Northeastern University, Boston, USA 18-20 January 2008

This Conference will address a range of critically important themes in the various fields that address the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge and society. The Conference is cross-disciplinary in scope, meeting points for technologists with a concern for the social and social scientists with a concern for the technological. The focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on information and communications technologies.

The Conference has an impressive line-up of international main speakers ( Jody Berland (York University); James Paul Gee (Arizona State University); Karim Gherab Martin (Harvard University); David Matheson (Carleton University); Ronald Sandler (Northeastern University); Elizabeth Stark (Free Culture Group, Harvard University); and McKenzie Wark (New School for Social Research, New York).

The Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Papers submitted for the Conference proceedings will be peer-refereed and published in print and electronic formats in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the Conference proceedings.

We are also making available a limited number of free registrations for graduate students who are willing to assist at the conference, and people from developing countries. For details, see

Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website. The final date for proposal submission is December 31, 2007.

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Boston in January 2008.

New course in term 2

We have recently received permission to offer a new experimental class in term 2 that is a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and Educational Communications and Technology. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a computer geek to take it! The idea is that there are many important overlaps between our disciplines, particularly where they intersect around designing technology enhanced learning. Dirk Morrison and Richard Schwier will be offering some of the sessions on community, instructional design and evaluation. The time and place will be announced later, but if you’re interested you can contact the lead instructor, Dr. Gord McCalla ( or Chris Brooks ( Yes, you can count it on your graduate program.

A brief description follows, but you can find the full description at: Then click on the link “Course Material”.

ECMM / CMPT 898 – Technology Enhanced Learning

Course Objectives
This course introduces graduate students to current and state of the art technology in applied Computer Science of teaching and learning. It will overview a wide range of topics both from the Computer Science perspective of utilizing and implementing the technology and the Educational perspective by exploring how technology fits within pedagogical principals.

The course will be taught using a range of technology such as using Blogs to encourage discussions, mediating some of the lectures and group communication through tools such as iHelp, podcasting or vidcasting, compiling content in wikis etc.

The course goal is to create an environment of collaborative group work between both Education and Computer Science students by having the focus on a project that is for a real world client. This will allow the Education students an introduction to the challenges and advantages that Computer Science can provide the learning process yet have them working with Computer Science with stronger technical skills. Education students can help the Computer Science students understand difficulties and best practices of learning and instructional design. Both Computer Science and Education students will get an opportunity to experience group work with colleagues outside of their discipline and practical experience by completing a project for a client.

The project itself will be carefully selected by the instructors to have enough depth and breadth to require knowledge of the different topics of the outline, yet can be accomplished in the time allotted. The lectures themselves will be geared towards coordinating the project or teaching the required knowledge for the current stage of the process.

At the end of this course it is expected that students understand:

– The limitations and abilities of current e-learning technologies
– How technologies can be utilized to achieve pedagogical goals
– How technologies can be customized to explore new learning strategies
– The social implications of technology on the learning process

ICALT 2008 Call for Papers

ICALT 2008: The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies Learning technologies in the Information society

Santander, Cantabria, Spain
July 1st- July 5th, 2008

Deadline: January 15th, 2008

It is unquestionable that technology is a useful tool to enhance the learning process and during the last ICALT conferences significant advances have been presented in this sense. Besides the usual topics of the conference, this edition of the conference aims to explore the role of learning technologies to step forward in the transformation from the information society to a knowledge society where everybody (independently of race, sex, abilities, capabilities, …) can be benefit from technologies to enhance her learning process. This open a world of opportunities for analysing the use of technology in inclusive learning environments that take into account the characteristics and expectations of different kinds of users and different kinds of learning experiences, whether formal or informal, individual or cooperative, life-long or short term…