august, 2022

17aug(aug 17)09:0019(aug 19)17:00EUROCALL 202209:00 - 17:00 (19) Veröld - House of Vigdís Event Organized By: Then Vigdís Institute and International Centre and The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies Event Type :Conference

Event Details

About the Conference

About the Conference

Conference: EUROCALL 2022: Intelligent CALL, granular systems and learner data

Date: 1719 August 2022

Venue: University of Iceland

The EUROCALL 2022 Conference will be held in Reykjavik on 1719 August 2022 either as a hybrid conference or as a fully online event. We will be constantly monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and the decision about the format of this conference will be taken in early April 2022. This conference will be hosted by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages, the University of Iceland, and the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. It will be preceded by an online project event, the LARA (Learning and Reading Assistant) Symposium, on 16th August to introduce new ways of creating language learning content for reading via crowdsourcing techniques and extracting learner data from the platform. This separate online event will be hosted by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in cooperation with the University of Geneva.

This year’s conference theme is Intelligent CALL: granular systems and learner data.

Potential themes could include but are not limited to:

  • Intelligent software and applications for language learning
  • Intelligent tutoring systems and virtual learning environments for language learning
  • Granulating knowledge about learners’ progress in Virtual Learning Environments for language education
  • Language assessment and learners’ data
  • LMOOCs and interpretation of learner data
  • Computer games and intelligent features of CALL
  • Intelligent feedback mechanisms for enhanced language learning
  • Language input and error correction
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and language learning
  • Massively multiplayer online role-playing games and language learning
  • Language learning, natural languge processing (NLP), and machine translation
  • Human tutor vs. tutoring system; computer-assisted instruction, chatbots in language learning and teaching
  • Application of theories and frameworks supporting intelligent CALL (ICALL)
  • Other themes relevant to CALL, teacher education and learner data

This theme reflects the current position and development of new systems for language learning. The intelligent CALL (ICALL) suggests a new stage of CALL, which includes technologies such as speech recognition and text-to-speech systems with automatic feedback, machine learning, learning about learners’ mistakes, and using data about learners’ progress. All of this is used to optimise the learning experience of individual learners. The optimisation process, which is based on many different types of information about the learners’ progress, is called granulation. Using granular systems, i.e. systems equipped with mechanisms for data collection about users’ learning behaviour, are not only popular in assessment programs but also in many language-learning systems with educational purposes. From a microscopic level, granularity is regarded as all the different data gathered from one user. When analysing data from several different users of the same language-learning program, one can achieve a macroscopic granular view. This type of granular allows the presentation of the learning behaviour of many different users in a more concise view. For instance, a pattern of co-occurring events on a longitudinal level can be detected. This means that one can learn about different points in time when individual users performed similar actions. Overall, this theme is central to both institutes, particularly, however, to the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute, whose staff does granular research in motivation and retention patterns of learner behaviour in the MOOC Icelandic Online.

Download the full Call for Papers or go to the Call For Papers page for more information.

This conference is held as part of the EUROCALL network .

Organising Team

Organising Team

  • Branislav Bédi, project manager at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
  • Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, professor in Second Language Studies at the University of Iceland
  • Kolbrún Friðriksdóttir, adjunct lecturer at the University of Iceland
  • Hólmfríður Garðarsdóttir, professor in Spanish studies at the University of Iceland
  • Maria Del Pilar C. Coello, teacher of Spanish

Please e-mail us to: infovigdis@hi.is, with the subject line: EUROCALL 2022

 

About the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic studies 

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies is a UNESCO organisation and an independently funded academic research institute at the University of Iceland, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Its role is to conduct research in the field of Icelandic studies and related scholarly disciplines, in particular Icelandic language and literature; to disseminate knowledge in these fields; and to preserve and augment the collections entrusted to its care. The Department of Lexicography is a research body within the Institue whose function is lexicography, lexicology, language technology, and the study of Icelandic lexis in general. The role of the Institute’s International Office is to promote and disseminate Icelandic language and culture abroad. The Institute co-operates with the Humanities Department of the University of Iceland in holding courses in Icelandic, as well as supporting Icelandic studies and research on Icelandic as a second and foreign language.

About the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages 

The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages (VFI) is a research institute within the School of Humanities of the University of Iceland. It provides a fulcrum for academic scholars teaching and researching the languages now taught within the Department of Languages and Cultures at the School fo Humanities of the University of Iceland: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. The VFI helps to support the work of the Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding. The academic staff of the VFI particularly engage in research in the fields of literature, language-courses and teaching, language acquisition and bilingualism, cultural studies, translation studies, and linguistics. There is a constant effort to develop new methods in language teaching and in the mediation of literature and the cultural legacy of a variety of language groups and nations. Many of the institute’s scholars are also involved in translation and dictionary projects, as well as general promotional work to underline the importance of languages in society. The institute’s academic staff are involved in a wide variety of international collaborative projects concerning research, teaching, and the development of innovations in their particular fields.

