16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2017): Fifth Call for Papers

*** Fifth Call for Papers ***

16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning

mLearn 2017

Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

30 October – 1 November, 2017


In Cooperation with ACM SIGAPP (proceedings in ACM ICPS)

*** Submission Deadline: 20th July 2017 (extended and final) ***


The International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn)
(www.iamlearn.org) is the custodian of the mLearn conference series.
mLearn is the leading annual international conference for researchers,
policy makers, educators, developers and solutions providers in the fields
of mobile, ubiquitous and contextual learning, as well as learning with
emerging ambient and wearable technologies. mLearn attracts a large
number of participants from more than 60 countries representing all
continents, and is, therefore, the world’s largest international conference
on mLearning and emerging ambient technologies.


Conference Themes

The overarching conference theme is ‘mLearning and Design for Social
Change and Innovation’. Higher education institutions are called upon to
provide for the competencies and skills that foster design for social
change and innovation. In addition, knowledge and skills alliances are
encouraged by funding bodies to cultivate, share and disseminate
competencies that foster social entrepreneurship and innovation. However,
little is known on how mlearning can facilitate this process, how it can
contribute towards social change, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The topics of interest can go beyond the conference theme, and can
include any of the following:

  • The development, deployment and implementation of mlearning in the context of social entrepreneurship, innovation and social change
  • mLearning as a tool that fosters social change and social entrepreneurship
  • Innovations in mlearning theory and pedagogy
  • From pilot projects to mainstream implementation: strategies for the deployment of mLearning
  • Mobile technology to support open and distance learning
  • Mobile technology for teaching and learning support
  • Assessment techniques and practices in mLearning
  • Design and development of learning material for mLearning
  • Learning objects and metadata for mLearning
  • Informal and lifelong learning with the aid of mobile technologies
  • Challenges for mLearning in developing countries
  • Building and implementing mLearning strategies in educational institutions, companies and public sector organisations
  • mLearning management systems (mLMSs)
  • Computer tablets
  • Creating interactive and collaborative mLearning environments
  • Future trends in mLearning technology, including the impact of emerging technologies
  • Emerging hardware and software for mLearning including wearable technologies
  • Location-aware technologies
  • Contextual and situated learning
  • Augmented reality
  • Serious gaming and simulations
  • Ambient intelligence and ubiquitous learning

Submission Information

The conference solicits regular papers (no more than 8 pages), short papers
(no more than 4 pages), as well as posters (no more than 2 pages). The
Program Committee may require an accepted paper to be adapted into a
short paper or poster. All papers must be prepared according to the
ACM SIG Proceedings Template format (see the conference web site for
further information). The papers must be original contributions not submitted
or accepted for publication elsewhere. A submitted contribution should
clearly indicate the conference topics it targets. For an accepted contribution
to be included in the proceedings, at least one author must register and
present the paper at the conference. For further information, see the
submission guidelines on the conference web site. The conference
proceedings will be published by ACM ICPS and archived in the ACM
Digital Library.


Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline for Conference Papers: 20 July 2017 (firm)
  • Accept/Reject Notification for Conference Papers: 28 August 2017
  • Camera-Ready Submission of all Papers: 11 September 2017

Information on registration categories and registration fees for the mLearn
2017 is available online at: http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/.



General Chair
· George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Program Chairs
· Fernando Loizides, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
· Nicos Souleles, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Program Committee

2nd CFP: Collective Intelligence and Crowds [HICSS, Big Island January 3-6; Deadline June 15]

Collective Intelligence and Crowds

January 3-6, 2018
Big Island, Hawaii, USA

We are looking for papers that analyze collective intelligence, knowledge
creation, and crowdsourcing. We also encourage the submission of papers
that design and implement technologies that create new kinds of
collectives. For example, papers that consider how machine learning and
human learning interact in crowds and communities. In sum, we are open to a
wide range of research that addresses relations between people,
collectives, and machines, as well as the artifacts produced as a result.

The deadline is June 15, 2017. Feel free to communicate with any of the
three minitrack chairs, Jeff Nickerson (jnickerson@stevens.edu), Pnina
Fichman (fichman@indiana.edu), or Don Steiny (steiny@steiny.com).

SIGOPEN earned Outstanding SIG Award 2016

The Association for Information Systems announced SIGOPEN as one of 30 AIS Communities that earned the designation of Outstanding SIG, Chapter, or College for 2016.

