Theme of the Workshop:

Higher Education for All: International Workshop on Social, Semantic, Adaptive and Gamification techniques and technologies for Distance Learning

Economic development depends on highly skilled, educated individuals. Lower education level is linked to low income, poverty. In the UK, Higher Education is available to many high school graduates (~50% in 2011-12; The Guardian). In Brazil, numbers are much lower (< 20%; OECD). Pioneering efforts from academia & companies (incl. proposers) to support pupils from impoverished, underprivileged backgrounds to enter universities (to pass the intensive public exam ' ENEM'), are e-learning solutions. Still, initial data show typical distance learning problems: isolation, lack of customisation. The workshop invites UK, Brazil & international researchers towards solving the urgent, timely problem of access for children from impoverished backgrounds, via new, seamless personalisation, gamification, semantic & social interaction techniques for specific needs of the millions of candidates, based on (big) data analysis, user analytics, scalability. It dedicatedly promotes equal opportunities.

The workshop's main aim is to bring together researchers, practitioners, other stakeholders working or interested in the fields of educational technology, semantic web, Web 2.0, adaptivity, big data, learner analytics, NLP. We expect to discuss the merger of research and application directions, see their implementations and evaluations, encourage the transition towards concrete, large scale applications - such as in the Brazilian entrance to higher education field. Participants are expected to leave with a better knowledge of current research, to have fruitful brainstorming sessions, generate new ideas and new paths. Discussions results will be posted after the workshop on-line, as in previous workshops, and a special issue in a quality journal will be proposed.

We expect to see emerging cross-oceanic collaborations as a result of this workshop, both between senior as well as between junior researchers, in terms of joint research with concrete outcomes, such as papers in internationally renowned venues. We also expect to see a faster impact of research results into commerce and/or practice, with long term benefit for the Brazilian educational landscape and economy, a rise in experts in vital domains, and in particular progress in supporting pupils from low income backgrounds to access higher education. We expect to see further proposals for collaboration & funding emerging as a result, and follow-up international workshops.

What is Researcher Link (RL)?

Researcher Links is designed to provide financial support to bring together a UK and Brazilian cohort of early career researchers to take part in a workshop focusing on building links for future collaboration and enhancing the researchers’ career opportunities. The workshop will be coordinated by two leading researchers one from a UK institution, plus one working in a Brazilian institution.

Can take part of the Workshop:

  • Two (2) workshop coordinators: one from the UK and one from Brazil;
  • Four (4) mentors: two from the UK and two from Brazil;
  • Maximum of thirty four (34) early career researchers: 17 from the UK and 17 from Brazil, to be selected by the Workshop coordinators by means of an open call. Early career researchers must have a PhD, obtained less than 10 years prior to the workshop - All of the selected young researchers will be sponsored by the workshop organisation.

The Workshops will be held in English, which means that all the participants must be fluent in English.

Application and Deadline:

The full application below must be completed and submitted until .

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline
  • Participants must be early career researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD for less than 10 years on the starting date of the workshop.
  • Participants must be affiliated to UK and Brazil higher education or research institutions at the time of the application.

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection Procedure

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment
  • CV review

Notification of results:

Applicants will be notified by email.

Equal Opportunities

The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organizers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given.







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Ig Ibert Bittencourt

Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL)

Coordinator
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Alexandra I. Cristea

The University of Warwick

Coordinator
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Seiji Isotani

University of São Paulo (USP)

Mentor
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Craig Stewart

Coventry University

Mentor
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Fernanda Lima

University of Brasília (UnB)

Mentor
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Mike Joy

University of Warwick

Mentor
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Germana Nóbrega

University of Brasília (UnB)

Mentor




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It is a pleasure to inform you that there will be a selection of the best presentation(s) for the 'Education for All' workshop.

The organisers (coordinators and mentors) will be selecting the best presentation(s) based on the marks given to the presenters by their audience.

Thus, we ask each of you to help us in this task, by marking all speakers you have heard. Forms will be distributed for each session for this purpose, and marks will range between 1(not good at all) to 10 (absolutely excellent). Obviously, you cannot mark yourself!

This exercise we hope will ensure a much more lively interaction between all researchers present.

Moreover, best presentations will be invited for paper presentation in a special issue of a journal (currently, Brazilian Journal of Computers in Education) or a book (currently, Springer).





All presentations at the workshop 'Education for All' will have a chance to get published, as follows.

(1) CEUR workshop proceedings: all presentations will be published in a collection of CEUR workshop proceedings. The published material is at minimum the extended abstract which you have sent, but it can be edited to a full paper. Formatting information will be added here later. The review process will be led by the organisers and will be minimal.

(2) a special issue in a journal: best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to the special issue for a journal. There will also be an Open Call for special issue journal papers. Participants are encouraged to submit. The current working title is 'Social, Semantic, Adaptive and Gamification techniques and technologies for Distance Learning', and the current target venue is the Brazilian Journal of Computers in Education. The review process will be led by the organisers with the help of a program committee and will be rigorous.

Call for Papers and Chapters for a Springer Book:

Higher Education for All: From Challenges to Novel Technology-enhanced Solutions

Social, Semantic, Adaptive, Gamification Techniques and Technologies for Distance Learning

We are pleased to invite you to submit a paper or chapter for a Book on Social, Semantic, Adaptive, Gamification Techniques and Technologies for Distance Learning. This book is based on our successful workshop in Brazil, but is open to all contributions: http://newton.nees.com.br/

Economic development depends on highly skilled, educated individuals. Lower education level is linked to low income, poverty. In the UK, Higher Education is available to many high school graduates (~50% in 2011-12; The Guardian). In Brazil, numbers are much lower (< 20%; OECD). Pioneering efforts from academia & companies to support pupils from impoverished, underprivileged backgrounds to enter universities (to pass the intensive public exam 'ENEM'), are e-learning solutions. Still, initial data show typical distance learning problems: isolation, lack of customisation. We invite UK, Brazil & international researchers to contribute towards solving the urgent, timely problem of access for children from impoverished backgrounds, via novel, seamless personalisation involving gamification, semantic & social interaction techniques for the specific needs of millions of learners, based on (big) data analysis, user analytics and scalability.

This book aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders working or interested in the fields of educational technology, semantic web, Web 2.0, adaptivity, big data, learner analytics and NLP. We expect to witness the merger of research and application directions, see their implementations and evaluations, encourage the transition towards concrete, large scale applications - such as in the Brazilian entrance to the higher education field.

  • Abstract (350-800 words): 12th of May 2017;
  • Full Paper (12-15 pages): 24th of June 2017;
  • Notification: September 30th.
Notification of results: Submitters will be notified by email.
Style and Formatting: Springer
Publisher: STM (Science, Technology, Medicine): Springer (tbc)

Editors

Alexandra I. Cristea, The University of Warwick
Ig Ibert Bittencourt, Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL)
Fernanda Lima, University of Brasília (UnB)
Submissions, questions, etc. to: A.I.Cristea@warwick.ac.uk, ig.ibert@ic.ufal.br, ferlimaunb@gmail.com





Ig Ibert Bittencourt


+55 82 99301 1982

ig.ibert@ic.ufal.br

Alexandra I. Cristea


+44 24 765 73774

A.I.Cristea@warwick.ac.uk

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