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Proceedings of ECEL 2009
The 8th European Conference on e-Learning
held at the University of Bari, Italy
29-30 October 2009

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Biographies of Conference Chairs, Programme Chair, Keynote Speaker and Mini-track Chairs



Biographies of contributing authors



E-Learning in Malaysia and Nigeria: a Bibliometric Study

Ahmed Bakeri Abubakar1, Yahya Ibrahim Harande2 and Bappa Magaji Abubakar2
International Islamic University, Malaysia
2Bayero University Kano, Nigeria


The Smart Office Hours Assistant: an Intelligent Student-Centered FAQ System

Asma Al-Ayed1 and Shehab Gamalel-Din2
Umm AlQura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Active Learning Methods in Teaching Computer Science Courses at HAFA

Antonios Andreatos
Hellenic Air Force Academy, Dekeleia Air Force Base,


Websites and Museums: New Informal Learning Applications

Mikel Asensio Brouard1, Elena Asenjo Hernanz1 and Alex Ibáñez Etxeberria2
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
2Universidad del País Vasco, Spain


How Blogs and Web Platforms Have Changed Communication Through Activist Art: an Approach to Existing Online Art Communities

Ana Margarida Barata1 and Carlos Vaz de Carvalho2
New University of Lisbon/ Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (Porto School of Engineering), Portugal
2Porto School of Engineering, Portugal


Evaluation of Learning Based on Transverse Competences Using Web 2.0 Orientations: the e-Transfolio

Elena Barberà, Ana Mª Rodera, Gemma Aguado, Lourdes Guàrdia and Montse Vall-llovera
Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain


E-Plasticity: an Asynchronous e-Learning Solution for Artillery Barrels Autofrettage Process

Ghita Barsan, Luminita Giurgiu, Benoni Sfarlog and Danut Mosteanu
Land Forces Academy, Sibiu, Romania


On-The-Job e-Learning: Workers’ Motivations and Perceptions. The Case of "La Caixa"

Josep Batalla Busquets, Carmen Pacheco Bernal and Jordi Vilaseca Requena
 Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain


Evaluating the Impact of Distance Learning Support Systems on the Learning Experience of MBA Students in a Global Context

Yongmei Bentley, Anjali Shegunshi and Mike Scannell
University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK


Towards a Service-Oriented e-Learning Framework Based on Semantics

Devis Bianchini1, Valeria De Antonellis1, Antonio De Nicola2, Michele Missikoff2
1University of Brescia, Italy
2IASI-CNR, Rome, Italy


Student Performance and its Association with Utilisation of Teaching Material

David Bond, Tony Holland and Peter Wells
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia


Moodle as a Trojan Mouse: Policy, Politics and Pragmatism

Mark Brown, Shelley Paewai and Gordon Suddaby
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand


Dishonesty Deterrence and Detection: how Technology can Ensure Distance Learning Test Security and Validity

Richard Caldarola1 and Tanya MacNeil2
Troy University, Atlanta, USA
2American InterContinental University, Atlanta, USA


Frameworks for Digital Literacy and Digital Competence Assessment

Antonio Cartelli
University of Cassino, Italy


Exploring the Current Theoretical Background About Adoption Through Institutionalization of Online Education in Universities: Needs for Further Research

Ines Casanovas
Jönköping University
, Sweden
National Technological University, Buenos Aires, Argentina


A Web-Based Tool for Assessing Online Peer-Reviews

Elisabete Cunha1 and Álvaro Figueira2
CRACS, Porto, Portugal
2CRACS & DCC, Universidade do Porto, Portugal


Creating Confident Web Conferencers: a Web 2.0 Approach to Staff Development

Mark de Groot and Gill Harrison
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK


The Evaluation of e-Learning Practices in the University Education System

Carmen de Pablos Heredero
Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain


VET: A Tool for e-Learning 2.0

Vincenzo Di Lecce1, Antonella Giove1 And Alessandro Quarto2
Polytechnic Of Bari, Taranto, Italy
Myhermes S.R.L, Taranto, Italy


Use of Wiki Tools for Raising the Communicative Aspect of Learning

Jana Dlouhá and Jiří Dlouhý
Charles University Environment Center, Prague, Czech Republic


Is Audio Feedback a Useful Way of Enabling Students to Learn? A Case Study

Elisabeth Dunne and Sue Rodway-Dyer
University of Exeter, UK


Heutagogy: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell you About Pedagogy and the Conceptual Age

