December 18th is the new deadline for papers/abstracts submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals for EISTA 2008: The 6th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (Orlando, Florida, USA, on June 29th to July 2nd, 2008)
Authors Notification: February 6th, 2008 Camera ready, full papers: March 5th, 2008

All Submitted papers will be reviewed by a double-blind (at least three reviewers), non-blind, and participative peer review. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal. Details are given in the conference web site.

The registration fee of effective invited session organizers will be waived and they will receive at the registration desk, for free, 1) a package of 4 DVDs and one CD containing the 6-hour tutorial “Fundamentals and History of Cybernetics: Development of the Theory of Complex Adaptive Systems” and 2) a second 4-DVDs/1-CD package 6-hours tutorial titled “Cybernetic Management”. The market price of each of these packages is US $ 295. Twelve more benefits for invited session organizers are listed at EISTA 2008 web page.

For submissions or Invited Sessions Proposals, please go to the web site:

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Each session to be included in the conference program will have corresponding electronic pre-conference and post-conference sessions for 15 days each. In the electronic pre-conference sessions authors will have access to the papers to be presented at their session and to an associated electronic forum, so they can be better prepared for their conference face-to-face session. Similarly, electronic post-conference sessions will complement and support a follow-up of the respective conference sessions, via an electronic forum and the possibility of evaluating papers presented at the associated session. These evaluations will also support the selection process for the papers to be published in JSCI journal.

Best regards,

EISTA 2008 Secretariat

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline for submissions: 16 November 2007 –


Algarve, Portugal, 11 to 13 April 2008


* Keynote Speakers (confirmed):

Doctor David Cavallo, MIT Media Lab, USA

Graham Brown-Martin, Handheld Learning Ltd, United Kingdom

* Conference background and goals

The Intricacies of Mobility

Early definitions of mobile learning focused on the mobility of the technology. They described mobile learning as: “elearning through mobile computational devices: Palms, Windows CE machines, even your digital cell phone.” (Quinn 2000).

Recently, definitions of mobile learning have shifted their focus from the mobility of the technology to the mobility of the learner. Accordingly, researching mobile learning requires studying: “…how the mobility of learners augmented by personal and public technology can contribute to the process of gaining new knowledge, skills, and experience” (Sharples et al. 2007).

The change in emphasis from the mobility of the technology to the mobility of the learner is a significant one in that it signifies a broadening of the many dimensions of mobility that interplay in enabling learning.

This provides us with a more comprehensive outlook into the inherent complexity of the notion of mobility in mobile learning. Such complexity encompasses among others, mobility in physical space, mobility in conceptual space, mobility in social space and mobility of technology (Sharples et al. 2007).

This multidimensional view of mobility enriches the discourse in this area of research and poses additional challenges. The IADIS Mobile Learning 2008 International Conference seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and presentation of mobile learning research. In particular, we aim to further our understanding of mobile learning from the standpoint of learner mobility. We seek to explore how the multiple perspectives of mobility and the interactions among these influence and enhance current definitions, design, and evaluation

of mobile learning.

* Format of the Conference

The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line). The best paper authors will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in the IADIS Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems (ISSN: 1646-3692) and also in other selected Journals.

* Types of submissions

Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

* Topics

Mobility in Physical Space

Submissions under this topic should critically explore the implications of learner mobility in physical space in relation to how the physical space may contribute to the learner’s acquisition of new knowledge, skills, and experience. Physical spaces may include, amongst others, formal and informal learning settings, work place, home and recreational environments.

Mobility in Conceptual Space

Under this topic we seek contributions that will investigate the notion of learner mobility in conceptual space. Conceptual spaces may include, amongst others, domain specific content, curriculum based content, recreational content and content generated by personal interests.

Mobility in Social Space

We invite submissions under this topic that examine learner mobility in social space. Social spaces may include, amongst others, formal and informal learning situations, professional, family, and recreational interactions.

Mobility of Technology

Under this topic we request contributions that will investigate mobility of technology from the perspective of the learner. We seek submissions that examine how learners transition and alternate from one tool to another or from one device to another in order to perform tasks. Transitions may be determined by numerous factors such as access to technology and resources or suitability of the technology in relation to the task at hand.

Interplay between Different Dimensions of Mobility

We invite submissions under this topic that examine the interplay of two or more dimensions of mobility. We are keen on exploring how the added complexity of transition between dimensions of mobility, for example from social space to conceptual space or from social space to the mobility of technology space, influences learning processes.

Additional Dimensions of Mobility

Under this topic we seek contributions that propose additional dimensions of learner mobility and that examine how these dimensions contribute to learners’ acquisition of new knowledge, skills and experiences.

