Call for Participation as part of the 2019 CSCL Conference
Yotam Hod, University of Haifa, Israel
Katerine Bielaczyc, Clark University, USA
Heisawn Jeong, Hallym University, Korea
The CSCL 2019 Doctoral Consortium, designed to support the growth of young talented individuals working in the area of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to share their dissertation research with their peers and a panel of faculty serving as mentors. Participants will engage in collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse to improve their dissertation work and to advance their understanding of the field. To benefit from the Doctoral Consortium, applicants should be advanced graduate students, and be at a stage in their dissertation research where the other participants and mentors may be of help in shaping and framing their research and analysis activities.
Objectives and design
The Doctoral Consortium aims to:
- Provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on their dissertation research and to identify problems/issues for discussion and inquiry;
- Provide a setting for participants to contribute ideas and receive feedback and guidance on their current research;
- Provide a forum for discussing theoretical and methodological issues of central importance to CSCL and the learning sciences;
- Develop a network of supportive scholars in CSCL and the learning sciences across countries and continents;
- Collaborate and draw upon literature across countries and institutions;
- Contribute to the conference experience of participating students through interaction with other participants, mentors, and organizers; and
- Support young researchers in their effort to enter the CSCL and learning sciences research communities.
Doctoral Consortium activities, which run for two days before the full conference, are organized in diverse participation modes. The participants will have opportunities to familiarize each other with their dissertation project and highlight specific aspects they would like to have further discussion on. Based on the common issues and themes identified (theoretical models, research design and questions, pedagogy and technology, data collection, methods of analysis, etc.) participants will receive support from expert mentors to engage in further inquiry and discussion. Participants will work on the various problems and issues identified making reference to their own dissertation project and the broader field of CSCL.
Who Should Apply?
The 2019 Doctoral Consortium is open to those Ph.D. candidates who are most likely to benefit from the intended goals through collaborative interaction. Generally, applicants will have completed their dissertation proposal (or equivalent), and be at a stage in their work where the consortium participants may be of help in shaping the design and/or analysis. We suggest that graduate students who are early in their program or who have completed their dissertation at or around the time of the consortium do not apply.
Depending on availability of funds, there may be support to offset some of the cost of accommodation and registration, as well as travel stipends. Applicants who have queries about eligibility or other questions should send email to: email@example.com
How to Apply?
Participants for the Doctoral Consortium will be selected on the basis of the academic quality of their proposal; relevance and potential contribution to the field of CSCL; recommendation from the advisor (supervisor); and their anticipated contribution to the workshop goals. The proposals will be reviewed by at least two international experts in the field.
Each proposal should contain the following within one document
in the following order, and be submitted through the conference system.
- A cover sheet with your name, title of your research project/ dissertation, your advisor’s name (or thesis chair’s name, as appropriate), your advisor’s e-mail, your institution, your personal webpage (if you have one), your e-mail address, and your mailing address.
- A 1 page personal statement that includes: (a) a little about yourself; (b) current status of your research and studies; (c) why you want to participate in the DC; (d) what specific issues or challenges with your research that you would like to explore further. You do not necessarily need these as headings, as long as the issues are addressed.
- A 2-page summary of your research including tables, figures and references using the template by the CSCL 2019 general submission (Please follow the template for a 2-page poster submission). The summary should include the following: (a) Abstract; (b) Goals of the research; (c) Background of the project; (d) Methodology; (e) Preliminary or expected findings; (f) expected contributions. You do not necessarily need these as headings, as long as the issues are addressed. Submissions should be written in English and follow the current version of the ISLS author guidelines (there is also a Microsoft Word template). If accepted, you will be asked to revise your paper upon feedback from the reviewers before it can appear in the conference proceedings.
In addition, submitted through e-mail separately:
- A letter of recommendation from your advisor.
Please submit the cover page, 1-page personal statement, and the 2-page summary as a single file in DOCX format named as follows: “Firstname_Lastname_DCproposal”. The application should be submitted through the CSCL 2019 Conference System at
Please have your advisor submit the letter of recommendation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is 11:59 PM (PST), December 15, 2018
Important Dates for the Doctoral Consortium Workshop
December 15, 2018 – Submissions due (application through the CSCL 2019 Conference System and letter of recommendation from your advisor to email@example.com
February 15, 2019 – Notification of acceptance
March 15, 2019 – Submission of the final 2-page summary for publication in conference proceedings
June 17 & 18, 2019 – Doctoral Consortium (pre-conference)