Third International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Educational Hypermedia
This workshop follows a successful series of workshops on the same topic.
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.
* 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.
Dr. Alexandra Cristea -
Dr. Rosa M. Carro - University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain
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
Paul De Bra, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Tim Brailsford, University of Nottingham (UK)
Toshio Okamoto, University of Electro-Communications (Japan)
Pilar Rodríguez, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)
Marcus Specht, Fraunhofer Institute
for Applied Information Technology (
We welcome discussion proposals as well as research papers. Papers accepted for the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings. Selected papers might also be invited for a Special Issue for a Journal (bid ongoing).
Submission deadline: April 22, 2005 (extended!!)
Notification of acceptance or rejection:
Final versions due:
Earlier submission is encouraged. Please send an intention e-mail with a title and a short intentional abstract as soon as you decide to submit.
Full papers: 8 pages
original mature research results as well as discussion papers