SIG Wearable-Enhanced Learning (WELL)
Wearable technologies – such as smart watches, smart glasses, smart objects, smart earbuds, or smart garments – are breaking the established ground and offer new opportunities. These devices are body-worn, equipped with sensors and conveniently integrate into leisure and work-related activities including physical movements of their users. According to the recent forecasts (e.g. Cisco, Gardner, Deloitte) for 2018, portable technologies, including mobile and wearable devices, will form the basis of personal communications with the global wearable device data traffic increasing by over 60%.
Wearable user interfaces are just starting to transform user experience, improving integration of technologies into everyday life, education, and work. Since wearable technologies are likely to shape the future relationship between humans and computers, it is essential to look beyond the still mostly desktop-driven, narrow perspective of how technologies may enhance learning. We think that the Wearable-technology Enhanced Learning (WELL) is beginning to emerge as one of the earmarks of the transition from the desktop age through the mobile age to the age of wearable, ubiquitous computing.
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Goals and activities
This Special Interest Group will stimulate common research on wearable-technology enhanced learning in the area of TEL. The special interest group especially aims to establish a dialogue between education and training organisations, vendors of TEL solutions, and research organisations in order to proactively promote the use of learning technologies and adequate methodologies in diverse environments (such as education, manufacturing, health). The SIG will seek to bring the different stakeholders together in order to enhance knowledge exchange, sharing and cooperation in this area.
This will include the organisation of an annual workshop involving actors from computer sciences, educational sciences, social sciences, life sciences, and industry. Moreover, the SIG aims to maintain a directory of services and service providers, to ease uptake and upgrading of up- and re-skilling techniques and technologies. The annual workshop will be attached to leading events in the area, such as wearable technologies conferences and consumer electronics conferences.
Moreover, the SIG will create a web space to share new research and collaboration ideas, e.g. Google and Google+ group, and a series of thematic live events, e.g. wearables at the workplace, wearables for healthy living, which will be carried out in form of web meetings, e.g. Google Hangouts. The members of the SIG will receive regular communication with the summary of current trends, research, events and initiatives.
These activities will contribute to the growth of the WELL community and increased awareness of the wearable-technology enhanced learning in the TEL research community. Joining the SIG will be possible by Members of the SIG will contribute to the advancement of TEL and to the dissemination of EATEL activities.
Chairs of the SIG
The Chairs bring expertise in wearable-technology enhanced learning from a number research projects.
Ilona Buchem, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin
Ilona Buchem is Professor for Media and Communications at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin (W2 Professor). Her research interests include emerging technologies for learning, including mobile and wearable technologies. She is coordinating and working in a number of research project related to TEL. Ilona organised the PLE Conference 2013 dedicated to Personal Learning Environments in smart cities, focusing on the emerging, augmented TEL practices. Currently she is leading an R&D project related to wearable-enhanced learning, in which smart armbands are used to enhance capabilities for healthy living and well-being of senior learners. Homepage: ibuchem.wordpress.com
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University
Ralf Klamma has diploma, doctoral and habilitation degrees in computer science from RWTH Aachen University. He leads the research group “Advanced Community Information Systems” (ACIS) at the Information Systems chair, RWTH Aachen University. He is coordinating and working in major EU projects for Technology Enhanced Learning (Learning Layers, WEKIT, GALA, METIS, VIRTUS, SAGE, ROLE and BOOST), He was member of the research excellence cluster “Ultra High Speed Mobile Information and Communication” (UMIC) specialized in mobile multimedia. Ralf organized doctoral summer schools and conferences in Technology Enhanced Learning and Social Network Analysis. He is on the editorial board of Social Network Analysis and Mining (SNAM) and IxD&A. His research interests are community information systems, multimedia metadata, social network analysis and technology enhanced learning.
Fridolin Wild, Oxford Brookes University (UK)
Dr Fridolin Wild is a Senior Research Fellow, leading the Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) of Oxford Brookes University. With the research and development of the lab, Fridolin seeks to close the dissociative gap between abstract knowledge and its practical application, researching radically new forms of linking directly from knowing something ‘in principle’ to applying that knowledge ‘in practice’ and speeding its refinement and integration into polished performance.