[DL] First CFP: LACRO Workshop - Learning Object Analytics for Collections, Repositories and Federations

Giannis Stoitsis stoitsis at ieee.org
Wed Jan 30 16:54:17 CET 2013


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FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

Workshop on Learning Objects Analytics for Collections, Repositories and
Federations
(LACRO 2013)
Leuven, Belgium, 9 April 2013

http://www.ieru.org/lacro/2013/
 Organised jointly with the
International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2013, taking place
in Leuven, between April 8 and April 12, 2013. (LAK 2013)

http://lakconference2013.wordpress.com/
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AIM & TOPICS

A large number of curated digital collections containing learning resources
of a various kind has emerged in the last year. These include referatories
containing descriptions for resources in the Web (as MERLOT), aggregated
collections (as Organic.Edunet), concrete initiatives as Khan Academy,
repositories hosting and versioning modular content (as Connexions) and
meta-aggregators (as Globe and Learning Registry). Also, OpenCourseware and
other OER initiatives have contributed to making this ecosystem of
resources richer. Very interesting insights can be extracted when studying
the usage and social data that are produced within the learning
collections, repositories and federations. At the same time, concerns for
the quality and sustainability of these collections have been raised, which
has lead to research on quality measurement and metrics.

 The Workshop (http://www.ieru.org/lacro/2013/) aims to bring studies and
demonstrations for any kind of analysis done on learning resource
collections, from an interdisciplinary perspective. We consider digital
collections not as merely IT deployments but as social systems with
contributors, owners, evaluators and users forming patterns of interactions
on top of portals or through search systems embedded in other learning
technology components. This is in coherence of considering these social
systems under a Web Science approach (http://webscience.org/).

Topics include but are not limited to:
* Requirements for the collection of analytics in Learning Repositories and
Federations
* Frameworks for the aggregation and sharing Learning Object (LO) Analytics
* Metrics regarding LO analytics focused but not limited to social data,
language, size, quality, growth, history and cultural awareness
* Approaches to address big data problems in collecting analytics in
Learning Repositories and Federations
* Browsing and visualization tools for LO analytics
* Transfer of successful algorithms and systems from other application areas
* Innovative services and systems for learners and curators based on LO
analytics
* Models for the representation of LO analytics
* Data mining methods to extract of meaningful information from data
collected regarding LOs
* Experiences from actual implementation of LO analytics in collections,
repositories and federations

IMPORTANT DATES
15 February 2013: Submissions
28 February 2013: Notifications
15 March 2013: Camera-ready of accepted papers
9 April 2013: LACRO Workshop in Leuven

SUBMISSIONS
**The Workshop accepts a variety of submission types:**
* Full papers: 10 pages
* Short papers: 5 pages
* System/service demos: 2 pages
* Tutorials: 2 pages
* Learning Analytics Data sets: 2 pages (and if possible, data set file/URL)

Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other venues.
Submission will be available through the EasyChair submission system:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lacro2013
If you haven't an EasyChair account yet, you'll be asked to create it
before you can access the LACRO'13 page.

**PUBLICATION**

Workshop proceedings will be published in a seperate volume by a publisher
that will be announced soon.

CO-CHAIRS
* Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala (Spain)
* Xavier Ochoa, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, (Ecuador)
* Giannis Stoitsis, Agro-Know Technologies (Greece)
* Joris Klerkx, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)


ABOUT LAK 2013

The International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference, now in its
third year, is a venue for reporting and advancing research at the nexus of
two emerging societal phenomena. First we are witnessing the rapid
expansion of the use of technologies in supporting learning, not only in
established institutional contexts and platforms, but also in the emerging
landscape of free, open, social learning online. Second, the unprecedented
availability of data that learners generate in the process of accessing
learning materials, interacting with educators and peers, and creating new
content in these technological settings, coupled with advances in analytics
and data mining, knowledge modeling and representation and open data offer
great potential for research into how learning takes place in
socio-technical settings and the development of new forms of analytics that
can inform learners and educators. Learning Analytics research brings these
technical, pedagogical, and social domains into dialogue with each other to
ensure that interventions and organizational systems serve the needs of all
stakeholders.

See http://lakconference2013.wordpress.com/ for details.

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