Call for Papers: OCWC Global Conference 2014

Call for Papers: OCWC Global Conference 2014

Posted by Rebecca Martin on Tue, 05/11/2013 - 16:25

Call for Papers of the OCWC Global Conference 2014
(OCWC 2014)

Conference Description and Motivation

The 10th annual OpenCourseWare Consortium Global Conference will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on April 23-25, 2014. The OpenCourseWare Consortium and the Knowledge for All Foundation (continuation of PASCAL2) are jointly organising the event whose special theme is Open Education for a Multicultural World.

We invite submissions of papers on all topics related to open education for the conference proceedings, and proposals for workshops.

The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a worldwide community of universities and organizations committed to addressing global social issues through open education. The foundation Knowledge for All is a non-profit organization based in London (UK) is committed to reducing the current gap between new trends in education and advanced technologies in artificial intelligence, with the ultimate goal of securing the future of open education.

Topics of Interest

We encourage submissions on all topics related to open education, including original practical and technological work on the issues involved directly or indirectly with open education as well as applications or implemented systems related to such issues. We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in the following topics:

Computer Science:
* Human Computer Interaction
* Large Online Learning
* Machine Learning
* Machine Translation
* User Analytics
* Automatic Assessment
* Modelling
* Data-driven personalization
* Visualization
* Social Collaboration
* Gaming
* Video annotation
* Mining
* Hypervideo

Online Education:
* New Academia Trends
* Policy making
* Video Based Learning
* Academic Publishing
* Syllabus
* Validation
* Certification

Application Domains:
* Education
* Formal Education
* Business analytics
* Legal studies
* Digital humanities

* Usability studies
* Effectiveness studies
* Automated Feedback Tools
* Automated Grading Tools


The 2014 conference will be organised around four tracks:

* Research and Technology. In this track, we expect to explore new technologies allowing scaling and sharing of Open Educational Resources in a faster or more economical way, to index the multimodal and multilingual material, or to navigate and remix available material. Researchers and developers are encouraged to present on-going research as well as running prototypes.

* Open Educational Policies, in which policy issues and their impact on open educational practice will be discussed. Licensing issues, alternative business models, cooperative efforts and governmental funding can all be discussed in this track. The focus of such sessions should be on lessons learned rather than a recounting of steps taken.

* Pedagogical Impact will allow users to present novel uses of Open Educational Resources and their impact on education. We welcome analysis of the impact of
Open Educational Resources on the learning process itself, as well as deployment of OERs in MOOCs, flipped classrooms, hybrid educational approaches and online education.

* Finally, a project dissemination track will allow actors (teams, projects, companies) currently involved in open education projects in Europe to present the
results of their work.

Conference Venue and Format

The conference will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on April 23 to 25, 2014.

OCWC is planned to be a two full-day conference organized in the following blocks:
* Pre-conference workshops
* Invited talks (to be confirmed)
* Paper presentations (20-30 minutes per paper, including discussion)
* A few panels with 3-4 invited experts from fields relevant to the topic of the conference (to be confirmed)
* A wrap-up event actively involving the conference organizers (as moderators), the panelists, the paper authors and the general audience
* A barcamp event including hackatrons and start-up presentations

Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the OCWC Global 2014 conference must include a short description (140 characters) and an extended abstract (1000-2000 words, approximately 2-4 pages). All submissions should be submitted through easychair, using the following link: Instructions to submit the papers can be found at

Important Dates

* Submissions Due: December 1, 2013
* Acceptance Announcements: Week of January 2, 2014
* Speaker Registration Deadline: February 27, 2014
* Final Papers Due: March 1, 2014

Intended audience

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers who are interested in the problems of Open Education from as many different perspectives as possible. This includes the Semantic Web, Data Mining and Analysis, Linked Data, Knowledge Representation, Scientific Workflow and Natural Language Processing communities. We are eager to gain additional insights also from the point of view of Digital Pedagogies, Open Educational Policies, Internet Search, Business Analytics, Legal Studies or Digital Humanities and other relevant fields. Ideally, we would like to see the practitioners and researchers actively network and collaborate in order to define and understand the most relevant and important lines of research pertinent to the underlying goal of understanding and enabling the processes of discovery, paradigm shift and breakthrough of Open Education.

OCWC Conference Chair
* Colin de la Higuera, University of Nantes, France and Knowledge for All

OCWC Steering Committee
* Jure Cuhalev, OpenCourseWare Consortium
* Mary Lou Forward, OpenCourseWare Consortium
* Meena Hwang, OpenCourseWare Consortium
* Mitja Jermol, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia and Knowledge for All
* Igor Lesko, OpenCourseWare Consortium
* Marcela Morales, OpenCourseWare Consortium
* Davor Orlic, Knowledge for All

OCWC Programme Committee
* Peter A. Bruck, Research Studios, Austria
* Gwen Franck, Creative Commons, Belgium
* Feng Gan, School of Continuing Education, Shanghai, Jiao Tong University(SJTU), China
* Rayid Ghani, University of Chicago, USA
* Ignasi Labastida Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
* Andy Lane, Open University, United Kingdom
* Tiziana Margaria, Potsdam University, Germany
* Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada
* Fred Mulder, UNESCO Chair in OER at Open Universiteit in the Netherlands
* Richard Noss, London Knowledge Lab, United Kingdom
* Andrej Pavletic, Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
* Mariana Petru, UNESCO
* John Shawe-Taylor, Knowledge for All and UCL, United Kingdom
* Christian Stracke, ICORE and University of Düsseldorf, Germany
* Alek Tarkowski, Creative Commons
* Sophie Touzé, OpenCourseware Europe and University of Lyon, France
* Frederik Truyen, KU Leuven, Belgium
* Andreja Umek Venturini, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
* Susan Webster, University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
* John Weitzmann, Creative Commons, Germany

Social media
Twitter #ocwcglobal
K4A website
Conference website