally able to find and honour the best performing ROLE dissemination teams.

Curious to learn more? The final presentation is available here.

AND the Winners ARE:

Place 3: Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Information Technology – FIT,  Germany


The ROLE@FIT Team has performed outstanding dissemination efforts within the 4 years reaching 38.161 dissemination points with 126 performed activities in total.


Place 2: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne -
EPFL, Switzerland


The Graaspers also did a steadily good job with 47.517 collected points and 96 activities in total.


Winner: Open University UK – UKOU, United Kingdom


The Dons proved to be an undisputable leader of the ROLE dissemination trophy competition with 64.636 dissemination points and 191 dissemination activities in total. As a teaser of their tremendous promotion efforts in the last year, please have a look at the small PR brochure produced by them – a proof that they definitely know how to promote themselves and ROLE as well!

As a reward, the winning teams received thematic pirate ship and pirate items from a popular producer of educative children toys!

Congratulations to our Captain Team Winners!


thomasova <![CDATA[ROLE SDK Final Release: Milestone 10]]> 2013-02-12T11:42:18Z 2013-02-12T11:42:18Z The ROLE SDK Shori Milestone 10 release is out now. This is the final release of ROLE and includes a lot of small and bigger fixes. Downloadable versions are available on sourceforge @

Thanks to all contributors of this release!

thomasova <![CDATA[3rd International Workshop on Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments (PALE)]]> 2013-02-05T11:08:32Z 2013-02-05T11:08:32Z Continue reading ]]> Date: 10-14 June 2013  (one of these days, to be announced by UMAP)
Venue: Rome, Italy
Workshop website:
UMAP Conference website:

Deadline for the submission of the papers: 1 April 2013

Personalization approaches in learning environments can be addressed from different perspectives and also in various educational settings, including formal, informal, workplace, lifelong, mobile, contextualized, and self-regulated learning. PALE workshop offers an opportunity to present and discuss a wide spectrum of issues and solutions, such as pedagogic conversational agents, personal learning environments, and learner modeling.

Previous PALE editions (i.e. at PALE 2011 and PALE 2012) have shown several important issues in this field, such as behavior and embodiment of pedagogic agents, suitable support of self-regulated learning, appropriate balance between learner control and expert guidance, design of personal learning environments, contextual recommendations at various levels of the learning process, tracking affective states of learners, harmonization of educational and technological standards, processing big data for learning purposes, predicting student outcomes, adaptive learning assessment, and evaluation of personalized learning solutions.

The higher-level research question to be addressed in the workshop is: “What are suitable approaches to personalize learning environments?” It will be considered in various contexts of interactive, personal, and inclusive learning environments.

PALE format moves away from the classic ‘mini-conferences’ approach and follows the Learning Cafe methodology to promote discussions on some of the open issues regarding personalization in learning environments. Two Learning Cafes will be set up. Each one consists in brief presentations of the key questions posed and small group discussions with participants randomly grouped in tables. Each table will be moderated by one expert in the topic under discussion and participants will change tables during the discussion with the aim to share ideas among the groups.

Submissions of original on-going works and previously unpublished research related to the Workshop Topics are requested.

The higher-level research question to be addressed in the workshop is: “What are suitable
approaches to personalize learning environments?” It will be considered in various contexts of
interactive, personal, and inclusive learning environments.
The topics of the workshop include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Motivation, benefits, and issues of personalization in learning environments
  • Approaches for personalization of inclusive, personal and interactive learning environments
  • Successful methods and techniques for personalization of learning environments
  • Results and metrics in personalized learning environments
  • Social and educational issues in personalized learning environments
  • Use of pedagogic conversational agents
  • Affective computing in personalized learning environments
  • Ambient intelligence in personalized learning environments
  • User and context awareness in personalized learning environments

Paper Submissions
Research papers must be prepared in 4-6 page LNCS format and submitted through
EasyChair ( in PDF format. All papers will be double-blind reviewed by at least three independent reviewers with expertise in the area from the Program Committee.
Accepted papers will be included in a centralized CEUR-WS (ISSN 1613-0073) volume of
workshop papers and conference posters from UMAP, which will also be available on-line at the workshop webpage.
Extended versions of selected papers will be considered for a special issue in the International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (details to be announced).

