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SIRTEL 2009 : Workshop on Social Information Retrieval for Technology-Enhanced Learning


When Aug 21, 2009 - Aug 21, 2009
Where Aachen, Germany
Submission Deadline Jun 14, 2009
Notification Due Jul 13, 2009
Final Version Due Jul 31, 2009
Categories    information retrieval

Call For Papers

Workshop on Social Information Retrieval for Technology-Enhanced
Learning (SIRTEL'09)
the International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL 2009)
Aachen, Germany, August 21, 2009


Contribution Submission: June 14, 2009
Results Notification: July 13, 2009
Camera Ready Submission: July 31, 2009
Workshop date: August 21, 2009


Learning and teaching resource are available on the Web - both in
terms of digital learning content and people resources (e.g. other
learners, experts, tutors). They can be used to facilitate teaching
and learning tasks. The remaining challenge is to develop, deploy
and evaluate Social information retrieval (SIR) methods, techniques
and systems that provide learners and teachers with guidance in
potentially overwhelming variety of choices.

The aim of the SIRTEL?09 workshop is to look onward beyond recent
achievements to discuss specific topics, emerging research issues,
new trends and endeavors in SIR for TEL. The workshop will bring
together researchers and practitioners to present, and more
importantly, to discuss the current status of research in SIR
and TEL and its implications for science and teaching.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (but not limited to):

* Recommender systems and collaborative filtering in educational
* Defining the scope, purpose and objects of social information
retrieval in TEL
* Novel ways of generating input for recommenders (explicit and
implicit methods)
* Ranking of search results to support individualised learning needs
* Integrating SIR services in existing educational platforms
* Folksonomies, tagging and other collaboration-based information
retrieval systems
* Social navigation processes and metaphors for searching information
related to teaching and learning
* Social networks and interactions in learning communities to
facilitate information sharing and retrieval
* Approaches to TEL metadata reflecting social ties and collaborative
experiences in the field of education
* Pedagogic decisions, recommender systems and how to contextualise
recommender system to support learning processes.
* Interoperability of SIR systems for TEL
* Visualisation techniques in learning and teaching
* Semantic annotation and tagging for social information retrieval
* Evaluating the performance of SIR systems in educational applications
* Measuring the effectiveness of SIR systems in supporting learning
and teaching
* Evaluation the user satisfaction with SIR systems in supporting
learning and teaching


The workshop invites several types of contributions which allow a wide
level of participation:
* Research papers (up to 8 pages)
* System Demos (up to 2 pages)
* Hands-On proposals (1-pager)
* Abstract for Pecha Kucha (1-pager)

Submissions should be sent to:

Please use the template of the main conference:

The workshop proceedings will be published as CEUR Workshop
Proceedings. is a recognised ISSN publication series,
with ISSN 1613-0073:

Past SIRTEL proceedings:

Authors of papers presented in the Workshop will also be invited
to submit enhanced versions of their papers for potential publication
in a planned special issue of a relevant journal.


* Alexander Felfernig, Graz University of Technology, Austria
* Brandon Muramatsu, MIT, USA
* Frans van Assche, European Schoolnet (EUN), Belgium
* John Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
* Lloyd Rutledge, Open University of the Netherlands, NL
* Markus Strohmaier, Technical University of Graz, Austria
* Markus Weimer, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany
* Martin Wolpers, Fraonhofer-Institut, Germany
* Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain
* Olga Santos, UNED, Spain
* Rick D. Hangartner, MyStrands, USA
* Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
* Wolfgang Reinhardt, Universitat Paderborn, Germany
* Xavier Ochoa, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador
* Yiwei Cao, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
* Zinayida Petrushyna, RWTH Aachen University, Germany


* Riina Vuorikari, European Schoolnet (EUN), Belgium and CELSTEC,
OUNL, Netherland
* Hendrik Drachsler, CELSTEC, OUNL, Netherlands
* Nikos Manouselis, Greek Research & Technology Network, Greece
* Rob Koper, CELSTEC, OUNL, Netherlands


ICWL is an annual international conference on web-based learning.
Since the first ICWL was held in Hong Kong in 2002, it has been held
in Australia (2003), China (2004), Hong Kong (2005), Malaysia (2006),
United Kingdom (2007), and China (2008). The 8th ICWL 2009 will be
held in Aachen, Germany, a city with rich culture, high-tech research,
and a truly European spirit. ICWL 2009 will be jointly organized by
Hong Kong Web Society, RWTH Aachen University, and Max-Planck-
Institute for Computer Science.

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