Perspectives on Wearable Enhanced Learning: Call for Chapters

I am happy to announce the Call for Chapter for the Springer Edited Volume on Wearable Enhanced Learning:

Perspectives on Wearable Enhanced Learning: Current Trends, Research and Practice

An edited volume by

Ilona Buchem

Ralf Klamma

Fridolin Wild

to be published by Springer, New York

Springer website: http://www.springer.com

Dedicated website: http://ea-tel.eu/special-interest-groups/well

EasyChair submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wellspringer2018

 

Introduction

Wearable technologies – such as smart glasses, smart watches, smart objects, or smart garments – are potential game-changers, breaking ground, and offering new opportunities for learning. These devices are body-worn, equipped with sensors, and integrate ergonomically into everyday activities. With wearable technologies forging new human-computer relations, it is essential to look beyond the current perspective of how technologies may be used to enhance learning.

Scope

This edited volume “Perspectives on Wearable Enhanced Learning” aims to take a multidisciplinary view on wearable enhanced learning and provide a comprehensive overview of current trends, research, and practice in diverse learning contexts including school and work-based learning, higher education, professional development, vocational training, health and healthy aging programs, smart and open learning, and work. This volume will feature current state of the art in wearable enhanced learning and explore how wearable technologies begin to mark the transition from the desktop through the mobile to the age of wearable, ubiquitous technology-enhanced learning.

Contents

The edited volume is divided into seven parts:

Part I The Evolution and Ecology of Wearable Enhanced Learning

This part includes chapters describing an evolution of technology-enhanced learning from the desktop to wearable era, the different phases in the evolution of technologies for learning, introducing in the technological and conceptual shifts from e-learning through m-learning to ubiquitous learning. This part introduces the reader to the topic and provides both a historical perspective and a conceptual framework for a socio-cultural ecology of learning with wearables.

Part II The Topography of Wearable Enhanced Learning

This part includes chapters giving an overview of current trends and uses of wearable enhanced learning including examples of projects, use cases, case studies. This part provides an overview of real-life examples and aims at illustrating the breadth of uses of wearable technologies for learning in different application contexts such as education, work, health and open learning.

Part III Technological Frameworks, Development and Implementation

This part includes chapters providing insight into different technological aspects of wearable enhanced learning focusing both on the hardware and the software. This part also gives an overview of different development and implementation methodologies applied in wearable enhanced learning.

Part IV Pedagogical Frameworks and Didactic Considerations

This part includes chapters providing insight into different pedagogical frameworks and didactic/instructional design approaches applied in wearable enhanced learning. This part also discusses pedagogical affordances of wearables as technologies for learning and the consequences for a didactically sound design and integration of wearables in learning settings/environments.

Part V Design of User Experience

This part includes chapters providing insight into different aspects of user experience design including approaches for enhancing user engagement such as gamification and information visualisation as well as human-computer interaction and interface design. This part also discusses how current insights from research and development in wearable computing, which represents the forefront of HCI innovation, may be applied to designing user experience in learning settings.

Part VI Research and Data

This part includes chapters providing overview of current empirical research results in wearable enhanced learning touching upon the different dimensions of learning including cognitive, social and embodied dimensions. This part also discusses how data can be gathered and exploited in wearable enhanced learning which includes such topics as wearable learning analytics, turning data into information and data-driven approaches to enhancing learning in wearable enhanced learning.

Part VII Synopsis and Prognosis

The final part includes a chapter providing a synopsis and a prognosis for the future development in the field of wearable enhanced learning.

Call for Chapters

Prospective authors (co-authors are welcome) are invited to submit a chapter proposal (via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wellspringer2018) in form of an abstract (max. 300 words) with the title, names of authors, five keywords and the part of the book for the contribution not later than 30 September 2017. The proposals for chapters should be a previously unpublished work.

Upon acceptance of the chapter proposal and notification of authors by 20 October 2017, the final chapter should be completed not later than 01 February 2018.

Contributions will be double blind reviewed and returned with comments by 31 March 2018. Finalised chapters are due no later than 30 April 2018. The final contributions should not exceed 20 manuscript pages. Guidelines for preparing your chapter will be sent to you upon acceptance of your proposal.

