Koli Calling

International Conference on Computing Education Research

Call for Papers, 2014


Koli, Finland, 20-23 November 2014

Koli Calling was scheduled to be held on 13-16 November 2014. Unfortunately the hotel is no longer available on that date, and we have had to move the conference to the following week, 20-23 November 2014. We apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause.

Koli Calling is one of the leading international conferences dedicated to the exchange of research and practice relevant 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. The 2014 conference is organised by the University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, Australia, and Aalto University, Finland.

All submission deadlines are 11pm Finnish time on the specified dates
Submission deadline (all categories): Sunday 3 August
Extended submission deadline (see below): Sunday 10 August
Notification of acceptance: Monday 8 September
Submission of revised manuscripts: Sunday 5 October
Early Registration deadline: Sunday 5 October
Conference: Thursday November 20 (evening) – Sunday November 23 (lunchtime)

Extended submission deadline: we offer a re-submission slack of exactly one week. If a paper is submitted by the 3 August deadline, it will be possible to submit updated versions of the paper until 10 August. Papers that are not first submitted by 3 August, 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 2013 the conference was attended by about 45 participants from 14 countries on four continents.

Original submissions are invited in all areas related to the conference theme. 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


Research papers (up to10 pages) present high-quality research, either empirical or theoretical. 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. 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 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. They should have a strong discussion of relevant theoretical frameworks from the educational 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 (up to10 pages) will present systems or tools developed as a contribution to research or practice in computing education, or perhaps to practice in education more broadly. An accepted system paper will describe and present the system or tool, and will also describe the theoretical basis behind it, why it was needed, how it was designed and developed, and an evaluation of its effectiveness in the context of CS education.

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 systems or tools that have not yet been evaluated), 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 full paper, a short paper is evaluated mainly by its anticipated impact on discussions during the conference.

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.

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 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.

Simon, University of Newcastle, Australia
Päivi Kinnunen, Aalto University, Finland

Valentina Dagienė, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Daryl D’Souza, RMIT University, Australia
Nickolas Falkner, University of Adelaide, Australia
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
Ville Karavirta, University of Turku, Finland
Ari Korhonen, Aalto University, Finland
Mikko-Jussi Laakso, University of Turku, Finland
Lauri Malmi, Aalto University, Finland
Robert McCartney, University of Connecticut, USA
Andrés Moreno, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Arnold Pears, Uppsala University, Sweden
Marian Petre, Open University, UK
Guido Rößling, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Tapio Salakoski, University of Turku, Finland
Carsten Schulte, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Judy Sheard, Monash University, Australia
Calkin Suero Montero, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Jarkko Suhonen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Erkki Sutinen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Matti Tedre, Stockholm University, Sweden
Neena Thota, University of St Joseph, Macau

See conference web site http://www.kolicalling.fi/ or contact Simon and Päivi Kinnunen at kolicalling2014@easychair.org

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