Program Overview

Monday, 24 August
13:00-17:00 Registration
13:30-15:00 Tutorial I: Richard J. Self - Hall City A Tutorial II: Reinhard Bernsteiner - Hall City B
15:00-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-16:45 Tutorial I: Richard J. Self - Hall City A Tutorial II: Reinhard Bernsteiner - Hall City B


Tuesday, 25 August
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Opening - Hall City A
9:30-10:30 Keynote speaker: Mirko Presser - Hall City A
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:40 LTEC 1: MOOC Challenges - Hall City C Knowledge Management Processes - Hall City A KM and IOT I - Hall City B
12:40-13:40 Lunch
13:40-15:20 LTEC 2: Cooperative learning - Hall City C Successful knowledge sharing & KM practices I - Hall City A KM and IOT II - Hall City B


Wednesday, 26 August
8:30-10:30 LTEC 3 - Learning Enginering - Hall City C Successful knowledge sharing & KM practices II - Hall City A KM Platforms & Tools - Hall City B
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-13:00 LTEC 4 - Lerning tools & environments - Hall City C Innovations for Competitiveness I - Hall City A KM in Healthcare - Hall City B
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Keynote speaker II: Gerd Kortuem - Hall City A
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:10 LTEC 5 - STEM - Hall City C Innovations for Competitiveness II - Hall City A Social software & Mining techniques - Hall City B


Thursday, 27 August
8:30-11:00 Tutorial: Guandong Xu - Hall City A 9:00-11:00 KM in Education & Research - Hall City B 9:30-11:00 Skype presentations - Hall City C
11:00-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-12:15 Keynote speaker III: Sašo Džeroski - Hall City A
12:15-13:00 Closing Ceremony, Presentation of Next Venue - Hall City A
13:00-14:00 Lunch


Friday, 28 August


Keynote speakers

Mirko Presser

Lab Manager at the Alexandra Institute,
Smart City

Mirko Presser is the Head of Research and Innovation for the Smart City Lab at the Alexandra Institute working on Open Data and the Internet of Things in the context of Smart Cities for Citizens. He is also the chair of the IoT International Forum since it was founded in June 2013. He has been studying and working on IoT and Smart City research since 2002, he has published over 20 scientific peer-reviewed papers on the topics and has served on numerous scientific committees and steering boards. He has a Masters degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a Masters degree in Telecommunications and Systems Engineering both from the University of Bristol and received his PhD on the Mobile IoT from the University of Surrey. He has also been strongly involved in the European FP6, FP7 and now H2020 ICT programmes and has been the Technical Manager of the FP6 IST e- SENSE and FP7 ICT SENSEI projects, both addressing the Internet of Things, amongst many other projects as well as he is currently the coordinator of the fP7 EeB PPP project called URB-Grade.

Gerd Kortuem

Prof. of Computing, Open University

Gerd Kortuem ia a Professor of Computing at the Open University where he is head of the Ubiquitous Computing and Sustainability Lab. His research focuses on the design of computing systems for addressing sustainability challenges - related for example to energy, transportation and local communities. In terms of technology his main interest is ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things. However, his approach is human-centric and thus to a large extent technology agnostic. His teaching focuses primarily on the Internet of Things (at the Open University) and Software Entrepreneurship (at Oxford University). Prior to joining the Open University he was a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University's School of Computing and Communications where he directed the MSc in E-Business and Innovation. He developed and taught a class on 'Software Innovation and Entrepreneurship' with the goal to inspire students to view themselves as digital entrepreneurs.

Gert Kortuem was born in Germany. Before arriving in the UK he spent over ten years in Oregon in the USA. While doing his Ph.D. he held various jobs: he was running the engineering efforts of web startup (now defunct), worked as software engineer at Apple in Cupertino and developed 3D architectural software at Artifice. In the distant past he also worked at IBM Stuttgart and Technical University Berlin.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Oregon, USA and a MSc in Computer Science from Stuttgart University, Germany.

