Call for Papers

for the IFIP TC3 Working Conference "A New Culture of Learning: Computing and Next Generations"   to be held from 1st to 3rd July, 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

This is a Working Conference of IFIP Technical Committee on Education (TC3) focusing on developing new directions on Digital Technologies and Computing (Informatics, Computer Science) and in school education and higher education in an increasingly globalised world.

The goal of the conference is to bring together teachers, researchers, administrators, involved in teaching Digital Technologies and Computing or using Digital Technologies in teaching and learning. Members of IFIP TC3 WG 3.1/3.3/3.4/3.7 working groups are encouraged to suggest meetings, focus groups or professional groups.


Aims of the IFIP TC3 Vilnius 2015 Doctoral Consortium

  • To offer a friendly forum for doctoral students to discuss their research topics, research questions and design in the areas of computing education, ICT education, educational technology, informatics and education.
  • To receive constructive feedback from their peers and senior researchers, to help with choosing suitable methodology and strategies for research.
  • To support networking with other researchers in the computer science / computing / informatics engineering education research field.
  • To discuss any relevant questions related to research and academic life.

We invite all Ph.D. Students at any stage in their Ph.D. process in the areas of areas of computing education, ICT education, educational technology, informatics and education.

Camera - ready deadline: June 1, 2015

Submission format: Poster abstract (max 2 pages, not anonymous) it should cover: 

  • Key research questions and motivation of your research
  • Brief Background, theoretical framework and related work that informs your research
  • Research plan
  • Research approach and methodology
  • Findings to date (if any) and a description of remaining work
  • Main expected contributions of your PhD work
  • Current challenges and questions.

Selection process: Reviewed by senior researchers in order to arrange grouping according to topic and provide feedback if abstract is insufficiently clear. Abstracts will be published in the online conference proceedings.

Presentation format: Poster and also prepare a brief talk (max 10 min) to be given to a small group.

Full papers

Full papers, describing unpublished, original research related to one of the themes or subthemes of the conference are invited.

Short papers

Short papers describing novel didactical approaches, methods, tools, findings, interpretations, explanations, or other contributions presented in a solid scientific framework, including empirical evaluation are most welcome.

Proposals for panels, posters, workshops and specific focus groups are fully acceptable as conference contributions.


The topics related to the conference theme may be discussed during the conference.

Posters (A1 format)

Ongoing research, hard- and software prototypes, theses on selected research activities on the conference topics may be popularized and discussed during the conference. 


In workshops innovative projects or open problems linked to the conference theme or to other current subjects in computer science education will be discussed.

Focus groups, professional groups

Members of IFIP TC3 working groups are encouraged to suggest meetings, focus groups or professional groups. 


Accepted full and short papers, abstracts of posters, panels, workshops and focus groups will be published online as conference proceedings.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version to a special edition of the internationally refereed journal “Education and Information Technologies”, ISSN: 1360-2357.

Additionally, extended versions of selected papers on Computer Engineering Education topic will be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0949-149X: 

IFIP 2015 Topics

Themes of the conference include:

  1.  New approaches to learning (collaboration, informalisation, personalisation of learning)
    • Distance education
    • E-learning
    • Flipped classrooms
    • Gamification
    • MOOCs
    • Digital traces and assessment 
  2. Challenges for teachers/learners and other stakeholders
    • National curricula and approaches to establishment of Informatics in schools
    • Digital literacy
    • Digital Fluency
    • Digital media education
    • Informatics teacher training and competencies
    • Computational thinking
    • Computing for all 
  3. Promoting and supporting Informatics education
    • The contribution of Informatics to a solid general education
    • Approaches for creative learning in Informatics
    • The practice of teaching Informatics
    • Informatics education research
    • The use of technology in Informatics teaching and learning
    • Exams in Informatics and assessing Informatics competencies
    • Informatics topics in schools beyond programming and algorithms 
  4. Researching educational change
    • Methodological challenges and solutions
    • Theoretical perspectives
    • Building knowledge
    • Identifying research priorities

Important dates

Submission of papers (full and short):  25th January 2015, deadline EXTENDED: 2nd March 2015

Submission of workshops, poster abstracts, panels, focus groups: 15th March 2015.

Notification of paper acceptance: 15th April 2015

Early bird registration closes: 15th May 2015

Camera-ready submissions:  15th May 2015

Final author registration: 1st June 2015

Conference date: 1st to 3rd July 2015