Proposed Timeline

The following represents a timeline for completing this volume:

  • 20 June 2017: Call for Chapters open
  • 30 September 2017: Abstracts due (title, authors, abstract, keywords & book part)
  • 20 October 2017: Notification and additional information for authors and templates
  • 01 February 2018: Chapters due (according to the template)
  • 31 March 2018: Chapters returned with reviewers’ comments
  • 30 April 2018: Final chapters due (ready for publication)
  • 31 May 2018: Book manuscript delivered to Springer

Inquires and Submissions

Please forward your inquiries to:

The Editors: Ilona Buchem, Ralf Klamma and Fridolin Wild

E-mail: sig-well@dbis.rwth-aachen.de

Web: http://ea-tel.eu/special-interest-groups/well

Twitter: @mediendidaktik @klamma @fwild

Please submit your proposal to:

EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wellspringer2018

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Open Badges in India

This March I had an opportunity to visit the Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi,  India. I was invited to give a workshop on Open Badges as part of the STRIDE activities at IGNOU. IGNOU is one of the largest universities in the world and is also known as “The People’s University”. STRIDE was set up in 1993 as a training and research institute for distance education in the South Asian Region. STRIDE has developed a number of training materials related to Open and Distance Education und runs the Indian Journal of Open Learning (IJOL) published by Indira Gandhi National Open University.

It was very interesting for me to learn about Open Education and Open Badges activities at IGNOU and I was delighted to share the experience on Open Badges from Europe including Germany. Here is a short press release from the Times of India (21st March 2017) about the workshop on Open Badges at IGNOU titled “IGNOU Creates Awareness On Digital Certificates”.

I am very grateful for this experience and thankful to the STRIDE team, especially Prof. Prabir K. Biswas (Director), Dr. G. Mythili (Deputy Director) and Prof. PR Ramanujam (former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU) for a truly warm welcome, superb organisation and open sharing of ideas around Open Education.

Now I am looking forward to the presentation of Dr. G. Mythili (Deputy Director) of STRIDE/IGNOU activities on Open Badges in the Open Badges MOOC we run in the Open Badge Network, founded under the ERASMUS+ grant. More details will follow soon on the Open Badge Network portal: http://www.openbadgenetwork.com/

Here is the link to my slides on Open Badges from the IGNOU workshop:

Open Badges in South Africa

The Open Education Global Conference 2017 took place 8-10 March in Cape Town, South Africa. I was a great conference with a great number of interesting contributions and superb researchers and practitioners so I was very pleased to attend and introduce Open Badges as elements of Open Education in form of an Action Lab (see program and the Twitter hashtag #oeglobal). Also I presented a poster with the results of the policy research we have done in the Open Badge Network project.

It seems to me that the discussion around Open Education has been often narrowed down to Open Educational Resources and recently MOOCs, not sufficiently taking into consideration other forms of Open Education and Open Learning. I see Open Badges as one of these elements of Open Education which should be anchored in the global discourse on Open Education and Open Education Practices. I hope through these contributions to the conference program, I managed to trigger the interest and discussion about Open Badges for Open Education in this global community.

The OE Global Conference 2017 concluded but the Year of Open continues! The Year of Open is “a global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organizations” (learn more).

Here is the abstract of the Action Lab titled “Scaling up Open Badges for Open Education” and the link to my slides in SlideShare:

“This Action Lab aims at exploring and designing Open Badges as elements of Open Education. Open Badges are based on an open standard which enables to anyone to recognise and openly communicate open learning achievements including skills. Open Badges are used as open (micro) credentials and are an important element of Open Education as they enable learners to get their open learning achievements recognised, digitally recorded, validated and communicated to any audience in an open and transparent way. Open Education has been discussed in view of open access and participation in open courses and the production and use of Open Educational Resources. However, the element of recognition and communication of open education achievements has been neglected so far. The European Open Badge Network project is one of the global initiatives to promote Open Badges: http://openbadgenetwork.com.

This Acton & Design Lab aims at incubating ideas and formulating recommendations for scaling-up the use of Open Badges to recognise Open Learning in different open educational contexts. This lab takes 2 hours and starts with a hands-on demonstration of Open Badges as an open technology and educational approach including selected case studies (30 minutes). This is followed by a structured discussion about potentials and challenges of using Open Badges for recognition of Open Learning, using affinity diagramming techniques (30 minutes). The last part is about brainstorming ideas and designing recommendations for scaling-up Open Badges for Open Education (60 minutes). The last part is organised around three key dimensions of scaling-up of Open Badges, i.e. context, content, community. The results of the lab is a list of actions and recommendations for scaling up the use of Open Badges. The list encompasses policy, organisational, teacher and learner recommendations and will be published on the Open Badge Network portal.”

