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Special Session
Special Session on
Working Session on Cloud Education Environments
 - WCLOUD 2013

6 - 8 May, 2013 - Aachen, Germany

Within the 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - CLOSER 2013

WCLOUD is a shared event between CLOSER and CSEDU.


Hans-Christian Schmitz
Independent Researcher

Rocael Hernandez
GES, Galileo University
Alexander Mikroyannidis
Independent Researcher
United Kingdom
Brief Bio
Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis is a Research Associate in the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University UK. He holds a PhD in Informatics from Manchester Business School, an MPhil in Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST), and a BEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. His research areas of interest are related with knowledge management and applications of Semantic and Social Web technologies in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL). Recently, he has been investigating Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) and the challenges involved in the adoption of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) by the lifelong learner. He has also been working on the production of online courses and Open Educational Resources (OERs), delivered through various educational platforms, such as interactive eBooks. Dr Mikroyannidis has contributed to several projects of the 5th, 6th, and 7th Framework Programme of the European Community, notably weSPOT (ICT-2012-318499), Euclid (ICT-2012-296229), ROLE (ICT-2009-231396), DEMO-net (ICT-2006-27219), CASPAR (ICT-2005-33572), and PARMENIDES (IST-2001-39023).


Cloud Learning Environments (CLEs) or Cloud Education Environments (CEE) consider the cloud as a large ecosystem, which is not owned by any educational organization. Within this ecosystem, learners and educators act as the users and producers of cloud-based learning services. They have complete control over the choice, use and sharing of the learning tools and content provided by these services. This approach has the potential to enable and facilitate both formal and informal learning. It allows learners to learn anywhere and at anytime. It also facilitates collaboration among learners and educators. Additionally, the openness, sharing and reusability of learning tools and content on the web are technically enabled and promoted.

The working session will focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results, as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing cloud education environments, both from a teaching and a learning perspective.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Learning Tools
  • Learning tools experiences and Cases of Study
  • Social Environments
  • Content and Multimedia Applications
  • Story Telling Tools
  • Cloud Education Accessibility
  • Other type of tools

Pedagogical Approaches and Learning Contexts
  • Personal Learning Environments
  • Self Regulated Learning
  • Learning Artifacts
  • Pedagogical approaches for multiple learning environments
  • Modeling Languages
  • Assessment approaches
  • Orchestration approaches for learning using several tools
  • Prototype experiences of learning orchestration
  • User Interface Management
  • Standards and Specifications
  • Internet of Services and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Reference Implementations
  • Virtual Learning Environments and Tools integration
  • Integration Experiences and Cases of Study
  • Authentication and identity handling on service based scenarios
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS), with education purposes
Business Models
  • Learning as a Service
  • Service models of educational institutions
  • Ethical Aspects


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at:


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.
SCITEPRESS is member of CrossRef (
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


CLOSER Special Sessions - WCLOUD 2013