Koli Calling

International Conference on Computing Education Research

Call for papers

We invite you to submit a paper or poster for the 19 th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research (Koli calling 2019) and join us in Koli, Finland, 21-24 November 2019.

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 is a single-track conference for original and novel work with research, practice and systems presentations as well as a keynote and invited talks. The conference is known for its moderate size, intimate atmosphere, and lively discussions. The conference is held annually in the Koli National Park, about 70km north of Joensuu, Finland.

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, 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 categorized as empirical, theoretical or systems papers.

  • Empirical research papers will include rigorous collection, analysis, and interpretation of empirical data.
  • Theoretical research papers focus on deriving a better understanding of the process of teaching/learning computing or of conducting research in computing education.
  • 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.

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.

Poster/demo papers (2-page abstract) are interactive presentations of emerging ideas for research, teaching practice, or tools.

Important Dates

All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (AoE), which is UTC-12.

Submission deadline (reserarch papers, short papers): Midnight Monday 5th August
Extended submission deadline (see below): Midnight Monday 12th August
Notification of acceptance (papers): Monday 9th September
Registration starts: Wednesday 11th September
Submission deadline (posters and demo papers): Midnight Friday 20th September
Submission of revised manuscripts (research and short papers): Midnight Monday 30th September
Notification of acceptance (posters and demo papers): Monday 30th September
Early-bird registration deadline: Thursday 3rd October
Submission of revised manuscripts (poster and demo papers): Monday 7th October
Conference registration deadline: Thursday 17th October

Conference: Thursday, November 21 (evening) to Sunday, November 24 (morning)

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

Koli Calling submissions are reviewed independently by three reviewers (posters by two) using a double-blind process. The length of the review period is three weeks after which there will be a discussion period of one week. During the discussion period, reviewers can see other reviews of the papers they reviewed and discuss possibly different views. Final decisions will be made by chairs after that. The decisions will be unconditional (i.e., without mandatory revisions).

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.

Doctoral Consortium

Koli Calling 2019 will organize a pre-conference doctoral consortium (DC) in Helsinki from Tuesday 19th November (evening) until Thursday 21st November (evening). During the DC participants will have the opportunity to contribute to others’ research ideas by providing useful insights, to further develop their own research interests, and to promote their academic community and network under the guidance of established and well-known researchers. We welcome submissions from participants at any stage of their doctoral studies.

Paper Formatting and Length Requirements

All submission should be anonymous. For additional instructions on how to properly anonymize your work, please refer to instructions provided by the ICER conference.

Papers submitted to Koli Calling must conform to the style rules outlined on the ACM SIG Proceedings website (ACM double column format for proceedings). Authors should use the templates listed at ACM’s site. Note that the templates were revised substantially in late 2016, and there is extensive documentation available for the LaTeX version.

The easiest way to ensure that you have up-to-date versions and the correct fonts is to use Overleaf, but any reasonable LaTeX environment should suffice if you load the correct templates and install any needed packages. The easiest way to create a Latex project in Overleaf is to use the ACM Overleaf templates. For all LaTex submissions, use the following documentclass (\documentclass[sigconf]{acmart}).

The Word version is in a transitional stage. If you are using Word, use the Interim template “Interim layout.docx” available for download on the ACM template page. Do not use the new submission template provided under the “New workflow for ACM publications” named acm_submissions_template.docx. We strongly suggest that you use LaTeX, but if you must use Word, allocate sufficient time to get it to work correctly.

Page limits of different categories are strict and include references.

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