CSCL 2017: Preliminary Call for Papers

CSCL 2017 will be held June 18-21, 2017 at Drexel University & The University of Pennsylvania. The conference theme focuses on the need to consider issues such as equity, access, and inclusion in the design, implementation, and deployment of computer-supported learning environments.

Preliminary Call for Papers

The 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
June 18-21, 2017
Drexel University & The University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Conference Website

Conference theme: Making a Difference — Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL

Computer Supported Collaborative Learning is a premier conference of the International Society of the Learning Sciences that focuses on the study of social learning processes with and without technology as well as the development and evaluation of tools to enhance or improve collective thinking and learning. The conference is a major international event bringing together researchers with a wide variety of backgrounds and research interests including educational technology, design, HCI, information sciences, educational psychology, museum research, library science, curriculum and instruction, psychology, computer science, cognitive science, and many more. We welcome high quality conceptual, empirical, and theoretical contributions.

This year’s conference theme focuses on the need to consider issues such as equity, access, and inclusion in the design, implementation, and deployment of computer-supported learning environments. CSCL 2017 will prioritize keynote speakers, workshops and papers that champion research and tools focused on equity and access relative to CSCL. Hosted by a diverse leadership team in the Learning Sciences, the conference will highlight work that discusses ways to broaden the CSCL pipeline, promotes and/or celebrates out of the box thinking, or that brings a wide range of viewpoints or voices to CSCL topics or tools.


The conference is currently seeking submissions for the following:

  • Full Papers (8 pages): Full papers are for mature work, requiring lengthy explanations of the conceptual background, methodology and data and analysis. Full paper submissions should state: (a) the major issue(s) addressed, (b) potential significance of the work, (c) the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, (d) major findings, conclusions, implications, and (e) relevant scholarly references.
  • Short Papers (4 pages): Short papers are for work that makes significant contributions, but that is still in progress, of smaller scale, or that can be reported briefly. Otherwise, the same criteria apply as listed for full papers above.
  • Posters (2 pages): Posters are for work in early stages and for novel and promising ideas. The two page abstract should identify the aspect of the work that will likely lead to productive discussions with conference participants in a poster session, including figures exemplifying the visual support to be provided for these discussions in the poster.
  • Symposia (8 pages): Symposia are for conveying larger ideas or results about a specific issue. Discussion among members of the symposium and with the audience should be moderated to focus on certain positions or controversies. We expect symposia to address large issues of interest to CSCL, particularly those related to this year’s conference theme.
  • Deadlines

    Papers, Posters, and Symposia: November 4, 2016
    Demos, Pre-Conference Workshops, and Tutorials: to be announced
    Early and Mid-Career Workshops + Doctoral Consortium: to be announced

    Further information

    For more information, see the conference website and/or contact

    About ISLS

    The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) is a professional society dedicated to the interdisciplinary empirical investigation of learning as it exists in real-world settings and how learning may be facilitated both with and without technology. ISLS sponsors two professional conferences, held in alternate years.