Sašo Džeroski

Scientific Councilor at Jozef Stefan Institute,
Dept. of Knowledge Technologies

Sašo Džeroski is a scientific councillor at the Jozef Stefan Institute and the Centre of Excellence for Integrated Approaches in Chemistry and Biology of Proteins, both in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is also a full professor at the Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School. His research is mainly in the area of machine learning and data mining (including structured output prediction and automated modeling of dynamic systems) and their applications (mainly in environmental sciences, incl. ecology, and life sciences, incl. systems biology).

He has organized many scientific events, most recently two workshops on Machine Learning in Systems Biology and the International Conference on Discovery Science. He is co-author/co-editor of more than ten books/volumes, including "Inductive Logic Programming", "Relational Data Mining", "Learning Language in Logic", "Computational Discovery of Scientific Knowledge" and "Inductive Databases and Constraint-Based Data Mining". He has participated in many international research projects (mostly EU-funded) and coordinated two of them in the past. He is currently the coordinator of the FET XTrack project MAESTRA (Learning from Massive, Incompletely annotated, and Structured Data) and one of the principal investigators in the FET Flagship Human Brain Project.


Richard J. Self

Senior Lecturer in Analytics and Governance Department of Computing and Maths, College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby, GB

The Governance Impact of Big Data and the Internet of Things on the Practice of Knowledge Management in Organisations

The practice of Knowledge Management in many organisations is based on the approach that all “knowledge” in the repositories is carefully curated through a quality assurance and managerial process. This is particularly the case in organisations where KM is closely linked to document management or similar types of systems. Processes such as document review and sign-off are often considered vital to ensure the validity and veracity of the knowledge store.

The world of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), however, does not cooperate with this conception. Instead, as John Easton suggested in 2012, it is very probable that over 80% of all data available, especially that which is derived from Big Data and the IoT, is of uncertain veracity. It is not that it is all wrong but that we do not know which data are true and which data are not and that it is often very difficult to determine which is which. This workshop will enable practitioners to develop a clear understanding of how to obtain value from BDA and the IoT in ways that are compatible with Knowledge Management, using the principles of Information and Corporate Governance.

Content overview

Summary of traditional KMO context
Introduction of Big Data and IoT
Introduction of key Governance principles and frameworks
Identification of critical V’s of Big Data governance in comparison to those for traditional KM
Current research into the veracity of Big Data

Reinhard Bernsteiner

Management Center Innsbruck, Austria,
Department of Management, Communication and IT

The role of Big Data in Enterprise Computing

The collection, storage, distribution and analysis of big data are one of the driving forces in today’s information and knowledge management. These data are characterized by huge volumes and different structure, from well‐structured to unstructured. Furthermore the speed of data production is permanently in‐creasing.

Data have become an asset that can be used to fuel new ideas, gain insights and as a consequence to develop new products or services on these data. This leads to two effects, the datafication of businesses processes and the monetization of data. In order to make full use of the opportunities of these new developments at least a general and basic understand of the concepts is required. With the rise of Big Data new concepts and approaches to data storage, management, retrieval or visualization came up. Based on these basic technological issues the consequences of data and information management as well as for Enterprise computing can be derived.

During this tutorial different teaching and learning formats are used; these are lectures, exercises and software demonstration. When interactions become data – this type of datafication will be used as a demonstration in this tutorial. This tutorial gives insights in the foundations of collecting, storing, distributing and analyzing big data.

Content overview

Introduction to Big Data
Motivating examples
Basic concepts of Big Data
Data structures and algorithms in the context of Big Data (Hadoop Ecosystem – MapReduce)
Dealing with different data sources
Implications and new requirements for Enterprise Computing
Demonstration with software tool "When interactions become data"; Analysis of sensor data

Guandong Xu

Senior lecturer in the Advanced Analytics Institute at University of Technology, Sydney

Point-of-Interest Recommendation in Location-based Social Networks

With the prevalence of GPS-enabled smart phones, Location Based Social Network (LBSN) has emerged and become a hot research topic during the past few years. As one of the most important components in LBSN, Points-of-Interests (POIs), which refers to “a specific point of location that someone may find useful or interesting, e.g., hotels, campsites, stations or any other categories used in modern navigation system”, has attracted the increasing attention by both academia and industry due to its widely-applied potential, yielding POI recommendations to enhance user experience in exploring the city. Aside from spatial (location), various contexts, e.g., temporal, social, and textual information are often encountered in mobile-based computing applications, bringing in new opportunities for personalized location recommendation.

