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This third edition is the continuation of the international workshop on Educational Knowledge Management (EKM). The first edition was in 2014 in conjunction with the International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW), which was held in Linköping, Sweden, from 24 to 28 November 2014, and the second one with EKAW 2016, in Bologna, Italy.


The high volume of information in organizations has led researchers to starting to understand and appreciate knowledge and search how to manage it. Knowledge management aims to retrieve and share information within databases, documents or know-how of organizations’ employees in order to help them to cooperate and improve their ideas, increase the opportunities for innovation, and therefore enable organizations to better stay ahead of the competition. Many organizations such as business, industrial, and medical ones are implementing technologies and tools to better manage their knowledge. However, these tools, and techniques can be applied in the educational domain. The interest in Knowledge Management for the educational domain has been growing in recent years. This can be seen in the series of conferences organized by the International Educational Data Mining Society and in papers discussing the role of knowledge management in higher education. As education is increasingly occurring online or in educational software, resulting in an explosion of data, new technologies such as semantic web and data mining techniques are being developed and tested, aiming for instance to improve educational effectiveness, determine the key factors to the success of educational training, support basic research on learning, or manage educational training by satisfying the needs of a community, local industry, or professional development. In this workshop, we welcome submissions reporting original research presenting how the web technologies can resolve any problem of managing and exploring information in the educational area in schools, colleges, universities, and other academic or professional learning institutions. Indeed, how these technologies can face the current evolution of educational systems especially the mobility of students/teachers involved in interactive learning, the improvement of student retention and graduation rates, analyze the importance of social media and games in learning, generate exam’s questions from text files, etc.

  • We welcome papers describing original work applied to education. A non-exhaustive list of topics for the workshop includes the following:

  • Educational knowledge management and ontologies
  • Educational data mining
  • Educational Linked data and semantic web
  • Knowledge acquisition, extraction, and reuse in education
  • Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human computer Interaction in Education
  • Natural language processing to improve educational effectiveness
  • Providing feedback to teachers and other stakeholders generated from EKM methods
  • Learner or student modeling
  • Learning analytics
  • Improving educational software
  • Practice learning experiences and techniques
  • Evaluating and improving teacher’s support
  • Educational knowledge evolution
  • Social media and games in learning
  • Global Issues in Education and Research

Program committee

  • Karim Sehaba, University of Lyon 2, France
  • Lilia Cheniti-Belcadhi, University of Sousse, Tunisia
  • Anne Boyer, University of Lorraine, France
  • Christopher Thorn, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, USA
  • Steffen Lohmann, Fraunhofer IAIS / Universität Bonn, Germany
  • Catherine Faron Zucker, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Jun Tao, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Yacine Lafifi, University of 8 May 1945 Guelma, Algeria
  • Ayako Hoshino, Security Research Laboratories, NEC Corp., Japan
  • Laura Farinetti, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Hugo Jacquin, Galatasaray University, Turkey
  • François Bouchet, LIP6, Sorbonne University, France
  • Marie-Hélène Abel, University of technology of Compiègne, Sorbonne University, France
  • Ricardo Ribeiro, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany


Inaya Lahoud

Galatasaray University,   Turkey

Elsa Cardoso

Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Nada Matta

University of Technology of Troyes, France


Serge Garlatti

IMT Atlantique, France

Talk title: Open Learner Models, Trust and Knowledge Management for Life Long Learning

Serge Garlatti is a full professor and head of the computer science department at IMT Atlantique, co-head of a research group on Technology-Enhanced Learning and Cultural Heritage (belonging to IHSEV Team of the Lab-STICC laboratory) and member of ATIEF (Association des Technologies de l’Information pour l’Education et la Formation) and AFIA (Association Française pour l’Intelligence Artificielle), board chairman of ATIEF (from July 2015).
For about 20 years, he worked at the intersection of the fields of Artificial Intelligence (knowledge engineering) and TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning). Its research activities focus on the fields of learning, lifelong learning and cultural heritage for formal and informal learning and the design of new computing environments to support researchers in History of Science and Technology - Digital Humanities. He is interested in the design of learning and cultural mediation environments based on investigative approaches or connectivism, using social media in open environments. From a knowledge engineering point of view, the issues are as follows: knowledge engineering, learning analytics, semantic web and Linked Data, context sensitivity and adaptation, learning analytics, and dynamic generation of dashboards to support stakeholders.