Scholars at the VFI are currently involved in a number of research projects, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the use of computers and electronic databases in language teaching and linguistic research. The VFI in collaboration with the University of Iceland actively participates in research and development in the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning. Development of Icelandic Online began in 2000 and the first course was launched in 2004. Key concerns in the development were that these online courses should be pedagogically driven and the course design would include scaffolding of effective form-focused ways to teach morphologically complex languages online. Six online courses for Icelandic as a second language are now offered on www.icelandiconline.com, based on sound second language acquisition research and innovative instructional practice combined with the relevant technology. The goal is to provide an interesting, entertaining and effective online language learning environment for computers, and in 2016, for tablets and smart phones. The Icelandic Online courses are: Learner cantered, guided and sequenced with interactive and visual exercises Self-instructed and available in six proficiency levels Integrated in terms of instruction of vocabulary, form and function Organized around various oral and written texts followed by comprehension and accuracy and fluency exercises Aided by auxiliary resources such as glossaries, declension tablets and dictionaries. Icelandic Online allows anyone with Internet access the possibility of participating for free in a global community of learners of Icelandic. The University of Iceland offers a course in survival Icelandic along with five courses for university students.

About the University of Iceland

The University of Iceland is a progressive educational and scientific institution, renowned in the global scientific community for its research. It is a state university, situated in the heart of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. It is the largest university in the country, and a modern, diversified, and rapidly developing institution, offering opportunities for study and research in over 400 programmes spanning most fields of science and scholarship. The University has been named one of the world’s top 250 universities in the arts and humanities on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The new list was published 13 September 2017 and focusses particularly on evaluating universities by subject. The excellent ranking highlights both the University of Iceland Humanities’ competitiveness on an international level and the University’s overall strength in major fields of study. The University has its own intranet Ugla (the Owl). It is a collective information site, communication medium and important tool for students and teachers, as well as other members of staff. Various important information is also announced in Ugla. Access to courses is done through Ugla as well, and the programm has integrated other helping programms, e.g., Canvas and Inspera, into its infrastructure so that teachers and students can easily navigate between courses, document databases, and tests.

About Icelandic Online 

The University of Iceland actively participates in research and development in the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning. Development of Icelandic Online began in 2000 and the first course was launched in 2004. Key concerns in the development were that these online courses should be pedagogically driven and the course design would include scaffolding of effective form-focused ways to teach morphologically complex languages online. The University of Iceland now offers six online Icelandic courses, www.icelandiconline.is, based on sound second language acquisition research and innovative instructional practice combined with the relevant technology. The goal is to provide an interesting, entertaining and effective online language learning environment for computers, and in 2016, for tablets and smart phones. The Icelandic Online courses are: Learner centered, guided and sequenced with interactive and visual exercises Self-instructed and available in six proficiency levels Integrated in terms of instruction of vocabulary, form and function Organized around various oral and written texts followed by comprehension and accuracy and fluency exercises Aided by auxiliary resources such as glossaries, declension tablets and dictionaries. Icelandic Online allows anyone with Internet access the possibility of participating for free in a global community of learners of Icelandic. The University of Iceland offers a course in survival Icelandic along with five courses for university students. Funding for this project has been provided by EU´s Lingua Project, NordPlus, The Icelandic Research Fund, The Icelandic Ministry of Education and The University of Iceland. Over 80,000 users have completed one or more of the curated and pedagogically driven courses, which are monitored by a tracking system. The tracking system and follow-up surveys generate unique, large-scale empirical data enabling sustained engagement with participants’ views and behaviors as they go through the courses, some of which are offered in three different delivery modes. Further development projects based on the versatile IOL non-language specific, multiplatform system are being developed, including Virtual Reality (VR) projects, courses in other languages, and L2 literacy courses for children.

Important Dates
Important Dates

1 December 2021: First call for papers

15 December 2021: Submission opens

7 February 2022: Final call for papers

31 March 2022: Notification to authors

April 2022: Registration opens

July 2022: deadline for presenters to upload their presentation videos (Instructions Page will be available later)

15 August 2022: Short paper submission deadline

16 August 2022: LARA Symposium (separate project event)

17-19 August 2022: EUROCALL 2022 in Reykjavik

20 August 2022: Teacher Outreach Event. This year´s topic: “CALL: What’s in it for me?” (This is a separate event and open to all withing and outside of the conference, admission fee EUR 50, registration will be done via the EUROCALL website HERE)

15 September 2022: Reviews and notification to short paper authors

30 September 2022: Submission of reviewed short papers

30 October 2022: Final notification of acceptance/refusal of short papers to authors

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Intelligent CALL, granular systems and learner data

