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Motivational and Affective Aspects of Technology Enhanced Learning and Web 2.0 (MATEL '10) @ ECTEL 2010

Date: September 28, 2010
Place: Barcelona, Spain, collocated with ECTEL 2010


Motivational and affective aspects are frequently neglected in technology-enhanced learning although they are one of the most important factors when it comes to acceptance and success of such solutions. However, our understanding of these aspects and the implication this understanding would have on concrete solutions is very fragmented:

Pedagogical models emphasize the importance of holistic perspectives on learning, but still (implicitly) consider these aspects as peripheral. On the technology side, it is often unclear where and how to consider those aspects in the tool design as it requires a much wider perspective. Here, the affective computing strand has concentrated on tackling emotions. CSCW research (particularly as part of the Web 2.0 hype) had a closer look at the influences on collaboration. The (serious) games approach to learning is mainly a response to the motivational success of gaming, but struggles with how to combine this effect with a didactical approach. In workplace settings, particularly in knowledge management, this has been recognized as key success factor to ensure that introduced instruments and tools are getting used. However, many approaches have concentrated only on incentives, both in terms of monetary rewards and other extrinsically motivation schemes which are designed as top-down instruments – with mixed success. Psychology has investigated this topic area in depth from a theoretical and experimental point of view, but there is a gap between generic theories of motivation and concrete implications for didactical settings, tool design, and organizational guidance.

In this workshop, we want to bring together the different perspectives on the topic in order to foster the formation of a community between psychology, sociology, pedagogy, and CSCW and computer science.

The workshop is supposed to be interactive and will work towards an overview article in a relevant journal.


A summary of the discussion is available at

A wiki for the continued discussion and sharing is available at

The workshop allows for remote participation via video broadcasting at the ICT 2010 Event in Brussels!

9.00 Welcome & Introduction

10.00 - 13.00 Participant presentations (10 mins presentation each, discussion after each cluster)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 Open Space Discussions

15.30 - 16.15 Reporting from the discussion groups

16.15 - 17.30 Creating a landscape and outlook 


The topics of the workshop focus on motivational and affective aspects of technology-enhanced learning, which encompasses the following (but are not limited to):

  • Models and modeling approaches for understanding motivational and affective aspects from disciplines like
    • Psychology
    • Human Resources Management and economics
    • Sociology
    • Usability Engineering (e.g., joy of use driven approaches)
    • Computer Science (e.g., context ontologies for affective and motivational factors)
  • Design methodologies for incorporating motivational and affective factors
    • Experiences with participatory design
    • Engineering socio-technical systems
    • Experiences with concrete research instruments (like ethnographic studies, experiments)
    • Indicators for evaluation
  • Approaches to address motivational and affective aspects, e.g.,
    • Feedback mechanisms
    • Organisational incentives
    • Detecting affective states via sensors
  • Experience reports and lessons learnt from introduction of technology-enhanced learning support (success and failures)
    • Knowledge management and workplace learning
    • CSCW and Web 2.0
    • Serious Games

Organization Committee

The workshop is supported by the European Projects IntelLEO, MATURE and the upcoming MIRROR project.

  • Andreas Schmidt (FZI Research Center for Information Technologies)
  • Athanasios Mazarakis (FZI Research Center for Information Technologies)
  • Ulrike Cress (Knowledge Media Research Center)
  • Teresa Holocher-Ertl (CSI Center for Social Innovation)
  • Christine Kunzmann (FZI Research Center for Information Technologies)
  • Simone Braun (FZI Research Center for Information Technologies)

Programme Committee

  • Jenny Bimrose (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Alan Brown (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Coye Cheshire (University of California Berkeley, USA)
  • Nicola Döring (TU Ilmenau, Germany)
  • Kathrin Figl (WU Wien, Austria)
  • Fritz Gairing (Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
  • Ulrike Hugl (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Nina Haferkamp (University of Münster, Germany)
  • Hans-Jörg Happel (FZI, Germany)
  • Bernhard Hoisl (WU Wien, Austria)
  • Steffen Lohmann (Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain)
  • Johannes Moskaliuk (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Birgit Muskat (University of Canberra, Australia)
  • Peter Reimann (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Alexander Richter (Uni BW Munich, Germany)
  • Elena Simperl (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)  

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: June 27th, 2010 July 4th, 2010
  • Notification of acceptance: July 11th, 2010 July 20th, 2010


Andreas Schmidt
Athanasios Mazarakis
Christine Kunzmann
Simone Braun