4th IASTED International Conference on Web-based Education (WBE 2005)

Venue: Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald

Location: Gridelwald, Switzerland

Event Date/Time: Feb 21, 2005 End Date/Time: Feb 23, 2005
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As keyboards replace chalkboards, the Web’s impact on traditional educational theories and practices are increasingly apparent. It has transformed and expanded the conventional boundaries of education. New innovations such as virtual colleges, laboratories, and universities develop, which create an abundance of additional areas of study surrounding this innovation. These include innovative hardware and software technology, online testing and assessment, training and teaching applications, and courseware design and development.

WBE 2005 is aimed to provide scholars, faculty, researchers, and administrators in all web-based educational areas with an excellent opportunity to convene with colleagues from approximately 50 countries and discuss innovative ideas, results and outcomes of research in this new and exciting field.

All papers submitted to this conference will be peer evaluated by at least three experts. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality of ideas and approaches, uniqueness and completeness of research, and significance of contribution.

WBE 2005 will be held in conjunction with the IASTED International Conference on:

Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications (EuroIMSA 2005).

Nestled in the heart of the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps, Grindelwald is an ideal location for any event. Grindelwald offers 360 degrees of breathtaking natural scenery, a relaxing atmosphere, and countless outdoor activities. For the winter sport enthusiast, Grindelwald is surrounded by over 65 ski runs, over 40 km of cross-country trails, toboggan trails, curling rinks, and ice rinks. Grindelwald also offers world-renowned spas for those who wish to relax and soak up the atmosphere or require some needed rejuvenation after a long day of skiing.

The topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

Web-based Education (WBE)
Web-based Training
Online Education and Training
E-learning and E-training
Innovative Teaching and Learning Technologies for Web-based Education
Streaming Multimedia Applications in Web-based Education
Communication Technology Applications in Web-based Education
Mobile E-Learning
Collaborative E-Learning
Web-Lecturing Technology
Innovative Web-based Teaching and Learning Technologies
Virtual Reality Applications in Web-based Education
Scientific Web-based Laboratories and Virtual Labs
Software and Hardware Systems for Web-based Education
Authoring Systems for Web-based Education
Multi-agent Technology Applications in Web-based Education
Design and Development of Online Courseware
Reusable Learning Objects for Web-based Education
Educational Portals for Web-based Education
Virtual Universities and Colleges
Online Degree and Certificate Programs
Quality Issues of Web-based Education
Testing and Assessment Issues of Web-based Education
Best Practices of Web-based Education
National Policies and Strategies on Web-based Education
National Projects on Virtual Universities and Web-based Education
International Projects and International Collaboration on Web-based Education
Academia/Industry Collaboration on Web-based Training
Corporate Web-based Training
Web-based Methods and Tools in Traditional, Open and Distance Education
Blended Education and Training
Faculty Development on Web-based Education
Dot-com Educational Institutions and their Impact on Traditional Universities
Funding Opportunities for Projects in Web-based Education

I. Aedo – University of Carlos III at Madrid, Spain
M. Allegra – National Research Council, Italy
M. Ally – Athabasca University, Canada
B. Aris – University of Technology Malaysia, Malaysia
L. Aroyo – Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
J.P. Baggaley – Athabasca University, Canada
E. Barbera – Open University of Catalonia, Spain
M. Bunch – Midstate College, USA
H. Burkhart – University of Basel, Switzerland
J. Cerny – University of Calgary, Canada
M. Ciampi – COPEC, Brazil
C. Constantinides – University of London, UK
A. Cristea – Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
P. Cristea – "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Romania
C. da Rocha Brito – Council of Researches in Education and Sciences, Brazil
A. D'Atri – Luiss 'Guido Carl' University, Italy
D. Davcev – St. Cyril and Methodius University, FYROM
V. Devedzic – University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
D. Dicheva – Winston-Salem State University, USA
A. El-Hajj – American University of Beirut, Lebanon
F. Flueckiger – University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
A. Grabowska – Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
H. Haga – Doshisha University, Japan
H. Haugen – Stord/Haugesund University College, Norway
K. Henke – Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany
B.G. Hudson – Sheffield Hallam University, UK
A.D. Ivannikov – INFORMIKA State Research Institute on Telecommunications of Russia, Russia
D. Kinshuk – Massey University, New Zealand
P.A.M. Kommers – University of Twente, The Netherlands
T. Leacock – Simon Fraser University, Canada
C.-H. Lee – Gyeong-In National University of Education, Korea
F. Litto – Brazilian Association for Distance Education, Brazil
M. López Fernández – Complutensian University of Madrid, Spain
C. Montgomerie – University of Alberta, Canada
M. Muchnik – Governors State University, USA
G.D. Nag – National Informatics Centre, India
D. Nichols – University of Waikato, New Zealand
A. Ninck – University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
I. Norenkov – Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
T. Okamoto – University of Electro Communications, Japan
C.E. Palau – Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
E. Regentova – University of Nevada-Las Vegas, USA
D. Rutkauskiene – Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
G. Salter – University of Western Sydney, Australia
L.B. Sheremetov – Mexican Oil Institute, Mexico
C. Sherwood – Griffith University, Australia
M.A. Sicilia – University of Alcalá, Spain
S. Sirmakessis – Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Greece
K.-S. So – Hong Kong Institute of Education, PRC
M. Tahernezhadi – Northern Illinois University, USA
V.P. Tikhomirov – Moscow State University of Economics, Russia
H.-D. Wuttke – Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany
J. Yorke – University of Plymouth, UK

