Koli Calling

International Conference on Computing Education Research

Call for Papers, 2013


Koli, Finland, November 14th - November 17th, 2013

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. The conference is held annually at the Hotel Koli, about 60km north of Joensuu. The 2013 conference is organised by the University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with the University of Turku and the University of Newcastle, Australia.

All submission deadlines are 11pm Finnish time on the specified dates
Submission deadline (all categories): Monday 15 July
Extended submission deadline (see below): Monday 22 July
Notification of Acceptance: Monday 26 August
Submission of revised manuscripts: Thursday 3 October
Early Registration deadline: Thursday 3 October
Conference: November Thursday 14th (evening) - Sunday November 17th (lunch-time)

Extended submission deadline: we offer a re-submission slack of exactly one week. If a paper is submitted by the 15 July deadline, it will be possible to submit updated versions of the paper until 22 July. Papers that are not first submitted by 15 July, or that are not reasonably complete at that time, will not be considered.

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

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 2012 the conference was attended by about 35 participants from nine countries on four continents.

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 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 researh to be replicated. Empirical papers will be evaluated mainly on the quality and reporting of the empirical research and on 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 theoretical frameworks from the literature of social science, philosophy or computing education research, and should develop new insights into learning in the discipline. A paper may use empirical data as a part of advancing an argument, but this is not a requirement. Theoretical papers will be evaluated mainly on the quality of theoretical discussion and the significance of the contribution.

Systems papers [4-10 pages].  Koli will present systems or tools developed as a contribution to computing education research. An accepted systems paper will describe the rationale behind the system or tool, its development, and its effectiveness 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, such as long-term strategic needs for computing education and curricula. All discussion papers should have appropriate coverage of literature to support the ideas and arguments that they present. 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 mainly by its anticipated impact on discussions during the conference. At least half the presentation time allocated to a discussion paper will be used for a public discussion.

Poster/demo [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. In addition to the abstract and live tool demo on site, we strongly encourage the authors to prepare a 3-minute screencast (a short video) to be presented to the audience before the demo session, and to be linked from the conference website.

Workshop proposals [2 pages] include a description of an interactive half- or full-day session, which will take place either before or after the conference. The workshop proposal should explain why the theme would be relevant for the conference audience, who are the intended target group, how the workshop would be organised, and what would be its outcome (for example, a future research paper, a research project proposal, a collection of educational resources, or a pool of research data). Workshop proposals will be evaluated by conference chairs based on their expected interest for the conference audience. If accepted, their practical organisation will be agreed by the chairs and the proposers.

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.

Mikko-Jussi Laakso, University of Turku, Finland
Simon, University of Newcastle, Australia

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
Lauri Malmi, Aalto University, Finland
Robert McCartney, University of Connecticut, USA
Marian Pedre, The Open University, UK
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
Jarkko Suhonen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Erkki Sutinen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
J. Ángel Velázquez Iturbide, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

See conference web site http://www.kolicalling.fi/ or contact Mikko-Jussi Laakso and Simon at koli2013@easychair.org

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