Elena - Creating a smart space for learning

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies

Duration Sept. 1, 2002 - Feb. 28, 2005

  • Information Technology in Business AE (Former organization)
  • Wirtschaftsinformatik und Neue Medien (Neumann) AE (Former organization)
  • Institute for Information Systems and New Media IN (Details)


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  • Simon, Bernd (Details) Project Head

Abstract (English)

The objective of this IST Project is to demonstrate the feasibility of smart spaces for learning. Smart spaces for learning are defined as educational service mediators, which allow the consumption of heterogeneous learning services via assessment tools, learning management systems, educational (meta) repositories and live delivery systems such as video conferencing systems. The central design element of the ELENA smart space for learning is a dynamic learner profile, which includes learning history, learner specific information and learning goals. Interconnecting learning services in a smart space for learning provides an advantage for all learners by offering them the choice amongst a variety of knowledge sources. Thus it is easier for a learner to achieve his/her personal learning goals. ELENA prepares the grounds for the rise of educational service markets and new service value chains, which will allow institutions to treat the performance of educational services as a make-or-buy decision.


  • CDI - Germany
  • National Center of Scientific Research Demokritos - Greece
  • University Hannover, Learning Lab Lower Saxony (L3S) - Germany
  • BIT Bureau for International Research and Technology Co-operation - Austria
  • Infonova Information Technology - Austria
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Spain
  • AllWeb - Greece
  • Iceland Telecom - Iceland
  • Jozef Stefan Institute - Slovenia
  • IMC - Information Multimedia Communication AG - Germany


Edited book (editorship)

2005 Olmedilla, Daniel, Saito, Nobuo, Simon, Bernd, Hrsg. 2005. Proceedings of the WWW*05 Workshop on Interoperability of Web-Based Educational Systems. 1. Tokio, Japan: CEUR Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073. (Details)

Contribution to conference proceedings

2003 Guth, Susanne, Simon, Bernd, Zdun, Uwe. 2003. A Contracts and Rights Management Framework Design for Interacting Brokers. Proceedings of the 36th IEEE Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Big Island/Hawaii (USA), Januar (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2005 Sobernig, Stefan, Simon, Bernd, Wild, Fridolin. 2005. Interoperability in professional TEL. ProLearn Summer School, Istanbul, Türkei, 07.09.-09.09.. (Details)

eJournal article

2004 Simon, Bernd, Dolog, Peter, Miklos, Zoltan, Olmedilla, Daniel, Sintek, Michael. 2004. Conceptualising Smart Spaces for Learning. Journal of Interactive Media in Education (May): http://jime.open.ac.uk/2004/9/simon-2004-9.pdf. (Details)

Magazine/newspaper article

2004 Dolog, Peter, Kieslinger, Barbara, Miklos, Zoltan, Olmedilla, Daniel, Simon, Bernd. 2004. Creating Smart Spaces for Learning.. DigiCULT.Info, 01.07. (Details)

Unpublished lecture

2005 Simon, Bernd. 2005. Qualitätssicherung & Standards - Kritische Reflexion und alternative Ansätze. D-ELAN Workshop für Qualitätsmanagement & Qualitätsentwicklung in der Aus- und Weiterbildung, Hamburg, Deutschland, 20.09. (Details)
  Simon, Bernd. 2005. Theorie und Praxis des Bildungscontrollings. Learntec, Karlsruhe, Deutschland, 14.02. (Details)
2004 Simon, Bernd. 2004. Personalentwicklung Online: Anforderungen und Stand der Umsetzung. Learning Management Congress, Saarbrücken, Deutschland, 27.10. (Details)
  Simon, Bernd. 2004. Learning Object Repository Interoperability. LIFE, Brüssel, Belgien, 24.03. (Details)
2003 Simon, Bernd, Kieslinger, Barbara. Erscheinend. Cost Cutting durch eLearning. Cost Cutting Tagung, Wien, Österreich, 19.02. (Details)
2002 Simon, Bernd. 2002. Designing the Semantic Web in Education - Technological and Socio-economical Challenges. Invited Lecture, Barcelona, Spain, 05.04. (Details)
  Simon, Bernd. 2002. Designing the Semantic Web in Education - Technological and Socio-economical Challenges. Invited Lecture, Madrid, Spanien, 10.02. (Details)



  • smart spaces
  • learning services