Call for papers

Call For Proposals Description

This highly interactive half-day workshop will enable participants  to share their views and experiences on the current status of how the web is approached in interdisciplinary teaching activities in Higher Education related contexts.  The intended audience are primarily Web Science researchers and educators who teach on the web, about the web and to students who use the web.

Previous Web Science Education workshops have raised the question of the Web Science curricula in Master degrees, the integration of Web Science in the Higher Education curriculum, and digital literacies. This edition of the workshop aims to be a practitioners’ forum and discuss what has been done, and what is yet to be done to achieve the integration of Web Science educational curricula.

Individuals with experience of teaching Web Science as a major focus may none the less have valuable contributions to make, and the workshop outcomes aim to benefit the wide range of curricula in existence.

At the Web Science Education workshops in Southampton, Koblenz, Bloomington, and Oxford, the idea of “teaching” Web Science at university was explored.  Indeed, though a number of higher education institutions have already developed dedicated Web Science programmes, teaching about the web is pertinent to many more . Given that Web Science is an interdisciplinary field of research, then how do we teach the web in non-Web Science degrees?  What are the challenges?

Web Science is the fundamental discipline that understands the Web and its societal impact.  Still, the Web remains a little-known entity for many of its inhabitants, including university students.  An interdisciplinary approach to Web Science (legal, ethical, philosophical, sociological and technical) is key to  identify and provide the content, resources and strategies to help other disciplines know about the Web, its development, its reality and its impact.

Objectives

The idea is to move the debate on from theoretical Web Science curricula discussion to a more “content & practice sharing” approach on how to teach the Web. Participants will have the opportunity to share their references, resources, course syllabi, bibliographies and their feedback on experience to propose a collaborative educational design for topics on Web Science.

The workshop will work to produce 2 different deliverables:

  • A synthesis of experiences presenting good practices, argumentation for teaching the web and proposals for courses
  • A proposal for a collaborative platform to share teaching resources and create an online teaching

Programme

We will endeavour to foster a discursive and interactive format around a structure of brief, focused presentations.

  • Summary of previous discussions on the subject
  • Presentation of the WSCD
  • 5  presentations of experiences in different contexts (10 minutes, including questions).
  • 3 or 4 contributions on “community building and resources sharing”
  • Discussion

A core objective of this workshop is community building. Physical participation is a facilitator to this aim, so it is preferred, but in acknowledgement of it being a global community, we welcome high quality contributions from participants who may exceptionally contribute via a pre-recorded video or audio/video conferencing, if travel were financially prohibitive.  If this may apply to you, please indicate this requirement on your submission.

Submission Types

  • Teaching experiences
  • Web Scientists with web-related teaching activities are invited to share their experience in this workshop.  From “Fundamentals in Web Development” to “Web Economics”, “Web Sociology”, “Ethics” or “Web Culture”, present your teaching activities in 7 minutes oral presentations + 3 of questions.

Submissions should indicate:

  • Course context (level, students, discipline, )
  • Course objectives and targeted competencies
  • Course content (Structure, sections, topics, references)
  • Evaluation methods (Tests, projects, papers, )
  • Experience feedback / Students feedback
  • Community building and resources sharing

Accounts of resource development and sharing initiatives – in progress or proposed. We are particularly interested in examples of collaboration and co-creation, creating the curriculum from the ground up, student led activities

Submissions should provide a well structured account of the activity and progress supported by evaluations and reflections as appropriate.

  • Curriculum design – from rationale to realisation

In some cases, colleagues will have designed curricula which they have not yet taught, or have only been teaching for a short while. In these cases it may not be possible to present evaluations, however and explanation of the rationale may be valuable to the community.

Colleagues may be able to offer insights into unexpected problems, serendipitous solutions, or proposals which they consider to be particularly innovative.

Submissions should provide a well structured account of the activity and progress supported by analysis and reflections as appropriate.

Submission Language:

English only

Length and Structure

  • Initial abstracts of length between 200 and 500
  • Initial papers and abstracts in free text format,
  • Revised accepted papers up to two pages in ACM standard template

How to Submit

Papers will be submitted via EasyChair

Timeline:

  • Workshop abstracts due, March 30th, 2018
  • Acceptance Notices Sent Out by Organizers, April 7th, 2018
  • Final Version of short papers or abstracts due, May 4th , 2018
  • Workshop at WebSci 18, May 27th, 2018