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Workshop on Technology support for reflecting on experiences and sharing them across learning contexts 

At the Alpine Rendez-Vous 2013 (January 28 - February 1 2013)

Duration of the workshop: two days
Location: Villard‐de‐Lans, Vercors, French Alps.

Call for participation

We invite researchers and PhD students from different disciplines (education, psychology, cognitive sciences, computer science…) to participate in a two-day workshop addressing the issue of how technologies can support learners to reflect on experiences and share them with others across learning contexts.

Reflection on action is a crucial process in the experiential learning approach, and particularly in the context of vocational education and training. Learners advance their understanding and mastery on the basis of their experiences if they manage to analyze their performance and learning needs, share those experiences with others who can provide feedback and help and use those experiences and reflections for planning future learning occasions. We see technology as helpful to foster this kind of activities and to provide guidance to learners and teachers in conducting them.

The objective of this workshop is twofold:

Overall, the expected contribution of the workshop is to engage in collective and interdisciplinary thinking about how to develop tools and activities that help learners articulate practical with conceptual knowledge by sharing experiences and reflecting on them collaboratively, by means of appropriate learning technologies.

The workshop will be limited to 25 participants, including the members of the Dual-T program, funded by the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology, its scientific advisory board as well as external guests. The attendance for external guests will thus be based on the reviewing of their position paper by the workshop committee.

Please download here the full description of the workshop.

How to participate

To participate, you need to submit a position paper that will include an abstract (max. 150 words) and an extended summary (max. 1,5 page) describing your interest and research on the workshop topic as well as how you will contribute to the goals of the workshop. Your presentation can deal with technological solutions or empirical studies (including lab and field studies) in vocational education or any domain in education involving learning from experience. Participation necessarily involves a spoken presentation (20 minutes), but you can also propose a poster or a demo (then state it in your proposal).

Please send your position paper by September 21, 2012 as email attachments in Word or PDF format to: Florence.Colomb@epfl.ch

Invitations by the committee following notification of acceptance or rejection will be send around October 15th 2012.

Workshop committee and participants

The members of Dualt advisory board are: Friedrich Hesse (University of Tuebingen, Knowledge Media Research Center), Ulrich Hoppe (University of Duisburg-Essen), Mike Sharples (Open University UK), Robert- Jan Simons (University of Utrecht), and Etienne Wenger (U.S.).

Funding for hotel and food (but not travel) is available for external guests from Dual-T for the duration of the workshop (3 nights and 2 days).

  MB & DKS, July 2012