Special Track on Wearable-technology Enhanced Learning (WELL)

To start the new year I am happy to announce our Call for Paper of the Special Interest Group on Wearable Enhanced Learning (WELL) at the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning: http://ea-tel.eu/special-interest-groups/well/

Here it is:

Special Track on Wearable-technology Enhanced Learning (WELL)
at the Immersive Learning Research Network Conference iLRN 2017
June 26-29, 2017, Coimbra, Portugal
https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2017/

1 Topic of the Special Track

Wearable technologies – such as smart watches, smart glasses, smart objects, smart earbuds, or smart garments – are just starting to transform immersive user experience into formal education and learning at the workplace. These devices are body-worn, equipped with sensors and conveniently integrate into leisure and work-related activities including physical movements of their users.

Wearable-technology Enhanced Learning (WELL) is beginning to emerge as a new discipline in technology enhanced learning in combination with other relevant trends like the transformation of classrooms, new mobility concepts, and cyber-physical systems. Wearable devices play an integral role in the digital transformation of industrial and logistics processes in the Industry 4.0 and thus demand new learning and training concepts like experience capturing, re-enactment and smart human-computer interaction.

This proposal of a special track is the offspring of the SIG WELL (http://ea-tel.eu/special-interest-groups/well/) in the context of the European Association for Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL). It is a follow up proposal for the inaugural session we had at the iLRN 2015 in Prague. In the meantime, the SIG was successful in organising a number of similar events at major research conferences and business oriented fairs like the EC-TEL, the I-KNOW and the Online Educa Berlin OEB. Moreover, the SIG has involved in securing substantial research funds through the H2020 project WEKIT (www.wekit.eu). The SIG would like to use the opportunity to present itself as a platform for scientific and industrial knowledge exchange. EATEL and major EU research projects and networks in the field support it. Moreover, we’ll seek to attach an IEEE standard association community meeting of the working group on Augmented Reality Learning Experience Models (IEEE ARLEM).

2 List of Topics

  • Industry 4.0 and wearable enhanced learning
  • Learning Analytics for Wearable technologies
  • Wearable technologies for health and fitness
  • Wearable technologies and affective computing
  • TEL applications of smart glasses, watches, armbands
  • Learning context and activity recognition for wearable enhanced learning
  • Body-area learning networks with wearable technologies
  • Data collection from wearables
  • Feedback from wearables
  • Learning designs with wearable technologies
  • Augmented Reality Learning
  • Ad hoc learning with wearables
  • Micro learning with wearables
  • Security and privacy for wearable technology enhanced learning
  • Collaborative wearable technology enhanced learning

3 Dates

  • Paper submission: February 1, 2017 (How to submit? Check: Author’s Info)
  • Notification of authors: March 15, 2017
  • Full paper submission: April 15, 2017
  • Date of the conference: June 26-29, 2017

Contributing papers have to undergo a peer review process and will be included
in the conference proceedings, depending on the overall quality and special tracks chairs’ decision, either as a long paper (10 – 12 pages) or as a short paper (6 -8 pages). Excellent papers will be deemed full papers (14 pages) and included in the Springer proceedings. Authors of selected papers will also be invited to extend their contribution and to be published in a special issue of the JCR-indexed Journal of Universal Computer Science.

4 Track chairs

Ilona Buchem, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany,
István Koren, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Fridolin Wild, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Alla Vovk, Oxford Brookes University, UK

5 Tentative Program Committee (t.b.c.)

Mario Aehnelt, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Carlos Delgado Kloos, UC3M, Spain
Elisabetta Parodi, Lattanzio Learning Spa, Italy
Carlo Vizzi, Altec, Italy
Mar Perez Sangustin, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Isa Jahnke, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Jos Flores, MIT, USA
Michael Fominykh, Europlan, UK
Puneet Sharma, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Yishay Mor, Levinsky College of Education, Israel
Tobias Ley, Tallinn University, Estonia
Peter Scott, Sydney University of Technology, Australia
Victor Alvarez, Murdoch University, Australia
Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, The Open University, UK
Carl Smith, Ravensbourne University, UK
Victoria Pammer-Schindler, Graz University of Technology &Know-Center Graz, Austria
Christoph Igel, CeLTech, Germany
Peter Mörtel, Virtual Vehicle, Austria
Brenda Bannan, George Mason University, USA
Christine Perey, Perey Consulting, Switzerland
Kaj Helin, VTT, Finland
Jana Pejoska, Aalto, Finland
Jaakko Karjalainen, VTT, Finland
Joris Klerxx, KU Leuven, Belgium
Marcus Specht, Open University, Netherlands
Roland Klemke, Open University, Netherlands
Will Guest, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Digital Strategies and Change Agents

