3rd Workshop on Mash-UpĀ  Personal Learning Environments (MUPPLE-10)

Held at the 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL10) in Barcelona, Spain, September 28 - October 1, 2010

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A change in perspective can be certified in the recent years to technology-enhanced learning research and development: More and more learning applications on the web are putting the learner centre stage, not the organisation. They empower learners with capabilities to customize and even construct their own personal learning environments (PLEs).

These PLEs typically consist of distributed web-applications and services that support system-spanning collaborative and individual learning activities in formal as well as informal settings. These PLEs typically complement Learning Management Systems (LMS) with additional widgets, services, and data integrated from and with organization-external learning tools. Technologically speaking, this shift manifests in a learning web where information is distributed across sites and activities can easily encompass the use of a greater number of pages and services offered through web-based learning applications. Mash-ups, the 'frankensteining' of software artefacts and data, have emerged to be the software development approach for these long-tail and perpetual-beta niche markets. Core technologies facilitating this paradigm shift are Ajax, javascript-based widget-collections, and microformats that help to glue together public web APIs in individual applications. Interoperability is the enabler to allow these different components to be worked together facilitating the achievement of the underlying learning task.

In a wide range of European IST-funded research projects such as Stellar, ROLE, LTfLL, Mature, and OpenScout a rising passion for these technologies can be identified.

This workshop therefore serves as a forum to bring together researchers and developers from these projects and an open public that have an interest in understanding and engineering mash-up personal learning environments (MUPPLEs).

The workshop is supported with donations to the Open University of the UK: travel grants will be available.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (but not limited to):

  • Visions: Architectures, Frameworks, Strategies, Models
  • (Collaborative) Authoring Tools
  • Data Interoperability: with e.g. Microformats, streaming data, mixed media data
  • User Interfaces: Concepts, Metaphors, Workflows
  • Development Methodologies
  • Innovative Widgets and Services: e.g. for instruction, game-based learning, self-reflection, personal information
  • Interoperability Standards for widgets, content recombination, configuration
  • User Studies & Evaluation Methods: evaluating e.g. performance, usability, specific design features, training methods
  • Educational theories for PLE


The aim of this workshop is to bring together the various research and development groups in technology-enhanced learning that currently focus on the development of the next generation learning environments that put the individuum centre stage and empower learners with design capabilities by deploying modern mash-up principles to establish system-spanning interoperability.

As this approach is rather young, the workshop seeks to attract both research results and work in progress in order to chart out the current state-of-the-art of MUPPLEs in TEL and to define main enablers and future challenges. Naturally, it will serve as a forum for establishing new collaborations.

Using the presentations as impulses and continuing post-talk debates, the workshop will conclude the day with an open discussion exchanging ideas, summing up, and defining a medium- to long-term research agenda.


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as position statements (max. 2 pages) and extended abstracts (max. 4 pages). Those extended abstracts that are accepted will be given the option to be extended into full papers (8 pages). All submitted position statements and extended abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the program committee for originality, significance, clarity, and quality. The workshop proceedings will be published online as part of the CEUR Workshop proceedings series. is a recognized ISSN publication series, with ISSN 1613-0073.

We are additionally preparing a MUPPLE book, which will draft contributions from this and the previous workshops.

Authors should use the Springer LNCS format ( For camera-ready format instructions, please see 'For Authors' instructions at

All questions and submissions should be sent to: mupple @


  • Paper Submission: June 26th July 4th, 2010
  • Results Notification Full Papers: July 7th July 18th, September 10th, 2010
  • Camera Ready Submission: September 15th September 4th, September 17th, 2010
  • Workshop Date: September 29th, 2010

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (to be confirmed)

  • Abelardo Pardo (University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)
  • Dai Griffith (University of Bolton, UK)
  • Denis Gillet (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Effie Law (University of Leicester, United Kingdom)
  • Felix Moedritscher (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
  • Graham Atwell (Pontydysgu, United Kingdom)
  • Gytis Cibulskis (Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania)
  • Mart Laanpere (Tallinn University, Estonia)
  • Martin Wolpers (Fraunhofer FIT, Germany)
  • Mohamed Amine Chatti (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
  • Nikos Karacapilidis (University of Patras, Greece)
  • Scott Wilson (University of Bolton, United Kingdom)
  • Stephane Sire (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Tony Hirst (Open University, UK)
  • Zuzana Bizonova (INT Paris, France)
  • Jan M. Pawlowski (University of Jyvaeskylae, Finland)
  • Stefan Trausan-Matu (University "Politehnica" Bucharest, Romania)


  • Marco Kalz (Open University, The Netherlands)
  • Matthias Palmer (University of Upsala, Sweden)
  • Fridolin Wild (The Open University, UK)


After four successful EC-TEL conferences in the year from 2006 to 2009, the Fifth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning provides a unique forum for all research related to TEL, among them education, psychology, and computer science. The contributions will cover the design of innovative environments, the implementation of new technological solutions, results of empirical studies on socio-cognitive processes in learning, and field studies regarding the use of technologies in context.

EC-TEL is a competitive and broad forum for TEL research in Europe and beyond. In its specialised accompanying workshops and the highlighting main conference programme, EC-TEL10 provides unique networking possibilities for participating researchers throughout the week and includes project meetings and discussions for ongoing and new research activities supported by the European Commission. See for details.

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