Early Career Workshop

ICLS 2016 Early Career Workshop - Call for Submissions

Workshop description

The ICLS 2016 Early Career Workshop will run one and half days prior to the ICLS conference: on Monday morning and afternoon, June 20, and on Tuesday morning, June 21. The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for researchers early in their careers working in the Learning Sciences to

  • Present and discuss their own research and receive constructive feedback;
  • Discuss and receive advice on challenges early career researchers are facing in the Learning Sciences, such as developing a career plan and a research agenda, going abroad, collaboration in the Learning Sciences as an interdisciplinary and international field that builds on a range of different methodological approaches, publication strategies, work organization (e.g. making time to read and write), being a mentor / supervisor, engaging in scientific communities, and work-life-balance;
  • Discuss and receive advice on challenges early career researchers are facing in the Learning Sciences, such as developing a career plan and a research agenda, going abroad, collaboration in the Learning Sciences as an interdisciplinary and international field that builds on a range of different methodological approaches, publication strategies, work organization (e.g. making time to read and write), being a mentor / supervisor, engaging in scientific communities, and work-life-balance;

A number of activities are planned to address these topics, including panel and small group discussions, presentations, and conversations with peers and mentors, as well as social activities. Mentors are experienced researchers in the Learning Sciences from all over the world. Depending on availability of funds, there may be support to offset some of the costs for accommodation, meals, and registration, as well as travel stipends.

Application

Application is open to scholars who have received their PhD not more than five years ago and who are employed in a research position at an academic institution (typically a university) or equivalent / comparable institution (e.g. SRI, ETS, Fraunhofer, MaxPlanck institutes).
To apply please submit one document with the following five sections:

  1. A cover sheet with your name, institution, email address, personal webpage, and postal address.
  2. A current curriculum vitae and list of publications
  3. A one-page narrative description of your current position, including the type of institution where you work and your job responsibilities (including teaching, research, mentoring, and committee work).
  4. A two-page summary of your research, including theoretical framework, methods used, and plans for moving forward in conference style. It should become clear from your summary how your research relates to Learning Sciences / CSCL research.
  5. Filled in questionaire describing your relation to the ISLS (see template) and a brief statement of potential benefit of your participation in the Early Career Workshop to the Learning Sciences community and to you (including topics you would like to see addressed in the workshop).

Please submit all papers in one file in PDF format named as follows: "YOURLASTNAME_ECWS_proposal.pdf". The application should be submitted via email as an attachment to ecw.icls.16@gmail.com until December 18, 2015.

Participation is limited and competitive. Selection criteria include eligibility requirements, scientific quality of the proposal, potential benefit of the participation to the applicant and the Learning Sciences community, and the assembly of a productive and diverse cohort regarding institutions, topics, disciplines, and nationalities.

Organizers & Contact

Julia Eberle, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Manu Kapur, Nanyang Technological University
Nikol Rummel, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Paul Kirschner, Open University of The Netherlands

Contact for all questions regarding the workshop: ecw.icls.16@gmail.com


Important Dates for the Early Career Workshop

Dec 18, 2015-Submissions Due, submitted via email to ecw.icls.16@gmail.com
Jan 29, 2016-Notification of acceptance
Feb 19, 2016-Submission of the final abstract for publication in proceedings
June 20 & 21, 2016-Early-Career Workshop (preconference)