Workshops & Tutorials

Pre-Conference Workshops & Tutorials: Call for Submissions

Please submit your application via by 31 January 2024, 23:59 PST

Organizers & Contact

  • Mike Tissenbaum • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
  • Hiroki Oura • Tokyo University of Science, Japan
  • Annelies Raes • KU Leuven, Belgium
  • LuEttaMae Lawrence • Utah State University, USA

Please contact Mike, Hiroki, Annelies or LuEttaMae for all questions regarding the pre-conference workshops & tutorials.

Important Dates

  • January 31, 2024 •  Applications due
  • Mid-March, 2024 • Notifications of acceptance
  • Late March, 2024 • Submissions of the final 4-page summary for publication due (camera ready)
  • June 8 & 9, 2024 • Pre-conference Workshops & Tutorials
  • June 10–14, 2024 • ISLS Annual Meeting 2024

Submission Details

Workshops and tutorials should focus on themes within the scope of either CSCL or ICLS. For instance, these events can allow for trying out a technology and/or scenarios, elaborating on conceptual frameworks or discussing research designs.

Pre-conference Workshops (4 pages): Pre-conference workshops should be designed as active sessions on a focused issue. Substantial time should be allocated for interaction between participants.

Following the practice launched at ISLS 2023, workshops can be self-contained in the half-day or full-day format, or can be designed to extend over a period of time. Extended workshops are reviewed by the same criteria as pre-conference workshops but might include: (a) a sustained thread of multiple meetings scheduled prior to the conference (i.e., beginning after proposal acceptance that lead up to the conference workshop session), (b) activities following the workshop in the conference (e.g., joint data analysis sessions, continued discussions of research designs) and (c) curation or development of workshop products for publication on the ISLS website. The planned format of the workshop should be described in the proposal.

Pre-conference Tutorials (4 pages): Pre-conference tutorials should be designed as collaborative learning experiences on a topic, technology, design or methodology within CSCL or LS. Tutorials should stimulate active participation and interaction between participants as well. Innovative format submissions are encouraged, provided they are within the scope of a tutorial.

Submission Instructions

The proposal should be submitted via EasyChair at by 31 January 2024, 23:59 PST.

Proposals for full or half-day events should be written in English.

You are welcome to contact the workshop chairs ([email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]) if you have any questions about the pre-conference workshops and tutorials.

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
  • 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
  • Facilities and equipment required (Please be specific if you feel you will require anything beyond a normal projector provided at a typical conference)
  • 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 on the ISLS 2024 website if the event is accepted
  • Given the potential disruption of in-person participation due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen events, please indicate if your workshop could be done as a virtual or hybrid (some in-person and some online) participation

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 ISLS Author Guidelines.

The final version of the 4-page summary must be submitted no later than the “camera ready” deadline (see Important Dates). 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 description of the proceedings 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, coordinate with morning and afternoon sessions, or justify the viability of running the events in conflict with each other.
  • We expect to send out acceptance notifications by mid-March, 2024.
  • 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 the creation of a rich program of pre-conference sessions at ISLS 2024.