The main program will start on the afternoon of June 8th and end after lunch on June 11th. During the main event, there will be 3 keynotes, 10 symposia, 80 paper presentations divided in 4 parallel sessions, 100 poster presentations, a series of data sessions and two interactive events.
Symposia are for conveying larger ideas or results about a specific issue. Discussion among members of the symposium and with the audience are moderated to focus on certain positions or controversies. In the conference, there are a CSCL 2015 Presidential Session, 3 Invited Symposia, and 6 Symposia that cover a range of issues of relevance to the CSCL community and the conference theme.
In total, 80 papers were accepted to the conference. These, papers will be presented in four parallel tracks. Like in Madison 2013, there are two presentation formats for the paper sessions: a traditional format and an interactive format.
In the interactive sessions, each of the four presenters give a brief presentation. The individual presentations are then followed by a more interactive format – for instance, a common discussion at the end of the session or 3 or 4 extended round-table discussions with subgroups changing every 20 minutes. In some cases, the authors bring questions to discuss with members of the audience or they might bring supplementary materials for people to see, touch, and play with at their station. The room that is used has 42 chairs and 21 small tables. Both chairs and tables have wheels and can easily be reorganised to configurations that suits different formats.
In the ”traditional” paper sessions, each of the four presenters give a 15 minute talk followed by a 5 minute discussion. Given that the total length of the sessions is 90 minutes, this also means that there is room for a 10 minute general discussion in the end. There is a person assigned as chair to each session. The chair is responsible for keeping times and for creating the conditions for productive discussions. Since people are moving between sessions, it is important that everyone keeps the time allocated in the program. These presentations take place in lecture rooms with tiered seatings that have room for 100 persons.
At the CSCL 2015 conference, about 100 posters were accepted. The posters are presented at two different sessions that takes place at the ground floor of the Faculty of Education, House B. These sessions provide both the presenters and the audience an opportunity to engage in discussions about the presented research.
These events enable participants to experiment with new interactive devices and environments for teaching and learning, explore designs for collaborative activities, or to try out and compare methods for research and practice. There is a particular interest in recently developed technologies as well as existing interactive technologies that support an innovative pedagogical model of collaborative learning.
CSCL research and theory in the Nordic countries has often featured interaction analysis in the tradition of ethnomethodologically inspired conversation analysis, dialogism, socio-cultural perspectives and related approaches. The Special Events at CSCL 2015 will present a special conference track to build on this tradition. In each session, an organizer will present an excerpt of CSCL interaction (e.g., a video clip and a detailed log). During the session, the audience will discuss how the material conditions of CSCL interaction can be seen at work in the excerpt. For more infomration about this format, see the guidelines on data preparation.