Contributions under all of the above topics may include, but are not limited to, the investigation of areas such as:

- How do the different conceptualisations of learner mobility contribute to current definitions of mobile learning?

- Designing learning experiences, tools, and technologies that support learner mobility in spaces (for example mobility from one physical space to another or from one conceptual space to the next), and between dimensions of mobility (for example from social space to conceptual space or from social space to the mobility of technology space).

- Educational pedagogies and approaches that support learner mobility in spaces and between dimensions of mobility.

- Learner mobility in spaces and between dimensions of mobility as a learning context.

- Studies that report on experiences of learner mobility in spaces and between dimensions of mobility.

- Research methodologies to evaluate learner mobility in spaces and between dimensions of mobility

- Technologies and tools to facilitate learner mobility in spaces and between dimensions of mobility.


Quinn, C. (2000) mLearning: Mobile, Wireless, in your Pocket Learning. LineZine, Fall 2000.

Sharples, M., Arnedillo Sánchez I., Milrad M., Vavoula G. Mobile Learning: Small Devices, Big Issues in Technology Enhanced Learning: Principles and Products (in press)

* Important Dates:

- Submission deadline: 16 November 2007

- Notification to Authors: 25 January 2008

- Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration: Until 29 February 2008

- Late Registration: After 29 February 2008

- Conference: Algarve, Portugal, 10 to 13 April 2008

* Conference Location

The conference will be held in Algarve, Portugal.

* Secretariat


Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3

1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal

E-mail: secretariat at

Web site:

* Program Committee

Mobile Learning 2008 Program Chair

Inmaculada Arnedillo Sánchez, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Mobile Learning 2008 Conference Chair

Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal

Steering Committee

Anxo Cereijo Roibás Vodafone Global Marketing – User Experience Planning and Research

Marcelo Milrad, Center for Learning and Knowledge Technologies, Växjö University, Sweden

Mike Sharples, Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, UK

Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan, USA

Brendan Tangney, Centre for Research in IT in Education, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

John Traxler, Applied Innovative Digital Technologies Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Giasemi Vavoula, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Niall Winters, London Knowledge Lab, UK

Committee Members: *

* for committee list please refer to

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ICEL 2008

3rd International Conference on e-Learning

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

26th-27th June 2008


This is the Second call for papers for the 3rd International Conference on e-Learning, which will be held on 26th-27th June, at University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The International Conference on e-Learning (ICEL-2008) invites researchers, practitioners and academics to present their research findings, work in progress, case studies and conceptual advances in areas of work where education and technology intersect. The conference brings together varied groups of people with different perspectives, experiences and knowledge in one location. It aims to help practitioners find ways of putting research into practice and researchers to gain an understanding of real-world problems, needs
and aspirations.

You can see the full call for papers is available online at
and you can request a pdf copy for circulation or posting on noticeboards from me.

Abstracts are required in the first instance and should be submitted by 6th December 2008 via the online form at

Please feel free to forward this mail to colleagues and contacts who may be interested.

Sue Nugus
Conference Director

sue (at)


Tid: 9. november 2007 kl. 10 – 16
Sted: Rom 10 i Forskningsparken, Gaustadalléen 21,
Påmelding på:
innen fredag 2. november.
Antall deltakere er begrenset til 40 stk.

1) Hva trenger vi å vite om deling av digitale læringsressurser i
høgere utdanning?
SANU (samarbeidsgruppen for nettsteder i utdanningen)[1], har satt av
kr 200 000 til å ta et skritt tilbake og få beskrevet hvilke
forutsetninger som egentlig finnes/ikke finnes i UH-sektoren for å
dele digitale læringsressurser. Møtet skal gi innspill til hva vi
trenger å vite for å komme videre.

2) Etablering av et samarbeidsforum for læringsteknologi?
I ”Plan for kunnskapsdannelse, læring og erfaringsdeling”[2] som
nylig er lansert, er det satt av kr. 450 000 til etablering av et
nasjonalt forum for erfaringsutveksling og drøfting av spørsmål om
LMSer og læringsteknologi i høyere utdanning. Bakgrunnen er blant
annet høringsuttalelsene til Norgesuniversitetets rapport
”Læringsteknologi i norsk høgre utdanning”[3]. Møtet skal gi innspill
til hva et slikt forum bør omfatte, og hvordan det kan organiseres.

