ICER’17 – Call For Participation

The thirteenth 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 just after the conference, and poster and lightning 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 20-30 minutes for presentation and discussion at the conference. All papers are expected to adhere to the ACM Policy on Authorship.

Doctoral Consortium

2 page extended 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.

Lightning Talks and Posters

Abstract (300 words) submission required and made available on conference website, but not published in proceedings. Accepted abstracts for lightning 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 lightning 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 computing education research during its formative stages. White paper submission required, though these are not included in the conference proceedings.

Co-located Workshops

Proposals for pre/post conference workshops of interest to the ICER community (i.e., those that aim to advance computer science education research) are welcomed and encouraged. Depending on the needs, ICER local arrangements personnel may be available to assist with workshop logistics. If interested, contact the conference chairs for more details by April 22nd 2017:

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) Friday, April 7, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Full paper submission Friday, April 14, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Notification of acceptance Friday, June 9, 2017
Final camera ready deadline Friday, June 25, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Other Submission Types
Doctoral consortium submissions Friday, May 19, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Lightning talk and Poster proposals Friday, June 16, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Workshop – Research on Learning about Machine Learning Friday, June 16, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Workshop – Leveraging Programming and Social Analytics to Improve Computing Education Friday, June 16, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Work in progress workshop application Friday, June 16, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Social theory for Computer Science Education Friday, June 16, 2017 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
Conference Schedule
Doctoral Consortium Thursday, August 17, 2017
ICER Conference Friday, August 18 – midday Sunday August 20, 2017
Work in Progress Workshop Midday Sunday August 20 – midday Monday August 21, 2017

More details can be found at the specific pages.

Conference Co-Chairs

Josh Tenenberg & Donald Chinn – University of Washington Tacoma, USA
Judy Sheard – Monash University, Australia
Lauri Malmi – Aalto University, Finland

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.