ICER’15 – Call For Participation

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The eleventh annual ACM International Computing Education Research (ICER) Conference aims to gather high-quality contributions to the computing education research discipline. We invite submissions across a variety of categories for research investigating how people of all ages come to understand computational processes and devices, and empirical evaluation of approaches to improve that understanding in formal and informal learning environments.

Research areas of particular interest include:

  • discipline based education research (DBER) in computer science (CS), information sciences (IS), and related disciplines
  • learnability/usability of programming languages and the psychology of programming
  • pedagogical environments fostering computational thinking
  • design-based research, learner-centered design, and evaluation of educational technology supporting computing knowledge development
  • learning sciences work in the computing content domain
  • learning analytics and educational data mining in CS/IS content areas
  • informal learning experiences related to programming and software development (all ages), ranging from after-school programs for children, to end-user development communities, to workplace training of computing professionals
  • measurement instrument development and validation (e.g., concept inventories, attitudes scales, etc) for use in computing disciplines
  • research on CS/computing teacher thinking and professional development models at all levels

In addition to standard research paper contributions, we continue our longstanding commitment to fostering discussion and exploring new research areas by offering several ways to engage. These include a doctoral consortium for graduate students just prior to the conference, a work-in-progress workshop for researchers following the conference, and a new poster submission track alongside our existing lighting talks. This is in addition to the format of conference sessions, where all research paper presentations include time for discussion among the attendees followed by feedback to the paper presenters.

Submission Categories

ICER provides multiple options for participation, with various levels of discussion and interaction between the presenter and audience. These sessions also support work at various levels, ranging from formative work to polished, complete research results.

Research Papers
8 page limit (plus up to 2 additional pages for references), double-blind peer reviewed and published in the ACM digital library as part of the conference proceedings. Accepted papers are allotted 30 minutes for presentation and discussion at the conference
Doctoral Consortium
Abstract submission required and published in ACM digital library as part of the conference proceedings. Students will present their work to distinguished faculty mentors during an all-day workshop and during the conference in a dedicated poster session.
Lighting Talks and Posters
Abstract submission required and made available on conference website, but not published in proceedings. Accepted abstracts for lighting talks will be given a 3-minute time slot for rapid presentation at the conference followed by a discussion period for all attendees. Posters may either accompany a lighting talk or may be proposed separately using the same abstract submission process.
Work in Progress Workshop
This one-day workshop is a venue to get sustained engagement with and feedback about early work in computing education. White paper submission required but not included in proceedings.
Co-located Workshops
Proposals for pre/post conference workshops of interest to the ICER community (ie, those that aim to advance computer science education research) are welcomed and encouraged. ICER local arrangements personnel will be available to assist with workshop logistics where possible. If interested, contact the conference chairs for more details by April 20th 2015:

For more information about preparation and submission, please visit the page corresponding to the submission type of interest.

Important Deadlines and Dates

Research Papers
Abstract submission (mandatory) Monday, April 13 2015 at 11:59pm US Pacific Time
Full paper submission Monday, April 20 2015 at 11:59pm US Pacific Time
Notification of acceptance Monday, June 1 2015
Final camera ready deadline Monday, June 15 2015
Other Submission Types
Doctoral consortium submissions Wednesday, May 20 2015
Lightning talk and Poster proposals Monday, June 15 2015
Work in progress workshop application Monday, June 15 2015
Conference Schedule
Doctoral Consortium Sunday, August 9 2015
ICER Conference Monday, August 10 – midday Wednesday August 12 2015
Work in Progress Workshop Wednesday August 12 – midday Thursday August 13 2015

For more details, see the conference website:

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Brian Dorn – University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
  • Judy Sheard – Monash University, Australia
  • Quintin Cutts – University of Glasgow, UK

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date will be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.