Koli Calling

International Conference on Computing Education Research

Call for Papers, 2012


Tahko, Finland, November 15th - November 18th, 2012

Koli Calling is one of the leading international conferences dedicated to the exchange of research and practice relevant to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Education Research in the Computing disciplines. Koli Calling aims to publish high quality research that combines teaching and learning experiences with solid, theoretically anchored research. Due to renovations at the Hotel Koli, the conference will be held in Tahko, a resort area about 100 km west of Koli. (More details to follow soon.) The 2012 conference is organized by the University of Turku in collaboration with the University of Connecticut, USA and the University of Eastern Finland.

Submission deadline (all categories): July 15th
Notification of Acceptance: September 1
Submission of revised manuscripts: October 1st
Early Registration deadline: October 15th
Conference: November 15th (evening) - November 18th (lunch-time)

Please follow the instructions on the conference web page, http://www.cs.joensuu.fi/kolistelut/.

Koli Calling is a single track conference with research, practice and systems presentations as well as keynote speeches. The conference language is English.  The conference is known for its moderate size, intimate atmosphere, and lively discussions, consequently a limited number of submissions will be accepted.  Last year approximately fifty participants from ten countries on three continents attended the conference.

Original submissions in all areas related to the conference theme are invited.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
+ Computing education research: methodologies and results
+ Educational technology, software, and tools
+ Use of technology to support education in computing and related sciences
+ Tools for visualization or concretization
+ Teaching innovations, best practices, experience, assessment development and case studies in Computing Education
+ Distance education, virtual and open universities in computing


Empirical research papers [8-10 pages] present high-quality research, which include rigorous collection, analysis and interpretation of empirical data.  The paper can discuss, for example, an educational intervention, use of educational technology, a survey research or a qualitative study of a learning situation.  Analysis methods can include qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. The paper is expected to have a theoretical framework to support the interpretation of the results and to justify the choice of methodology and analysis approaches used, at a level of detail that would permit the study to be replicated.  Empirical papers will be mainly evaluated based on the quality and reporting of the empirical research, and the significance of the contribution.

Theoretical research papers [8-10 pages] focus on deriving a better understanding of the process of teaching/learning computing, or carrying out research in computing education.  They should have a strong discussion of relevant related theoretical frameworks from literature in social sciences, philosophy or computing education research and develop new insights into learning in the discipline.  The paper may, but is not required to use empirical data as a part of advancing an argument.  Theoretical papers will mainly be evaluated based on the quality of theoretical discussion and the significance of the contribution.

Systems papers [4-10 pages].  Koli will include a "systems and tools showcase" as a way to recognise the significant contribution that system developers make to computing education research. Accepted systems papers will describe the rationale behind the system, its development, and the effectiveness of the tool in the context of CS education. See http://verkkoopetus.cs.utu.fi/koli/ for links to previous Koli systems papers.

Discussion/position papers [4-10 pages] focus on dissemination and discussion of new ideas in computing education practice or research that deserve 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, or raise issues of significance for the development of the discipline, eg. long term strategic needs for computing education and curricula. All discussion papers should have appropriate coverage of literature to support the ideas and arguments. Discussion papers should clearly indicate the issue that the author aims to discuss, as well as discussion questions and a mechanism to promote a debate among the conference participants. A discussion paper is evaluated by its anticipated impact on discussions during the conference. At least half the presentation time allocated to a discussion paper should be used for a public discussion.

Poster/demo [2 page abstract] Interactive presentations of emerging ideas for research, teaching practice, or tools can be presented as posters or demonstrations. Submissions are evaluated based on their originality and possible future contribution to the field of Computing Education. In addition to the abstract and live tool demo on site, we strongly encourage the author(s) to prepare a max. 3 minutes screencast (a short video) to be presented for the audience before the demo session as well as to be linked from the conference website.

Workshop proposals [2 pages] include a description of an interactive half or full day sessions, which will take place either before or after the conference.  The workshop plan should include an argument why the theme would be relevant for the conference audience, who are the intended target group, how the workshop would be organized and what would be its outcome, for example, a draft future research paper or research project proposal, a collection of educational resource or pool of research data.  Workshops will be evaluated by conference chairs based on their interest for the conference audience, and, if accepted, their practical organization will be agreed on with them.

To ensure selection of high quality contributions, submissions for the Research, System, and Discussion 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 anonymized.

All accepted contributions will be available as an electronic pre-proceedings prior to the conference. The papers from the conference will be indexed and available through the ACM Digital Library.

Authors of selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of the paper to a the ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE). Extended papers will undergo additional reviewing before they are accepted for publication in TOCE.

Robert McCartney, University of Connecticut, USA
Mikko-Jussi Laakso, University of Turku, Finland

Moti Ben-Ari, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Anders Berglund, Uppsala University, Sweden
Valentina Dagiene, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Mike Joy, University of Warwick, UK
Hannu-Matti Järvinen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Ville Karavirta, Aalto University, Finland
Päivi Kinnunen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Maria Knobelsdorf, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany
Ari Korhonen, Aalto University, Finland
Mikko-Jussi Laakso, University of Turku, Finland
Raymond Lister, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Lauri Malmi, Aalto University, Finland
Robert McCartney, University of Connecticut, USA
Arnold Pears, Uppsala University, Sweden
Guido Rößling, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Tapio Salakoski, University of Turku, Finland
Carsten Schulte, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Judy Sheard, Monash University, Australia
Simon, University of Newcastle, Australia
Jarkko Suhonen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Erkki Sutinen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Neena Thota, University of St Joseph, China
J. Ángel Velázquez Iturbide, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

See conference web site http://www.cs.joensuu.fi/kolistelut/ or contact Robert McCartney and Mikko-Jussi Laakso at koli2012@easychair.org

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