Fourth Special Track on

Computer-based Knowledge & Skill Assessment and Feedback in Learning Settings (CAF)

This special track will take place during ICL 2011 as a special programme item. The Special Track CAF 2011 provides an interdisciplinary forum for international scientists and practitioners to discuss various aspects of computer-based knowledge & skill assessment in learning settings and based on that feedback provision for students and teachers. This year CAF is organized in cooperation with the European funded project ALICE (Adaptive Learning via Intuitive/Interactive, Collaborative and Emotional System),


Our modern life at the beginning of the 21st century is strongly influenced by effects such as rapidly changing and developing information, technology-enhanced communication and information access, and new forms of production and services in a globalized world. This situation requires individuals to adapt their skills and competencies. Consequently, educational objectives and societal expectations have changed significantly in recent years. Modern learning settings must consider learning community aspects as well as learner-centered, knowledge-centered and assessment-centered aspects.

By focusing on the assessment, this concept can be further distinguished in (1) summative assessment, performed at the end of a set of learning activities, and (2) formative assessment, which is intended to give continuous feedback to students and teachers. The latter mentioned formative assessment gives information about the current state of knowledge and/or the degree of knowledge acquisition within learning activities.

Assessment is an important component of modern teaching and learning processes in face-to-face courses as well as in e-learning environments; it provides valuable feedback to teachers and students which allows the revision and adaptation of teaching and learning activities. Furthermore, assessment activities and results can also be utilized for building and strengthening metacognitive skills. However, continuous and frequent assessment in learning processes may cause excessive efforts and costs. Therefore, computer-assisted assessment systems (CaAS) and computer-based assessment systems (CbAS) have become of increasing interest over the years. Assessment systems may support parts or the entire chain of the assessment lifecycle. This lifecycle includes authoring and management of assessment items, compilation of specific tests, performance of assessments, and compilation and management results. Additionally, emerging interest in the sharing and re-use of assessment items or compiled assessment tests and the exchangeability of assessment outcomes has resulted in standardization efforts, such as the IMS Question & Test Interoperability Specification (IMS QTI).

The special track will bring together international researchers as well as practitioners from different organisations who will have plenty of time for networking and real-world knowledge sharing.

CAF is interested in novel scientific research, findings from experiments and results form real-life applications. We invite submissions that deal with issues including, but not limited to:

Important Dates

Submission Procedure
File Types: Word for Windows Language: English (British or US) Style Guides & Template: Paper Submission System: Please use the Electronic Submission Page In case of problems or questions concerning the submission of papers, please contact the track chairs at

Notification of Acceptance and Publishing
Accepted papers will be published within the ICL conference CD proceedings. At least one author has to register within 2 weeks after the notification of acceptance to be included into the conference programme (15. Aug. 2011). Authors fee is applicable only once per paper! Some authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their paper for publication in the "European Journal of Open and Distance Learning" (EURODL) or the "International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning" (iJET).

CAF 2011 Chair
Christian Gütl, Graz University of Technology, Austria

CAF 2011 Organization team
Alexander Nussbaumer, University of Graz, Austria
Mohammad AL-Smadi, Graz University of Technology, Austria

CAF 2011 Program Committee (tentative)

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