Second International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Educational Hypermedia
Dr. Alexandra Cristea and Prof. Dr. Franca Garzotto
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands


Milano Politechnical Institute  and

At the

Adaptive Hypermedia 2004 conference

Suggested themes that the papers should be addressing include, but are not limited to:

Major themes:

·        Design patterns for educational adaptive hypermedia

·        Authoring patterns in adaptive/ adaptable educational hypermedia

·        Authoring Tools for adaptive/ adaptable educational hypermedia

·        Connecting adaptive educational hypermedia with cognitive/learning styles

·        Collaborative issues for adaptive/ adaptable educational hypermedia

·        Adaptation model transformations between adaptive educational hypermedia systems

·        Evaluation of authoring tools for adaptive educational hypermedia

·        Evaluation of adaptive educational hypermedia design patterns

·        Evaluation of adaptive educational hypermedia authoring patterns





The workshop will focus on discussions on the issues of design and evaluation of adaptive and adaptable (Educational) Hypermedia applications and authoring tools.

The goals of the workshop are: to attract interest of the related research communities to this important issue of design and authoring in adaptive hypermedia, to discuss the current state of the art in this field, and to identify new challenges in the field.

Up to now, the focus of the adaptive hypermedia research was on the delivery site. Only recently we notice a focus shift. Therefore, important issues to discuss are:

           (Why) should we look at the authoring process in adaptive educational hypermedia design?

           (How) does detecting authoring patterns help the process?

           (Why) do we need to consider cognitive styles in adaptive hypermedia?

           What do these seemingly unrelated topics have in common?

The workshop will also lead to a better understanding and cross-dissemination of used patterns extracted from existing design and authoring processes in AH. The results of the workshop should feed back in the European Community project ADAPT, carried out with the support of the European Community in the framework of the Socrates programme:

Moreover, the workshop has to be seen as a platform that enables the cooperation and information exchange with other related European and non-European projects, for mutual benefits. 

The workshop continues the series opened with the:

“First International Workshop on Authoring of Adaptive and Adaptable Educational Hypermedia”, at the:

IASTED International Conference on WEB-BASED EDUCATION
~WBE 2004~
February 16-18, 2004, Innsbruck, Austria

Official Workshop Site:

Workshop Papers (copy) site:

More results of the first workshop will appear shortly on the above site.


The workshop is targeted at all people working towards the discovery of patterns in adaptive hypermedia with special focus on the domain of education. 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. 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 will reserve time dedicated to discussions. At these discussions, both people that have accepted papers at this workshop, as well as others interested in the topics, are welcomed.

Selected papers will be presented first, grouped by the major themes above. The participants will be also given open questions for reflection and discussion. After the paper presentations, the actual discussion will begin, based on the questions for reflection and the paper presentations. Both the presenters and the audience will be asked to contribute to the answering of these questions.



The workshop’s main aim is to bring together researchers working or interested in the emerging field of adaptive patterns for adaptive educational hypermedia authoring. We expect to extract and discuss these emerging patterns, 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 edition of this workshop.     


We welcome discussion proposals as well as research papers. Papers accepted for the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings of the AH’04 conference (online).

Selected papers will also be invited for a Special Issue in the IFETS ETS journal.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS: 14th of May 2004; 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.


The proceedings of AH'2004 will be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). The contributions of all workshops will be published together in supplementary proceedings to the AH'2004 proceedings. Please check for instructions on how to prepare submissions. For HTML submission; in order to have good on-line proceedings; a template will be provided.


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)

Olga De Troyer, Vrije Universiteit (Belgium)

Hugh Davis, Southampton University (UK)

Rik Min, Twente University (NL)
Marc Nanard, University of Montpelier (France)

Toshio Okamoto, University of Electro-Communications (Japan)

Oscar Pastor, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
Simos Retalis, University of Piraeus (Greece)
Gustavo Rossi, La Plata University (Argentina)
Daniel Schwabe, PUC - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Wieland Schwinger, University of Linz (Austria)
Carlo Strapparava, IRST (Italy)

Lorna Uden, Staffordshire University (UK) 






Dr. Alexandra Cristea is assistant professor of Information Systems at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD in Information Sciences at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan, and her two Masters degrees in Computer Science and Economical Engineering at the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Romania. She has taught, among others, courses on Neural Networks, Adaptive Systems, and User Modelling. She has been organizer, program committee member, panel member, Doctoral consortium member, session chair, and reviewer for several conferences, such as the CATE, WBE, AH, E-Learn, ED-MEDIA, ICCE, and CEC, among others. She is associate editor of the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, and has worked as a reviewer for this and other journals, such as the TNN and TKDE. She has given invited talks related to her research and projects in Italy, Greece, and Japan. Dr. Cristea has published over 80 research papers at international conferences and journals. Her present research interests embrace (authoring of) adaptive hypermedia, intelligent systems, user modelling, and distance learning via intelligent environments.        Her full CV can be found at:

Prof. Dr. Franca Garzotto is Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the Department of Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano. She has a Degree in Mathematics from the University of Padova (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Politecnico di Milano. She has been active in the hypertext and multimedia since 1988. Her main research interests in these areas are: web design, multimedia applications, usability, human computer interaction. She has been involved in various European research projects in the above fields. Franca Garzotto was tutorial chair of ECHT'90 and ECHT'92, and member of the program committee of the ACM Hypertext conference in 1991, '92, '93, '94, '96, '97, of the ACM Multimedia Conference in 1995 and 1996, of ICHIM in 1995 and 1997. She served as Program Chair of the International Workshop on "Hypermedia Design", held in Montpellier - France in June 1995 (in cooperation with ACM SIGLINK, INRIA, CWI, and GMD). She served as program co-chair of the International Workshop on "Evaluation and Quality Criteria for Multimedia Applications", held at the ACM conference on multimedia - MM'95 - in S. Francisco - CA, November 1995. She also served as program co-chair of ICHIM’01 (Milan, Sept.. 01), the largest worldwide conference on ICT applications in cultural heritage. She was was European chair of ACM SIG-WEB (ACM Special Interest Group on Hypermedia & Web) from 1997 to 1999.