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Fri Dec 19 2003

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  1. l.e.mcbrayne, 13th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference of the University of Manchester
  2. n.elouazizi, Electronic Support Systems (EPSS) as Cognitive Tools

Message 1: 13th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference of the University of Manchester

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 09:42:58 -0500 (EST)
From: l.e.mcbrayne <l.e.mcbraynestud.man.ac.uk>
Subject: 13th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference of the University of Manchester

13th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference of the University of
Manchester

Date: 20-Mar-2004 - 20-Mar-2004
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact: Lindsey McBrayne
Contact Email: PGconference2004hotmail.com 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 13-Feb-2004 


Meeting Description:

The aim of the Conference is to bring together postgraduates from
within the various areas of the discipline and to allow them to
present papers to their peers. A well-known guest speaker (to be
confirmed) will also be invited, and it is hoped that the day will be
rewarding for all in attendance both in learning and establishing new
contacts. Any postgraduate student is very welcome to apply to present
a paper from within any field of linguistics. Dear Postgraduates,

Call for Papers

In March 1992 the University of Manchester hosted its first
Postgraduate Linguistics Conference, and since then this annual event
has grown now drawing participants from across the world to exchange
ideas in a relaxed but stimulating environment.

The aim of the Conference is to bring together postgraduates from
within the various areas of the discipline and to allow them to
present papers to their peers. A well-known guest speaker (to be
confirmed) will also be invited, and it is hoped that the day will be
rewarding for all in attendance both in learning and establishing new
contacts.

The Conference is to be held on Saturday 20th. March, 2004, from
9.30am - 5.30pm in the Arts Faculty building, University of
Manchester. Parallel sessions will allow twelve papers to be given.

Refreshments will be provided during the day, with a dinner in the
evening for all those interested. Suggestions for overnight
accomodation can be provided on request.

Any postgraduate student is very welcome to apply to present a paper
from within any field of linguistics.

Papers are to be 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes for comments
and questions.

Please send abstracts as an email to PGconference2004hotmail.com by
13th February, 2004. Those people who are then to be invited to speak
will be informed by 20th February.
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Message 2: Electronic Support Systems (EPSS) as Cognitive Tools

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 13:08:41 -0500 (EST)
From: n.elouazizi <n.elouazizilet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Electronic Support Systems (EPSS) as Cognitive Tools

Electronic Support Systems (EPSS) as Cognitive Tools
Short Title: EPSS as Cognitive tools 

Date: 21-Jul-2004 - 24-Jul-2004
Location: Orlando /Florida, United States of America
Contact: Noureddine ELOUAZIZI
Contact Email: n.elouazizilet.leidenuniv.nl 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 20-Jan-2004 


Meeting Description:

THEME DESCRIPTION
Electronic performance support systems (henceforth EPSS) are defined
as e-environment (software or other) that provide a context within
which the performance of a task (work) is done. These tools are
designed to function as electronic coaching or intellectual
partners. At the heart of the design process of these systems is the
"Cognitive Basis" on which EPSS steps. A cognitive tool can
be described as computer based application that may also function as
knowledge representation formalisms and which require learners/users
to think critically when using them to represent content being studied
or task being performed. Unlike most software applications, EPSS
amplify the thinking of the learners/user/trainee and engage them,
beyond information processing stage, to a stage of knowledge
construction and analysis. This conceptualisation of EPSS is derived
from the theory of situating cognitive activity in authentic contexts,
where it is suggested learning and doing, or performing do not exist
independently of the activity in which they occur.

The need of rethinking the theoretical base of the design of EPSS and
the need to infuse further insights from learning psychology theories
into the design and testing process stems from the fact that the
instructional and knowledge representation in EPSS is constituted of a
cognitive act (eg. learning/performing) that is underlined by a
specific type of knowledge requirements (eg. declarative knowledge,
procedural knowledge and conceptual knowledge). Characteristics of
various theories in cognitive psychology share the same tenet. This is
true of information processing, situated cognition and cognitive
apprenticeship. As such, the design of EPSS systems have to expand
beyond explanatory and even intelligent help systems, to provide for
the acquisition in the user/learner of domain specific declarative
procedural and metacognitive knowledge structure. Such rethinking of
the design principles behind EPSS might transform EPSS tools into
cognitive tools which are able to support essential higher order
cognitive functions such as reflection, articulation and abstraction
and to provide effective learning that extends to complex task-based
and conceptual arbitrary learning activities. The fact of overlooking
this theoretical base upon which EPSS had to step in all the stages of
its life cycle (conceptualisation, design and evaluation) has led to a
proliferation of EPSS systems/Models that are often developed in an ad
hoc, individual way that led to unmaintainable, unreliable,
ineffective and non-rigorous EPSS systems. This workshop aims to fill
in this gap in the theoretical base upon which EPSS are construed as
well as in the evaluation methods of EPSS systems and hence contribute
to the improvement of the development of theoretical and applied
perspectives of EPSS. 

