A3EH: Third International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Educational Hypermedia

July 19, 2005 at AIED’05

                                                      NEW: Photos!! | Panel minutes !! Statistics & Best Paper !! Presentations (ppt) !!

Program, Tuesday, July 19th 2005 (Room A-306)

09.00 - 10.30 session:

Theme models, design and authoring

                09.00-09.15 Welcome

9.15-9.45: Paper 1. Comparing Graphs and Trees for Adaptive Hypermedia Authoring, authors: Manuel Freire and Pilar Rodriguez

9.45-10.15: Paper 2. Using Schema Analysis for Feedback in Authoring Tools for Learning Environments, authors: Harrie Passier & Johan Jeuring

         10.15-10.30: Poster 9. The Cost of Authoring with a Knowledge Layer, authors: Lichao Li, Judy Kay

10.30 - 11.00 coffee/tea break

11.00 - 12.30 session:

                Theme adaptive assessment authoring

11.00-11.30: Paper 3. Creating personalised quizzes both to the learner and to the access device characteristics: the Case of CosyQTI, authors: Symeon Retalis, Petros Lalos

11.30-12.00: Paper 4. Automatic Generation of Exercises for Self-testing in Adaptive E-learning Systems: Exercises on AC Circuits, authors: Paul Cristea, Rodica Tuduce

                Theme authoring and converting

12.00-12.30: Paper 5. Writing MOT, Reading AHA! - converting between an authoring and a delivery system for adaptive educational hypermedia -, authors: Alexandra Cristea, David Smits and Paul de Bra

12.30 - 14.00 lunch

14.00 - 15.30 session:

                Theme authoring evaluation

14.00-14.30: Paper 6. Evaluation of Adaptive Course Construction Toolkit (ACCT), authors: Declan Dagger, Vincent Wade

14.30-15.00: Paper 7. Evaluation of Interoperability of Adaptive Hypermedia Systems: testing the MOT to WHURLE conversion in a classroom setting, authors: Alexandra Cristea, Craig Stewart, Tim Brailsford and Paul Cristea

Theme authoring systems

15.00-15.15: Poster 8. Authoring and delivering adaptable learning objects in SINTEC, authors: Valentin Cristea, Stefan Trausan-Matu

15.15-15.30: Poster 10. Telemedicine ontology for AIED, authors: O. Ferrer-Roca, A. Figueredo, K. Franco, A. Diaz-Cardama

15.30 - 16.00 coffee/tea break

16.00 - 17.30 session

                Theme authoring language

16.00-16.15: Poster 11. New Features of the OPScript Language, authors: Vicente Arturo ROMERO ZALDIVAR, Jon Ander ELORRIAGA ARANDIA, Mateo Jerónimo LEZCANO BRITO, Mikel Larrañaga

16.15-16.30 short break

                Panel on A3EH

16.30-17.30: Panel with Invited Speakers: one per each full paper

              (see program)


Accepted Paper List: click here


More Info




This workshop follows a successful series of workshops on the same topic. The workshop contains paper presentations, posters, a panel and discussion, so don’t miss the opportunity to join us!

The current workshop focuses on the issues of design, implementation and evaluation of general Adaptive and Adaptable (Educational) Hypermedia, with special emphasis on the connection to user modelling and pedagogy. Authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia has been long considered as secondary to adaptive hypermedia delivery. This task is not trivial at all. There exist some approaches to help authors to build adaptive-hypermedia-based systems, yet there is a strong need of high-level approaches, formalisms and tools that support and facilitate the description of reusable adaptive websites. Only recently have we noticed a shift in interest, as it became clearer that the implementation-oriented approach would forever keep adaptive hypermedia away from the ‘layman’ author. The creator of adaptive hypermedia cannot be expected to know all facets of this process, but can be reasonably trusted to be an expert in one of them. It is therefore necessary to research and establish the components of an adaptive hypermedia system from an authoring perspective, catering for the different author personas that are required. This type of research has proven to lead to a modular view on the adaptive hypermedia. One of these modules, which is most frequently used, is the User Model, also called Learner Model in the Educational field (or Student Model in ITS). Less frequent, but also emerging as an important module is the Pedagogical Model (this model has also different names in different implementations, too various to name here).  It becomes more and more clear that for Adaptive Educational Hypermedia it is necessary to consider not only the learner’s characteristics, but also the pedagogical knowledge to deal with these characteristics. This workshop will cover all aspects of the authoring process of adaptive educational hypermedia, from design to evaluation, with special attention to Learner and Pedagogical models.


