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Call for Papers

20-22 November, 2019

Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy


Deadline for Short-papers and Poster submission: 06th September, 2019 postponed to the 07th October 2019

Notification of Acceptance: 07th October, 2019 postponed to the 20th October 2019

Conference chairs: Lorenzo Guasti (INDIRE), David Scaradozzi (Università Politecnica delle Marche)

The conference brings together researchers, teachers, educators and professionals to share and discuss their researches, activities or ideas on the introduction of digital fabrication, making and robotics in education.

We welcome submissions of papers and posters that focus on the following key areas of interest:

  • Maker Spaces and Fablabs at school: a maker approach to teaching and learning. The fablabs and school makerspaces are becoming an interesting reality in Italy and around the world and have a strong innovative impact on laboratory teaching. In Italy, the spread took place also thanks to the PON calls that allowed the creation of the “creative ateliers”. The short-papers and posters should describe laboratory teaching environments and experiences that happened at school, that have an innovative character above all with regards to the methods and technologies used.
  • Laboratory Teaching with the makers approach: models, methods and instruments. The maker movement deeply involved schools and education in general. Indeed, during last years the laboratory teaching got inspiration from the methodologies commonly applied in makerspaces. Short-papers and posters should describe experiences that took place at school and in non-formal learning environments which have a strong innovative character with respect to education methodologies applied.
  • Curricular and not curricular robotics in formal, non-formal and informal education. Educational Robotics is now a buzzword for many different experiences, both at school and in many other situations, but it is mainly a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching in the classroom of the 21st century. It often uses project-based, inquiry-driven methodologies to engage students in meaningful education. Short-Papers and posters focusing on this topic could describe activities and their outcomes, propose new perspectives on how to introduce educational robotics into schools, outline shortcomings in the state-of-the-art or any other experience and idea that may help develop scientific and practical knowledge in the field of Educational Robotics.
  • Social and assistive robotics in education. Short-papers and posters should address the use of assistive technologies in education. This could imply both the use of assistive technologies and accessibility services to help impaired students to overcome their disability, and the use of assistive robotics as a mean for helping students to learn about disability and to understand how technology can help to improve disables’ inclusion.
  • How innovative spaces and learning environment condition the transformation of teaching: good practices and pilot projects. This topic will explore the relationship between architecture and education through good practices and pilot projects. Particularly, the focus will be on the architectural design of innovative learning environments that can positively influence the education experience through the quality of space.

All submissions will be made at this link.

Please note the page limits in different submission categories and use the correct template for the submissions.

Final selection will be made by the International Scientific Committee based on the review reports. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to ask authors for specific changes as a precondition to publication.

SHORT-PAPERS

The short-papers track is intended for those who want to present innovative projects and/or original research results in the above-mentioned fields. Papers should be submitted in English and should cite relevant published work and indicate novel approaches. Authors of accepted papers will be given a 15-minute presentation slot (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are encouraged to consider novel presentation methods.

Short-papers must be 5 pages long (references included). The template is available here.

Conference short-papers will be published in open access and reviewed for their inclusion in Scopus. They will also be included in the open-access, website virtual gallery to form part of our database of innovative projects in Education and Technology. Extended versions of the best short-papers of the conference will be invited to be published on a dedicated special issue.

POSTER

Posters are intended for anyone (teachers, practitioners, technologists, designers and academics etc.) working in the above-mentioned fields who wish to share and discuss their activities, ideas, insights, and findings with others. Poster submissions can be prepared in either English or Italian and consist of a short description of the work (1 page plus references, if any, free format), plus a short abstract (maximum 250 words). Posters themselves are not submitted for review.

Posters will be displayed during the whole conference in a dedicated area; furthermore, there will be dedicated sessions where all poster presenters will attend their posters. All accepted posters will be included in the open-access website virtual gallery to form part of our database of innovative projects in Education and Technology.

CONTACT

Please contact l.screpanti@pm.univpm.it for any info, request or issue about submissions.