mLearn 2011 – Calls for Practitioner Stream and Student Posters

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you very much for the mLearn papers that you submitted to us earlier this year. We are pleased to see so many of you are interested in mLearn 2011 Beijing and we look forward to meeting you all in October.

The notification of acceptance will be announced on 11 July 2011. Please note that our call for doctoral consortium, workshops and panels is still open until 22 July. We encourage you to register early and book your flight early, as it is more economic to do so (the early-bird registration will be closed on 26 July).

Some of you have written to let us know that your mobile learning work (e.g. mobile apps) could be interesting to present, but concerned that it could not be classified as research. As you know, the mLearn conference each year attracts not only academic researchers, but also welcomes contributions from developers, professionals, practitioners, and educators from school education, industry, government, international organisations, etc. We are pleased to announce a new call specifically for an additional Practitioner Stream in the conference. We cordially invite you to submit short papers with an emphasis on mobile learning practice in classrooms, healthcare, businesses or any other relevant practice settings. Details of your mobile learning practice should be presented in a 1000-word proposal. This Practitioner Stream Call will close on 1 September 2011.

In addition, we will give free admission to doctoral and Masters students to the poster session, where students are encouraged to present their work in the form of posters. This would not give admission to the conference, but students will receive a student discount to attend mLearn. The Call for Student Posters will be closed on 1 September 2011.

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Outstanding Paper Awards

All accepted papers will be considered by the Programme Committee for Outstanding Paper Awards. Certificates will be issued to 10 outstanding papers of at least one registered author. There is an opportunity to be invited to deliver the keynote speech at mLearn 2011.

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Submission Open!

Our mLearn 2011 paper submission system is now open – https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=mlearn2011. Before uploading your paper, we suggest that you download the paper template http://mlearn.bnu.edu.cn/source/mlearn2011_template.doc and use it to format your conference papers.

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Second Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

The 10th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning will be held in Beijing, 18 – 21 October 2011 (http://mlearn.bnu.edu.cn).We are writing to let you know that the new full paper submission date is 5 May 2011.Our mLearn 2011 paper submission system is now open – https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=mlearn2011. Before uploading your paper, we suggest that you download the paper template http://mlearn.bnu.edu.cn/source/mlearn2011_template.doc and use it to format your conference papers.

All accepted papers will be considered by the Programme Committee for Outstanding Paper Awards. Certificates will be issued to 10 outstanding papers of at least one registered author. There is an opportunity to be invited to deliver the keynote speech at mLearn 2011.

Our conference theme is Mobile and Contextual Learning: Culture and Change

. It aims to stimulate critical debate on and research into theories, approaches, and applications of mobile and contextual learning; to bring together researchers and practitioners from all over the world to share their knowledge, experience and research in the field of mobile learning; and to create dialogue and networking for knowledge sharing and transfer across the globe.

Submissions are invited for:


Long papers (8 pages)
Short papers (3 pages)
Workshops (2 pages)
Posters (300 words)
Panels (500 words)
Industry showcase &presentation (1-2 page)
Doctoral Consortium (4 pages)
All submitted papers will be blind reviewed by at least three members of an international panel of research leaders in the area of mobile and contextual learning. Accepted papers of at least one registered author will be published in the printed and the CD versions of the proceedings. The proceedings will also be published via the web for Full Open Access. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to have their submissions considered for special issues of the SSCI-indexed Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL) and the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL).

More details about the reviewing process, the acceptance policy, organising invited workshops, and submission deadlines can be found at our websites – http://www.mlearn.org/mlearn2011 or http://mlearn.bnu.edu.cn/

Enquiries:

If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Shengquan Yu at mlearn@bnu.edu.cn or visit the conference websites http://www.mlearn.org/mlearn2011 or http://mlearn.bnu.edu.cn/ Tel: +86(0)1058806922, Fax: +86(0)1058800256, Blog: https://mlearn2011.wordpress.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/mlearn11, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154843551225978 School of Educational Technology, Beijing Normal University, China.

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The New Date!

The 10th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning will be held in Beijing, 18 – 21 October 2011 (http://mlearn.bnu.edu.cn).We are writing to let you know that the new full paper submission date is 5 May 2011.

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Keynote speaker – Chee-Kit Looi, Learning Sciences & Technologies Academic Group & Learning Sciences Lab, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Chee-Kit Looi was the Founding Head of Learning Sciences Lab from January 2004 to June 2008, the first research centre devoted to the study of the sciences of learning in the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, he is the Head, Centre of Excellence for Learning Innovation (COELI). He is the PI or co-PI of several research projects funded by the National Research Foundation, Singapore. His research has created significant inroads into impacting school practices: his work on rapid collaborative learning has created routine practices of collaborative work in a primary school for over two years, and in two secondary schools for a year. These schools have continued or plan to continue the innovations on their own initiatives. His research on seamless and mobile learning has made good progress toward creating a model of 1:1 computing in schools. His work created and transformed the curricula of Primary 3 and 4 science in a primary school in Singapore so that they can harness the affordances of mobile devices for inquiry learning. Because of the good research outcomes, the school has decided to scale-up its 1:1 implementation to all of the Primary 3 classes in 2011, and to adopt 1:1 at the Primary 5 levels.
Over the years, Chee Kit has given keynote addresses in international conferences held in the US, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. He is a member of the executive committee of the International AI & Education Society, editorial member of the Journal of CAL, the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and the IEEE Transactions in Learning Technologies. He was the past president of the Asia-Pacific Society of Computers in Education, and a Steering Committee and founder member of the Global Chinese Society on Computers in Education.

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Keynote speaker – Mike Sharples, Director, Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, UK

Mike Sharples is Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include human-centred design of new technologies for learning, mobile and contextual learning, and the application of studies of human cognition and social interaction to the design of novel interactive systems. He is Principal Investigator of the PI: Personal Inquiry project to support inquiry learning of 21st century science topics between formal and informal settings. Other current projects include CAPITAL (Curriculum & Pedagogy in Technology Assisted Learning) to inform the next phase of the UK’s Harnessing Technology Strategy. He is leader of the Learning strand of the National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing. As a member of the MOBIlearn European 5th Framework project he led the design and evaluation of its context awareness subsystem. His previous projects include a study of Web 2.0 technologies for learning at school and home, L-Mo with Sharp Labs Europe to develop mobile technology for language learning, the design of a Writer’s Assistant, an exploration of writing as creative design, computer implementations of story generation, and the development of a knowledge-based tutoring system for neuroradiology.

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