University of Eastern Finland, School of Computing

Call for Papers 2006

First CALL FOR PAPERS

6th BALTIC SEA CONFERENCE ON COMPUTING EDUCATION RESEARCH
Koli Calling

Koli, Joensuu, Finland, November 9 - 12, 2006


The 6th Koli Calling conference aims to promote exchange of relevant research contributions and practical information between colleagues in the international community of Computing Education Research. Furthermore, Koli Calling aims to combine teaching and learning experiences with solid, theoretically anchored research orientation.

The conference will be held in the inspiring surroundings of the Koli National Park in Eastern Finland, an hour’s drive north of Joensuu. The conference is organized by Uppsala University, Sweden with local arrangements by University of Joensuu.

THE CONFERENCE
There will be invited talks and several sessions for presentations with ample time for discussions. As the conference is known for its moderate size, intimate atmosphere, and lively discussions, only a limited number of submissions will be accepted. Last year over 40 participants from 7 countries on three continents participated in the conference. The language of the conference is English.

INVITED SPEAKERS
Lecia Barker, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado, CO, USA.
Tony Clear, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

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

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES
Research Paper. Full papers of high quality, describing unpublished, original piece of research related to the conference theme, presenting novel results, methods, tools, or interpretation that contributes to solid, theoretically anchored research. Research papers are mainly evaluated by the relevance and quality of the research. Max 8 pages.

System Paper. Unpublished, original work describing methods or tools for learning or instruction in computing education, motivated by the didactic needs of teaching computing and supported supported by clear argumentation or a theoretical framework for why the proposed system can be expected to address the identidifed problem. The submissions are evaluated on their impact on and contribution to the research questions defined and on their contributions to existing knowledge and practice. A submission should preferably be accompanied by a Demo. Max 8 pages.

Discussion Paper. Unpublished, original work in progress, or dissemination and discussion of new ideas within the Computing Education Research. Discussion papers should clearly indicate which issue that the author aims to discuss and should contain a section with discussion questions and a mechanism to promote a debate among the conference participants. A discussion paper is evaluated by its anticipated impact on discussions during the conference. At least half the time allocated to a discussion paper should be used for a public discussion. Max 4 pages.

Demo. Interactive presentation of software tools, teaching practices, or other contribution related to the conference theme. To present a Demo without a related System Paper, please submit an abstract. Max 2 pages.

Poster. Emerging ideas for research, teaching practice, or tools can be presented as posters. The posters are evaluated based on their originality and the possible future contribution to the field of Computing Education. Please submit an abstract. Max 2 pages.

REVIEW PROCESS AND PUBLICATIONS
The conference wishes to promote high quality research in computing education. Therefore, submissions for the Research Paper and System Paper categories will be rigorously reviewed by at least three members of the international Program Committee. Submissions for the Discussion Paper category, as well as Demo and Poster abstracts, will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee. The Koli Calling Program Committee takes pride in studying the submissions carefully and providing constructive feedback. The review process is double-blind, so submitted papers should be anonymized.

The accepted papers in all categories will be compiled into pre-proceedings available at the conference, and into the final Proceedings of Koli Calling 2006 published by the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, after the conference. The proceedings will be electronically available at the Koli Calling conference site and from the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University at http://www.it.uu.se. The authors of accepted submissions are expected to incorporate into the final version of their manuscript not only the comments and suggestions given by the reviewers but also those from the discussion at the conference.

Moreover, the authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to be re-reviewed for publication in Informatics in Education, http://www.vtex.lt/informatics_in_education/ as a Special Issue in Volume 6, Number 1, 2007.

The papers of the conference will be made available at the ACM Digital Library.

The conference is organized in cooperation with ACM SIGCSE.

IMPORTANT DATES
Submission Deadline: September 1
Notification of Acceptance: October 2
Registration Deadline: October 30
Conference: November 9 (evening) - 12 (lunch-time)

SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Please follow the instructions on the conference web page, and use the electronic submission form. http://www.cs.joensuu.fi/kolistelut/ (TBA)

CONFERENCE CHAIR
Anders Berglund, Uppsala University, Sweden

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Michael E. Caspersen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Valentina Dagiene, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Mike Joy, University of Warwick, UK
Ari Korhonen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Raymond Lister, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Lauri Malmi, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Arnold Pears, Uppsala University, Sweden
Guido Roessling, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Tapio Salakoski, University of Turku, Finland
Carsten Shulte, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Jarkko Suhonen, University of Joensuu, Finland
Erkki Sutinen, University of Joensuu, Finland

ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Jussi Nuutinen, University of Joensuu, Finland
Marjo Virnes, University of Joensuu, Finland


MORE INFORMATION
See conference web site http://www.cs.joensuu.fi/kolistelut/ or contact Anders Berglund <anders.berglund@it.uu.se>