Jane Eberle
Emporia State University, USA


Organizing web Educational Resources According to Specific User Needs

Nuno Escudeiro1, 2 and Paula Escudeiro1
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
2Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support, Porto, Portugal


Interventions for Second-Order Change in Higher Education: Challenges and Barriers

Sebastian Fiedler1 and Terje Väljataga2
Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna, Austria
2Tallinn University/Tampere University of Technology, Tallinn/Tampere, Estonia/Finland


The Lecture is Dead Long Live the e-Lecture

Duncan Folley
Leeds Metropolitan University
, UK


The Combined use of e-Learning and Traditional Learning Systems for Students of Biology and Biochemistry

Susana Gaytan and Rosario Pasaro
University of Seville, Spain


Crossing the Ts and Closing the Tags: Improving Web-Standards Compliance in Open Source e-Learning Platforms

Andreas Giannakoulopoulos1, Andreas Floros2, Nikolaos Kanellopoulos2 and Iraklis Varlamis3
University of Athens, Greece
2Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
3Harokopio University, Athens, Greece


Educational Issues in Computer Based Assessment

Luminita Giurgiu, Ghită Bârsan and Dănut Mosteanu
Land Forces Academy, Sibiu, Romania


A Framework for Supporting Postsecondary Learners with Psychiatric Disabilities in Online Environments

Scott Grabinger
University of Colorado Denver, USA


Communication for Learning: too Much Choice?

Susan Greener
Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK


Effective Provision of Formative Feedback in an e-Learning Environment

Thanos Hatziapostolou1, Iraklis Paraskakis2

1City College – International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Thessaloniki, Greece
2South East European Research Centre, Thessaloniki, Greece


Studying Herbal Medicine: From Correspondence Course to Virtual World Polyclinic

Rose Heaney
University of East London, UK


Mobile Devices and Archaeological Sites: An Emergent Context in Mediterranean Europe

Alex Ibáñez Etxeberria1 and Mikel Asensio Brouard2
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea-Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
2Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


Wiki Tools in the Preparation and Support of e-Learning Courses

Antonín Jančařík and Kateřina Jančaříková
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic


Building the Future Student’s Blended Learning Experience From Current Research Findings

Amanda Jefferies and Ruth Hyde
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK


AntiPlag – a Sampling-Based Tool for Plagiarism Detection in Student Texts

Tuomo Kakkonen and Niko Myller
University of Joensuu, Finland


Visual Analytics for Educational Data Analysis

Zdeněk Kedaj1, Lenka Nováková2 and Luboš Popelínský1
1Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
2Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic


Web-Based English Language Learning Environments in Technical Part-Time Studies Self-Directed and Collaborative Approaches

Andrea Kelz
University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Austria


Undergraduate Perceptions of the Usefulness of Web 2.0 in Higher Education: Survey Development

Swapna Kumar
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA


Quality Evaluation and Optimisation of e-Learning System Components

Eugenijus Kurilovas and Valentina Dagiene
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Vilnius, Lithuania


Learning for the Networked Society – Future-Oriented Competencies and the Emergence of the new Learner

Karin Tweddell Levinsen
Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark


E-Communication Patterns in Collaborative Learning Networks

Hwee Ling Lim
The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


GAOOLE: a Gaia Design of Agent-Based Online Collaborative Learning Environment

Shuangyan Liu, Mike Joy and Nathan Griffiths
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK


Use of a Electronic Voting System (EVS) to Facilitate Teaching and Assessment of Decision Making Skills in Undergraduate Radiography Education

Jenny Lorimer and Alan Hilliard
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK


Reuse and Repurposing of Digital Content: Understanding the Challenges of Design, Process, People

Lindsey Martin and Alison Mackenzie
Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK


How do Students Measure Service Quality in e-Learning? A Case Study Regarding an Internet-based University

María Martínez-Argüelles1, José Castán2 and Angel Juan1
Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
2University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


Collaborative Language Learning for Professional Adults

Linda Joy Mesh
University of Siena Language Center, Siena, Italy


Social Software, Thinking Styles, Personalization and Case-Based Foreign Language Learning: the Quest for new Pedagogical Models in Higher Education

Margrethe Mondahl, Liana Razmerita and Jonas Rasmussen
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark


Using Web2.0 Technology in Work Based Learning

Aboubakr Moteleb and Alan Durrant
Middlesex University, London, UK


Since Everybody Needs Needs Analysis why do we Fail to Investigate?

