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Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by DBLP, Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, EI and SCOPUS.


A2E 2018Special Session on Analytics in Educational Environments
Chair(s): Ana Azevedo

BLQE 2018Special Session on Blended Learning and Quality Enhancement
Chair(s): Ebba Ossiannilsson

Special Session on Analytics in Educational Environments - A2E 2018

Paper Submission: January 20, 2018 (expired)
Authors Notification: January 25, 2018 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: February 2, 2018 (expired)


Ana Azevedo
Information Systems, CEOS.PP / ISCAP / P.PORTO

Analytics is a topic of growing interest in the research communities. INFORMS defined analytics as the scientific process of transforming data into insights with the purpose of making better decisions. Being grounded on the area of decision support systems, the area of analytics has got a vast range of applications. One important application concerns educational environments, where the three types of analytics, namely, descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive are being applied. 
We can say that one of the main applications is related to assessment, in order to improve its quality. The use of LMS where the activity of the students’ can be easily accessed, potentiated the use of analytics to understand their route during the learning process, thus they can be helped to improve during that process. Also, the use of analytics from the school’s managers, can help them to take better decisions.

Special Session on Blended Learning and Quality Enhancement - BLQE 2018

Paper Submission: January 15, 2018 (expired)
Authors Notification: January 25, 2018 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: February 2, 2018 (expired)


Ebba Ossiannilsson
The Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE)

Blended learning embraces personal quality learning. This widely recognized and personalizable method engages, facilitates, and supports learning. UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning emphasize this approach, as it makes learning more flexible and convenient. This will help students be part of a global digital society The blended learning model requires changes in the roles of teachers and learners. These changes are accompanied by shifts in ownership and empowerment, where learners become prosumers and orchestrate their own learning regarding time, place, setting, path, and pace. Blended learning involves people as learners, teachers, administrators, technicians, leaders, and managers with a variety of aspirations and ambitions. Clearly, there is a renewed focus on quality, and the blended learning approach is worthy of consideration.