The Outstanding Community designation celebrates the exceptional work of AIS Communities and their contributions toward supporting the mission of AIS through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems.

“We are very excited to recognize these outstanding communities and their contributions to our field,” said Lakshmi Iyer, AIS Vice President of SIGs and Colleges.

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CFP: SIGOPEN Mini-Tracks at AMCIS 2017

AIS SIGOPEN is proud to host it’s second AMCIS track on Openness and Research and Practice and invite you to submit your papers, panels, workshops, tutorials, and other proposals.

Track Chairs
Joe Feller, University College Cork, jfeller@afis.ucc.ie
Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha, mgermonprez@unomaha.edu
Matt Levy, San Francisco State University, mlevy@hpu.edu
Lorraine Morgan, National University of Ireland, Galway, lorraine.morgan@nuigalway.ie

Track Description
The track seeks research papers in all things related to “openness” and the sharing of information in organizations and society. Papers in this track will be those that share new ideas about theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of phenomena emerging at the intersection of Information Systems on the one hand, and various forms of legal, technological, organizational, and societal openness, on the other.

Relevant topics for papers include: New modes of knowledge creation embedded in open source and open content licensing, radical inclusivity of the crowd to share knowledge, effort and value, the tearing down of traditional organizational boundaries to enable new forms of innovation, or the reinvention of commons or open spaces to share information related to education, science, and democratic participation. Openness continues to be a disruptive and transformative force that demands the rigorous and considered investigation of the Information Systems community. This track provides a forum to further our understanding of these disruptive ideas.

Mini-Track 1: Breakthroughs in Openness in Science, Research, and Pedagogy

Openness has the potential to disrupt and transform academic work in many known and unknown ways. Open approaches to scholarship have taken many new forms, including open data sets, publishing, peer review, evaluation of scholarly research, and the all-encompassing idea of Open Science. However, what we do not know are the effects, positive or negative, of such ideas. For an academic field to advance, there must be a free and open exchange of ideas in order to foster ‘democratic discourse (Mingers and Walsham, 2010), and a ‘deliberative democracy’ which include the characteristics of openness, participation, truthfulness, and non-privilege (Apel, 2001; Habermas, 1996). This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress, and panel proposals on all topics related to openness in scientific discovery, the practice and evaluation of research and pedagogical practice. We are interested in the production, use, evaluation and impacts of openness in scholarship in its many forms – quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, literature review, case study, scientometric and other research approaches are welcome.

Lorraine Morgan, NUI Galway, lorraine.morgan@nuigalway.ie
Jim Love, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, james.love@ololcollege.edu
Michael Cuellar, Georgia Southern University, mcuellar@georgiasouthern.edu

Mini-Track 2: Breakthroughs in Openness in Organizations and Society

Contemporary discourse has fostered new forms of openness spanning the technological, legal, socio-cultural, and economic systems in modern organizations and across society. This includes advances in open source software, open source hardware, open content, open data, and open design, and even the ‘industrialization’ of the maker’s movement and how openness has shaped the funding of new innovation. These phenomena have crossed the boundaries of the specialist communities from which they emerged and have expanded into a wide number of communities and sub-cultures (makers, gamers, virtual world builders, social media prosumers, etc.). This mini-track invites conceptual and empirical research that will contribute to our understanding of openness in these contexts as it relates to the systems and technology that the individual, collaborative, and collective production and sharing of complex knowledge goods and creative works.

Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska Omaha, mgermonprez@unomaha.edu
Joe Feller, Cork University Business School, University College Cork, jfeller@ucc.ie

The AMCIS 2017 Conference is accepting the following types of submissions. Please click here for more information.

  • Completed Research, due 01-March-2017 1:00 PM EST (13:00)
  • Emergent Research Form (ERF), due 01-March-2017 1:00 PM EST (13:00)
  • Workshops and Tutorials, due 03-April-2017
  • Panels, due 03-April-2017
  • Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) Talk Sessions, due 25-April-2017
  • Professional Development Symposia (PDS), due 25-April-2017

POSTDOC / RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION, Lero (the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre), NUI Galway

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position at the level of Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Fellow, depending on candidate experience, in Software Project Management & Open/Inner Source with Lero at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  This position is available from January 2017 for an initial two years, with the possibility of extension for a further 2 years subject to successful project outcomes.

