University of Eastern Finland, School of Computing

Call for Papers 2008

8th Koli Calling


Koli National Park, Finland, November 13-16, 2008

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 in the inspiring surroundings of the Koli National Park in Eastern Finland, an hour’s drive north of the city of Joensuu. The 2008 conference is organized by Uppsala University, Sweden in collaboration with the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Joensuu, Finland.


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.


Erik de Graaff (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands):  Innovation and Research in Engineering Education


Original submissions in all areas related to the conference theme are invited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:



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 are available as an electronic pre-proceedings prior to the conference. The final Proceedings, published by the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, will be distributed after the conference. The proceedings will be electronically available via the Koli Calling conference site and from the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University. The authors of accepted submissions are expected to incorporate the comments and suggestions given by the reviewers as well as those from the discussion at the conference into the final version of their manuscript. Final papers from the conference will be indexed and available through the ACM Digital Library, and the conference is organized in cooperation with ACM SIGCSE.

Authors of selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of the paper to a special issue of the ACM Journal of Educational Resources in Computing (JERIC). Such papers should extend and complement the results presented in the Koli Calling paper. This gives authors an opportunity to present data and additional details of analysis that might not have fitted into the number of proceedings pages allocated for normal Koli Calling papers. Authors of papers selected by the Koli review committee for inclusion in the JERIC special edition will receive an invitation from the conference chairs to submit an extended version of their paper after the conference. Extended papers will undergo another round of reviewing before they are accepted for the special issue of JERIC.


For 2008 we introduce the "systems and tools showcase" as a way to recognise the significant contribution that system implementers make to computing education research. Systems and tools contributions describe the software, and other features of the submitted system or tool [see the separate Call for Tools for more details]. Systems will be evaluated by members of the international programme committee for high quality both in terms of design and implementation, as well as usability and suitability for CS education. After evaluation accepted systems will be allocated two to four pages in the conference proceedings in which to describe the rationale behind the system and discuss the effectiveness of the tool in the context of CS education.

The program committee will also select one of accepted systems to receive the Koli Calling Educational Tool Award at the conference.


Submission Deadline: September 1
Notification of Acceptance: October 2
Registration Deadline: October 30
Conference: November 13 (evening) - 16 (lunch-time)


Please follow the instructions on the conference web page, .


Arnold Pears, Uppsala University, Sweden
Lauri Malmi, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland


Moti Ben-Ari, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Anders Berglund, Uppsala University, Sweden
Michael E. Caspersen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Pierluigi Crescenzi, University of Florence, Italy
Valentina Dagiene, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Mike Joy, University of Warwick, UK
Hannu-Matti Järvinen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Ari Korhonen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Raymond Lister, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Robert McCartney, University of Connecticut, USA
Guido Roessling, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Tapio Salakoski, University of Turku, Finland
Carsten Schulte, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Simon, University of Newcastle, Australia
Jarkko Suhonen, University of Joensuu, Finland
Erkki Sutinen, University of Joensuu, Finland


Ilkka Jormanainen, University of Joensuu, Finland (Local arrangements)
Jussi Nuutinen, University of Joensuu, Finland (Webmaster)


See conference web site or contact Arnold Pears <>