International Joint Conferences

WI-IAT '09

15 – 18 September 2009
Milan, Italy
2nd International Workshop on 
Social and Personal Computing
for Web-Supported Learning Communities 

SPeL 2009

Motivation of the Workshop

The workshop follows the previous SPeL 2008 workshop, held in conjunction with the SAINT 2008 conference. The workshop combines research in the area of e-Learning, Social Networks and Social Intelligence, and Web Personalization and focuses this year on the application of Web Intelligence research paradigm to the next generation of e-learning systems.

Web-based learning is moving from a centralized, institution-based system to a decentralized and informal creation and sharing of knowledge. Social software (e.g., blogs, wikis, podcasts, and media-sharing services) has started to be used for e-learning purposes, helping to create novel learning experiences. In the world of pervasive Internet, learners are also evolving: the so-called “digital natives” want to be in constant communication with their peers, they expect an individualized instruction and a personalized learning environment, which automatically adapt to their individual needs.

This workshop deals with current research on e-learning as an intelligent e-technology, more specifically the challenges of social and personalization aspects in Web-supported learning communities. Its aim is to provide a forum for discussing new trends and initiatives in this area, including research about the planning, development, application, and evaluation of intelligent learning environments, where people can learn together in a personalized way.