6th International Workshop on 
Social and Personal Computing
for Web-Supported Learning Communities 

SPeL 2013
 

Motivation of the Workshop

The workshop follows the previous SPeL 2008, SPeL 2009, SPeL 2010, SPeL 2011 and DULP & SPeL 2012 workshops, held in conjunction with the SAINT 2008 conference, WI/IAT 2009 conference, DEXA 2010 conference, ICWL 2011 conference and ICALT 2012 conference respectively. The general topic of the workshop is the social and personal computing for web-supported learning communities, focusing on emergent technologies for applied computing in education.

Web-based learning is moving from centralized, institution-based systems to a decentralized and informal creation and sharing of knowledge. Social software (e.g., blogs, wikis, social bookmarking systems, media sharing services) is increasingly being used for e-learning purposes, helping to create novel learning experiences and knowledge. 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 collaboration and personalization issues 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 e-learning systems, where people can learn together in a personalized way through social interaction with other learners.