In this tutorial, we will deliver an overview the basics and techniques of POI recommendation in LBSN. It introduces basic concepts in recommender systems, summarizes unique LBSN characteristics and research opportunities, reviews state-of-the-art algorithms with illustrative examples and real-world LBSN datasets, discuss how various contextual factors can be integrated and what effective evaluation methods are, and finally indicate the open research questions.

Content overview

1 Introduction
1.1 Why recommender systems (RS)
1.2 State-of-the-art approaches in RS
1.3 What is location-based social network (LBSN)
2 LBSN Data Characteristics and Categories
2.1 LBSN Applications
2.2 Data Characteristics
2.3 LBSN in Mobile
3 POI Recommendation on LBSNs
3.1 Check-in Data Representation
3.2 Text analysis in reviews
3.3 Geographical Influence
3.4 Social Correlations
3.5 Temporal Dynamics
3.6 User preference order
3.7 Hybrid Models

Guest speaker

József Györkös

Director of Slovenian Reasearch agency

József Györkös is a director of Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), an independent public funding organisation providing framework for scientific research within the national budget and other funding resources, promoting high quality scientific research and fostering internationaly comparable evaluation standards in Slovenia.

He received his PhD in 1992 from the University of Maribor. After graduation, his work focused on software-development methodologies, and then on quality systems and decision theories; in the last decade, his research has been on information society and media convergence.

For several years he was the State Secretary (deputy minister) at the Ministry of Information Society (between 2001 and 2004). He was involved in preparing and implementing policies for the development of information society services in the Republic of Slovenia in accordance with European and international standards as part of the process of joining the EU. From 2008 till 2011 he was the State Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, including the portfolio of information society. As such he was responsible for introducing a new model of financing the higher education aimed to increase the autonomy and predictable financing of the higher education institutions and he was involved in preparation of two national strategies (Audacious Slovenia) for next decade for research and higher education. He coordinated the analog to digital switchover for digital terrestrial television in 2010. He served as the chair of the Prime minister’s Council for Information Society.

Detailed schedule

Tuesday 25. August

11:00 - 12:40

LTEC 1: MOOC Challenges

Chair: Manuel Santos-Trigo
Hall City C

Jane Sinclair and Sara Kalvala

Engagement Measures in Massive Open Online Courses

Vello Kukk, Kadri Umbleja and Martin Jaanus

Two-dimensional knowledge model for learning control and competence mapping

Sabine Siemsen

Learning, Knowledge and Competence in Global Online-Universities: How Terminology shapes Thinking A Theoretical Approach to Innovation and Change in Academic Distance Education

Jean-Eric Pelet, Marlène A Pratt and Stéphane Fauvy.

MOOCs and the integration of social media and curation tools in e-learning

Aljaz Zrnec and Dejan Lavbič

The role of Social connections in Plagiarism detection

11:00 - 12:40

Knowledge Management Processes

Chair: Remy Magnier-Watanabe
Hall City A

Peter Kokol, Bojan Žlahtič, Grega Žlahtič, Milan Zorman, Vili Podgorelec

Knowledge Management in Organizations – A Bibliometric Analysis of Research Trends

Paul Wu Horng-Jyh, Lorna Uden

Unifying Knowledge Creation Process through Cascading Modes of Communication

Sanath Sukumaran, Kanchana Chandran

The Unspoken Requirements - Eliciting Tacit Knowledge as Building Blocks for Knowledge Management Systems

Ondrej Prochazka, Petr Hajek

Modelling Knowledge Management Processes using Fuzzy Cognitive Maps

Petr Hajek, Lucie Mansfeldova

Assessing the Effect of Knowledge Management Initiatives on Stakeholder Objectives using Fuzzy TOPSIS

11:00 - 12:40

KM and IOT I

Chair: Marja Naaranoja
Hall City B

ari Kaivo-oja, Petri Virtanen, Harri Jalonen & Jari Stenvall

JThe Effects of the Internet of Things and Big Data to Organizations and Their Knowledge Management Practices