- Ansatte i UH-sektoren som bruker teknologi i egen undervisning
- Ansatte i UH-sektoren som arbeider med lærestedenes IT løsninger
for undervisning
- Teknologiutviklere i UH-institusjoner

Møteleder: Gruppeleder Hallgerd Benan, USIT, Universitetet i Oslo

Kl. 10.00-1015
Kaffe og registrering

Kl. 10.15-10.30
Velkommen! Bakgrunn og presentasjon av den todelte agendaen for møtet:
1) Deling av læringsressurser (SANU)
2) Nasjonalt samarbeidsforum for læring og teknologi i UH-sektoren

Kl. 10.30-11.00
Tema 1: Hva trenger vi å vite om deling av digitale
læringsressurser i høgere utdanning? Korte bidrag om status fra:
- Kunnskapsdepartementet
- SANU (Samarbeidsgruppen for nettsteder i utdanningen)
- NSSL (Nasjonalt senter for standardisering av læringsteknologi)

Kl 11.00-11.20
Tema 2: Hvem, hva, hvordan og hvorfor et nasjonalt samarbeidsforum
for læring og teknologi i UH-sektoren? Redegjørelse fra:
- Norgesuniversitetet

Kl. 11.20-12.00
Introduksjon til gruppearbeid og start gruppearbeid

Kl. 12.00-12.45 LUNSJ

Kl 12.45-14.15
Gruppearbeid forts. Gruppene tar selv pause etter behov

Kl. 14.15-15.45
Oppsummering i plenum, diskusjon og anbefalinger.



En av oppgavene skissert i mandat for SANU er å ta initiativ til et nasjonalt prosjekt for økt interoperabilitet for digitale læringsressurser.
Som et ledd i denne prosessen er det derfor allerede igangsatt et prosjekt med dette formål i grunnutdanninga med navn ”Læringsressurser, metadata, interoperabilitet og gjenfinnbarhet”.

Som et ledd i tilsvarende prosess i UH-sektoren har SANU vedtatt å bevilge kr.200000 til et forprosjekt som skal utrede muligheter for deling av digitale læremidler i UH-sektoren.

Midlene vil bli lyst ut som et oppdrag. Utlysningen blir også bekjentgjort gjennom UHRs utdanningsutvalg og oppdraget vil i tillegg bli et tema på en samling som SANU legger opp til om temaet 1.november. Samlingen skal også vurdere interessen for å opprette et eget nettverk innen UH-sektoren.

Det er mange utfordringer knyttet til å få til deling av digitale læremidler i sektoren og disse vil være sentrale temaer i mandat til forprosjektet.
Organisasjoner i sektoren oppfordres derfor til å ansvar for forprosjektet og søke på midlene.
Utlysningen vil bli gjort på et senere tidspunkt og tidsrammen for forprosjektet må avklares i dialog mellom SANU og de som blir ansvarlig for gjennomføring av forprosjektet.

Vennlig hilsen

Tor Arne Jenssen
Prosjektleder – SANU

Interactive Technologies 2007 SALT® Conference
August 22-24, 2007
Arlington, Virginia

Hotel Discount Deadline

The cutoff date for hotel reservations at the
Sheraton Crystal City Hotel is July 21, 2007.
The discounted rate of $169.00 single/double may
not be available after this date. To receive the
special conference rate, call reservations at
(888) 627-8209 and indicate that you are with the SALT® conference group.
To get more information or to register online go to:

Pre-Conference Tutorials – August 21st

Maximize your time at the Washington Conference
by attending one or more of these optional ½ day
workshops. Limited enrollment ensures that
participants can have greater access to the
tutorial leader. Tutorial offerings at this
year’s Washington conference are as follows:

Morning Tutorials – 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

Tutorial A – An eLearning Course Curriculum
Wizard (Building an Instructor-Led “High-Tech
High-Touch” LMS-delivered Course)

Tutorial B – Online Courses and Blended/Hybrid
Instruction Choosing the Right Tools

Tutorial C – Mobile e-Learning: A Reality

Afternoon Tutorials – 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Tutorial D – Creating Interactive eLearning using Flash

Tutorial E – Podcasting for Teachers

Tutorial F – Blended Technologies: DVD,
Web-DVD, Podcasting, M-Learning, Blu-Ray, and Beyond

Complete information is available on our web site.

About the Conference
The Interactive Technologies conference
continues SALT’s practice of bringing together
senior professionals from government, industry,
academia and the military to present the latest
developments in the field of learning and
training technologies. Over the course of 2½
days, attendees will have access to 86 speaker
presentations and 2 panel presentations. Case
studies will be provided as well as the results
of recent research on the effectiveness and
utilization of the latest learning and training technology applications.

Society for Applied Learning Technology
50 Culpeper Street
Warrenton, Va 20186
Ph: (540) 347-0055 Fax: (540) 349-3169 Web:

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