Call for Participation

FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2021
June 2-3, 2021 in St. Gallen, Switzerland
www.FabLearn.eu – FabMake2021@gmail.com

 

FABLEARN EUROPE / MAKE ED 2021

FabLearn Europe / MakeEd invites submissions for the sixth conference in series to be held on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2021 at the St.Gallen University of Teacher Education in Rorschach, Switzerland. The two-day virtual conference brings together international researchers, educators, designers and policy makers to disseminate ideas, best practices and resources to support children’s empowerment in the context of computing, design, and making in education, particularly positioning their work with children (kindergarten, K12). FabLearn Europe / MakeED is a sister conference of the global FabLearn conference that was initially organised at Stanford University (USA) in 2011.

Covid-19 note: Depending on how the pandemic evolves in the months ahead, the possibility to attend the conference physically in Switzerland will be considered in addition to virtual attendance. 

FabLearn Europe / MakeEd is seeking submissions for research papers, work-in-progress papers, workshops, and demos that focus on computing, design and making in education. We welcome submissions from multiple sectors and disciplines, including but not limited to academia, education, design, industry, and policy, aiming for transdisciplinary understanding. Key areas of interest are:

  • Development of children’s competencies and skills in computing, design and making in different educational settings  (e.g. classroom, museum, fablab). 
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship (e.g. child-led innovation), including innovative ideas for research and child-centered education with emerging technologies. 
  • Explorations and evaluations of computing, design and making in educational settings such as best practice case studies. 
  • Technological developments and advancements in technology education, including the Internet of Things, Extended Reality, Robotics, and Machine Learning.
  • Theoretical perspectives and concerns on societal aspects of digital technologies in the context of learning, such as more inclusive, equal and sustainable futures.

All submissions are made through EasyChair. The system will open on February 1st, 2021.

Please note that we use strict page limits for the different submission categories, and that the correct SIGCHI template has to be used. More information about the different tracks can be found below.

Key dates
  • Submission deadline for all tracks: March 7, 2021 (tentative)
  • Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2021 (tentative)
  • Camera ready: May 9, 2021 (tentative)
  • Virtual conference: June 2-3, 2021

 

RESEARCH PAPERS

The Research Papers track is intended for those conducting research in the realm of computing, design, and making in educational settings (e.g. classroom, museum, fablab). Research Papers must present original work, cite relevant published work (see list of previous proceedings below), indicate novel approaches, and stress the importance of the submission to the FabLearn and MakeEd community. Paper submissions must be between 6-8 pages, excluding references, in the SIGCHI Format (important: use the interim template – vertical layout with 2 columns). Authors of accepted Research Papers will be given a presentation slot during the conference.

Please prepare your paper in a way that preserves anonymity of the authors. Content will be rigorously reviewed by members of the program committee. Each paper will receive feedback in the form of at least two peer review reports. The final selection will be made by the Program Committee based on the review reports. The program committee reserves the right to ask authors for specific changes as a precondition to publication.

  • Selection process: double-blind peer review
  • Submission deadline: March 7, 2021 (tentative)

All accepted Research Papers will be published as part of the FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2021 proceedings. Previous proceedings:

Similarly with previous years, FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2021 will edit a special issue in the Elsevier International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, where extended versions of selected papers will be considered. Previous IJCCI Special Issues:

 

WORK-IN-PROGRESS

Work-in-Progress papers are intended for anyone (e.g., researchers, educators, designers, policy makers) with a keen interest  in computing, design and making in educational settings, who wish to share and discuss their ideas, experiences and findings with the FabLearn and MakeEd community. Work-in-Progress papers take the form of a 2-4 page submission, excluding references, written in the SIGCHI Format (important: use the interim template – vertical layout with 2 columns). Authors of accepted Work-in-Progress papers will have the opportunity to present their work and answer questions from the attendees in dedicated sessions. 

  • Selection process: single-blind peer review
  • Submission deadline: March 7, 2021 (tentative)

All accepted Work-in-Progress papers will be published as part of the FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2021 proceedings.

 

DEMOS

Demos are intended to showcase, among others, new digital tools, hands-on learning platforms, construction kits applicable to education, and student projects. The demos will be showcased during the conference, and are similar to Work-in-Progress presentations in that attendees will have the opportunity to present their work and answer questions from the attendees in dedicated sessions. Demos take the form of a 2-page submission, excluding references, written in the SIGCHI Format (important: use the interim template – vertical layout with 2 columns). 

  • Selection process: single-blind peer review
  • Submission deadline: March 7, 2021 (tentative)

All accepted Demo submissions will be published as part of the FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2021 proceedings.

 

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are interactive sessions to demonstrate and discuss best practices in computing, design and making in educational settings (e.g. classroom, museum, fablab). Of particular interest are hands-on learning activities with innovative technologies. Workshops should be designed to last 1 to 2 hours and will be open to attendance by conference participants. If a workshop targets teachers, this should be made clear along with why teachers would find attending the workshop valuable. Workshop submissions take the form of a 2-page outline, including workshop objectives, a detailed schedule and short bios of the organisers, in the SIGCHI Format (important: use the interim template – vertical layout with 2 columns).

  • Selection process: single-blind jury review
  • Submission deadline: March 7, 2021 (tentative)

All accepted workshop outlines will be published as part of the FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2021 proceedings.