ECEL Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks for ECEL

      • Recommendation Systems in e-Learning
      • Strategies for Online Learning: From f2f to blended and hybrid learning
      • Applying Innovative Applications
      • Mobile Learning, Teaching, and Training
      • Experiences in Developing and Implementing Online Remote Laboratory and Simulations for eLearning


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Recommendation Systems in e-Learning

Mini Track Chair: Prof. Asmaa Retbi, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco  

ECEL 2021 Mini Track on Recommendation Systems in e-Learning  

With the amount of significant information available in e-learning platforms, it is not always obvious for a learner to seek educational resources that are suitable for their specific profile and needs. Recommendation systems have emerged in this field to help solve this problem and to allow the learner to fit into the online learning environment. Several forms of online learning can be accommodated for learners, including: Traditional learning platforms, Social learning environments, Mooc, Mobile learning, Serious game, etc.  

Each of these learning environments has its own particularities and characteristics. Therefore, to build a recommendation system, it is crucial to have a clear insight into the learning environment and its requirements in order to be in a position to propose a recommendation model that is relevant and adapted to the learners' needs.  

This mini-track is an opportunity to discuss current trends and challenges of recommendation systems in e-learning. All types of contributions:  state of the art, case study, theory, and empirical research, are welcome.  

Suggested topics will include but not limited to:

      • Social learning analytics
      • Learning community detection
      • E-learning recommendation algorithm
      • E-learning recommendation model
      • Evaluation metrics and studies of e-learning recommender systems
      • Learner profiling and/or modeling

Strategies for Online Learning: From f2f to blended and hybrid learning

Mini Track Chair: Dr Eleni Rossiou, Aristotle University, Greece  

ECEL 2021 Mini Track on Strategies for Online Learning: From f2f to blended and hybrid learning  

During the Covid-19 crisis, School leadership have followed various educational approaches and strategies for achieving effective teaching and learning. There are obviously numerous obstacles facing principles and head teachers in establishing a school vision according to the new needs and circumstances. Issues such as coordinating schools when the premises are closed and the transision of the main aims of teachers and trainers in this time of e-teams and e-meetings can be problematic.  

Support  has been needed at both the school and the teacher training level. In some cases this was done well and in others there was many struggles. The main of the mini track is to collect the best practices that have been implemented and were successful. As well as to critically analyse the approaches which did not work well. These practices may include elements that may help in the future education.  

Suggested topics will include but not limited to:  

  • What technologies help and facilitate virtual learning?
  • Which experiences have allowed learners to build and demonstrate understanding?
  • How does the experience connect with and speak to learning goals?
  • How can emotional connections for our learners be scaffolder throughout the experience and how can affective engagement be achieved for learners?
  • What strategies might reinforce community cohesion and how strongly do learners feel like they are a member of a supportive group?
  • How can be emphasized direct interaction and sharing of knowledge and resources between learners?
  • How can it be ensured this experience is learner and learning - centered?
  • Remote Learning
  • Blended learning
  • Distance education
  • e-School strategy
  • In-service training
  • Digital awareness

Applying Innovative Applications

Mini Track Chair: Dr Ayanda Pamella Deliwe, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa  

ECEL 2021 Mini Track on Applying Innovative Applications  

The fourth industrial revolution is among us and with the Covid-19 pandemic the education sectors around the world were forced to adapt to the changes brought by the pandemic. There were still debates about the readiness of fully adapting e-learning as a means of teaching and learning in education. The Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity for the education sectors to check their readiness and challenges in implementing e-learning as most universities and schools around the world have opted for e-learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. This proves that when at the edge of chaos people self-organise.  

In this session, we will share our experiences on applying innovative applications where we will engage on how we can improve e-learning by ensuring that we provide competency-based education because this method is designed to meet different learning abilities. Furthermore, there we will discuss new pedagogies, new types of examinations since examinations are now carried online, and which are the smarter learning systems that can be used.  

This session will allow delegates to interact and exchange ideas on e-learning tools, systems and applications which work best and will hopefully lead to gaining recommendations on how best can we apply innovative applications to minimise the challenges faced with the implementation of e-learning.  

Suggested topics will include but not limited to:

  • Competency-based education through technology
  • E-learning tools, systems and applications
  • Smarter learning management system
  • New types of examinations
  • New pedagogy
  • Intelligent system in education and learning

Mobile Learning, Teaching, and Training

Mini Track Chair: Prof. Dr. Abbas Fadhil Mohammed Ali Aljuboori, University of Information Technology and Communications (UOITC), Baghdad, Iraq  

ECEL 2021 Mini Track on Mobile Learning, Teaching, and Training  

Mobile learning, also called M-learning or mLearning, is any type of content that is developed or consumed on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and including anything from podcasts to full eLearning courses. The world is mobile; therefore, content has to be flexible, responsive and small enough to consume on the go. Whether searching for just-in-time information or taking a formal learning course, this type of varied mobile interaction isn’t out of the ordinary in today’s workforce. More than ever, people are weaving learning into their daily activities and require cross-device accessibility. Therefore, it is vital that organizations shift their learning ecosystems to adapt to the modern learning landscape, providing the right information at the exact point of need.  

Suggested topics will include but not limited to:

  • Advanced teaching and learning technologies for mobile learners
  • Advanced software and hardware systems for mobile learning and teaching
  • Virtual mobile learning environments
  • Adaptive learning strategies; Advanced curriculum and courseware for mobile learning and training
  • Security issues of mobile learning
  • Learning management systems for mobile learning; Ontologies and pedagogical models
  • Testing, assessment and quality issues of mobile learning
  • Faculty and professional development on mobile teaching and learning Infrastructure, administrative and organizational issue of mobile learning
  • Applications of mobile technology in open, distance, and corporate education
  • National and international projects, strategies, and policies on mobile learning

Experiences in Developing and Implementing Online Remote Laboratory and Simulations for eLearning

Mini Track Chair:Dr Sheryl Williams, Loughborough University, UK  

ECEL 2021 Mini Track on Experiences in Developing and Implementing Online Remote Laboratory and Simulations for eLearning  

This mini-track is looking for examples of Developing and Implementing online remote laboratory and simulations for elearning. In this session participants can experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of remote laboratory and simulations. For example, the bespoke project at Loughborough University which has been successfully used by HE engineering students during COVID-19 remote learning.  

The session will provide delegates with opportunities to present on and discuss the life cycle of such a project from rationale, development and implementation processes and crucially will seek to share lessons-learned including challenges and successes.  

The focus themes will include but are not limited to:  

  • Development of remote laboratories
  • Designing simulations for engineering courses
  • Challenges in providing practice activities for remote learning engineering students
  • Alternatives to practical lab for engineering students
  • Evaluation of the learning attained in the remote lab setting