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WBE 2009 : The Eighth IASTED International Conference on Web-based Education

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Link: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/cfp-644.html
 
When Mar 16, 2009 - Mar 18, 2009
Where Phuket, Thailand
Submission Deadline Nov 1, 2009
Notification Due Dec 1, 2008
Final Version Due Jan 15, 2009
 

Call For Papers

Purpose
As keyboards replace chalkboards, the Web's impact on traditional educational theories and practices are increasingly apparent. It has transformed and expanded the conventional boundaries of education. New innovations such as virtual colleges, laboratories, and universities are creating an abundance of additional areas of study surrounding this innovation. These include innovative hardware and software technology, online testing and assessment, training and teaching applications, and courseware design and development.

WBE 2009 is aimed to provide scholars, faculty, researchers, and administrators in all web-based educational areas with an excellent opportunity to convene with colleagues from approximately 50 countries to discuss innovative ideas, results, and outcomes of research in this new and exciting field.

All papers submitted to this conference will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least two members of the International Program Committee and related technical committees. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality, significance, technical soundness, presentation, and references. The conference chair makes the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of the paper.

Location

Picture Above © by Thailand Tourism.
Banner Pictures from left to right: Phuket Temple by Rainer Körner, eLearning by Julie Lindsay, Kata, Phuket sunset by mst7022, Internet cafe by Jared Tarbell, Phuket by chee.hong. Some Photos have Some Rights Reserved.Originally an important trading post between China and India that allowed merchants to anchor and avoid the monsoons that passed nearby, Phuket has grown into a modern tropical getaway for people looking to relax and enjoy the many unique treasures the island has to offer. At the centre of Thailand's tourist industry, Phuket has the absolute most variety for its visitors, and everything that you could ever look for in a vacation is available on this island. The tough part is deciding what type of paradise you are looking for!

Five Star resort or authentic beach hut? Patong beach, famous for its lively crowd and atmosphere, or Mai Kao beach, a private hideout away from it all? Dance and laugh at a vibrant pub and disco or enjoy a quiet meal at a waterfront restaurant? Red curry with chillies, lemon grass, and coconut milk or fresh caught barracuda, shark, and tuna roasted over an open fire?

Even once you decide what kind of vacation you are looking for, Phuket will keep you guessing about what to do next. You could spend your days travelling the west coast of the island and enjoying stunning ocean views, organize a trek to the jungle and ride an elephant, shop for local handicrafts at the Patong beach street market, visit a local Buddhist Wat, or learn more about Phuket at the Thalang National Museum. No matter what you choose, you will always get to experience the famous Thai hospitality that will help make your trip to Phuket one that you will never forget!


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Scope
The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Web-based Education (WBE)
Web-based Training
Online Education and Training
E-learning and E-training
Innovative Teaching and Learning Technologies for Web-based Education
Streaming Multimedia Applications in Web-based Education
Communication Technology Applications in Web-based Education
Mobile E-Learning
Collaborative E-Learning
E-Pedagogy
Web-Lecturing Technology
Innovative Web-based Teaching and Learning Technologies
Virtual Reality Applications in Web-based Education
Scientific Web-based Laboratories and Virtual Labs
Software and Hardware Systems for Web-based Education
Authoring Systems for Web-based Education
Multi-agent Technology Applications in Web-based Education
Design and Development of Online Courseware
Reusable Learning Objects for Web-based Education
Educational Portals for Web-based Education
Virtual Universities and Colleges
Online Degree and Certificate Programs
Quality Issues of Web-based Education
Testing and Assessment Issues of Web-based Education
Best Practices of Web-based Education
National Policies and Strategies on Web-based Education
National Projects on Virtual Universities and Web-based Education
International Projects and International Collaboration on Web-based Education
Academia/Industry Collaboration on Web-based Training
Corporate Web-based Training
Web-based Methods and Tools in Traditional, Open and Distance Education
Blended Education and Training
Faculty Development on Web-based Education
Dot-com Educational Institutions and their Impact on Traditional Universities
Funding Opportunities for Projects in Web-based Education


International Program Committee
Click here for a list of the program committee for WBE 2009.

