Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Stockholm University, Sweden
Isa Jahnke, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Crina Damsa, University of Oslo, Norway
Miguel Nussbaum, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile
Roger Säljö, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Please send questions and submissions to Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Stockholm University, Sweden,

Workshop content

The way in which digital technologies take part and contribute to configuring teaching and collaborative learning practices has become a timely research matter in our field. Current studies in the CSCL field, and particularly on the use of tablets in education, draw attention to how everyday educational practices are entangled with contemporary technologies and, how these technologies shape in turn such practices, in schools and higher education contexts.

This half-day workshop aims specifically at accounting for emergent practices in tablet-mediated collaborative learning and teaching, with a particularly focus on the material conditions that constitute such practices. More specifically, three goals structure this workshop: a) to identify how tablets configure teaching and learning practices, b) to analyze the material conditions of tablet-mediated teaching and learning practices, specifying the methods or analytical concept applied, c) to conceptualize the entanglement of material and behavioral/social aspects of learning and teaching practices mediated by tablets.

The workshop invites researchers, designers, and practitioners to contribute and engage with in-depth analyses of the use of tablets in everyday teaching and learning, in schools and higher education. Furthermore, the workshop intends to trigger and facilitate participants to generate/propose conceptual and methodological analytical tools for examining the material conditions of tablet-mediated collaborative learning and teaching practices.

The outcomes of the workshop will consist of (1) a repertoire of (identified) emergent practices bounded to the use of tablets in schools and higher education, reported by the participants, (2) a set of conceptual and analytical tools for the study of material conditions of CSCL practices and (3) a network bringing together researchers, practitioners and designers to set up a research agenda and initiate a consortium including the organisation of a special issue in an International journal.

Guiding topics (but not limited to) are:

  • Case studies of emergent tablet-mediated teaching practices
  • Conflicts between established (existing, traditional) and emergent new teaching and learning practices
  • Tensions between use of analog and digital tools in the classroom ecology
  • Reflective accounts of unexpected uses of tablets in schools and higher education
  • User studies focused on transformations of everyday practices in education
  • Methodologies for the analysis of the materiality of tools
  • Empirical grounded reflections about the transformational and performative nature of learning
  • Conceptualization of interdependences between human agency, minds, bodies and technologies
  • Theories, models, methodologies for studying tablet-mediated practices.
  • Socio-technical/socio-material design approaches
  • Design and use of innovative mobile applications such as Augmented Reality technologies

Link to workshop

Participation procedure

Different types of contributions are welcomed, ranging from work in progress, results from finalized projects conducted in schools or higher education, as well as practitioners’ reports accounting for tablet-mediated practices in educational contexts.

Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as extended abstracts (max. 2 pages). Position papers are expected to include a description of the learning situation studied, the theoretical underpinnings of the work, the methodology applied, and if available, results and implications. Since the approach is interdisciplinary, the workshop seeks to attract different categories of participants, including students, researchers in schools, designers, practitioners and developers. Papers reviewed and selected by the Program Committee will be published on the workshop website.

Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2017. Please send questions and submissions to Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Stockholm University, Sweden,

Important dates

March 10: Open calls for all workshops and tutorial participation posted to web page and pushed through social media

April 10: Early registration opens

May 1: Deadline for applications to the workshop

May 5: Notifications of acceptance sent to participants

Programme committee

Jun Oshima, Japan
Yishay Mor, Israel
Marcelo Milrad, Sweden
Chee-Kit Looi, Singapore
Eva Mårell-Ohlsson, Sweden
Stefan Aufenanger, Germany
Swapna Kumar, USA
Sten Ludvigsen, Norway
Beatrice Ligorio, Italy
Olga Viberg, Sweden