Important Dates

  • April 1, 2013: Submission of papers
  • May 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance
  • May 15, 2013: Camera-ready paper
  • June 10/14, 2013: PALE workshop (one of these days, to be announced by UMAP)

Organizing Committee

  • Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Olga C. Santos, aDeNu Research Group. Artificial Intelligence Dept. UNED (Spain)
  • Jesus G. Boticario, aDeNu Research Group. Artificial Intelligence Dept. UNED (Spain)
  • Diana Pérez-Marín, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)

Information on the call for papers is available at

thomasova <![CDATA[Joint Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning 2013]]> 2013-02-05T11:09:10Z 2013-02-05T11:03:14Z Continue reading ]]> Date: 27 – 31 May 2013
Venue: Limassol, Cyprus

Deadline for submitting applications: February 14, 2013

We are pleased to announce the 9th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning, to take place from Monday, May 27th to Friday, May 31st, 2013 in Limassol, Cyprus. Pre-summer school activities are organized all day on Sunday, May 26th. The summer school aims to encourage participants to adopt a critical stance in thinking about the role of technologies in providing opportunities for learners and the potential of these opportunities in terms of learning.

The summer school provides a stimulating learning environment where participants get opportunities to: develop research skills; increase their knowledge base; collaborate with others in their own and complementary research areas; engage in debate; have access to experts in the field; and discuss their own work. For this summer school the overarching theme is ‘interdisciplinarity’ and the focus will be on the challenges and opportunities that arise from working at the boundaries of different disciplines.

The programme covers topics from a broad range of domains which contribute to advancing the field of Technology Enhanced Learning. TEL research projects are encouraged to provide doctoral candidates with a perspective of the state-of-the-art research under study in their working groups. The programme will also include practical and methodological workshops as well as opportunities for doctoral candidates to develop their personal research.

In order to increase social contacts among the summer school participants, the programme includes several social events. A variety of sport activities will also be offered to the summer school participants. Cultural excursions are organised on the Sunday preceding the summer school and the Saturday which closes the summer school.


Doctoral candidates should submit their applications online before Thursday February 14th, 2013 (extended). Please download the application form and upload it to jtel2013. Please tick the appropriate box Doctoral candidate application.

Important dates

February 14, 2013: Deadline for submitting applications, workshop and lecture proposals to the Summer School (extended)
March 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance
April 1, 2013:Registration
May 1st, 2013: Pre-Summer School videoconferences begin
May 25 – 26, 2013: Arrival in Limassol and pre-summer school activities

More information is available on the website of the summerschool.

thomasova <![CDATA[Best of: ROLE Scientific Papers]]> 2013-02-05T08:59:36Z 2013-01-31T14:26:27Z Continue reading ]]> Some time ago, we have asked our partners to send us their “best papers” written in the frame of the ROLE project and themes. Since ROLE Project is officially completed as of tommorow, we would like to present here our best scientific papers that might spark your further ideas and activities in the PLE field.

Herewith, we are proud to present the ROLE Best Papers (listed in an alphabetical order):

Chatterjee, Arunangsu; Law, Effie L-C; Owen, Glyn; Velasco, Karen and Mikroyannidis, Alexander (2011): A framework for the adoption and diffusion of Personal Learning Environments in commercial organisations: An Exploratory Study in the learning and development sector in the UK. Proceedings of the PLE Conference 2011, Southampton, UK, July 10-12, 2012.

Nussbaumer, A., Berthold, B., Dahrendorf, D., Schmitz, H.-C., Kravcik, M., & Albert, D. (2012): A Mashup Recommender for Creating Personal Learning Environments.        Conference ICWL 2012, Springer    In Popescu, E., Li, Q., Klamma, R., Leung, H., & Specht, M. (Eds), Advances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2012, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7558 (pp 79-88), Berlin: Springer, 2012.

Mikroyannidis, A., Connolly, T. & Law, E. (2012):A Survey into the Teacher’s Perception of Self-Regulated Learning. International Workshop on Enabling Successful Self-Regulation in Open Learning Environments, 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2012).  IEEE Computer Society Publications. Rome, Italy.

Verbert, K; Manouselis, N; Ochoa, X; Wolpers, M; Drachsler, H; Bosnic, I; Duval, E (2012). Context-aware recommender systems for learning: a survey and future challenges, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, pages 1-20, 2012.

E. Bogdanov, Ch. Salzmann, and D. Gillet, “Contextual Spaces with Functional Skins as OpenSocial Extension”, The Fourth International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (ACHI’11), Guadeloupe, France, February 23-28, 2011.

Uwe Kirschenmann, Maren Scheffel, Martin Friedrich, Katja Niemann and Martin Wolpers. Demands of Modern PLEs and the ROLE Approach. In Sustaining TEL: From Innovation to Learning and Practice. Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2010), LNCS 6383 Springer, ISBN 3-642-16019-0, Barcelona, Spain, September 28 – October 1, 2010.

