Research Track

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The research track includes submissions for full papers, short papers and extended abstracts. The first two categories (full and short paper) will be published in the ACM Digital Library. The extended abstracts will be included as part of the companion proceedings.

Full and Short Papers

Full Papers include a clearly explained substantial conceptual, technical or empirical contribution. The scope of the paper must be properly placed with respect to the current state of the field, and the contribution should be clearly described. This includes the conceptual or theoretical aspects at the foundation of the contribution, an explanation of the technical setting (tools used, how are they integrated in the contribution), analysis, and results of a successfully completed experience. Given the emphasis of this year’s conference, explicit consideration should be given to the benefits and challenges of involving stakeholders in the relevant phases of the work reported (for example, the framing of the problem; validity of training data; rationale for the algorithm; usability of the design; pedagogical impacts; wider organisational implications if this innovation were scaled up).

Short Papers can address on-going work, which may include a briefly described theoretical underpinning, an initial proposal or rationale for a technical solution, and preliminary results, again, with consideration of stakeholder engagement issues.

Submissions for Full Papers may be up to 10 pages in total and Short Papers up to 5 pages in total. The submissions must comply with the ACM proceedings style. For detailed information about the new ACM style guidelines check the 2017 ACM Master Article Template.

Submission of Full and Short Papers:

Important Dates

  • 2 October 2017 (No extensions) – Submission Deadline
  • 20 November 2017 – Notification of Acceptance
  • 18 December 2017 – Final version for the ACM Proceedings

Review Process

Each Full and Short Research Paper will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Reviews for each paper will be shared among its reviewers, with final recommendations made by the Program Committee to the Program Chairs.

In addition to the particular theme for this year, and the usual criteria that apply to different kinds of work, authors are encouraged to reflect on whether their discussion could be improved with respect to the following:

  • What is the most surprising part of your results? Was this surprise shared by the people involved?
  • Can you justify why you used one specific methodology instead of an alternative?
  • What is the value and potential impact of your initiative at scale?
  • What changes in teaching and learning activities do you envision that could be realistically derived from your work?
  • Identify the target audience of your study.

The five Full Papers and the five Short Papers with the highest review rankings will be nominated for the ‘Best Full Paper Award’ and the ‘Best Short Paper Award’ respectively, and identified in the Program and Proceedings. A committee formed from current and past LAK Program Chairs will select the winning papers, and the awards will be made during the conference.

Particularly for newcomers to LAK, you may find it helpful to view the annual selection of best papers from each conference published in the Journal of Learning Analytics (2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017).

Presentations

Authors of full papers will have a 30-minute slot during the conference (20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes Q&A).  Authors of short papers will have a 15-minute slot during the conference (10 minutes presentation + 5 minutes Q&A).

With author permission, some conference sessions may be recorded and made available after the event.

Proceedings

Full and Short Papers will be published in the archival, indexed Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

At least one of the authors must register for the conference before your contribution can be included in the relevant proceedings.

Extended Abstracts

The Extended Abstract is for some scholarly communities a more familiar form of conference submission that can be used as a means for eliciting formative feedback. However, for many people this is a new format, so we are providing this example 4-page Research Extended Abstract, with indicative section headings and sizes, using the relevant styles. This example should guide both authors and reviewers.

Submissions may be up to four pages in total using the Companion Proceedings Template. At least one of the authors must register for the conference before the abstract can be included in the Companion Proceedings.

Submission of Extended Abstracts:

Important Dates

  • 2 October 2017 (No extensions) – Submission Deadline
  • 20 November 2017 – Notification of Acceptance
  • 15 January 2018 – Final version for the Companion Proceedings

Review Process

Extended Abstracts will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Reviews for each paper will be shared among its reviewers, with final recommendations made by the Program Committee to the Program Chairs.

Presentations

Authors of Extended Abstracts will have a 15-minute slot during the conference (10 minutes presentation + 5 minutes Q&A).

With author permission, some conference sessions may be recorded and made available after the event.

Proceedings

Extended Abstracts will be published in the LAK18 Companion Proceedings, archived on the SoLAR website.


Posters & Demos

See guidelines.

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