Tuesday, October 24, 2006

PAWS Meeting 2006-10-23

I.
1) Peter told great news: two PAWS papers won the outstanding ELearn2006 paper awards:
- "AnnotatEd: A Social Navigation and Annotation Service for Web-based Educational
Resources" by Rosta Farzan and Peter Brusilovsky
- "Time and Structure Based Navigation in Web Lectures: Bridging a Dual Media Gap" by Robert Mertens, Peter Brusilovsky, Sergey Ishchenko and Oliver Vornberger.
Congratulations to the authors!
2) More about ELearn2006: turned out it was an earthquake there and a pretty strong one. Seems, like bad things can happen even on Havaii.
3) Finally, Peter showed the system for community-based navigation of ELearn2006 schedule. The paper about this one should win ELearn2007 outstanding Paper award ;-)


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We again had problems with Java5 on Mac. Need to order PC for our future meeting or push Steve Jobs (or who is responsible?) to release Java5 for Apple.


II. Rosta's presentation about the SWEL@AH06 FOAF paper:
Authors analyzed several schemas for User(learner) characteristics representation:
- FOAF (5 categories),
PAPI (6 categories: personal, relation, sequrity, preferences, ...)
IMS LIP (11 categories)
eduPerson By Internet2 and Educause (43 elements and 2 categories)
P. Dolog's framework

They built a taxonomy of user characteristics taking FOAF as a basis and extending it with elements borrowed from other models.

Discussion (How we can use it?): probably publish FOAF profiles of CourseAgent users, then it will open CourseAgent user models and interconnect them w/ the rest of FOAF network, which allows the system to reason beyond its own knowledge.


III.
Vikrant's demo. Visualization for CourseAgent.

Multidimensional visualization of a student model.
Courses are represented as dots in the space, where carrier goals are dimensions. VIBE-similar interface. Course color reflects the status: planned, not-planned, taken.

2 Comments:

Blogger Peter Brusilovsky said...

I also want to remind that the E-Learn presentation had an action item. We are all going to hunt for interesting papers in the proceedings using our community-based Conference Navigator demonstrated at the meeting. Select your community, look for papers, post comments, schedule, make selection...

October 25, 2006  
Blogger Rosta said...

For the record, here is the link for the ELearn conference navigator system

http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~paws/elearn

The HELP section of the system provides brief description of how to use the system. I recommend to read the help before start using the system. It is very short and will take not more than 5 minutes to read it. Here is the link to help http://ir.exp.sis.pitt.edu/ks2/DL/AnnotatEd/ELearn/help.html

And if you have any question about the system, just let me know.

October 26, 2006  

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