Klamma, Jarke, Hannemann, Renzel (2011): Der Bazar der Anforderungen – Open Innovation in emergenten Communities.  Journal paper, Springer Berlin,Heidelberg.

M. Friedrich and M. Wolpers and R. Shen and C. Ullrich and R. Klamma and D. Renzel and A. Richert and B. von der Heiden (2011): Early Results of Experiments with Responsive Open Learning Environments. Journal of Universal Computer Science, Vol. 17, Nr. 3, pp 451- 471, 2011.

Sten Govaerts, Katrien Verbert, and Erik Duval (2011): Evaluating the student activity meter: two case studies. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web-based Learning- ICWL 2011, volume 7048, pages 188-197, Springer.

E. Bogdanov, C. Ullrich, E. Isaksson, M. Palmer and D. Gillet (2012): From LMS to PLE: a Step Forward through OpenSocial Apps in Moodle. Conference, ICWL, Sinaia, Romania, September 2012.

Santos O, Jose L; Govaerts, S; Verbert, K; Duval, E (2012). Goal-oriented visualizations of activity tracking: a case study with engineering students, LAK12: International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, Vancouver, Canada, 29 April – 2 May 2012, ACM.

Berthold, Marcel; Pachtchenko, Sergei; Kiefel, Andreas; Nussbaumer, Alexander and Albert, Dietrich (2011):  Identifying Requirements for a Psycho-Pedagogical Mash-up Design for Personalising the Learning Environment. Conference or Workshop Paper, PALE 2011: Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments, Girona, Spain.

Mikroyannidis, A. and Connolly, T. (2012): Introducing Personal Learning Environments to informal learners. In eds. Alexandra Okada, Open Educational Resources and Social Networks: colearning and professional development, Scholio Educational Research & Publishing. London, UK,  September 2012.

Mödritscher, Felix; Krumay, Barbara; El Helou, Sandy; Gillet, Denis; Govaerts, Sten; Duval, Erik; Nussbaumer, Alexander; Albert, Dietrich; Dahn, Ingo and Carsten, Ullrich (2011): May I suggest? Three PLE recommender strategies in comparison. Conference or Workshop Paper, PLE Conference 2011, Southampton, UK, July 2, 2011.

Borau, K., Ullrich, C. und Kroop, S. (2009). Mobile learning with Open Learning Environments at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. IEEE Learning Technology newsletter, January–April, Volume 11, Number 1\&2, 2009.

Gillet, D. Law, E. and Chatterjee, A. (2010): Personal Learning Environments in a Global Higher Engineering Education Web 2.0 Realm. In: Proceedings of the IEEE First Annual Conference Engineering Education (EDUCON), 14-16 April 2010, Madrid, Spain. (summary).

Lachmann, P., & Kiefel, A. (2012): Recommending Learning Activities as Strategy for enabling Self-regulated Learning, Conference, IEEE Computer Society. Rome, Italy.

Maren Scheffel, Hans-Christian Schmitz, Ruimin Shen, Carsten Ullrich, Martin Wolpers (2010): Responsive Open Learning Environments for Computer-assisted Language Learning. In: Journal für Sprache und Datenverarbeitung, 34 (2).

Berthold, B., Dahn, I., Kiefel, A., Lachmann, P., Nussbaumer, A., & Albert, D (2012): ROLE Learning Ontology – An Approach to Structure Recommendations for Self-regulated Learning in Personalized Learning Environments. Conference LINQ 2012, In Stracke, C. M. (Eds), Proceedings of the European Conference of Learning Innovations and Quality (LINQ 2012), Brussels, Belgium,  2012.

D. Dahrendorf, D. Dikke, N. Faltin (2012): Sharing Personal Learning Environments for Widget Based Systems using a Widget Marketplace, in: Proceedings of the PLE Conference 2012 in Aveiro, Portugal, July 11-13, 2012. Aveiro, Portugal.

Kroop, S., Berthold, B., Nussbaumer, A., & Albert, D (2012): Supporting Self-Regulated Learning in Personalised Learning Envrionments. Workshop WCLOUD 2012, In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Cloud Education Environments (WCLOUD 2012), Guatemala, 2012.

Mödritscher F; Petrushyna, Y; E.L-C.Law (2011): The application of Pattern Repositories for Sharing PLE Practices in Networked Communities. Journal of Universal Computer Science (JUCS), 17(10), Graz, June 2011.