Adriana Marcela Vega Escobar, Francisco Santamaria, Edwin Rivas Trujillo

Internet of things bcked by knowledge management for smart home

Muthuraman Thangaraj, S. Anuradha

WSN Lifetime Management with the Predictive Energy Management Mechanism for the Autonomous Cooperative Smart Logistics System - A Real World Knowledge Representation Scenario

Hyung-sun Kim, Gen-Soo Song, Hyo-Beom Ahn, Chang-Yong Lee, Jin Ho Kim

A Study on the Effects of LED Light’s Pulse Width Modulation on Work Concentration

Dimitar Ivanovski

The “green” in Internet of Things: Case study of faculty environment

13:40 - 15:20

LTEC 2: Cooperative learning

Chair: Jane Sinclair
Hall City C

Marja Naaranoja and Lorna Uden

Eight R’s – Case Study

Sofia Gkemisi, Fotini Paraskeva, Aikaterini Alexiou and Xara Bouta

Designing a PBLJii Script in a CSCL environment for bolstering collaboration and communication skills

Jonathan Kaplan

Applying Adult Cooperative Learning Underpinning Principles to Learning with Social Media
An Overview and Implications for Research

13:40 - 15:20

Successful knowledge sharing & KM practices I

Chair: Eric K.-W. Lau
Hall City A

Antonia Azzini, Paolo Caravolo, Ernesto Damiani, Nello Scarabottolo, Francesco Zavatarelli, Claudia Vicari, Vincenzo Savarino

Heterogeneous Business Process Management: A Metamodel-based Approach

Waleed Alneaimi

Application of Knowledge Management for Increasing the Effectiveness of Franchise Based Organizations

Hanlie Smuts, Paula Kotzé

Client-vendor knowledge transfer mechanisms in the context of Information Systems outsourcing

Baolin Xia, Akira Kamoshida

An Empirical Study of the Effect of SCM Practice on Corporate Performance (Based Specifically on the Chinese Manufacturing Industry)

Taher ALBraik ALAmeri

Impact of Knowledge Sharing on Decision Making and Situation Analysis

13:40 - 15:20


Chair: Guandong Xu
Hall City B

ZhenJiang Zhang, Dong Chen, Yun Liu, Fei Xiong, Han-Chieh Chao

The Research on Path-based DoS Attack Detection Algorithm in Wireless Sensor Networks

MuthuramanThangaraj, Pichaiah Punitha Ponmalar

Swarm Intelligence based Data Aggregation for Intruder Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks

Anand Chinchore, Frank Jiang, Guandong Xu

Intelligent Sybil Attack Detection on Abnormal Connectivity Behavior in Mobile Social Networks

José Ignacio Rodríguez Molano, Diana Betancourt, Germán Gómez

Internet of Things: A Prototype Architecture using a Raspberry Pi

Yoko Ishino

Internet of Things for Health: Japanese Consumers’ Needs for Preventive Healthcare Products

Wednesday 26. August

8:30 - 10:30

LTEC 3 - Learning Enginering

Chair: Jonathan Kaplan
Hall City C

Ben Sassi Manel, Mona Laroussi and Henda Hajjami Ben Ghezala

Learning Analytic and Evaluation in Malleable Learning Environments

Sabine Siemsen

Knowledge-Management by »Social Writing«: The Launch and Establishment of an Online-Writing Lab Using the Example of Citavi-Online-Tutorials at the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences of the Distance-University in Hagen Germany

Sabine Seufert, Katarina Stanoevska-Slabeva, Severina Mueller and Nina Scheffler

The design of personal learning environments with scope on information literacy in high school

Kanchana Chandran, Sanath Sukumaran and Kalpana Chandran

Effectiveness of Blended Learning approaches in Engaging non-law students to study Law

8:30 - 10:30

Successful knowledge sharing & KM practices II

Chair: Richard Self
Hall City A

Karimah Abu Bakar, Nor Zairah Ab Rahim, Roslina Ibrahim

Measurement Model of Relationship between Knowledge Management Enablers and Knowledge Management Performance in Public Sector

Jouni A. Laitinen, Jan M. Pawlowski, Dai Senoo

A Study On The Influence of National Culture on Knowledge Sharing

Moosa alhanshi, Hussain Albraiki

Knowledge Sharing and Employee Development in Oil and Gas Companies in the United Arab Emirates