Therefore, important issues to discuss are, among others:

* What are the main characteristics (that should be) modelled of learners?

* How can the pedagogical knowledge be formulated in a reusable manner?

* How to support pedagogic scenarios?

* How can we consider user cognitive styles in adaptive hypermedia?

* How can we consider user learning styles in adaptive hypermedia?

* Are there any recurring patterns that can be detected in the authoring process generally speaking, and in the authoring of user or pedagogic model in particular?


The workshop will also lead to a better understanding and cross-dissemination of user-specific patterns extracted from existing design and authoring processes in AH, especially focused around user modelling and pedagogic modelling.

The workshop aims to attract the interest of the related research communities to the important issues of design and authoring, with special focus on user and pedagogic models in adaptive hypermedia; to discuss the current state of the art in this field; and to identify new challenges in the field.

Moreover, the workshop should be seen as a platform that enables the cooperation and exchange of information between European and non-European projects.


Major Themes


* Design patterns for adaptive educational hypermedia

* Authoring user models for adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia

* Authoring pedagogic models for adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia

* Generic authoring for adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia

* Authoring patterns for user models and pedagogic models in adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia

* Authoring Tools for user models and pedagogic models in adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia

* Generic authoring tools in adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia

* Reusable user models and pedagogic models

* Connecting adaptive educational hypermedia with cognitive/learning styles

* Evaluation of authoring tools for adaptive educational hypermedia

* Evaluation of adaptive educational hypermedia design patterns

* Evaluation of adaptive educational hypermedia authoring patterns




There will be paper presentation and discussions.

These discussions will be open to all; not only those who have papers accepted at the workshop but also any other interested parties are welcome.

After the paper presentations, the discussion based on these questions will begin. Both the presenters and the audience will be asked to contribute to the answering of these questions.


Target Audience and Workshop Interest


The workshop is targeted at all people working towards the discovery and use of patterns, formalisms, and mechanisms that can help them to develop adaptive hypermedia, with a special focus on the domain of education. The richer the adaptation of a hypermedia-based system is, the more complex its specification uses to be. Therefore, there is a clear need of discovering patterns and developing formalisms, mechanisms or tools to facilitate and support the task of authoring adaptive hypermedia, by performing it, in some cases, semi-automatically. The necessity of these patterns can be as a result of authoring push or AH system interfacing or ultimately open (adaptive) hypermedia or pull. This means that patterns can emerge from repetitive structures used by AH authors; alternatively, patterns can emerge from interface programs or interface languages between different adaptive hypermedia systems, or from trying to interface to the open adaptive hypermedia.

This includes researchers that are active in all these fields, as well as representatives of larger projects or networks dealing with these issues. We encourage these researchers to submit papers to the workshop on their latest results and ideas.

Moreover, the workshop is also targeted at people who are interested to hear and discuss the state of the art and the future of this important domain of adaptive hypermedia patterns and pattern-based authoring. We encourage these researchers to participate actively in the discussions for which time will be especially allocated, as well as in the other interactive parts, such as questionnaires and, if time allows it, demos.


The workshop’s main aim is to bring together researchers working or interested in the emerging fields of adaptive patterns for adaptive educational hypermedia authoring. We expect to extract and discuss these emerging patterns, as well as see their implementations and evaluations, smoothening the transition towards standard proposals in the field.

Participants are expected to leave with a better knowledge of the state of the art of the field, as well as to have a fruitful brain-storming session generating new ideas and opening new paths.

As this is a new field, we do not expect final results, but pointers towards some existing solutions and better approaches.

Results of the discussions and questionnaire processing will be posted after the workshop on-line on the workshop site, as is the case with the first two editions of this workshop.


