Koli Calling

International Conference on Computing Education Research

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16th KOLI CALLING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTING EDUCATION RESEARCH

Koli, Finland, 24-27 November 2016

Koli Calling is one of the leading international conferences dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning and to education research in the computing disciplines. Koli Calling aims to publish high quality papers that combine teaching and learning experiences with solid, theoretically anchored research. The conference is held annually at the Hotel Koli, about 60km north of Joensuu, Finland. The 2016 conference is organised by the University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with Monash University, Australia.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Submission deadline (all categories): Friday 5 August at noon Finnish time (GMT +2h)
  • Extended submission deadline (see below): Friday 12 August at noon Finnish time (GMT +2h)
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday 9 September
  • Submission of revised manuscripts: Friday 30 September at noon Finnish time (GMT +2h)
  • Early Registration deadline: Friday 7 October
  • Conference: Thursday November 24 (evening) to Sunday November 27 (lunchtime)

Extended submission deadline: we offer a re-submission slack of exactly one week. If a paper is submitted by the 5 August deadline, it will be possible to submit updated versions of the paper until 12 August. Papers that are not first submitted by 5 August, or that are not reasonably complete at that time, will not be considered.

AUTHORS PLEASE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date is expected to be one week prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

CONFERENCE FORMAT

Koli Calling is a single-track conference with research, practice and systems presentations as well as keynote and invited talks. The conference language is English. The conference is known for its moderate size, intimate atmosphere, and lively discussions. To maintain this reputation, a limited number of submissions will be accepted. In 2015 about 48 participants attended the conference from 14 countries on 4 continents.

TOPICS

Original submissions are invited in all areas related to the conference theme and should have an explicit connection to computing education. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Computing education research: theoretical aspects, methodologies and results
  • Development and use of technology to support education in computing and related sciences, e.g., tools for visualisation or concretisation
  • Teaching and assessment approaches, innovations and best practices
  • Distance, online, blended learning, and informal learning
  • Learning analytics and educational data mining
  • Computing education in all educational levels, e.g., K12 context and teacher training

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Research papers (up to 10 pages) present high-quality research, broadly categorised as empirical, theoretical or systems papers.
  • Empirical research papers will include rigorous collection, analysis and interpretation of empirical data, and might discuss, for example, an educational intervention, use of educational technology, a research survey or a qualitative study of a learning situation. These papers are expected to apply a theoretical framework to support the interpretation of the results and to justify the choice of methodology and analysis approaches, at a level of detail that would permit the research to be replicated.
  • Theoretical research papers focus on deriving a better understanding of the process of teaching/learning computing or of conducting research in computing education. These papers should have a strong discussion of relevant theoretical frameworks, for instance, from the educational, psychological, or sociological research literature, and should develop new insights into learning in the discipline. Theoretical papers will be evaluated mainly on the quality of theoretical discussion and the significance of the contribution.
  • System papers will present systems or tools developed as a contribution to research or practice in computing education, or perhaps to practice in education more broadly. These papers should describe and present the system or tool, explain the theoretical basis behind it, why it was needed, how it was designed and developed, and present an evaluation of its effectiveness in the context of computing education. Good candidates are tools and systems that are based on previously published research and have already been adopted outside their original context.
Short papers (up to 5 pages) focus on dissemination and discussion of new ideas in computing education practice or research that merit wider awareness and discussion within the community. They can present preliminary results of new educational innovations, present and discuss novel educational technologies, report work-in-progress research (including promising systems or tools that have not yet been evaluated and/or adopted extensively), or raise issues of significance for the development of the discipline, such as long-term strategic needs for computing education and curricula. All short papers are expected to have an appropriate coverage of literature to support the ideas and arguments that they present. Because it lacks some elements of a research paper, a short paper is evaluated mainly by its anticipated impact on discussions during the conference and possible future contribution to the field of computing education.

Poster/demo papers (2-page abstract) are interactive presentations of emerging ideas for research, teaching practice, or tools. Submissions are evaluated based on their originality and possible future contribution to the field of computing education.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Please follow the instructions on the conference web page, http://www.kolicalling.fi/.

REVIEW PROCESS AND PUBLICATION

To ensure selection of high quality contributions, submissions for the Research, System, and Short Paper categories are reviewed by at least three members of the international program committee. Demo and Poster abstracts are reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. The Koli Calling program committee takes pride in considering submissions thoroughly and providing constructive feedback. The review process is double-blind, so submitted papers should be anonymised.

All papers from the conference will be indexed and available through the ACM Digital Library.

CONFERENCE CHAIRS

Judy Sheard, Monsah University, Australia
Calkin Suero Montero, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Erik Barendsen                  Radboud University Nijmegen & Open University of the Netherlands, NL
Moti Ben-Ari                       Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Roman Bendarik                University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Anders Berglund                 Uppsala University, Sweden
Tony Clear                         Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Daryl D'Souza                    RMIT University, Australia
Paul Denny                        University of Auckland, New Zealand
Valentina Dagiene              Vilnius University, Lithuania
Nickolas Falkner                University of Adelaide, Australia
Mark Guzdial                     Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Petri Ihantola                      Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Essi Isohanni                      Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Ilkka Jormanainen             University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Mike Joy                            University of Warwick, UK
Hannu-Matti Järvinen        Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Maria Knobelsdorf             University of Hamburg, Germany
Mikko-Jussi Laakso           University of Turku, Finland
Edurne Larraza-Mendiluze University of the Basque Country, Spain
Lauri Malmi                        Aalto University, Finland
Robert McCartney             University of Connecticut, USA
Andrés Moreno                   University of Eastern Finland
Arnold  Pears                      Uppsala University, Sweden
Anne-Kathrin Peters          Uppsala University, Sweden
Marian Petre                      Open University, UK
Guido Roessling                 TU Darmstadt, Germany
Tapio Salakoski                 University of Turku, Finland
Kate Sanders                     Rhode Island College, USA
Carsten Schulte                 Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Simon                                 University of Newcastle, Australia
Jarkko Suhonen                 University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Erkki Sutinen                     University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Claudia Szabo                    University of Adelaide, Australia
Matti Tedre                         Stockholm University, Sweden
Neena Thota                      University of Saint Joseph, Macau
Arto Vihavainen                 University of Helsinki, Finland

MORE INFORMATION
See conference web site http://www.kolicalling.fi/ or contact Judy Sheard and Calkin Suero Montero at kolicalling2016 (at) easychair.org

(up to 10 pages) present high-quality research, broadly categorised as empirical, theoretical or systems papers.

  • Empirical research papers will include rigorous collection, analysis and interpretation of empirical data, and might discuss, for example, an educational intervention, use of educational technology, a research survey or a qualitative study of a learning situation. These papers are expected to apply a theoretical framework to support the interpretation of the results and to justify the choice of methodology and analysis approaches, at a level of detail that would permit the research to be replicated.
  • Theoretical research papers focus on deriving a better understanding of the process of teaching/learning computing or of conducting research in computing education. These papers should have a strong discussion of relevant theoretical frameworks, for instance, from the educational, psychological, or sociological research literature, and should develop new insights into learning in the discipline. Theoretical papers will be evaluated mainly on the quality of theoretical discussion and the significance of the contribution.

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