Deadline for Submissions

Deadline for submissions: Friday 3rd March 2017

We invite you to submit your work to WCCE 2017 which enables you to:

  • Take an active role and be involved in discussions to consider concerns and approaches for the future of technology for learning and education
  • Access latest research and business solutions that have been transformed into educational best practice, where outcomes are recognised and identified
  • Network with world-leading teachers, educators, professionals and technologists
  • Share knowledge and ideas about the rapidly emerging practices of Computer Science Education (CSE), and the important role that CSE has in educating creators of the future
  • Offer examples of how inclusive and adaptive technologies have impacted and can impact both society and knowledge
  • Be involved in sessions that allow experiences to be shared with others, including leading technology developers, through innovative workshops on learning technologies
  • Demonstrate and illustrate examples of global and mobile opportunities, used for educational purposes in developed and developing countries
  • Participate with strategy and policy experts, from international agencies, national or regional government, research and academia, and educational advice and practice
  • Explore how to shape further the need for ‘Digital Citizens’ to develop new modes of living, learning and working together
  • Present your 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.

Themes of the conference

Submissions should cover one or more of the eleven key themes within the main topic of the conference – ‘Tomorrow’s learning: Involving everyone’:

  • 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 or extend learning
  • The ever-blurring boundaries of formal, informal and non-formal learning

Types of submissions

WCCE 2017 welcomes the following types of submissions:

  • Full papers: A full paper is a standard academic research paper of, at most, 10 pages including references.
  • Short papers: A short paper, up to 5 pages long including references, is an academic paper, position paper, case study, policy paper or a national perspective.
  • Industry foresights: Companies and developers outline their state-of-the-art technologies, seeking discussion and comment to support their ongoing development. Participants should submit a short description (maximum 2 pages) or a short paper (up to 5 pages long).
  • Symposia: A symposium is a collection of related papers on a central theme of the conference. Proposals for symposia outline the theme, the participants, and include a one-page abstract of each paper. At a stated time, symposium papers will be submitted as long or short papers, but to be involved in the conference there is no requirement to do this.
  • System presentations: Ongoing hard- and software project developments relating to the conference theme may be presented and discussed during the conference. A short description (maximum 2 pages) of an exhibit should be submitted.
  • Learner and teacher presentations: A submission of a presentation by students and their teachers, demonstrating uses, learning activities and learning outcomes of Computer Science Education and using CS and ICT are encouraged. A presentation submission should be up to 2 pages in length. Such sessions will allow sharing with all stakeholder communities attending. As the conference will focus on themes and topics that are pertinent to school managers, local managers, teachers and advisers, attendance at selected sessions from across all themes will be highlighted by suggested pathways where possible. These sessions will be particularly useful for practitioners involved in project-based activities.
  • National direction sessions: One or more national direction sessions, each focusing on a country, can be led by a national representative. With two (or even perhaps more) of these sessions in the conference, comparisons and hot topics can be considered and discussed. A national direction session should aim to run for a maximum of one to one and a half hours:
    • With a national overview from a national representative, up to 5 pages in length.
    • A policy, practice or research element aligning to the interests of a conference theme, perhaps on compulsory education, or vocational education, up to 5 pages in length.
    • A second policy, practice or research element aligning to the interests of another conference theme, perhaps on research or educational management, up to 5 pages in length.
  • Panel and audience response sessions: Chairs of these panels should submit an abstract (up to 2 pages in length) for a panel of up to three identified speakers who will briefly present their views on a pertinent topic. The audience will be invited to participate in a round-table discussion, using audience response systems to record levels of responses from those participating.
  • Doctoral consortium: PhD students are encouraged to submit an extended abstract (with literature review, methodology, results or expected results) for inclusion in the conference, up to 2 pages in length. The doctoral consortium will start with a pre-conference session on 2nd July 2017, for research students to practice presentation and to get feedback from active researchers.

Submissions

The conference website will provide up-to-date details about submissions. Please note that all submissions must adhere to the formatting style stated both on the conference website, and on the conference management system.

Reviews

Full and short research papers

Each paper will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Presentation: This criterion is used to evaluate how well organized and formulated the paper is. It thus addresses both the general paper structure and language use, but also the “logical flow” between sections.
  • Originality: Here reviewers grade the paper on how original (new) the presented idea or work is. Thus, this criterion measures the “novelty” of the contribution.
  • Soundness: Is the paper technically sound, that is, does it include evidence for all statements or conclusions that it makes? Does it appropriately build on and acknowledge previous work in the area? Thus, this criterion measures the “state of the art”.
  • Contribution: Does the idea or work presented in the paper show potential to contribute to the conference?

Industry foresights, symposia, system presentations, learner and teacher presentations, national direction sessions, panel and audience response sessions, and doctoral consortium abstracts

Each paper will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Presentation: This criterion is used to evaluate how well organized and formulated the paper is. It thus addresses both the general paper structure and language use, but also the “logical flow” between sections.
  • Contribution: Does the idea or work presented in the paper show potential to contribute to the conference?
  • Potential influence: This criterion measures the potential influence of the contribution in the field of praxis and the related analysis of state of the art in this area.

Submitting papers and abstracts to the conference

Although the conference management system is not yet open for submissions, do please prepare your contributions, and register your interest. We will announce the opening of the submissions system shortly, and provide you with full details of how to submit then.

Publication

Abstracts of full or short papers accepted for presentation, together with industry foresights, symposia abstracts, system presentations, learner and teacher presentations, national direction session papers, panel and audience response sessions, and abstracts for the doctoral consortium will be published in conference proceedings.

A selected collection of full, short and symposia papers will be published as a post-conference book; abstracts of these papers will be included in the online conference proceedings publication. Where reviewers indicate a contribution can be presented and published in the post-conference book, then the author(s) will have the opportunity to revise the paper post-conference.

A range of high quality papers may be selected for inclusion in a specific edition of an international journal. The author(s) can decide whether the paper will go into the post-conference book (as it stands) and into the special edition (as an amended article), or only into the special issue (as it stands). Any paper included in the post-conference book and in a special issue of the journal will require either extensions or revisions for the special issue (with a different title, and at least 30% different material).

Financial Support

IFIP TC3 is keen to involve participants from countries worldwide, especially from developing countries. Those coming from a developing country who would like to be involved by presenting a paper, but who do not have funds to cover travel costs, should make early contact (by the end of February 2017) to explore possible sponsorship.

Participants who wish to explore this option are strongly advised to find out at an early stage whether a VISA is required for their travel for academic purposes, and how to apply for this in time to both travel and attend the conference. If invitation letters are required, this must be indicated when a participant registers, and will only be issued after registration is complete.

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