Workshop Co-Chairs


Dr. Alexandra Cristea - Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Dr. Rosa M. Carro - University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain

Prof. Dr. Franca Garzotto - Politecnico di Milano, Italy




Dr. Alexandra Cristea is assistant professor of Information Systems at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan. She has been organizer, program committee member, panel member, Doctoral consortium member, session chair, and reviewer for Hypertext, CATE, WBE, AH, E-Learn, ED-MEDIA, ICCE, and CEC, a.o. She has been co-chair and organizer of the 1st and 2nd International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Educational Hypermedia and is the editor of a special issue of the ETS journal on the same topic. She is associate editor of the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, and reviewer for TNN and TKDE, and invited UNESCO expert for Eastern Europe. She is member of the IEEE, IEEE Computer Science, User Modelling community. She has given invited courses and talks related to her research and projects in Italy, Greece, Romania, Finland and Japan. Dr. Cristea has published over 100 research papers at international conferences and journals. Her present research embraces (authoring of) adaptive hypermedia, intelligent systems, user modelling, and distance learning via intelligent environments. Her extended CV can be found at:               http://wwwis.win.tue.nl/~alex/HTML/info.html

Dr. Rosa M. Carro has worked in the area of adaptive hypermedia since 1997. She got her doctoral degree in Computer Science Engineering in the University Autónoma of Madrid in 2001. Her research focuses on adaptive hypermedia, adaptive e-learning systems, collaborative learning, authoring of adaptive and collaborative hypermedia, ubiquitous training and evaluation. She was a member of the research unit Mathematics and Applications of the Mathematics Department of the University of Aveiro (2001-02), where she got a post-doctoral grant to work on adaptive educational games for teaching Maths. In 2002 she got a DAAD grant to visit the group Applied Informatics - Cooperative Systems of the Department of Informatics of the Technical University of Munich, where she spent six months doing research on collaborative and adaptive web-based systems (2002-03). She has the status of User Modeling Researcher since 2003. She is a member of the IASTED Technical Committee on Education and of Spanish associations such as AIPO and ADIE. She was a member of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education (IAIED) Society during 2000. She has co-organised several workshops and invited sessions in conferences, such as “Adaptive Hypermedia and Collaborative Systems (AHCW’04)” at the “International Conference on Web Engineering 2004”, or “Adaptive Hypermedia in Education”, at the “6th World Multiconference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics 2002”. She has been reviewer for several international journals and conferences, and member of the program committee/reviewer of several conferences related to her research fields.

Prof. Dr. Franca Garzotto has a Degree in Mathematics from University of Padua (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Politecnico di Milano, where she is currently Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the Dept. of Electronics and Information. Since 1988, she has been active in hypertext, multimedia, web applications, focusing on design, usability, adaptive human computer interaction and participating in over 15 European research projects on these topics. She was program committee member of many editions of the ACM Hypertext conference, the ACM Multimedia Conference, ICHIM, and “Museums and the Web”. She served as co-organizer of several international workshops on hypermedia related topics and program chair of ICHIM’01 (Milan 2001 - the largest worldwide conference on ICT applications to cultural heritage). She was European chair of ACM SIG-WEB (ACM Special Interest Group on Hypermedia & Web) from 1997 to 1999.


Program Committee:


Helen Ashman, University of Nottingham (UK)

Paul De Bra, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Tim Brailsford, University of Nottingham (UK)

Licia Calvi, University of Pavia (Italy)

Hugh Davis, Southampton University (UK)

Serge Garlatti, GET-ENST Bretagne (France)

Nicola Henze, University of Hannover (Germany)

Judy Kay, University of Sydney (Australia)

Kinshuk, Massey University (New Zealand)

Wolfgang Nejdl, University of Hannover (Germany)

Toshio Okamoto, University of Electro-Communications (Japan)

Helen Pain, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Simos Retalis, University of Piraeus (Greece)

Pilar Rodríguez, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)

Johann Schlichter, Technical University of Munich (Germany)

Marcus Specht, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (Germany)

Daniel Schwabe, PUC - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Carlo Strapparava, IRST (Italy)

Lorna Uden, Staffordshire University (UK)

Vincent Wade, Trinity College (Ireland)

Gerhard Weber, Freiburg University of Education (Germany)

Wolfgang Woerndl, Technical University of Munich (Germany)


Paper submission (closed)


Discussion proposals as well as research papers. Papers accepted for the workshop are published in the workshop proceedings. Selected papers might also be invited for a Special Issue for a Journal (bid ongoing).

Submit your paper to: a.i.cristea@tue.nl; and CC it to: rosa.carro@uam.es; garzotto@elet.polimi.it 


Important Dates


Submission deadline: April 22, 2005

Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 13, 2005

Final versions due: May 20, 2005

Workshop: July 19, 2005

Main conference: July 18 - 22, 2005


Submission Categories:


Full papers:

      original mature research results as well as discussion papers

Poster papers:

     on-going work