Workshops & Tutorials

Submissions / Workshops & Tutorials

Workshops & Tutorials: Call for Proposals

Please submit your application via easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isls2023 by 20 January 2023, 23:59 PST

Organizers & Contact

Contact us for all questions regarding the pre-conference workshops & tutorials.

Important Dates

  • 20 January 2023  •  Applications due
  • Mid-March 2023  •  Notifications of acceptance
  • Late March, 2023  •  Submissions of the final 4-page summary for publication due (camera ready)
  • 13-17 June 2023  •  ISLS Annual Meeting

Submission details

Pre-conference events should focus on themes within the scope of either CSCL or LS. For instance, these events could be organized as “deep dives” in which participants spend several hours trying out a CSCL technology and/or scenario, discussing the design motivations and providing constructive critiques towards design improvements. LS topics should be organized in a similar fashion (note: technology is not a required component for LS topics).
Specifically,

  1. Workshops should be designed as active sessions on a focused issue, where participants work together (e.g., analyzing data, discussing design criteria, collaborating on a research project). Substantial time should be allocated for interaction between participants. The presentation of a set of related papers (e.g., a symposium) is not considered a workshop.
  2. Tutorials should be designed as collaborative learning experiences for novices on a topic, technology, or methodology within CSCL or LS, that are facilitated by experts. Tutorials should stimulate active participation and interaction between participants as well. Innovative format submissions are encouraged, provided they are within the scope of a workshop or tutorial.

We may request proposals that are very similar to each other to merge, or at least coordinate in a manner that ensures that interested researchers do not feel there is a conflict between them.

Submission instructions

Proposals for full or half-day events should be written in English.

The proposal should be submitted via EasyChair at easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isls2023 by 20 January 2023, 23:59 PST.

You are welcome to contact the workshop chairs ([email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]) if you have any questions about the pre-conference workshops and tutorials.

Pre-conference event proposals

The proposal for the tutorial or workshop enables the pre-conference co-chairs to evaluate not only the content of the event but also the organization of the event. The description should be written with the pre-conference co-chairs as the intended audience, describing practical issues that will enable us (pre-conference co-chairs) to evaluate the proposal. The descriptions should not exceed 4 pages, and should include:

  • Workshop/Tutorial Title
  • Proposers/Organizers’ names, affiliations, contact information, and backgrounds, including prior experience in conducting such events
  • Intended audience
  • Duration of event (half-day or full day)
  • Description of the event that includes:
    • Theme and goals
    • Theoretical background and relevance to field and conference
    • Outline of planned activities
    • Expected outcomes and contributions
  • Participation requirements (how tutorial or workshop participants will be chosen)
  • Relationship to similar events conducted in the past (e.g., at CSCL or ICLS), if any
  • Facilities and equipment required (Please be specific if you feel you will require anything beyond a normal projector provided at a typical conference)
  • Minimal and maximal number of participants expected
  • A description of how you will solicit participation including a draft call for participation that will be posted by organizers on the ISLS 2023 website if the event is accepted
  • Given the potential disruption of in-person participation due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen events, please indicate if your workshop could be done as a virtual or hybrid (some in-person and some online) participation

Pre-conference description for proceedings

Please prepare a pdf or word document with a description of the workshop/tutorial that would eventually appear in the conference proceedings. It should not exceed 4-pages and should adhere to the ISLS Author Guidelines.

The final version of the 4-page summary must be submitted not later than the “camera ready” deadline (see Important Dates). This should be written with the reader of the conference proceedings in mind, who may be reading the description after the event has taken place. The format can be flexible, but it is suggested that the description of the proceedings include:

  1. Title of event
  2. Organizers’ names and backgrounds
  3. Theme and goals
  4. Theoretical background and relevance to field and conference
  5. Expected outcomes and contributions

Proposal selection process

Proposals will be reviewed by the pre-conference co-chairs. Proposals may also be reviewed by additional judges at the discretion of the co-chairs.

  • If two proposals are found to be very similar, organizers will be asked to consider whether to merge the proposals, coordinate with morning and afternoon sessions, or justify the viability of running the events in conflict with each other.
  • We expect to send out acceptance notifications by mid-March, 2023.
  • Organizers will be responsible for soliciting and selecting participants through the use of the conference website. To help support this work, selected organizers will be asked to create a one-minute video describing their workshop and why people would want to attend. More information on this process will be provided when proposals are selected.

Evaluation

To create a high-quality program representing the newest ideas and results in the field, submitted proposals for workshops and tutorials will be evaluated with respect to:

  • Originality
  • Quality
  • Significance
  • Relevance to a specified target audience of CSCL and/or LS researchers
  • Clarity
  • Workshop / tutorial activities
  • Participant interaction

We look forward to your proposals and creating a rich program of pre-conference sessions at ISLS 2023.