Ein Schiff, Un bateau, A ship

Wenn Du ein Schiff bauen willst, dann trommle nicht Männer zusammen, um Holz zu beschaffen, Aufgaben zu verteilen, sondern lehre die Männer die Sehnsucht nach dem weiten, endlosen Meer.

Quand tu veux construire un bateau, ne commence pas par rassembler du bois, couper des planches et distribuer du travail, mais reveille au sein des hommes le desir de la mer grande et large.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint Exuperie

Dagstuhl Session on Emerging Learning Landscapes

Begin of September I have organized a Dagstuhl Session on Emerging Learning Landscapes together with Marcelo Milrad and Ulrich Hoppe. We have been really lucky to have an outstanding list of international researchers from the fields of HCI, Learning Sciences, Technology Enhanced Learning, CSCL and others.

I have learned a lot from the discussions in this week and really enjoyed the intense discussions and atmosphere in Dagstuhl. Topics discussed have been new HCI approaches in learning support, mobile and ubiquitous learning support in a variety of facets, strategic issues on acceptance, establishment, innovation management, as also technical aspects of ubiquitous systems integration for learning support.

We will work towards a Manifesto in this research area out of this initial group that has met in Dagstuhl, so more news to come.

Thanks again for sharing all your experiences and expertise !

Conference in 2010

In 2010 I am involved in quite some conferences either as PC or Chair or Co organizer, i just list some here if you are interested:

CoChair:  Track 4 ICCE Conference on Classroom, Ubiquitous, and Mobile Technologies Enhanced Learning (CUMTEL), November 29, 2010 (Monday) to December 3, 2010

Program Committee Member: ectel2010.org: EC-TEL conference , FIFTH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING SUSTAINING TEL: FROM INNOVATION TO LEARNING AND PRACTICE Barcelona (Spain), 28 September-1 October 2010

Program Committee Member: International Conference on Technology for Education conference will be held at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India during July 1-3, 2010

Program Committee Member: UMAP2010: http://www.hawaii.edu/UMAP2010/ This year’s 18th edition, UMAP 2010, will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kona side of the “Big Island” of Hawaii with additional student housing at the Aston Shorts at Waikoloa and the Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas.

Program Committee Member: (http://www.mobilehci2010.org). MobileHCI 2010 will be held in Lisboa, Portugal, September 7-10, 2010.

… more to be added soon

JTEL Winterschool 2010

Yesterday we ended the JTEL Winterschool in Innsbruck. The Winterschool brought together about 35 PHD students from different fields and we had leading researchers from the field of TEL in the Grillhof in Innsbruck for one week.

When you are interested in the outcomes, results of the workshops and some of the presentation you find most of the references on teleurope.eu.

I did a presentation on mobile servie orchestration and my model on ambient information channels.

Mobile access to my blog

I have added a wordpress plugin to support mobile access looks great.

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WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into a web-application experience when viewed from an iPhoneTM, iPod touchTM, AndroidTM, or BlackBerry StormTM touch mobile device.

mobile citizen media

In a recent report about the use of mobile phones in citizen media the technological features of mobile phones and their potential for consuming and producing mobile social content have been analysed (Mobile Active Consortium, 2008). The key features identified are:

  • Text messaging holds the potential of instant exchange and update of personal information channels. The underlying model allows new information distribution models like personalized information channels 
or micro-blogging. Furthermore, nearly every mobile phone used today has SMS messaging capabilities. Successful services are released all over the world with a focus on India, South America, and Africa.
  • Voice and Audio: mobile phones can do much more than just enabling direct phone calls to another person. You can connect to several persons in an audio conference, you can call in to service for recording and instant publishing of a phone call, you can use voice-based services to navigate in applications, or you can connect to online audio streams or FM Radio networks.
  • Photos and Videos allow mobile phones to create low-fi content on the spot and distribute contextualized information. A prominent example is the recent release of the iPhone 3GS, which can record videos and submit them to YouTube mobile. In the first 5 days after the release of the device the mobile content uploads to YouTube grew by 40%.