Initial Paper
Submit your paper via our website at:
http://iasted.org/conferences/2005/switzerland/submit-461.htm. All submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Postscript (.ps), or MS Word (.doc) format. The IASTED Secretariat must receive your paper by October 1, 2004. Receipt of paper submission will be confirmed by email.

Complete the online initial paper submission form designating an author who will attend the conference and providing four key words to indicate the subject area of your paper. One of the key words must be taken from the list of topics provided under Scope. Initial paper submissions should be approximately six pages. Formatting instructions are available at: http://www.iasted.org/formatting-initial.htm.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by November 1, 2004. Final manuscripts are due by December 5, 2004. Registration and final payment are due by December 15, 2004. Late registration fees or paper submissions will result in the papers being excluded from the conference proceedings.

Final Papers
Send your final manuscripts via email to: finalpapers@iasted.org. The subject line for the final manuscript submission must include your six-digit paper number. The formatting instructions can be found at: http://www.iasted.org/formatting-final.htm and must be strictly followed. The page limit for final papers is six single-spaced pages in 10 point Times New Roman font. Only one paper of up to six pages is included in the regular registration fee. There will be an added charge for extra pages and additional papers.

The winners of all awards will be announced during the award ceremony at the conference dinner banquet. The paper of each award winner will be published in a special issue of the IASTED Journal on Advanced Technology for Learning (ISSN: 1710-2251).

Best Paper Award
The International Program Committee will select and nominate the best papers submitted to the conference for the Best Paper Award. These papers will be evaluated on originality of ideas, significance of research findings, author contribution, and implementation of results.

Best Ph.D. Student Paper Award
Registered Ph.D. students are welcome to participate in the International Competition of Ph.D. Student Papers. Approximately 5-6 finalists will be selected by the International Program Committee to present their papers to a board of international referees during the Ph.D. Student Paper Competition at the conference. To participate in this competition, please send an email indicating your paper number, name, affiliation, and year of study to calgary@iasted.org by January 3, 2005.

Award for Best Online System
In addition to regular paper presentations, delegates are welcome to participate in an evening competition involving the demonstration of original (non-commercial) online systems or software products related to the area of web-based education. Each participant will make a short presentation/demonstration to a panel of referees and interested attendees. The cost of participating in this competition is included in the registration fee. To participate in this competition, please send an email indicating your paper number, name, affiliation, and demonstration title to calgary@iasted.org by January 3, 2005.

Proposals for three-hour tutorials should be submitted online by October 1, 2004. Tutorials are to be submitted via the following website address:
http://iasted.org/conferences/2005/switzerland/tutorialsubmit-461.htm. A tutorial proposal should clearly indicate the topic, background knowledge expected of the participants, objectives, time allocations for the major course topics, and the qualifications of the instructor(s).

Persons wishing to organize a special session should submit a proposal via email to: calgary@iasted.org. Proposals should include a session title, a list of the topics covered, and the qualifications and brief biography of the session organizer(s). Papers submitted to the special session must be received by October 1, 2004, unless otherwise stipulated by the Special Session Organizer. A minimum of five papers must be registered and fully paid in order for this session to be included in the conference program. More information on special sessions is available at:

Extended versions of papers published in the conference proceedings can also be considered for review for inclusion in one of the IASTED journals. Authors must submit the expanded version of their conference paper for peer review consideration to: http://www.actapress.com/journals/submission.htm following the standard procedure as described on the website: http://www.actapress.com. All papers considered for journal review must be of the highest quality and demonstrate a novel contribution to the literature. For further information, please email journals@actapress.com.

Submissions due October 1, 2004
Notification of acceptance November 1, 2004
Camera-ready manuscripts due December 5, 2004
Registration Deadline December 15, 2004

For more information, or to be placed on our mailing list, please contact:
IASTED Secretariat – WBE 2005
#80, 4500 - 16th Avenue N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T3B 0M6
Tel: 403-288-1195
Fax: 403-247-6851
E-mail: calgary@iasted.org
Website: http://www.iasted.org