The intelligent CALL (ICALL) suggests a new stage of CALL, which includes technologies such as speech recognition and text-to-speech systems with automatic feedback, machine learning, learning about learners’ mistakes, and using data about learners’ progress. All of this is used to optimise the learning experience of individual learners. The optimisation process, which is based on many different types of information about the learners’ progress, is called granulation. Using granular systems, i.e. systems equipped with mechanisms for data collection about users’ learning behaviour, are not only popular in assessment programs but also in many language-learning systems with educational purposes. From a microscopic level, granularity is regarded as all the different data gathered from one user. When analysing data from several different users of the same language-learning program, one can achieve a macroscopic granular view. This type of granular allows to present the learning behaviour of many different users in a more concise view. For instance, a pattern of co-occurring events on a longitudinal level can be detected. This means that one can learn about different points in time when individual users performed similar actions. Overall, this theme is central to both institutes, particularly to the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute, whose staff does granular research in motivation and retention patterns of learner behaviour in the Icelandic Online MOOC.

Potential themes could include but are not limited to:

  • Intelligent software and applications for language learning
  • Intelligent tutoring systems and virtual learning environments for language learning
  • Granulating knowledge about learners’ progress in Virtual Learning Environments for language education
  • Language assessment and learners’ data
  • LMOOCS and interpretation of learner data
  • Computer games and intelligent features of CALL
  • Intelligent feedback mechanisms for enhanced language learning
  • Massively multiplayer online role-playing games and language learning
  • Application of theories and frameworks supporting intelligent CALL (ICALL)

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts (500-word limit) have to be submitted through the OpenConf system from 15 December 2021: (link to be confirmed).

Presentation categories at the conference include individual short papers, symposia, European projects, posters, and pre-conference online workshops. 

1. Individual short papers
Short papers should be submitted for 20-minute presentations. This timing allows for 15 minutes presenting and 5 minutes for questions.

Three types of short papers may be given:

  1. Research papers focusing on a specific research topic with practical implications. Rationale together with methodology and a brief literature review shall be included. Both empirical and theoretical research papers are welcome.
  2. Research and development papers focusing on the development of pedagogies, programs and technologies supporting intelligent tutoring. The research and development paper should present original findings and focus on practical implications and improvement of language learning and teaching.
  3. Reflective practice papers focusing on testing and integration of technologies in different language learning and teaching environments. The reflective practice papers could report on assessment and evaluation of language learners and teachers using different programs and technologies to enhance their learning and teaching strategy.

2. Symposia
Symposia consist of three or four papers on a similar topic. The length of each paper presentation during the symposium should be about 10-15 minutes. The proposer and organizer of the symposium will also be the chair, who will be in contact with the EUROCALL 2022 organizing team and the individual presenters. The topic for each symposium should normally address the conference theme. Sessions are organized in a panel format with no changeover and last for 60 minutes.

Submissions for symposia from EUROCALL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are very welcome, with a view to promoting their work to the conference delegates and encouraging participation in the SIGs. Current EUROCALL SIGs are: Teacher Education, Virtual Worlds and Serious Gaming, iCALL, CorpusCall, Computer-Mediated Communication, Less-widely Taught Languages, Mobile-Assisted Language Learning, Graduate Students, LMOOC.

Proposal for symposia should be sent via e-mail to infovigdis@hi.is with the subject line EUROCALL 2022 and include an attachment with a short text in a Word document (max. 500 words) describing the theme of the symposium, the names and institutions of the participants, and the aspect of the main problem that each of the participants will address. Please note that each participant in the symposium presenting their research can submit an abstract of their short paper through the OpenConf platform (see section “How to submit your proposal” below)

3. European Projects
This year’s conference will again offer a forum for the showcasing and dissemination of EU-funded projects. Each project will be allocated a 30-minute slot, including questions. Abstracts of proposals for each project should be uploaded to the OpenConf system as an abstract for a short paper.

4. Posters
Posters enable a brief and very visual presentation of research projects, work in progress, and theoretical thesis, such as bachelor’s or master’s thesis and doctoral dissertations. They aim at attracting a wide range of audiences in language education because the information they present is clear and concise, and therefore easy to remember. Posters should focus on work in progress and report on previous or preliminary findings. Please keep in mind that posters are first and foremost visual aids that should attract the audience. They should have a clear and easy-to-read layout with a text that people from different areas in technology and language learning, and language education could understand. Submissions from university students are especially welcome in this category. A prize will be awarded for the best poster in two categories: PhD/Graduate student and Researcher.

5. Pre-conference workshops
A limited number of pre-conference online workshops will be organized on Wednesday 16 August 2022 in the morning. The duration of each online workshop can be 90 minutes. In case the time limit of 90 minutes would be insufficient, the online workshop proposer can organize two separate sessions so that participants can attend either one of them or both, without missing crucial information. Online workshops typically involve a hands-on session, during which participants can become familiar with the latest technological tools and approaches in relevant topic areas in language education in connection to Intelligent CALL.

