In consulting with our international colleagues about the conference theme of equity and access, we recognized that a great deal of innovative work is concerned with applying theory to practice. For example, there are efforts in China to use distance learning technologies to assist school improvement in rural and underdeveloped areas. Projects like this may not stress research and theory as typically seen at CSCL, yet they provide important contributions and perspectives on the opportunities associated with large implementation projects.
The inclusion of a practice track in the conference will recognize the importance of applying CSCL theories and methods in areas that seek to increase equity and access for all. Papers submitted to the track will be peer-reviewed like others but judged with a different set of criteria focusing on contributions to practice. For example, the paper’s ability to explain the challenges and opportunities associated with a project’s implementation might be one criterion to consider. The paper’s connection to the main conference theme and how it demonstrates a commitment to equity and access will also be considered.
Finally, the inclusion of a practice track is to recognize that there cannot be equity and access without practice. We hope to acknowledge and celebrate the work of practitioners that are doing cutting edge work that applies CSCL and Learning Sciences research to interesting problems in education. As with all aspects of the conference, we will work closely with international colleagues to ensure that there a diverse range of papers are solicited and selected for the final program.
- Submission of short papers (4 pages maximum) can be made to the conference submission site.
- Submissions should be written in English. A Microsoft Word template is provided.
- Submissions should be in PDF format.
- Papers will be reviewed blind. Please prepare your papers accordingly.
- Submission Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), January 13, 2017.