The EC-TEL conference (European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning) was really competitive this year: It received 176 valid submissions, out of which 27 were accepted as full papers, 19 as short papers, 13 as demos and 33 as posters.
In total, 131 Full Papers were submitted – so this makes an acceptance rate of 20,6% for full papers, and 35% for full papers plus short papers.
The EC-TEL conference takes place from September 15 – 18, 2015 in Toledo, Spain. Its goal is to present developments in information and communication technology – for example how new communication patterns like in social applications, mobile devices and ubiquitous network access, together with social and economical changes lead to a networked world. The increasing networking in different scales from global to local is having a profound effect on learning and teaching.
The two papers from the Ubiquitous Personal Computing team will be presented by Angela Fessl and Viktoria Pammer.
Angela Fessl presents the paper “In-App Reflection Guidance for Workplace Learning” about in-app reflection of work and learning based on users activities tracked by the app. Two things were discovered: first, the app made users reflect their work and their learning process. Second, the reflection was perceived as useful by users and the more people used it, the more useful it became. This is tricky since it should not interrupt a users processes during work.
Viktoria Pammer talks about the paper “The Value of Self-Tracking and the Added Value of Coaching in the Case of Improving Time Management” which is about two 6 week studies about time management. There was a self tracking system as well as a coaching setting investigated.
In the self-tracking setting, participants used only an activity logging tool to track their time use and a reflective practice, namely daily review of time use, to improve time management. In the coaching setting, participants did the same, but additionally received weekly bilateral coaching.
In the self-tracking setting participants reported reasonable insights about their own time management, planned and implemented behavior changes. However only participants in the coaching setting improved their self-assessment with respect to predefined time management best practices.
From the Social Computing Team, Sebastian Dennerlein presents the demo paper “An Online Social Knowledge Repository for Informal Workplace Learning” which is about “KnowBrain”, an open source Dropbox-like knowledge repository with social and collaborative learning features for informal workplace learning. KnowBrain can support, integrate and foster various collaborative learning processes related to daily work-tasks by leveraging and improving inherent meaning making processes. The paper can be downloaded here.
Adolfo Ruiz-Calleja presents “Supporting learning analytics for informal workplace learning with a social semantic infrastructure“, a poster paper about the potential of a semantic infrasturcture to support learning analytics and a preliminary evaluation showing that users are able to create an Actor Artifact Network by using two example applications.