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SIGOPEN earned Outstanding SIG Award 2015

The Association for Information Systems announced SIGOPEN as one of 22 AIS Communities that earned the designation of Outstanding SIG, Chapter, or College for 2015.

This recognition program celebrates the exceptional work of AIS Communities. Outstanding Communities are awarded for their contributions toward supporting the mission of AIS through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. Some of the criteria used to identify Outstanding Communities included holding events, tracks and workshops, publishing journals or articles, providing officer transition training, and more.

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Delft University of Technology launches MOOC about Open Government


While governments all over the world aim to become more open and transparent, opening governments is a complex and challenging problem. How can governments become more open and transparent, while simultaneously dealing with various challenges, such as data sensitivity? How can open government data be made available to improve public policy making? Which technologies are available to make governments more open and to use open government data?


We at Delft University of Technology will be teaching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government soon. The MOOC starts on March 14, 2016, and will run for 5 weeks. Enrolment for our MOOC is possible now via https://www.edx.org/course/open-government-delftx-og101x. This Open Government MOOC is aimed at university students, professionals, government officials, policy advisors and researchers,  but is open to anyone interested in Open Government. It will help participants grasp the key principles of open government, and answers questions like: ‘What are the best practices for opening governments? And how to give citizens access to governmental data to answer their questions?’ Most importantly, participants will apply the topics of the course to concrete cases.


What participants will learn:
*             Basic concepts related to Open Government and Open Government Data
*             How to analyze and discuss benefits, barriers and potential negative effects of a particular open government case and an open government data case
*             How to analyze public values and best practices related to open government
*             How to apply the open government principles in various situations
*             To understand potential negative and positive effects Open Government might bring to the workplace


This MOOC includes lectures by:
*             Prof. Marijn Janssen – Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Head of ICT section and professor in ICT and governance
*             Dr. Anneke Zuiderwijk – Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Researcher in Open Data and data infrastructures
*             Dr. Bastiaan van Loenen – Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Associate Professor in geo-information and land development
*             Dr. Tomasz Janowski, United Nations University, Portugal, head of United Nations University, Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance
*             Prof. Keith Jeffery, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, professor in Computer Science & Informatics
*             Dr. Amr Ali Eldin, Mansoura University, Egypt, senior lecturer in Computer Science and Information Technology


Please forward this call to anyone in your network who might be interested in Open Government. Thank you very much!


Kind regards, on behalf of our Open Government MOOC team,
Marijn Janssen and Anneke Zuiderwijk

CFP: 2016 AMCIS Mini-Track – IT, Making, and Sharing: The Contemporary Peer Production Landscape

Part of the IS and Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN) track of the 2016 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) in San Diego, CA – August 11-13, 2016.

Mini-Track Chairs:

Mini-Track Description:

The interplay between technological, legal, socio-cultural, and economic systems has enabled the emergence and growth of a variety of peer production phenomena, including open source software, open source hardware, open content and open design. These phenomena have crossed the boundaries of the specialist communities from which they emerged and have expanded into a wide number of communities and sub-cultures (e.g. makers, gamers, virtual world builders, and social media prosumers). This mini-track invites conceptual and empirical research that will contribute to our understanding of how the IT enables the individual, collaborative, and collective production and sharing of complex knowledge goods and creative works.

This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress, and panel proposals on all topics related to the contemporary Peer Production Landscape. We are interested in work extending our understanding of the impact of open systems on the production and distribution of a wide variety of economic, cultural, and knowledge goods.

The potential list of topics for the mini-track includes, but is not limited to:

  • Open Source Software
  • Open Hardware
  • Open Design
  • Open Content
  • 3-D Printing
  • “Maker” and “Hacker” Cultures
  • Gamers and Virtual World builders
  • Augmented and Blended Realities
  • Collaborative Creativity

Important Dates:

  • January 4, 2016: Manuscript submissions for AMCIS 2016 open.
  • March 2, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions.

Instructions for Authors:

  • Completed research papers (< 5000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • Research-in-progress papers (< 3500 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • All conference submissions will be double-blind, peer reviewed, and must be submitted using the online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amcis2016. For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the AMCIS 2016 website at http://amcis2016.aisnet.org.