Aims and Scope

Background to the conference

The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) is acknowledged as the leading multinational, apolitical organisation concerned with Information and Communications Technologies and Sciences, recognised by the United Nations and other world bodies. It represents computer societies worldwide, and is attentive to their interests.

IFIP’s Technical Committee 3 (TC3) focuses on aspects of education. Since IFIP was established in 1960, TC3 has focused on main areas of interest to its computer society membership. Whilst aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) have been a focus for many past years, the recent rising concerns and interests in computer science education (CSE) have meant that its focus is now just as much on CSE as it is on ICT.

Aims of the conference

Every three years, IFIP TC3 holds a major international conference – a World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE). The title of the World Conference on Computers in Education for 2017 (WCCE 2017) is ‘Tomorrow’s Learning: Involving Everyone’. This conference will enable participants to examine the development and impact of ICT and CSE on the whole educational environment: on teaching and learning; on administration and management of the educational enterprise; and on local, national and regional policy-making and collaboration. This conference seeks to explore how the ongoing education of ICT and CSE professionals and those in the workforce whose employment involves the use of ICT and CSE is being conceived and actioned for the future.

WCCE 2017 will explore the ways that existing and emerging technologies can support tomorrow’s learning, involving everyone who seeks to use these for learning purposes. As a community concerned with education and technologies, we know that technologies are supporting engagement and access to learning for many who might otherwise not be able to participate – whether due to geography and remote locality, to special educational needs, to background or emotional circumstances, or to ways that engagement is enhanced or provided through technological resources. Although technologies have supported many individuals in these ways worldwide, there are many challenges that the worldwide community still faces, and questions that need to be explored.

This conference is concerned with practices, processes, people, systems, organisations and societies involved in varying educational contexts in terms of both ICT and CSE. The aims of WCCE 2017 are to realise and understand the current context and its position, to be more aware of the future and its needs, and to be more ready to handle the challenges faced by populations and individuals worldwide.

In this conference the international programme and organising committees will enable participants to:
1. Take an active role, to be involved in discussions, to consider concerns and approaches for the future of technology for learning and education;
2. Access latest research and business solutions that have been transformed into educational best practice, where outcomes are recognised and identified;
3. Network with world-leading teachers, educators, professionals and technologists;
4. Share knowledge and ideas about the rapidly emerging practices of CSE, and the important role that CSE has in educating creators of the future;
5. Offer examples of how inclusive and adaptive technologies have impacted and can impact both society and knowledge;
6. Be involved in sessions that allow experiences to be shared with others, including leading technology developers, through innovative workshops on learning technologies;
7. Demonstrate and illustrate examples of global and mobile opportunities, used for educational purposes in developed and developing countries;
8. Participate with strategy and policy experts, whether from international agencies, national or regional government, research and academia, or educational advice and practice;
9. Explore the means that are possible, and how these might be practiced, to shape further the need for ‘Digital Citizens’ to develop new modes of living, learning and working together; and
10.Present their work, research, developments, policy initiatives, and ideas, so that we can all be inspired by leading examples from our wealth of international contributors and speakers.

Scope of the conference

The international programme and organising committees welcome your involvement, which might be, for example, in the fields of:
• Futures of technology for learning and education;
• Research and business solutions transformed into educational best practice;
• Computer Science Education and its future focus and development;
• Inclusive and adaptive technologies;
• Innovative practices with learning technologies;
• Examples of global and mobile opportunities used in developed and developing countries;
• Strategy and policy in education contexts and settings;
• Shaping the future for ‘Digital Citizens’;
• Learning analytics and ethical issues;
• Critical concerns about how and whether technologies support learning; or
• The ever-blurring boundaries of formal, informal and non-formal learning.