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Wed Feb 17 1999

Calls: Language and Speech Technology

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Message 1: Computer Supported Education for Language and Speech Technology

Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 17:57:34 +0100 (MET)
From: Mike Rosner <mroscs.um.edu.mt>
Subject: Computer Supported Education for Language and Speech Technology


EACL-99, University of Bergen, 
12th June 1999

POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP ON
COMPUTER AND INTERNET SUPPORTED EDUCATION 
IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH TECHNOLOGY
SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12th March 1999
HOME PAGE
http://www.cs.um.edu.mt/~mros/celst

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Our field is such that curricula have always been closely related to
computational theories and related tools. However, the tools that are
available are often no more than unrefined versions of programs
developed in research laboratories that authors have generously 
made available to the public.

Consequently, the relationship between available tools and the goals
of Education in Language and Speech Technology (ELST) is, more often
than not, a casual one that individual course designers may seek to
strengthen by, for example, adapting the functionality of the tools
themelves, the user interface, the context in which they are
presented, etc. In other cases, computatational tools are specially
developed to suit the needs of particular courses. Given the number
of courses in existence whose aims are basically rather similar, it is
reasonable to suppose that a lot of work is being unnecessarily
repeated. 

One of the concrete objectives of this workshop is to establish a
registry of computational tools that are currently being used to
support ELST. A related aim, is to consider whether it is feasible or
desirable to adopt common approaches to the development of tools and
environments specifically designed with educational goals in mind. 

No such discussion can be seriously entertained without also
considering the role of internet which gives us the means to deliver
course components, if not complete courses, at a distance. The
advantages of internet delivery in general are obvious: practically
limitless multimedia resources, asynchronous patterns of connection,
access to world expertise, flexible styles of interaction ranging from
student-centered, resource-oriented teaching to interactive virtual
classroom discussions and demonstrations -- and more. Far less clear,
and far less considered, are:

- the particular areas of ELST where internet delivery is likely to
have significant advantages over other computer-based delivery media
such as CD ROM.

- the special nature of course materials/authorware that are available or
that need to be developed to support internet based distance learning
in the area of language and speech technology.

The workshop will offer a forum - albeit a brief one - for the
presentation and discussion of the above issues and other related
ones. A medium/long term aim of this initiative is the establishment
of a more permanent framework (e.g. a special interest group under the
auspices of the learned associations and/or ELSNET) within which the
educational issues in our field could be given the time and attention
they deserve.


SUBTOPICS

* Computational Tools for ELST
* Online Components for ELST
* Specialised Tutorials for ELST
* Authorware (tools supporting production of materials for ELST)
* Tool Oriented Curriculum Design
* Multilingual Course Delivery
* Course Management Issues
* Distance Education for LST



PRELIMINARY WORKSHOP PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Michael Rosner, University of Malta, Malta (coordinator)

Doug Arnold (Essex)
Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht)
Chris Bowerman (Sunderland)
Anders Erikkson (Umea)
Steven Krauwer (Utrecht)
Mark Huckvale (London)
Fabio Pianesi (Trento)
Koenraad de Smedt (Bergen)
Mark Tatham (Essex)
Maria Wolters (Bonn)
Felisa Verdejo (Madrid)


INVITED SPEAKER: To Be Announced


FORMAT REQUIREMENTS

* Electronic submissions only, Postscript or Word V7 format.
* Please provide a list of keywords and indicate the best fitting
 subtopic(s) from the above list.
* Blind submissions: provide author information on a separate header page.
 Avoid obvious self refererences in text.
* LaTeX users are encouraged to use the style file provided by ACL:
 http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/eacl99/style/eaclsub.sty (style file)
 http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/eacl99/style/acl.bst (bibstyle)
 http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/eacl99/style/eacl99sample-sub.tex (example)
* Word users see http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/eacl99/style/eaclsub.doc
* Maximum length is 8 pages including figures and references.
* Please use A4 or US letter format and set margins so that the text
 lies within a rectangle of 6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm).
* Use classical fonts such as Times Roman or Computer Modern, 11 to
 12 points for text, 14 to 16 points for headings and title.
* Please submit papers to mroscs.um.edu.mt. All submissions will be
 acknowledged.


SCHEDULE

 * Submission Deadline: 12th March 1999
 * Notification Date: 12th April 1999
 * Camera ready copy due: 23rd April 1999


WEBSITE http://www.cs.um.edu.mt/~mros/celst

CONTACT

Michael Rosner
e-mail: mroscs.um.edu.mt










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