Social Information Retrieval for Technology-Enhanced Learning (SIRTEL'08)

                              Submission by June 29, 2008
Workshop on Social Information Retrieval for Technology-Enhanced Learning (SIRTEL'08)
                  Maastricht, The Netherlands, September 17, 2008


- Submission: June 29, 2008
- Results Notification: July 15, 2008
- Camera Ready Submission: August 31, 2008
- Workshop date: September 17, 2008
- Main conference dates: September 18-19, 2008


After the successful first SIRTEL workshop last year, we are delighted to welcome exciting new contributions for the 2nd Social Information Retrieval for Technology-Enhanced Learning (SIRTEL) workshop:
- Research papers
- System demos
- Hands-on proposals
- "Pecha Kucha" talks*


Learning and teaching resources 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. Developing, deploying and evaluating Social Information Retrieval (SIR) methods, techniques and systems that provide learners and teachers with guidance in a potentially overwhelming variety of choices remains to be tackled.

The aim of the SIRTEL’08 workshop is to look onward beyond recent achievements to discuss specific topics, emerging research issues, new trends and endeavors in SIR for Technology Enhanced Learning (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):

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and Social Information Retrieval (SIR) techniques such as:
- Recommender systems
- Social collaborative searching, browsing and sharing of queries
- Social network analysis
- Game-theoretic approaches to select learning materials and learning partners in the long tail
- Social bookmarking and tagging, folksonomies
- Annotations, ratings and evaluations

Concepts for Social Information Retrieval (SIR)
- Defining the scope, purpose and objects of social information retrieval in TEL
- Defining user requirements for the deployment of SIR systems in a learning setting
- Current and new trends in SIR methods for TEL
- Approaches to TEL metadata that reflect social ties and collaborative experiences in the field of education
- Analytical modelling of strategic intentions in TEL communities
- Interoperability of SIR systems for TEL

Implementation of SIR in TEL
- Methods and models of SIR in the area of learning and teaching
- Social processes and metaphors in learning communities and social networks for searching acquiring and sharing information
- Pedagogical aspects of SIR in TEL; how to scaffold students, activity patterns, etc.
- Integrating SIR services in existing learning platforms
- Visualisation techniques to support SIR in TEL
- Successful scaffolding techniques for SIR implementation

Evaluation of SIR in TEL
- Ideas on how can we get more empirical on evaluation
- Best practices
- Evaluation of the success and acceptance of SIR systems in the context of teaching, learning and/or TEL community building
- Challenges and enablers
- Evaluating the performance and measuring the effectiveness of SIR systems in learning applications
- Evaluation the user satisfaction with SIR system in supporting learning and teaching, etc.


The workshop invites several types of contributions which allow a wide level of participation:
- Research papers (upto 8 pages)
- System Demos (upto 2 pages)
- Hands-On proposals (1-pager)
- Abstract for Pecha Kucha style presentation (5min) *

Papers are to be submitted to:
Accepted papers will be published online as EC-TEL workshop proceedings as part of the CEUR Workshop proceedings series.

A possibility for two best papers of the workshop to be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Technology-Enhanced Learning (IJTEL)

More information found at the submission website. All questions should be sent to: sirtel @

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (as of May 8 2008)

- Alexander Felfernig, University of Klagenfurt, Germany
- Brandon Muramatsu, Utah State University, USA
- Clemens Cap, University of Rostock, Germany
- Frans van Assche, European Schoolnet, Belgium
- Fridolin Wild, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
- Hendrik Drachsler, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands
- John Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
- Lisa Petrides, ISKME, USA
- Marc Spaniol, Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics, Germany
- Markus Strohmaier, Technical University of Graz, Austria
- Martin Memmel, DFKI, Germany
- Martin Wolpers, Fraunhofer, Germany
- Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain
- Nikos Manouselis. Greek Research & Technology Network, Greece
- Oliver Bohl, Accenture GmbH, Germany
- Preben Hansen, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
- Rick D. Hangartner, MyStrands, USA
- Selmin Nurcan, University of Paris 1, France
- Yiwei Cao, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- Xavier Ochoa, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador
- Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland ‚ TBC


* Riina Vuorikari, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) & European Schoolnet (EUN), Belgium
* Barbara Kieslinger, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Austria
* Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
* Prof. Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium & ARIADNE Foundation