The CSCL 2017 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students to share their dissertation research with their peers and a panel of faculty serving as mentors. Participants will engage in collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse to improve their dissertation work and to advance their understanding of CSCL and the Learning Sciences. To benefit from the Doctoral Consortium Workshop, applicants should be advanced graduate students at a stage in their dissertation research where the participants and mentors may be of help in shaping and framing the research and analysis activities.

How to submit

Participants for the Doctoral Consortium will be selected by the academic quality of their proposal, relevance, and potential contribution to CSCL, a recommendation from their doctoral advisor, and their anticipated contribution to the workshop goals. The proposals will be reviewed by two international experts in the field. An effort will be made to keep the participating group small to encourage interaction and collaboration.

Each proposal should contain the following:

  • A cover sheet with your name, the title of your research project/dissertation, advisor’s name (or thesis chair’s name, as appropriate), institution, email address, phone and fax numbers, and mailing address.
  • A 1200-word summary of your research including tables, figures, and references using the format specified by the CSCL 2017 general submission guidelines for CSCL papers. The summary should include the following: (a) Goals of the research; (b) Background of the project; (c) Methodology; (d) Current status, preliminary results or results of pilot work; and (e) The particular issues/problems in your dissertation and CSCL research you would like to explore further in the discussion at the Workshop.
  • A letter of recommendation from your dissertation supervisor/advisor. It should include an assessment of the current status of your work and an expected date for dissertation completion.

All the materials should be put in one file (MS Word, RTF, or PDF) and submitted via the online submission system. The 1200 word summary proposal, after it has been accepted, will be disseminated for sharing and interaction with other participants in preparation for the Workshop.

Submission and deadline

The application process will close February 28. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review process mid to late March.