Viliam Lendel, Štefan Hittmár, Eva Siantová

Identification of the Main Problems in the Management of Innovation Processes and the Draft of Appropriate Recommendations

8:30 - 10:30

KM Platforms & Tools

Chair: William Yu Chung Wang
Hall City B

Milan Kubina, Gabriel Koman, Michal Varmus, Luboš Takáč

Possibilities of streamlining within Business Intelligence systems in business practice

Aravind Kumaresan

Framework for building a Big Data platform for publishing industry

Reinhard Bernsteiner, Robert Pecina

Cloud Based Office Suites - Users’ Attitudes towards Productivity, Usability and Security

Bo Shen, Han-Chieh Chao, Weijia Xu

Multi-Column Query Method Research and Optimization on HBase

11:00 - 13:00

LTEC 4 - Lerning tools & environments

Chair: Tatjana Welzer
Hall City C

Viktorija Florjancic

The Information Society, a challenge for business students?

Birgit Feldmann

System Support for Social Learning in Computer Science at a Distance University – The University of Hagen

Matjaž Debevc, Ines Kožuh, Simon Hauptman, Andrej Klembas, Julija Bele Lapuh and Andreas Holzinger

Using WCAG 2.0 and heuristic evaluation to evaluate accessibility in educational web based pages

I-Hsien Ting, Wei-Jie Wu, Hao-Ting Kao, David Wang

An Implementation of Online Learning and Course Management System based on Facebook

Katarina Puckova, Lenka Tarabkova and Anna Zavodska

Interconnection of Information Systems in Academic Environment
Case of University of Žilina in Žilina, Slovakia

11:00 - 13:00

Innovations for Competitiveness I

Chair: Akira Kamoshida
Hall City A

Flor Nancy Díaz Piraquive, Víctor Hugo Medina García, Rubén González Crespo

Knowledge Management Model for Project Management

Andrej Tibaut and Denis Jakoša

Development of knowledge model for construction projects

Saso Karakatic and Tina Schweighofer

A novel approach to generating test cases with genetic programming

Miloš Fidler and Dejan Lavbič

Research about measurability of information quality

Anne-Maria Aho and Lorna Uden

Product Data Analytics Service Model for Manufacturing Company

11:00 - 13:00

KM in Healthcare

Chair: Reinhard Bernsteiner
Hall City B

Hong Qing Yu, Xia Zhao, Zhikun Deng, Feng Dong

Ontology Driven Personal Health Knowledge Discovery

Arumugam G, Vijayakumar V.K.

Design of query-driven system for time-utility based data mining on medical data

Fatma Alhashimi

Cord Blood Collection promotion through knowledge sharing using change management HSE model

Milan Vukicevic, Sandro Radovanovic, Ana Kovacevic, Gregor Stiglic, Zoran Obradovic

Improving hospital readmission prediction using domain knowledge based virtual examples

Lizawati Salahuddin, Zuraini Ismail

Safety Use of Hospital Information Systems: A Preliminary Investigation

Boštjan Šumak, Matej Štumpfl, and Maja Pušnik

Integration of RIS and PACS for Efficient Knowledge Management in Healthcare – A case in Slovenia

15:30 - 17:10


Chair: Dario Liberona
Hall City C

Hwa-Soo Lee, Sook-Youn Kwon, Kil Hee Kim, Kee-Sun Lee and Jae-Hyun Lim

An Implementation of a Classroom Lighting System for the Improvement of Learning Efficiency

Hitendra Pillay and Werner Kappus

E-Learning Intervention for Stem Education: a Developing Country Case Study

Michael Vallance, Kenta Ibayashi, Yuta Goto

Engineering Active Learning in 3D Virtual Worlds.

