Propose Pre-conference Workshops & Tutorials

ISLS Annual Meeting 2021 (Online Event)
Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future
Bochum, Germany, June 8-11
Workshops: June 1-7

Call for Proposals: Pre-Conference Workshops & Tutorials

Please submit your proposal until January 12, 2021 to:
https://isls2021.exordo.com (Submission Closed)

**New** In order to be maximally inclusive and accommodate participants across multiple time zones as well as to take into account time restrictions due to family duties, we may begin the Pre-Conference Workshop the week prior to the conference.


Irene-Angelica Chounta (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Thomas Herrmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Mike Tissenbaum (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US), [email protected]

You are welcome to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about the pre-conference workshops and tutorials.

Important dates

  • Proposals for full or half-day events should be written in English.
  • Proposals should be submitted by January 12, 2021 via the online submission system: to be announced
  • February 20, 2021: Notification of acceptance
  • March 8, 2021 – Submission of the final 4-page summary for publication in conference proceedings

Submission details

The ISLS 2021 Pre-Conference Workshops and Tutorials Committee invites submissions of proposals for Pre-Conference Events.

Pre-conference events should focus on themes within the scope of CSCL and/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). Proposals are not required to specify whether the scope for the event is CSCL or LS.


  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.
  • Proposals should be submitted no later than January 12, 2021 via the online submission system:

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

  • Given the potential disruption of in-person participation due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen events, workshops can be only organized as online events
  • 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

  • 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 of the ISLS Annual Meeting 2021 website if the event is accepted

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 format guidelines.

The final version of the 4-page summary must be submitted not later than March 8, 2021. 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 proceedings description 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, to coordinate with morning and afternoon sessions, or to justify the viability of running the events in conflict with each other.
  • We expect to send out acceptance notifications by 20th of February 2021.
  • 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.


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 Annual Meeting 2021.