Call for Participation

FABLEARN EUROPE / MAKE ED 2022

makerSPACE\\SPACEmaking: Making space for bridging computing, design,
and making with classrooms and common core subjects.

FabLearn Europe / MakeEd invites submissions for the seventh annual conference to be held on the 30th and 31st of May 2022 in Copenhagen. The two-day 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 to impact the education of children and youth (K-12, 5-18 years) including teacher education, and social education (pedagogy), as well as non-formal and informal initiatives targeted at children and their educators.

FabLearn Europe / MakeEd is a sister conference of the global FabLearn conference that was initially organised at Stanford University (USA) in 2011. This year’s conference is hosted by VIA University College and Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark.

FabLearn Europe / MakeEd is seeking submissions for Research Papers, Work-in-Progress, Demos, and Workshops that focus on computing, design, and making in education. This year’s conference theme is makerSPACE\\SPACEmaking: Making space for bridging computing, design, and making with classrooms and common core subjects.

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 formal, non-formal, or informal 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 but not limited to 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.
  • Education of teachers, pedagogues, social educators, or kindergarten teachers to support students’ work in computing, design, and making.
  • Formal, non-formal, or informal learning initiatives through computing, design, and making, which are targeted at children or youth.

All submissions are made through EasyChair as of January 17th, 2022. Please note that we use strict page limits for the different submission categories, and that the new single column ACM Paper Format has to be used. Submissions that do not follow these requirements will be desk-rejected. More information about the different tracks can be found below. All tracks are to submit an abstract with a deadline one week prior to the full submission deadline.

Key dates
  • EasyChair opens for submissions: January 17, 2022
  • Abstract submission deadline for all tracks: February 10, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EXTENDED to February 11, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)
  • Paper submission deadline for all tracks: February 17, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE)  – EXTENDED to February 24, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)
  • Notification of acceptance: April 5, 2022
  • Camera ready submission for all tracks: April 22, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE)
  • ACM TAPS submission for all tracks: May 4, 2022
  • Early registration (required for authors): May 9, 2022
  • Conference: May 30-31, 2022
Submission template

All submissions should use the new single column ACM Paper Format, specifically one of the following:

(*) Important note: in LaTeX or LaTex Overleaf, use the “manuscript” call to create a single column format, rather than “acmsmall”: \documentclass[sigconf, manuscript]{acmart}

Please refer to this page for all documentation: ACM Template Workflow Page.

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, fab lab). All papers should:

  • Report original work not previously published elsewhere
  • Address any of the areas listed in the conference topics
  • Cite relevant published work (see list of previous proceedings below)
  • Clearly state the contribution(s) in the abstract and paper

Papers making one clear, significant contribution, are more likely to be accepted than those making several lesser contributions. Submissions must identify and cite relevant published work and explain how the paper furthers research within the field.

Please prepare your paper in a way that preserves the 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.

Submission information:

  • Page limit: 9 to 12 pages (excluding references)
  • Abstract of maximum 150 words
  • Submissions should use the new single column ACM Paper Format
  • Review process: double-blind peer review – anonymization required
  • Abstract submission deadline: February 10, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EasychairEXTENDED to February 11, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)
  • Full paper submission deadline: February 17, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EasychairEXTENDED to February 24, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)

All accepted FabLearn EuropeU / MakeEd Research Papers are ACM archival publications and will be made available through the ACM Digital Library. Publication of an accepted Research Paper in the proceedings requires that at least one author of the paper registers for and participates in the conference.

Previous proceedings:

Previous years, FabLearn Europe / MakeEd has edited a special issue in the Elsevier International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, where extended versions of selected research papers were considered. We are working on a similar arrangement for this year’s conference. 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. Submission information:

  • Page limit: 3 to 6 pages (including references)
  • Abstract of maximum 150 words
  • Submissions should use the new single column ACM Paper Format
  • Selection process: single-blind peer review – anonymization not allowed
  • Abstract submission deadline: February 10, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EasychairEXTENDED to February 11, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)
  • Full WIP submission deadline: February 17, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EasychairEXTENDED to February 24, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)

Submissions should include the author(s) name and affiliation – in other words, they are not blind. All Work-in-Progress papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings published in the ACM Digital Library on the condition that at least one author of the paper registers for and participates in the conference.

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 in dedicated sessions. Submission information:

  • Page limit: 4 pages (including references)
  • Abstract of maximum 150 words
  • Submissions should use the new single column ACM Paper Format
  • Selection process: single-blind peer review – anonymization not allowed
  • Abstract submission deadline: February 10, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EasychairEXTENDED to February 11, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)
  • Full demo submission deadline: February 17, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EasychairEXTENDED to February 24, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)

Demos should include the author(s) name and affiliation – in other words, they are not blind. All Demo submissions will be peer reviewed. Accepted demos will be included in the conference proceedings published in the ACM Digital Library on the condition that at least one author of the paper registers for and participates in the conference.

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 should include the objectives of the workshop, a detailed schedule, short bios of the organisers, and a Call for Participation. Submission information:

  • Page limit: 3 to 6 pages (including references)
  • Abstract: 150 words
  • Call for Participation: 150 words
  • Submissions should use the new single column ACM Paper Format
  • Selection process: single-blind peer review – anonymization not allowed
  • Abstract submission deadline: February 10, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EasychairEXTENDED to February 11, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)
  • Workshop proposal submission deadline: February 17, 2022 – 10:00 pm (AoE) – EasychairEXTENDED to February 24, 2022 – 10:00pm (AoE)

All workshop proposals will be peer reviewed.

Accepted proposals will be included in the conference proceedings published in the ACM Digital Library on the condition that at least one author of the paper registers for and participates in the conference.