Carolina Guerrero-Ortiz, Aaron Reyes-Rodriguez and Hugo Espinosa-Perez

Integrating Synthetic and Analytic Aspects of Geometry through Solving Problems Using a DGC

Manuel Santos-Trigo, Isaid Reyes-Martínez and Daniel Aguilar-Magallón

The Use of Digital Technology In Extending Mathematical Problem Solving Reasoning

15:30 - 17:10

Innovations for Competitiveness II

Chair: Wardah Zainal Abidin
Hall City A

Márcio Augusto da Silva Souza, Li Weigang, Alair Pereira do Lago

Stable Two-Sided Matching of Slot Allocation in Airport Collaborative Decision Making

Alvaro Espinel Ortega, Adriana Marcela Vega Escobar, Víctor Martín García

Technology monitoring system to improve the competitiveness and innovation in colombia companies

Jan Stejskal, Petr Hajek

Modelling Knowledge Spillover Effects Using Moderated and Mediation Analysis – The Case of Czech High-Tech Industries

Tom Kwanya

Indigenous knowledge and socioeconomic development: indigenous tourism in Kenya

Veronika Šramová, Anna Závodská, Viliam Lendel

Reintegration of Slovak Researchers Returning to Slovak Companies

15:30 - 17:10

Social software & Mining techniques

Chair: Paul Horng-Jyh Wu
Hall City B

Mateja Kocbek, Gregor Jošt, Gregor Polančič

Introduction to Social Business Process Management

Eric K. W. Lau

Understanding a Company’s Social Media Strategies and Customer Engagement

Zuzana Juchová Jurošková, Anna Závodská

Using of Text Mining in Online Public Access Catalog

Valdemar T. F. Confort, Kate Revoredo, Fernanda Araujo Baião, Flávia Maria Santoro

Learning ontology from text: a storytelling exploratory case study

John P. Anzola Anzola, Luz Andrea Rodriguez Rojas, Giovanny M. Tarazona Bermudez

State of the art construction Based on the J48 classifier: Case Study of Internet of Things

Thursday, 27 August

9:00 - 11:00

KM in Education & Research

Chair: I-Hsien Ting
Hall City B

Luis Leonardo Rodríguez B., Víctor Hugo Medina G., José Fernando López Q.

Knowledge management and intellectual capital in a university context

Wardah Zainal Abidin, Lorna Uden, Rose Alinda Alias

Social Capital-Knowledge Management (SCKM) Analysis Framework On An E-Portfolio

Anna Závodská, Zuzana Juchová Jurošková, Jakub Soviar

Management of Cooperation Activities in University Science Park

Jenny A. Triana, José I. Rodríguez, José I. Palacios O.

Management model for planning articulation at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas

Lucy Kibe and Tom Kwanya

Knowledge ambassadors: enhancing tacit knowledge transfer in Kenyan universities

Mitja Gradišnik, Vili Podgorelec, Marjan Heričko

An Analysis of the Content of Knowledge Management-Related Courses

9:30 - 11:00

Skype presentations

Chair: Luka Pavlič
Hall City C

Cheng Sheng Lee, Kuan Yew Wong

Performance Measurement of Knowledge Resources Using Fuzzy Logic

Rocael Hernández Rizzardini, Christian Gütl and Hector R. Amado-Salvatierra

Using Cloud-Based Applications for education, a technical interoperability exploration for Online Document Editors

Sahar Mansour, Ali Mahdi Owayid and Muhieddine Ramadan

The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on the Firm’s Financial Performance: The case of Publicly Listed Companies in the United Arab Emirates

Rasha Abou Samra, Khaled Shalaan

The Relationship between Knowledge Sharing Climate and Conflict Resolution Styles

Luciana A M Zaina, José F. Rodrigues Júnior and Anderson R. do Amaral

Social tagging for e-learning: an approach based on the triplet of learners, learning objects and tags

Fan Yang, Zhenghong Dong, Shucai Zhang

Component Database Management System Design using Version Control

Social events

In addition to our exceptional formal program, the LTEC offered exclusive every-day social events. There were plenty of opportunities to meet experts from different fields and to discuss novel advances while enjoying the natural, cultural and culinary characteristics of Maribor and Slovenia.

Pohorje author:

Natural heritage on Pohorje hill

Monday, 24th August

Pohorje offers the best views on Maribor from above and it represents the "lungs" of Maribor as it is a wonderful summer and winter sport hub. The Cable lift will take us up to 1050 meters to Bellevue, where you will get the chance to try some of the genuine mountaineer's food and take a short stroll to a viewing tower.

