The CSCL 2017 Pre-Conference Workshops and Tutorials Committee invites submissions of proposals for Pre-Conference Events. Full-day workshops will be scheduled on Sunday June 18th, and half-day workshops on Monday June 19th. The main conference program will begin on the afternoon of June 19th.

Pre-conference events should cohere with the conference theme, Making A Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, and be organized as a workshop or a tutorial. Specifically,

  1. Workshops should be designed as collaborative knowledge-building sessions on a focused issue, where participants actively work together (e.g., analyzing data, discussing design criteria, collaborating on a research project). Substantial time should be allocated for interaction between participants. The presentation of a set of related papers (e.g., a symposium) is not considered a workshop.
  2. Tutorials should be designed as collaborative learning experiences for novices on a topic, technology, or methodology within CSCL, that are facilitated by experts. Tutorials should stimulate active participation and interaction between participants as well. Innovative format submissions are encouraged, provided they are within the scope of a workshop or tutorial.

We may request proposals that are very similar to each other to merge, or at least coordinate in a manner that ensures that interested researchers do not feel there is a conflict between them.

Submission Instructions

  • Proposals for full or half-day events should be written in English.
  • Proposals should be submitted no later than December 16, 2016 via the online submission system.
  • You are welcome to contact Aaron Kessler at aaron.kessler@cuchicago.edu or Mamta Shah at mamta@drexel.edu if you have any questions about the pre-conference workshops and tutorials.

Pre-conference event proposals

The proposal for the tutorial or workshop enables the pre-conference co-chairs to evaluate not only the content of the event, but also the organization of the event. The description should be written with the pre-conference co-chairs as the intended audience, telling us about practical issues that enables us to evaluate the proposal. The descriptions should not exceed 4 pages, and should include:

  • Workshop Title
  • Proposers/Organizers’ names, affiliations, contact information, and backgrounds, including prior experience in conducting such events
  • Intended audience
  • Duration of event (half day or full day)
  • Description of the event that includes:
    • Theme and goals
    • Theoretical background and relevance to field and conference
    • Expected outcomes and contributions
  • Participation requirements (how tutorial or workshop participants will be chosen)
  • Relationship to similar events conducted in the past (e.g., at CSCL or ICLS), if any
  • Facilities and equipment required (Please be specific if you feel you will require anything beyond a normal projector provided at typical conference)
  • Minimal and maximal number of participants expected
  • A description of how you will solicit participation including a draft call for participation that will be posted by organizers on the CSCL 2017 website if the event is accepted

Proposal Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the pre-conference co-chairs. Proposals may also be reviewed by additional judges at the discretion of the co-chairs.

  • If two proposals are found to be very similar, organizers will be asked to consider whether to merge the proposals, to coordinate with morning and afternoon sessions, or to justify the viability of running the events in conflict with each other.
  • We expect to send out acceptance notifications during January 2017.
  • Organizers will be responsible for soliciting and selecting participants through the use of the conference website. To help support this work, selected organizers will be asked to create a one-minute video describing their workshop and why people would want to attend. More information on this process will be provided when proposals are selected.

Evaluation

To create a high-quality program representing the newest ideas and results in the field, submitted proposals for workshops and tutorials will be evaluated with respect to:

  • Originality
  • Quality
  • Significance
  • Relevance to a specified target audience of CSCL researchers
  • Clarity
  • Workshop / tutorial activities
  • Participant interaction

We look forward to your proposals and creating a rich program of pre-conference sessions at CSCL 17.