THE CALL 

Within the framework of EISTA '04--International Conference on
Education and Information Systems: Technologies and
Applications--organised by the IIIS (International Institute of
Informatics and Systemics) we invite academics, e-training corporate
and IT-based human resources development experts to submit their
original and unpublished works on conceptualisation, design,
implementation and evaluation methods of electronic performance
support systems (EPSS) in vocational and educational learning
contexts. The precise theme for which the contributions are invited is
Educational and vocational Electronic Performance Support Systems
(EPSS) as cognitive tools. Submitted contributions that will be
considered for presentation can vary from theoretical issues
(eg. Situated cognition, Information processing, Grounding, Cognition
of Learning, Learning theories etc) to cases studies, software
applications, software-based solutions, Training systems and knowledge
based systems. Submitted contributions must describe work not
previously published. They must not be submitted concurrently to
another conference with refereed proceedings.

TOPICS
Conceptualizing and designing EPSS systems requires expertise from
different research disciplines such as (Educational) Technology,
Learning psychology/theories, databases and knowledge base systems,
distributed information systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and
Human Computer Interaction (HCI). The workshop will cover all the
topics in the research area of (the cognitive and methodological
aspects) of electronic performance support systems. This includes but
not restricted to:
1.EPSS as e-platforms for (heterogeneous) learning styles
 a.Support for declarative learning
 b.Support for conceptual learning
 c.Support for procedural learning
2.Systems and Applications of EPSS. 
 a.Architectures
 b.Interface designs/Interface management
 c.Intelligent EPSS help systems 
3.EPSS as Agent-Based Knowledge discovery system.
 a.Application of techniques of knowledge discovery for EPSS
 b.Adaptive EPSS (Acting in open and dynamically changing learning
environments).
4.Methodologies for the development of EPSS
 a.Evaluation and quality assessment methodologies
 b.Validation and verification techniques 

PREPARATION & SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS AND PAPERS 
Abstract submission
Please submit a maximum of two pages anonymous abstract including the
title and the list of references. An additional page of figures, data
or demos is optionally requested when appropriate. Together with your
submission, in the body text of the email, please include the
following information: Full name, Affiliation, Mailing address and
phone number, Email Address. Paper submission The length of each
paper should not exceed 08 pages. All papers must be written in
English. Submissions will be reviewed for quality, correctness,
originality and relevance. In case of multiple submission please
clearly indicate the name and URL of the respective conference,
workshop, or other media in the submission email. The paper must be
formatted in A4 size using 10 point Times. (If Times is not available,
please use one of the similar fonts widely used in
phototypesetting.). Printing area should be 12.2 x 19.3 cm, and the
interline distance should be arranged in such a way that some 42 to 45
lines occur on a full-text page. Each submission includes the full
paper (title, authors, abstract, text) either in postscript or PDF
format. Please use A4 size when creating the postscript/pdf version of
your paper. Please send your contribution to (Noureddine Elouazizi /
ULCL research institute Leiden University)
n.elouazizilet.leidenuniv.nl
 
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 
* January 20th , 2004: Deadline to submit the abstracts or paper
drafts (8.pages).
* March 03rd , 2004: Notifications of Acceptance. 
* May 05th , 2004: Deadline to submit paper final version. 
* July 21st-24th 2004:Conference

PROCEEDINGS 
Submitted papers will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Accepted
papers will be published in the proceedings. The Journal of Systemics,
Cybernetics and Informatics will publish the top 30% of the papers
presented at the conference. You can find complete information about
the conference in our web page http://www.confinf.org/eista04
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