Maribor Tour and The Feguš String Quartet Concert at Maribor Castle

Tuesday, 25th August

Maribor and its old town core will enrapture you with cultural-historical sights and the warm hospitality of the Mariborians. We will discover the most attractive corners of our city: wonderful city squares with notable buildings and Lent with the oldest grape vine in the world.
We will finish our trip with The Feguš String Quartet concert. They have been performing since 1992, it’s members are brothers. We will enjoy the concert at the Maribor Castle, one of the most remarkable architectonic monuments of Maribor, which grew exuberantly right in the centre of the city. The castle was built by the Emperor Friderik III between the years 1478 and 1483. After the concert, we will also have a look at permanent exhibitions at the castle and have a buffet dinner.

Feguš String Quartet, author: B. Radin
Maribor, author:

Half-day tour to Ptuj and its surroundings

Thursday, 27th August

Wherever in Ptuj the visitor stops, the heritage is the scenery around him: the almost entirely preserved medieval city core, the castle and the collections in it, the vaulted wine cellars beneath it, tens of thousands of archeological objects, among which the Mithraic temple is the most important. Wherever one digs, one finds millenniums-old proofs of civilization on the banks of the Drava.

Ptuj, author: János Korom

All-day Tour around Slovenia *

Friday, 28th August

For all the KMO and LTEC attendants we will organize a unique trip to Ljubljana and Postojna Cave, which are a must see attractions for all visitors of Slovenia. You will have an opportunity to prolong your stay and take a bus tour with us, where there will be a lot of opportunities for picture-hunting, as Slovenia is most photogenic country.

Postojna Cave is a network of 20 kilometers of passages, galleries and chambers into which experienced guides have accompanied more than 35 million visitors in the last 188 years. We will take the train through the underground world of the largest cave in the Classic Karst to see magnificent caverns and glistening stalactite formations and have the opportunity to view the largest collection of cave animals in one place.

Ljubljana is the capital of a state, but it is small and pretty, easy to get around, and full of surprises. It has a relaxed Mediterranean feel and it is remarkable for its rich tradition, youthful vibrancy, cultural creativity, feel for entertainment, and numerous green spaces. It is nominated for European Best Destination 2015.

Visitors who have returning flights from Ljubljana airport will get the chance to stay in Ljubljana at the end of the trip. The tour will end in the evening.

Ljubljana, author: Tom Uhlenberg
Postojna cave, author:


Conference Chairs

Conference Chair

Prof. Lorna Uden
Staffordshire University, UK

Program Chairs

Prof. Dario Liberona,
Universidad Santa Maria,


Tatjana Welzer Družovec,
University of Maribor,

Local Chair

Lili Nemec Zlatolas,
University of Maribor,


Conference Officials

  • Dr. Amanda Jefferies - University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Prof. Carole R. Beal - FL Online Learning Institute, USA
  • Prof. Birgit Feldmann - FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  • Prof. D'Arcy Becker - University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Prof. Dario Liberona - Universidad Santa Maria, Chile
  • Asst. Prof. Dejan Lavbič - University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Prof. I Hsien - National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Prof. Jane Sinclair - University of Warwick, UK
  • Prof. Jeremiah Sullins - University of Mobile, USA
  • Prof. Jonathan Kaplan - Lumière University Lyon 2, France
  • Asst. Prof. Kyparisia Papanikolao - School of Pedagogical & Technological Education, Greece
  • Prof. Lorna Uden - Staffordshire University, UK
  • Prof. Luciana A. M. Zaina - University of São Carlos, Brazil
  • Prof. Manuel Santos-Trigo - Center for Research and Advanced Studies, Cinvestav-IPN, Mexico
  • Prof. Michael Vallance - Future University Hakodate, Japan
  • Assoc. Prof. Richard Hartshorne - University of Central Florida, USA
  • Prof. Richard Self - University of Derby, UK
  • Prof. Rocael Hernández - Universidad Galileo, Guatemala
  • Prof. Sabine Seufert - Universität St.Gallen (HSG), Switerland
  • Prof. Tatjana Welzer Družovec - University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Prof. Vello Kukk - Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Local Comittee

  • Marko Hölbl - University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Saša Kuhar - University of Maribor, Slovenia