 

Proposals should be sent via e-mail to infovigdis@hi.is with the subject line EUROCALL 2022 and include an attachment with a short text in a Word document (max. 500 words) describing the theme of the online workshop, the name(s) and institution(s) of the organizer, and the topic of the hands-on workshop that will be handled during the online session(s). In case the time limit of 90 minutes would be insufficient, the online workshop proposer can organize two separate sessions so that participants can attend either one of them or both without missing crucial information.

Format of abstracts

All presentation categories require the submission of an abstract that does not exceed 500 words, excluding the title, names and affiliations. We would appreciate if you could select from a list of conference subthemes when submitting your abstract. This would help us to organize the full conference programme around different subthemes of the conference.

How to submit your proposal

Submission platform OpenConf (link to be confirmed)

Contact information

Any queries relating to the conference should be sent to infovigdis@hi.is with the subject line EUROCALL 2022.

Publication of EUROCALL 2022 short papers

Publication of EUROCALL 2022 short papers

Authors of all accepted presentations (papers and posters) can send a short paper for publication in the EUROCALL 2022 conference proceedings (short paper submission deadline: 15 August 2021). Note that only the papers/posters presented at the conference will be eligible for publication.

The short papers will be peer-reviewed and edited; a committee of reviewers selected by the editors will review the documents and rate them according to quality and correctness. Authors may be solicited to review one or two manuscripts. Should you not hear from the editors after the conference, email Sylvie (sylvie.thouesny@research-publishing.net) as soon as possible as this probably means that the editors do not have your manuscript.

The publication of the short papers is guaranteed before the end of the year 2022. Because of the short amount of time between paper submission and publication date, there will be hard deadlines, which authors will have to meet if they want their manuscripts considered for publication.

Fees and Registration

Fees and Registration

Please note that registration will open in April 2022 and will close on 15 August 2022, given the logistics associated with the format of the conference.

Conference fees

The following registration fees apply for EUROCALL 2022. All registration fees are expressed in Euros (EUR). Please note that all conference participants must be members of the EUROCALL association before registering to the conference (see registration process below). Registration and payments for EUROCALL 2022 should be completed via this online registration form.

  • EUROCALL member fee for online attendance: To be confirmed.
  • EUROCALL member fee for on-campus attendance: To be confirmed.

Registration Process

Please note that both the EUROCALL membership fee and the Conference fee will be paid to EUROCALL via their own website. Registration will open in April 2022 (link to be confirmed).

Instructions for Presenters

Instructions for Presenters

To be confirmed.

Conference Program

Conference Program

To be confirmed

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

To be confirmed.

Practical Information

Practical Information

COVID-19

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 for travelling to Iceland is available HERE.

Venue

The conference will be held either on-campus of the University of Iceland or online. Decision about the format of the conference will be taken in April 2022.

University of Iceland campus is within walking distance from many hotels and accommodation options in downtown and west Reykjavík.

Closest bus-stops are Háskólabíó, Hótel Saga and, somewhat further away, Háskóli Íslands or Hagatorg.

Accommodation

Tourism in Iceland has grown immensely and moderately-priced lodging is quick to fill up. We encourage conference participants to book accommodation as early as possible to avoid high prices and limited availability. Websites such as Booking.com, Expedia.com, and Airbnb.com will provide information about a range of accommodation possibilities. For more information about hotels and other types of lodging in Reykjavik, see HERE.

Travel

Keflavík International Airport (KEF), the main airport in Iceland, is located 40 kilometers from Reykjavík, the capital city. Over 20 airlines offer flights to and from Iceland through the airport. For information about flights to Iceland, see HERE.

Transportation to Reykjavík from the airport is available by bus, Flybus or taxi, see HERE

The only public transportation in Reykjavík is the bus system, commonly called Stræto. See their website for information about fares, timetable, and a route planner, HERE.

The two main taxi companies in Reykjavík are Hreyfill, tel. +354 588 55 22 see HERE and Taxi BSR, tel. +354- 56 10000, see HERE. When calling for a taxi you can expect it to arrive within 10 minutes.

For a map of the University of Iceland see HERE.

WIFI

The Internet can be accessed through Eduroam on the University premises.

Money

The official currency in Iceland is ISK (Icelandic krona). Recognised credit/debit cards are accepted in all restaurants, shops, hotels and cash machines. For the official exchange rate of ISK towards major currencies, see HERE.

Language 

The native language in Iceland is Icelandic, but English is widely used.

Social Programme

Social Programme

To be confirmed.

Sponsors

Sponsors

To be confirmed.

Time

17 (Wednesday) 09:00 - 19 (Friday) 17:00

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís

Organizer

Then Vigdís Institute and International Centre and The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies

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