George Mouzakitis
e-DEKA, Greece


Conveyor Belt Production of Course Material – a Case Study in Sri Lanka

Peter Mozelius1 and Mathias Hatakka2
1Stockholm University, Sweden
Swedish Business School at Örebro University, Sweden


A National Strategy for Ensuring Authenticity in Student Work

Will Murray and Gill Rowell, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


The Role and use of Essay Tests in e-Learning: a Japanese Case Study

Minoru Nakayama1, Hiroh Yamamoto1 and Rowena Santiago2
CRADLE, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
2California State University, San Bernardino, USA


Analysis of e-learning Courses Used at FIM UHK With Respect to Constraint Satisfaction Problems

Kamila Olševičová and Petra Poulová
University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic


E-Portfolios in University and Blended Learning Settings

Rikke Orngreen
Aarhus university, Copenhagen, Denmark


Domain Ontology Creation Based on Automatic Text Extraction for Learning Objects Characterization

Adela Ortiz1, Isabel Azevedo1, Rui Seiça2, Eurico Carrapatoso2 and Carlos Vaz Carvalho1
GILT / Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
2Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal


Plumbing the Depths: Stories, e-Portfolios: Pedagogy, Ownership

Jennifer Patterson
University of Greenwich, London UK


Portraits of Learners: an Ethnographic Study of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Practices

Andriani Piki
Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK


Barriers to a Virtual Europe

Andy Pulman
Bournemouth University, UK


Designing for Immersive Learning Environments: a Study of Teacher Innovation Using the Learning Federation (TLF) Digital Learning Resources

Peter Reimann, Peter Freebody and Margery Hornibrook
The University of Sydney, Australia


3D Virtual Worlds: the new Virtual Learning Environments

Rosa Reis, Paula Escudeiro and Nuno Escudeiro
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal


The Playground Model: Bridging the Gap Between Digital Technology and Curriculum an Evaluation of the Introduction of e-Portfolio Within Post Graduate Nursing Education

Anne Robertson
University of Edinburgh, UK


Transition From Conventional Training Towards e-Learning: how to Ensure Success

Andrée Roy
Université de Moncton, Canada


Methopedia - Pedagogical Design Community for European Educators

Thomas Ryberg1, Christian Niemczik2 and Elke Brenstein3
Aalborg University, Denmark
2University of Applied Sciences, Wildau, Germany
3dotconex Learning and Development, Potsdam, Germany


The Assessment of Web Sites Related With Teaching Science and Mathematics Used by 4th and 5th Grade Elementary Students and Their Teachers

Nihan Sahinkaya1, Sibel Ozsoy2 and Gokhan Ozsoy2
Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey
2Aksaray University, Turkey


Role-Taking as Strategy for Active Participation in a Blended Learning Course

Nadia Sansone, Paola Francesca Spadaro and Maria Beatrice Ligorio
University of Bari, Italy


A Video Gem for a Health e-Portfolio

Jakki Sheridan-Ross, Gill Harrison and Janet Finlay
Leeds Metropolitan University
, UK


Developing a Social Collaborative Platform for a Curriculum Review Process: a Case Study of an Iterative Component Based Method

Alisdair Smithies and Chris Banks
University of Manchester,


New Technologies in Siberia: e-Portfolio for Student Evaluation and Professional Development

Olga Smolyaninova and Tatyana Ryzhkova
Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation


Transformative Online Education for Educators: Cascading Progressive Practice in Teaching, Learning and Technology

Keith Smyth
Edinburgh Napier University, UK


Mobile Knowledge Management Toolkit

Ioana Andreea Stănescu1, Antoniu Ştefan1, Ion Roceanu2, Veronica Ştefan3 and Felix Hamza-Lup4
Advanced Technology Systems, Targoviste, Romania
2“Carol I” National Defence University, Romania
3Valahia University of Targoviste, Romania
4Armstrong Atlantic State University, USA


New Pedagogical Modeis Strengthen Workplace Training and Know-How Transfer to Personnel From Industry

John Stav and Erik Engh
Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim, Norway


