• 06/30/2016, List of accepted papers have been released
  • 05/29/2016, The submission deadline has been extended to June 10th
  • 04/11/2016, Our worshop on EdRecSys has been accepted by WI’16


Recommender systems have been developed to alleviate information overload, aid user decision-making, and achieve different forms of personalization. Their effectiveness and usability have been demonstrated in a number of applications, including e-commerce, movies, music, travel, and social networks. The same information filtering and personalization needs are now arising in the area of educational experiences and resources. The educational learning environment is no longer limited to in-class lectures, both teaching and learning can be taken place on the Web. For example, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are two of the most popular applications that can benefit from the application of recommendation technology. Other popular applications related to recommenders in the educational domain include book recommendations for school-aged readers (i.e., K-12) as well as and the recommendation of informal learning programs.

A variety of recommendation techniques can be used to assist educational recommendations, such as semantic or content-based recommender systems, transfer learning, or collaborative intelligence. Traditional strategies, however, are not sufficient in within the academic environment, as the generated suggestions are based on needs and expectations beyond user/content similarity/historical data. The availability of more heterogeneous information (such as friendships, fellowships, social media, interactions across multiple devices, user behaviors on multiple categories of items or activities) increases the demand to (i) effectively leverage these information sources to learn how they can interact in identifying suitable items to recommend and influence users’ preferences in the educational recommender systems, and (ii) exploit these information to better suggest appropriate items (e.g., books, courses, programs, degrees, activities) to the end users.

The International Workshop on Educational Recommender Systems (EdRecSys) is a follow-up of the previous Workshop on Recommender Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning (RecSysTEL):

  • RecsysTEL 2010: 1st Workshop on Recommender Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning (RecSysTEL 2010). In conjunction with the 4th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2010) and the 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2010). Barcelona, Spain, 29-30 September 2010. http://adenu.ia.uned.es/workshops/recsystel2010/
  • RecsysTEL 2012: 2nd Workshop on Recommender Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning (RecSysTEL 2012). In conjunction with the 7th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2012). University of Saarbrücken (Germany), 18 – 19 September 2012. http://adenu.ia.uned.es/workshops/recsystel2012/

The 3rd Workshop on EdRecSys will be a half-day workshop held in conjunction with the 2016 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI’ 16), October, 2016, in Omaha, USA. The workshop aims to provide a dedicated forum for discussing open problems, challenges, applications and innovative research approaches in fusing different resources and information for the design and development of effective educational recommender systems. Furthermore, the workshop will feature invited speakers and/or panel discussions which will focus on interesting aspects, controversial issues, or unsolved problems related to educational recommender systems.