THE ROLE Dissemination Trophy Captain has been handed over!

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!


ROLE SDK Final Release: Milestone 10

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!

3rd International Workshop on Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments (PALE)

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. Continue reading

Joint Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning 2013

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. Continue reading

Best of: ROLE Scientific Papers

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

Impressions from the the Cloud Education Environments Workshop in Guatemala

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,,



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 Continue reading

The Open University releases ROLE eBook

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.

ROLE Course on Self-Regulated Learning by the Open University UK

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.


CfP: LinkedLearning2013: 3rd International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of Data (#lile2013)

Date: 14 May 2013
Venue: 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, Continue reading