Integrating new Online Simulator Services Into Vocational Education and Training

John Stav, Trond Thorseth, Kjetil Liestøl Nielsen and Erik Engh
Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim, Norway


Integrating Student Response Services for iPod Touch and iPhone into e-Learning Environments

John Stav1, Kjetil Nielsen1, Dan Jacobsen2, Roger Bergh1 and Trond  Thorseth1
Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim, Norway
2The Norwegian University for Technology and Sciences, Trondheim, Norway


Emergence of the Most Knowledgeable Other (MKO): Social Network Analysis of Chat and Bulletin Board Conversations in a CSCL System

Binod Sundararajan
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada


Utilising WebCT as a Collaborative Participatory Research Tool to Question the Effectiveness of Notetakers who Support D/eaf University Learners

Yana Tainsh1 and Melanie Thorley2
University of Greenwich, London, UK
2AspireAbility, London UK


Developing a Conceptual Framework and Strategies Overcoming Intrinsic Inhibitors to e-Learning

Louise Terry1 and Carol Leppa2
London South Bank University, London, UK
2University of Washington, Bothell, USA


Exploring Learner Participation in Curriculum Development Towards Employing More Read/Write Approaches on a Distance Learning Professional Programme

Pam Thompson and Jo Richardson
De Montfort University, Leicester UK


Social Bookmarking: Creating and Sharing Content in Postgraduate Learning

Andy Tomkins and Dawn McLoughlin
Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK


Social Network Software and Education: South East Asia

Sasalak Tongkaw, Zamhar Iswandono Ismail and Aumnat Tongkaw
The University of Manchester, UK


A Conceptual Design of an e-Learning Platform for Mathematical Control Education

Vasilis Tsoulkas1, 2 Athanasios Pantelous3 and Christos Papachristos4
1General Secretariat for Research and Technology (Head of Engineering Design Division), Athens, Greece
2National Delegate to the Joint Communications Board of the European Space Agency (JCB/ESA)
3University of Liverpool, U.K
4National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Do Teachers e-Learning Needs Differentiate Among Countries?

Nazime Tuncay1, Ioana Andreea Stanescu2 and Hüseyin Uzunboylu1
Near East University, Nicosia, North Cyprus
2Advanced Technology Systems, Romania


Let Students Talk: Web 2.0? Web 3.0? Or None?

Nazime Tuncay and Mustafa Tuncay
Near East University, Nicosia, North Cyprus
Atatürk Teacher Training Academy, Nicosia, North Cyprus


Selecting Tools and Services: an Expression of Self-Direction in Higher Education

Terje Väljataga
Tallinn University/Tampere University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia


What is Important? Digital Literacy or Literacy in a Digital Environment?

Henri Verhaaren and Ann De Meulemeester
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium


Open and Transparent Consensus: a Snapshot of Teachers’ use of Wikipedia

Albin Wallace
United Learning Trust, Titchmarsh, UK


Embedding e-Portfolios for Effective Lifelong Learning: a Case Study

Anne Wheeler and Rowena Yeats
Aston University, Birmingham, UK


Teaching Animation Concepts Using e-Learning Tools and On-line Communities

Stephen Wilkinson
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK


A Contextual Mobile Learning System in our Daily Lives and Professional Situations

Chuantao Yin, Bertrand David and René Chalon
LIESP Laboratory, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Ecully, France


Research in Progress Papers



A Study of the Reliability and Validity of the Felder-Soloman Index of Learning Styles in Arabic

Nahla Aljojo1, Carl Adams2, Abeer Alkhouli1, Tineke Fitch2 and Huda Saifuddin1

1King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK


Web 2.0: Tool for Teaching or Context for Learning?

Patrícia Dias
Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal


A ‘Hybrid Space’ for Peer Review: can Facebook Inspire new Ways Of Thinking?

Neil Glen1, Anthony Head1 and Stephen Thompson2
Bath School of Art & Design, UK
2Cardiff School of Art & Design, UK


Online Presentation Strategies for Visual Learners

Paul Henry
University of Maryland University College, USA
University of Phoenix, USA


Innovative use of web Conferencing Tools in a Multi- Process Approach to Learning

Kathy Seddon, Matthew James and Kevin Mulryne
NCSL, Nottingham, UK


An Intelligent Mashup Learning Environment with Social Interaction

Joaquim Fernando da Silva and Francisco José Restivo
University of Porto, Portugal





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