PALE 2011:
Personalization Approaches
in Learning Environments


The first APLEC was held last year in conjunction with the International Conference on User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization. APLEC2010 focused on new techniques to model learners using the Pedagogic Conversational Agent (PCA) technologies.

The ROLE workshop is born in the project of the same name and has already organized a successful workshop at the PLE 2010 Conference. It aims to empower the learner to take control over his or her own learning processes. It develops an infrastructure that enables learners to construct their own learning environments according to their personal and contextual needs such as accreditation and corporate goals. The challenge is to implement and test a user-driven framework based on Web 2.0 technologies. ROLE fosters the idea that most learning takes place informally, in different contexts and scenarios, and that content is not provided by one single provider.

TUMAS-A is a series of workshops being organized in conjunction with relevant conferences from different but related fields. The 1st TUMAS-A workshop was organized in 2007 in the User Modeling conference. Relevant feedback was obtained regarding how users and their interactions should be modeled. The 2nd TUMAS-A workshop was held in the WI/IAT 2008 conference and put the focus on the intelligent technology that could be used to support that modeling. The 3rd TUMAS-A workshop took place in the AIED 2009 conference and provided new insights on knowledge representation for learning systems that care for any type of user, including their interaction and accessibility needs. In the last edition, the TUMASA workshop was embedded in the RecSysTEL workshop at ACM RecSys 2010 conference and focused on how recommender systems can be used in e-learning environments to support learners and educators in their learning and teaching tasks.