Abstract: In this talk, we explore some knowledge management issues related to a recent approach for life Long Learning providing semantic open learner models and trusted collaborative services. It relies on a project called SEDELA, “SElf-Data for Enhancing Lifelong learning Autonomy”. It gathers researchers from both IT and education science fields. The project aims to enhance learner’s autonomy skills in a lifelong learning perspective as well as develop, experiment and implement an innovative self-data management approach.
Indeed, autonomy is considered as a central asset for lifelong learning. Autonomy in adult education is defined as “the ability to take charge in one’s learning”, meaning specifically “determining the objectives; defining the contents and progressions; selecting methods and techniques to be used; monitoring the procedure of acquisition properly speaking (rhythm, time, place, etc.); evaluating what has been acquired”. Autonomous learners must have the capacity for critical reflection, decision-making, and independent action. However, independence does not mean isolation, as others often constitute resources for autonomous learners. Therefore, supporting students to develop their autonomy’s skills has become a major issue for higher education.
Based on previous research (Nguyen & Ikeda, 2015, the effects of ePortfolio-based learning model on student self-regulated learning), we suggest that implementing a self-data management approach may have a positive effect on the learner’s autonomy skills development. Instead of using an ePortfolio-based learning model, we take advantage of explicit Open Learner Models to develop autonomy and to support self-regulated learning process in personal and professional development. Trusted and long-term capitalization will enable lifelong perspective. Trusted collaborative services will provide the needed socialization for lifelong learning and organizational knowledge creation.
Semantic Open Learner Models will be developed to support autonomy by making informal or incidental learning resources more explicit. This will be achieved by capturing, managing, sharing, etc., personal learning data from various heterogeneous sources with semantic enhancement. Semantic models will enable long term management and trusted collaborative services.
Trusted collaborative services will provide self-development and socially shared knowledge on learning process. Trust will be based on Usage Control. The semantic nature of the models will enable development of new data integration possibilities and services. This will make lifelong learning explicit and visible to foster collaborative activities and knowledge creation in communities, thus empowering learners.

Elsa Cardoso

Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Talk title: The past, present and future of Learning Analytics

Elsa Cardoso is an Assistant Professor at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), in the Information Sciences and Technologies Department of the School of Technology and Architecture. She is the Director of the Master in Integrated Business Intelligence Systems at the same university and the leader of the Business Intelligence Task Force of EUNIS (European University Information Systems organization). She is also a researcher at the Information and Decision Support Systems Group of INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal. She has a PhD (European Doctorate) in Information Sciences and Technologies from ISCTE-IUL, with a specialization in Business Intelligence.
Her research interests include business intelligence and data warehouse, data visualization, and strategic information systems (balanced scorecard) applied to Higher Education, Healthcare and Digital Humanities.

Abstract: Learning Analytics (LA) is a recent research area, in which Business Intelligence and Analytics techniques are applied to learners and their contexts, with the purpose of acquiring a greater insight about the entire learning process (including outcomes). In this talk, we explore the LA landscape, delving into the definitions, techniques, challenges, and lessons learned. A comprehensive analysis of LA projects across different countries enabled the collection of past and present challenges, as well as lessons learned, which may be useful to new researchers entering this field. A look into the future of LA is also explored, considering current data management challenges that our society faces and how they may impact teaching and learning in Higher Education.
Keywords: Learning Analytics; Techniques; Lessons learned; Challenges

Event Schedule

The talk of Serge Garlatti has been cancelled


Welcome and intro

Inaya Lahoud, Elsa Cardoso


Session I


Invited talk: Elsa Cardoso

Talk title: The past, present and future of Learning Analytics


Prajna Upadhyay

Construction and Applications of TeKnowbase – A Knowledge Base of Computer Science concepts


Coffee Break


Session II


Oscar Rodríguez Rocha

Automatic Generation of Quizzes from DBpedia According to Educational Standards


Charbel Obeid

Ontology-based recommender system in higher education


Discussion and end of workshop

Submission instructions

We solicit full papers and short papers. Full papers should be of 8 pages in length. Short papers should be 4 pages and should clearly include “Short Paper” with the submission. Short papers may be presented as posters or oral. You may indicate your preference with the submission. The papers must be in good English in PDF format using the ‘sigconf’ ACM template . For details see the ACM Author Instructions . The camera-ready of accepted papers should be submitted as HTML5 document.
Papers must be submitted through EasyChair. Click here to submit your paper.
The proceedings of this workshop will be published in the ACM Digital Library within the Web Conference proceedings.
Selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their works to a special issue that will be published as part of the “International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning”.

Important dates

* Manuscript submission deadline: 10 January 2018 3 February 2018
* Notification of acceptance: 16 February 2018 18 February 2018
* Early-bird registrations deadline: 21 February 2018
* Camera ready proceedings: 04 March, 2018
* Workshop will be held on April 23rd, 2018

Event Location

Cité | Centre de Congrès | Lyon
50 avenue Charles De Gaulles
69463 Lyon Cedex 06

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