Submission
Initial Papers
Submit your paper via our website at: www.iasted.org/conferences/submit-644.html.

All submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. The IASTED Secretariat must receive your paper by November 1, 2008. Receipt of paper submission will be confirmed by email.

Complete the online initial paper submission form designating an author who will attend the conference and provide four key words to indicate the subject area of your paper. At least one of the key words must be taken from the list of topics provided under Scope. Initial paper submissions should be full papers with approximately six pages. Formatting instructions are available at: www.iasted.org/formatting-initial.htm.

All papers submitted to this conference will be double blind reviewed by at least two reviewers. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality and contribution.

All papers submitted to IASTED conferences must be previously unpublished and may not be considered for publication elsewhere at any time during IASTED's review period. Authors are limited to a maximum of three paper submissions. Authors are responsible for having their papers checked for style and grammar prior to submission to IASTED. Papers may be rejected if the language is not satisfactory.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by December 1, 2008. Final manuscripts are due by January 15, 2009. Registration and final payment are due by February 1, 2009. Late registration fees or paper submissions will result in the papers being excluded from the conference proceedings.

Final Papers
Send your final manuscripts via email to: finalpapers@iasted.org. The subject line for the final manuscript submission must include your six-digit paper number. The formatting instructions can be found at: www.iasted.org/formatting-final.htm and must be strictly followed. The page limit for final papers is six single-spaced pages in 10 point Times New Roman font. Only one paper of up to six pages is included in the regular registration fee. There will be an added charge for extra pages and additional papers.

Conference Awards
The winners of all awards will be announced during the award ceremony at the conference dinner banquet.

Best Paper Award
The International Program Committee will select and nominate the best papers submitted to the conference for the Best Paper Award. These papers will be evaluated on originality of ideas, significance of research findings, author contribution, and implementation of results.

Best Ph.D. Student Paper Award
Registered Ph.D. students are welcome to participate in the International Competition of Ph.D. Student Papers. Approximately 5-6 finalists will be selected by the International Program Committee to present their papers to a board of international referees during the Ph.D. Student Paper Competition at the conference. To participate in this competition, please send an email indicating your paper number, name, affiliation, and year of study to calgary@iasted.org by January 15, 2009.

Award for Best Online System
In addition to regular paper presentations, delegates are welcome to participate in an evening competition involving the demonstration of original (non-commercial) online systems or software products related to the area of web-based education. Each participant will make a short presentation/demonstration to a panel of referees and interested attendees. The cost of participating in this competition is included in the registration fee. To participate in this competition, please send an email indicating your paper number, name, affiliation, and demonstration title to calgary@iasted.org by February 1, 2009.

Tutorials
Proposals for three-hour tutorials should be submitted online by November 1, 2008. Tutorials are to be submitted via the following website address:
www.iasted.org/conferences/tutorialsubmit-644.html.

A tutorial proposal should clearly indicate the topic, background knowledge expected of the participants, objectives, time allocations for the major course topics, and the qualifications of the instructor(s).

Persons wishing to organize a special session should email a proposal to calgary@iasted.org by November 1, 2008. Proposals should include a session title, a list of the topics covered, and the qualifications and brief biography of the session organizer(s). Papers submitted to the special session must be received by November 1, 2008, unless otherwise stipulated by the Special Session Organizer. A minimum of five papers must be registered and fully paid in order for this session to be included in the conference program. More information on special sessions is available at: www.iasted.org/conferences/specialsession-644.html.

Journals
Expanded and enhanced versions of papers published in the conference proceedings can also be considered for inclusion in one of the IASTED journals. Information on the submission of papers to journals is available at: www.actapress.com/SubmissionInfo.aspx.

Whole proceedings as well as single papers can now be purchased online. Please visit ACTA Press: www.actapress.com.

Important Deadlines
Submissions Due November 1, 2008
Notification of Acceptance December 1, 2008
Final Manuscripts Due January 15, 2009
Registration Deadline February 1, 2009

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