JTEL winter school 2010

November 26, 2009

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The fourth time in a row, CELSTEC organizes the JTEL Winter School in Innsbruck. The JTEL Winter School is part of the “Doctoral School” activities within the “Building next generation research capacity” theme of the Stellar Network of Excellence.

The JTEL Winter School brings interdisciplinary doctoral researchers together in order to provide intense research training and to foster cross-domain collaboration. The event will engage participants in high-level courses and workshops with leading scientists. These workshops and lectures focus on theoretical, methodological, educational, and technological issues of relevance to TEL research, providing space for interaction, group work, and informal discussions. Doctoral students will also be expected to present their own research for constructive feedback from other participants of the Winter School.

The purpose of the STELLAR Doctoral School is both to induct TEL doctoral students into the STELLAR research community and provide research training for doctoral students, particularly within the early and mid stages of their doctoral research. The STELLAR Doctoral School will engage doctoral students in high-level courses, workshops with leading scientists and as an integrated part of the research teams from all the participating research units, they will be exposed to a very rich learning environment. The workshops and lectures organized during the doctoral school will focus on theoretical, methodological and technological issues of relevance to TEL research (for example activity theory, embodied cognition, individual, social & organisational learning processes, and the work of TEN Competence).

Doctoral students will also be expected to present their own research for constructive feedback from other participants in the Doctoral School. Workshops will also be offered on: writing research papers; communicating TEL research to policy makers, industry and practitioners. The workshops constitute a useful platform to enable the community to engage in the scientific work being carried out in WP1, 2 and 3. Another important goal of the Doctoral School is to recruit participants from beyond STELLAR core partners as a means of offering doctoral training to the worldwide TEL community. This would establish the Doctoral School as a cornerstone for sustaining the STELLAR initiative.

Interested doctoral students are invited to submit their application until 14 December 2009.

More information on the JTEL Winter School can be found at

Some impressions from last year are available here:

STELLARnet at ICHL 2010 in Beijing

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ICHL 2010The coordinator of STELLAR, Peter Scott, accepted the invitation to give a keynote at next year’s International Conference on Hybrid Learning (ICHL), held from August 16 to 18, 2010, in Beijing. Hybrid learning refers to combining virtual and physical resources to provide enriched teaching and learning experiences. The call for papers is still open till Januar 30, 2010. Selected papers will appear in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and in the International Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education. See here for more information.

First call for STELLAR incubator proposals

November 19, 2009

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STELLAR is launching an Incubator Programme, aimed at supporting promising early career researchers with mobility or ‘incubation scholarships’ to spend some months in another research institution or enterprise with the aim of either fostering the incubation of new ideas/projects, or exploiting new prototypes/services/approaches.

Funds for Incubator scholarships will be devoted to junior researchers’ mobility, thus to travel and subsistence. The Incubator eligibility period may vary from 3 weeks to 3 months (to be proposed by the applicant). Each applicant should also specify how s/he is planning to use the budget (maximum budget available for each Incubator scholarship: € 5.000).

The present Call will be closed on January 2010, 15th. Click here for more information.

First call for STELLAR ThemeTeam proposals

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A STELLAR Theme Team is a network of mid-career researchers from different institutions, whose aim is to explore and analyze collaboratively emerging research topics in the field of TEL. A Theme Team may be a completely new network created around a specific topic of common interest, or composed of researchers who have already worked together on a certain issue (e.g. at a workshop or within a longer project).

The mission of a Theme Team is to share and integrate competences, methodologies and ideas already developed. The Teams are a means to integrate European research units in the field of TEL, but also competences coming from enterprises and institutions not included in the STELLAR network.

Within this first round of funding (the present Call), up to four Theme Teams will be funded (the expected budget of each proposed Theme Team being around  € 20.000). The Theme Team eligibility period is 12 months.

Proposals should be submitted to CNR-ITD who has been appointed by the STELLAR Network to manage the overall Theme Teams process.
The deadline for the submission of Theme Team proposals is January 15th, 2010.

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STELLAR launches TEL europe at Online Educa Berlin

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The EU FP7 funded open Network of Excellence STELLAR launches its ambitious community of stakeholders in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) www.teleurope.eu at Online Educa in Berlin on December 2nd, 2009. TEL europe draws together researchers, teachers, developers, industry, and all other stakeholders in technology-enhanced learning. In a joint booth of STELLAR and the Centre of Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) of the Open Universiteit Nederland, visitors can meet members of the network, join TEL europe and experience the new collaboration platform.

TEL europe will launch officially with a reception hosted in stand C99 in the Wintergarten of the Intercontinental Hotel on Wednesday, December 2nd, between 17.00 – 19.00. Its gathering will be informal with Marcus Specht, Professor for Advanced Learning Technologies at CELSTEC at the Open Universiteit Nederland,  giving a short speech introducing to this initiative.

Novática Award for the best paper

November 3, 2009

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In the 4th edition of the Novática Award for the best paper published by the journal in 2008, the jury has selected the article of Daniel Livingstone from the University of the West of Scotland and Jeremy Kemp from San José State University on “Integrando entornos de aprendizaje basados en Web y 3D: Second Life y Moodle se encuentran” (“Integrating Web-Based and 3D Learning Environments: Second Life Meets Moodle”).

The article was published in the issue #193 of Novática (May-June 2008), within the monograph “El futuro de la tecnología educativa” (“Technology-Enhanced Learning”). It appeared as a spanish translation of the English special issue appearing simultaneously in UPGRADE. The editors of the monograph have been Carlos Delgado-Kloos from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Fridolin Wild from the Open University of the UK.

The Award, consisting of a diploma, will presented in Madrid, November 13th, 2009, Friday morning, within the frame of a Software Quality event organized by the Spanish Ministry of Industry and ATI, the Spanish a IT association that publishes Novática.

The Jury was composed by the Editors of the Technical Sections of Novática, the Chief Editor of our journal and a representative of the Board of ATI (Asociación de Técnicos de Informática), the publisher of Novática.