Chatterjee, Renzel, Klamma (2012): The Social Requirements Engineering (SRE) Approach to Developing a Large-Scale Personal Learning Environment Infrastructure. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin, September 2012.

Govaerts, S; Verbert, K; Duval, E; Abelardo, P (2012). The student activity meter for awareness and self-reflection, The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Austin, TX, USA, 5-10 May 2012, CHI EA ’12: Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Annual Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts, pages 869-884, ACM.

Sire, St., Palmér, M., Bogdanov, E. and Gillet, D. (2009): Towards Collaborative Portable Web Spaces. In: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Mashup Personal Learning Environments (MUPPLE09), Nice, pp. 80-88.

Govaerts, S; Verbert, K; Dahrendorf, D; Ullrich, C; Schmidt, M; Werkle, M; Chatterjee, A; Nussbaumer, A; Renzel, D; Santos, JL; Scheffel, M; Duval, E; Friedrich, M; L-C. Law, E (2011): Towards Responsive Open Learning Environments: the ROLE Interoperability Framework. In: Delgado Kloos et al. (eds.): ECTEL-2011. LNCS, Springer Heidelberg.

Isaksson, E., Palmér, M. (2011): Usability and inter-widget communication in PLEs, 5th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (ECTEL). Barcelona, Spain.

N. Li, S. Ingram-El Helou and D. Gillet (2012): Using Social Media for Collaborative Learning in Higher Education: A Case Study. Conference IARIA,  Valencia, Spain, Febuary 2012.

For more publications, please see

thomasova <![CDATA[Impressions from the the Cloud Education Environments Workshop in Guatemala]]> 2013-01-31T12:26:13Z 2013-01-31T12:26:01Z Continue reading ]]>

ROLE project has been actively present at the 4th e-Learning Integral conference and Cloud Education Environments Workshop in Guatemala. Video capturing the contributions and opinions from ROLE partners – Hans-Christian Schmitz (FIT), Alexander Mikroyannidis (OU UK), Sylvana Kroop (ZSI) and Evgeny Bogdanov (EPFL) on eLearning, importance of Self-regulated Learning and Personal Learning Environments is available at

More information on the event is available at,,


thomasova <![CDATA[CfP: EDULEARN13]]> 2013-01-22T11:10:57Z 2013-01-17T16:27:49Z Continue reading ]]> Date: 1-3 July 2013
Venue: Barcelona (Spain)

Deadline for abstract submission: 27 March 2013

EDULEARN13 (5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies) is an International Forum for those who wish to present their projects and discuss the latest innovations and results in the field of New Technologies in Education, E-learning and methodologies applied to Education and Research. The attendance of more than 700 delegates from 75 different countries is expected.

We invite you to submit your abstracts and to contribute to EDULEARN13 (in person or virtually) in order to share your results and experiences in Education, Research and learning/teaching technology.

Two ISBN publications will be produced with all the accepted abstracts and papers that will be included in our digital library database of innovation projects in Education and New Learning Technologies.

Call for Papers

You can present your projects in three modalities: in person (either oral or poster presentation) or virtually (not attending authors).

Attending in person. Oral presentation:

Each presentation will last 15 minutes and will be presented in parallel thematic sessions. You will be informed about the reference of your session and the time of your presentation about 4 weeks before the event. If you have any personal restriction to present your paper in a specific date, please send us an email with your request as soon as possible.

Attending in person. Poster presentation:

Your poster will be exhibited during the conference poster session. Poster sessions will provide an opportunity for authors to display the results and conclusions of their papers. Authors are offered to present their works face to face to individuals and small groups.

Not-attending. Virtual presentation:

If you wish your paper to be published in EDULEARN13 Publications, but you are not able to attend EDULEARN13 Conference in person, you can register for a “virtual presentation”. Registered virtual authors will receive a copy of the EDULEARN13 Abstracts CD, EDULEARN13 Proceedings CD, a participation and author certificate and an invoice of the registration fee.

Please find all the information about the virtual participation here.


  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 27th of March 2013 (*)
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: April 22th, 2013
  • Final Paper Submission Deadline: May 16th, 2013 (included) (*)

(*) By midnight – 23:59 Los Angeles Time Zone

For submission guidelines please consult the Conference website:


thomasova <![CDATA[The Open University releases ROLE eBook]]> 2013-01-16T10:11:30Z 2013-01-16T10:09:40Z Continue reading ]]>

The Open University (OU) has produced an interactive eBook about ROLE. This eBook provides an introduction to Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and Self Regulated Learning (SRL). A selection of widgets that have been developed by the ROLE project are also demonstrated. Readers have an opportunity to try these widgets through a set of interactive learning activities included in the eBook. The content of the eBook has been adapted from the ROLE online courses available in OpenLearn ( and

The eBook is available for iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and can be downloaded from It will also be available soon on the Apple iBook store, published by the OU.

thomasova <![CDATA[ROLE Course on Self-Regulated Learning by the Open University UK]]> 2013-01-14T11:53:12Z 2013-01-14T11:40:45Z Continue reading ]]> Are you not really sure what the concept of Self-Regulated Learning means and you would like to learn more about that?