I am coordinating the project “Digital Future” at Beuth University in Berlin founded by the Stifterverband in which we develop strategies for the use of digital media in every department in 2016 and then a university-wide strategy in 2017 based on the department-strategies. One of the key approaches in this project is Open Innovation, in which we focus on bringing in different stakeholders and different perspectives together. Each department has already appointed a digitalisation representative who together with a strategy-team with representatives of different stakeholder-groups from a given department (including professors, students, alumni, researchers, program directors, lab directors etc.) drive the development of the digital strategy in the respective department. Not long ago I presented our strategy development process at the Workshop on e-Learning with the focus on digital representatives as change agents. You can see my slides below.

Are you involved in a similar process or can point me to an higher education organisation developing digital strategies? If yes, I’d be glad to receive your comment and share ideas and lessons learned!

Wearables & Learning

We started the Special Interest Group on Wearable Enhanced Learning together with Ralf Klamma from RWTH Aachen und Fridolin Wild from Oxford Brookes University only in 2015. The interest in wearable enhanced learning has been growing rapidly. This year, at EC-TEL 2016 in Lyon France, we have organised already the 4th SIG WELL workshop!

This time, the SIG WELL workshop focused on prototypes and experiences with Wearable Enhanced Learning. We have had a number of interesting presentations on different applications of wearables. Here is the list:

  1. SIG WELL – Introduction – Ilona Buchem, Fridolin Wild, Ralf Klamma
  2. WeKit: Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training – Ralf Klamma & Fridolin Wild
  3. DevOpsUse for Large-Scale Social Requirements Engineering – Ralf Klamma & Milos Kravcik
  4. Wearables for Healthy Ageing – Ilona Buchem
  5. BBC micro:bit Maker-Boards – István Koren
  6. Tactile Feedback – Jazz Rasool, Carl Smith & Jazz Rasool
  7. Kinemata – motion memory enhanced – Jana Pejoska
  8. Smart Medical Simulation Team Training – Brenda Bannan
  9. The TCBL Project – Paul Lefrere, Fridoln Wild & Jesse Marsh
  10. Cognitive behavioural therapy training with wearables – Mikhail Fominykh

For more information about this event, please visit the SIG WELL website:

http://ea-tel.eu/special-interest-groups/well/call-for-makers-prototypes-and-experiences-with-wearable-enhanced-learning-well-ec-tel-2016/

 

Policy Recommendations for Open Badges

We have just published the first discussion paper on policy recommendations for establishing Open Badges in Europe as part of the Erasmus+ strategic partnership “Open Badge Network”: http://www.openbadgenetwork.com, which brings together organisations from across Europe to support the development of an Open Badge ecosystem, promoting the use of Open Badges to recognise non-formal and informal learning.

The policy discussion paper is a contribution of the Open Badge Network to the ongoing debate on potentials and challenges of Open Badges, especially in their use as digital credentials.

The paper provides policy-makers with an overview of the basic principles, concepts and applications of Open Badges as instruments of digital credentialing, with the results of the first targeted analysis of potentials and challenges of using Open Badges as digital credentials from the perspective of policy-makers in different European countries and formulates some first actionable recommendations for developing, implementing and evaluating digital credentialing policies, strategies and action plans.

The paper includes results of policy recommendations research conducted in the Open Badge Network project with the aim of eliciting the opinions of policy makers about Open Badges in view of digital credentialing. This research includes:

  • Results of the European Policy Online Survey with selected European policy makers
  • Results of the Germany Policy Online Survey focusing on establishing Open Badges at policy levels in Germany
  • Results of the European Commission Policy Consultations in Brussels
  • Results of the Europass Working Group on Innovation Consultations
  • Results of the PIAAC Consultations (PIAAC = Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies).

We have opened a forum on the Open Badge Network portal and invite comments and feedback on the policy paper. For our project it is a preliminary policy document in the charting out the main directions for the follow-up White Paper on Open Badges Policies. So the feedback from the Community is very valuable to us!

We are looking forward to discussions about possible directions for establishing Open Badges as policy levels in Europe and beyond!

Suggested citation: Buchem, Ilona; van den Broek, Erik & Lloyd, Nigel (2016). Discussion Paper on Open Badges at Policy Levels (Open Badge Network, Erasmus+). URL: http://www.openbadgenetwork.com/outputs/policy-levels