ICWL 2011 conference

Last week I participated the International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL 2011) that took place in Hong Kong. Three conference papers and one workshop paper were accepted from our research group, so I travelled with my colleagues Mart Laanpere and Vladimir Tomberg.

I was presenting our work on assessing teachers’ educational technology competencies and the conceptual design of DigiMina environment. As a nice surprise, our paper received the best student paper award.

Põldoja, H., Väljataga, T., Tammets, K., & Laanpere, M. (2011). Web-based Self- and Peer-assessment of Teachers’ Educational Technology Competencies. In H. Leung, E. Popescu, Y. Cao, R. Lau, & W. Nejdl (eds.), Advances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2011: 10th International Conference, Hong Kong, China, December 2011. Proceedings (pp. 122–131). Berlin / Heidelberg: Springer.

The conference papers covered wide variety of topics. I would like to point out a few of the presentations from the sessions that I attended. Elvira Popescu was presenting eMUSE platform that aggregates learner activities from several social media media tools (Blogger, MediaWiki, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube, Picasa, SlideShare) (preprint). This is very close to our work in EduFeedr project. Adriana Berlanga was presenting a paper co-authored with Riina Vuorikari and a group of researchers in TellNet project (draft). They were studying the eTwinning community and presented some interesting statistics. It was nice to see that Estonia has the largest percentage of teachers involved in eTwinning activities (9,74%). It would be good to have a similar study about LeMill community, but unfortunately we have detailed data only about those users who have filled up their profiles. In the KMEL symposium my colleague Vladimir Tomberg presented the conceptual design of Timeliner tool that supports collaborative scientific writing (presentation). It is nice to see that they have made an in depth design process and we have something to offer also in the research 2.0 field. However, I still think that often the main problem in collaborative writing is lack of time, not lack of tools.

I would have expected a little bit more active use of the web in the conference. It seems that I was the only one using #icwl11 hashtag in Twitter and I have found only a few presentations from SlideShare so far.

I had also some time to look around, take photos and enjoy asian food. First photos are up in Flickr and more will follow during the Christmas break.

Hong Kong skyline

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