ROLE Partner Open University UK has developed an OpenLearn course, which provides an overview of the concepts behind Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) and also offers an opportunity to use a selection of learning tools that have been developed by the ROLE project. The learner is introduced to SRL through a series of learning scenarios and examples that are accompanied by the relevant learning activities. These learning activities enable the learner to use the ROLE tools in order to apply the SRL principles to their own learning, as well as assess their SRL skills.


thomasova <![CDATA[CfP: LinkedLearning2013: 3rd International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of Data (#lile2013)]]> 2013-01-11T11:06:26Z 2013-01-11T11:06:26Z Continue reading ]]> Date: 14 May 2013
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In conjunction with the World Wide Web Conference 2013 (WWW2013) Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, 14 May 2013

Submission Deadline: 25 February 2013

Building on the previous editions and its growing community, Linked Learning
2013 will provide a forum to discuss approaches making use of Web Data
resources and technologies, especially linked data, for teaching, learning
and education. Distance teaching and openly available educational resources
on the Web are becoming common practices with public higher education
institutions as well as private training organisations realising the
benefits of online resources. However, while research in educational
technologies has been focusing on solving interoperability issues by
creating a variety of metadata formats and environments for the exchange of
educational resources, this has led to a very fragmented landscape of Web
standards and approaches. Consequently, it is not only the case that
interoperability between repositories of educational resources remains a
challenge, but also that educational Web resources remain underexploited, as
their connection, reuse and repurposing are !
barely supported by such technologies.

The very nature of the Linked Data approach offers promising solutions that
can address these open challenges. In addition, the Linked Data movement has
produced a vast body of knowledge and data which can substantially support
and contribute to educational services and content. Building on the
overwhelming success of earlier LILE editions, Linked Learning 2013 will
bring together researchers and practitioners making innovative use of Linked
Data technologies for educational purposes to discuss, exchange and
disseminate their work.

LILE2013 aims to become a highly interactive research forum for exploring
the promises of the Web of Linked Data in the broad area of education by
gathering researchers from the areas of the Semantic Web, Social Web,
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), Open Educational Repositories, and
Education. We will welcome high-quality papers about actual trends in (a)
how education takes advantage of the Web of Data, especially through Linked
Data technologies and (b) how Linked Data principles are being applied in
educational contexts. We will seek application-oriented, as well as more
theoretical papers and position papers in the following, non-exhaustive list
of topics:

  • Linked data for informal learning and Web-based education
  • Using the Web of Data for personalisation and context-awareness in E-Learning
  • Usability and advanced user interfaces in learning environments and linked data
  • Light-weight educational metadata schemas
  • Exposing learning objects to the Web of Data
  • Semantic & syntactic mappings between educational metadata schemas
  • Controlled vocabularies, ontologies and terminologies for E-Learning
  • Personal & mobile learning environments on the Web
  • Learning flows and designs with Semantic Web technologies
  • Linked data in (visual) learning analytics and educational data mining
  • Linked data in organizational learning and learning organizations
  • Linked data for harmonizing individual learning goals and organizational objectives
  • Competency management with linked data
  • Collaborative learning on the Web of Data
  • Linked-data enhanced social learning

We welcome the following types of contributions.

  • Short (up to 3 pages) and full (up to 6 pages) research papers
  • Poster abstracts and system demonstrations should not exceed 2 pages.

All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted according
to the ACM format

Please submit your contributions electronically in PDF format at

Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality,
technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop. At least
one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop.

The main workshop proceedings will be published through the ACM Digital
Library. Furthermore, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit
extended versions to a journal special issue.


  • 25 February 2013: Full & short research paper submission deadline
  • 4 March 2013: Poster & demo submission deadline
  • 13 March 2012: Notification of acceptance
  • 27 March 2012: Camera-ready paper
  • 14 May 2012: LinkedLearning 2013 workshop day


  • Stefan Dietze, L3S Research Center (DE)
  • Mathieu d’Aquin, The Open University (UK)
  • Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University & Simon Fraser University (Canada)

For further questions please contact the organisers via