2nd Workshop on
Learner-Oriented Knowledge Management & KM-Oriented E-Learning
(LOKMOL 2006)

In conjunction with EC-TEL2006, October 1-4, 2006, Crete, Greece

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The objective of this workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary forum in which scientists and practitioners can exchange new ideas and applications on Learner-oriented Knowledge Management and the use of Knowledge Management technologies in e-Learning. The workshop will build upon the results of its predecessor LOKMOL 2005 workshop which was held at the International Conference on Professional Knowledge Management (WM2005). This year, the focus will also lie on the use of techniques and applications arising in the Web2.0 context: e.g., social software that enables individuals to tag content and act both as producers and consumers of content. Contributions on practical applications are just as welcome as contributions on current research and research results.

Motivation and Background

In spite of the close relationship between learning and knowledge, there is still a lack of cooperation between the fields of e-Learning and Knowledge Management (KM). Accordingly, LOKMOL 2005 brought together researchers and developers to discuss about the perceived connections between KM and e-Learning that are not yet sufficiently operationalized, i.e., the integration-ideas are rarely implemented in practice. The discussions showed that KM addresses learning mostly as part of knowledge sharing processes and focuses on specific forms of informal learning (e.g., learning in a community of practice) or on providing access to learning resources or experts.

Current KM technologies focus on knowledge acquisition, storage, retrieval, and maintenance. However, regarding the deployment process, learning is considered to be a fundamental part of KM because employees must internalize (learn) shared knowledge before they can use it to perform specific tasks.

On the other hand, e-Learning systems might also benefit from KM technologies. Especially the ones focusing on the support of technical and organizational components can play an important role concerning the development of professional e-Learning systems.

During the last years, so-called Web2.0 technologies, such as Wikis and Blogs, received more and more attention and they are currently used in many different domains. So far, these technologies seem to have a positive impact in terms of community building, knowledge sharing, and content creation - even if their success has not been empirically proven. First questions arise, to what degree these systems (e.g., Weblogs, Wikis, XML/RSS based content syndication and aggregation) support certain learning processes.

Thus, this workshop is based on the insight that KM technologies need to take into account findings from social sciences such as pedagogy or psychology, to be effective in terms of learning and that learning can profit from KM technologies. In fact, there is a gap between well organized, but monolithic and inert e-Learning material such as courseware on the one hand and dynamic and flexible knowledge bases that are often not able to activate learning processes on the other hand. An integration of KM and e-Learning, especially by using Web2.0 technologies, could dramatically change today's understanding of further education towards lifelong learning fed by dynamically changing public and organizational knowledge repositories.

The workshop will build upon the results of the successful LOKMOL 2005 workshop where barriers of the integration have been identified and solutions as well as future issues have been worked out during the workshop.

Goals and Workshop Questions

Last year, the workshop was organized around three main types of questions, which have shown up as a good motivation and structure for discussion.

Possible Topic Areas

Target Groups

The workshop brings together researchers and practitioners that are interested in combining findings from two different fields: knowledge management and e-Learning. Thus, it especially addresses people with a background in pedagogy or psychology who want to share their knowledge with people from the more technology-oriented community as well as people from the technical application side who want to present the latest developments of technology enhanced learning (e.g., Web2.0) and would like to share their experiences.

The workshop language will be English.

Submissions

Each submission must explicitly address at least one of the questions above (the fulfilment of this requirement will be part of the review process). During the workshop all presenters will have the opportunity to state their individual contribution to these questions. In summary sessions these contributions will be collected and evaluated by the audience.

Contributions submitted should not exceed 4 pages for short papers and 8 pages for long papers:

The submitted papers should be written in English and be formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines (have a look at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).

Please email a PDF or POSTSCRIPT version (zipped) of your contribution to lokmol2006[at]dfki.uni-kl.de or contact:

Martin Memmel
DFKI GmbH
Fon: +49-631-205-3462
Fax: +49-631-205-3472

Publication

Workshop papers will be bound separately from the main conference proceedings. The following prerequisites have to be met to get the paper published:

Important Dates

July 31, 2006 Submission of contributions
August 18, 2006 Notification of authors regarding acceptance/rejection
August 25, 2006 Camera-ready copy of the papers due
October 2, 2006 Workshop at EC-TEL2006 in Crete, Greece
October 1-4, 2006 EC-TEL2006

Workshop Organisers

Martin Memmel, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI GmbH,
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 57, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Eric Ras, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering,
Fraunhofer-Platz 1, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland,
Mayor Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Don't hesitate to contact us if there are any problems or questions.

Program Committee

Gabriela Avram, University of Limerick, Ireland
Andrea Back, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Stephan Baumann, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Ines Grützner, Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Rob Koper, Open University of The Netherlands
Stefanie Lindstaedt, Know-Center, Graz, Austria
Andreas Schmidt, Forschungszentrum Informatik, Karlsruhe, Germany
David Wiley, Utah State University, USA
Sandra Zilles, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany

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