UKICER 2023

The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference from the UK ACM Special Interest Group in Computing Science Education Chapter is emerging as one of the leading venues nationally and internationally for researchers and practitioners to meet and share advances in computing science education.

We are a diverse and inclusive community bringing together researchers, academics, industry practitioners and teachers from across the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as from the rest of Europe and the wider world.

The conference takes place in-person on Thursday 7th of September 2023 and Friday 8th of September 2023 in Swansea, Wales.

Announcements

  • Important dates. Submission, review process and events dates are now published. Make sure to add them to your calendar.

  • Previous conference proceedings. The conference proceedings for the 2022 United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) Conference are available via the ACM Digital Library.

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Local accommodation

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Venue

Swansea University Park Campus

UKICER 2023 will take place in the University's Singleton Park Campus, Sketty, Swansea SA2 8PP

Call for Participation

The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference from the UK ACM Special Interest Group in Computing Science Education Chapter is seeking high quality contributions to research relevant to computing science education.

Contributions are sought in a variety of categories with emphasis on high-quality and rigorous work. Researchers have the opportunity to disseminate their work as a full paper, workshop or poster.

The following contributions are sought from the community:

  • Papers. Six-page research or tool design papers for presentation at the conference and publication in the proceedings.

  • Workshop proposals. Two-page workshop proposal for workshops to be delivered to attendees at the conference.

  • Posters. Single-page poster abstract for publication in conference proceedings and poster for presentation at the conference.

  • DC Applications. Two-page application to participate in the Doctoral Consortium (DC) at the conference, including single-page abstract for publication in the conference proceedings.

Submission for all the afordmentioned contributions should be made via EasyChair. Authors should consult the detail submission format instructions and guidelines prior to submitting contributions for consideration.

Any questions about submissions should be emailed to the Programme Chairs, Keith Quille (keith.quille@tudublin.ie) and Seán Russell (sean.russell@ucd.ie).

Papers

We invite submissions of research papers on the topic of computing science education. Themes of interest include:

  • Computing science education pedagogy
  • Assessing and providing feedback on computing assignments
  • Issues of inclusivity and diversity
  • Tools to aid computing science education
  • Computing science education issues particularly relevant to a British and/or Irish context
All submissions related to computing science education are welcome, at any stage of formal education (or outside formal education).

Papers should describe a rigorously executed piece of work, include a motivating research question and discussion of prior related work. We welcome:

  • Research papers describing a research experiment in a school, university or informal educational setting. The experiment should be rigorously conducted – if this is the case, null results will still be considered for publication.

  • Tool design papers which carefully document design constraints, user considerations, relevant pedagogical concerns, and justify the design decisions taken in a way that would be useful to other designers, and include details of user testing or other initial measures of effectiveness.

All submitted papers should have a research component. Papers focused purely on practice-related topics such as implementation of new curricula or new course designs may be better suited to our sister Computing Education Practice conference.

Papers that authors would like to be considered for presentation at the conference and publication in proceedings must be be submitted via EasyChair. Authors should consult the detail submission format instructions and guidelines for papers prior to submission.

Workshops

We invite proposals for running 1-2 hour workshops. The workshops should be relevant to British and Irish educators (in a university or school setting) and/or computing science education researchers. Example workshops may be on the use of research techniques (e.g. qualitative methods), grant writing, pedagogical techniques (e.g. peer instruction), tools (e.g. programming environments, assessment tools), or any other topic which may be relevant to conference attendees.

Workshop organisers will be given an opportunity to advertise their workshop via a one-minute lightning talk earlier in the conference.

Workshop proposal that leaders would like to be considered for delivery at the conference must be be submitted via EasyChair. Authors should consult the detail submission format instructions and guidelines for workshop proposals prior to submission.

Posters

We invite posters for presentation and discussion at the conference. The posters should be relevant to British and Irish educators (in a university or school setting) and/or computing science education researchers. Example posters could include initial ideas, experimental designs, pedagogical techniques or early proposals to address open challenges in computing science education research.

Poster abstracts that presenters would like to be considered for presentation at the conference must be be submitted via EasyChair. Authors should consult the detail submission format instructions and guidelines for poster abstracts prior to submission.

Doctoral Consortium

The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference Doctoral Consortium (DC) provides an opportunity for doctoral students to engage with peers and work with researchers to reflect on the wider computing education research landscape and expand it through connection and collaboration.

Aims

The UKICER DC has the following aims:

  1. To allow new researchers to attend the conference, understand the UK CSEd landscape, and be introduced to the UKICER community.

  2. To help build a cohort group of PhD researchers who will then have a network of colleagues across the UK.

  3. To influence the growth of the conference, and the UKICER community, through researchers who see UKICER as a “home” conference.

Participation and Commitment

Successful candidates are required to participate in a workshop on the first day of the conference and an activity session on the second day of the conference. Candidates may also be expected to participate in supplementary activities both before and after the Doctoral Consortium.

Time and Location

The DC comprises a workshop on the first day of the conference and a lightning presentation on the second day of the conference. The workshop is led by Professor Quintin Cutts and Dr Rosanne English.

The DC is all in-person, there is no hybrid or blended option. Candidates must confirm they are able to attend the conference and activities in-person.

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from doctoral students at any stage of study and from any discipline as long as:

  • They are engaged in computing science education research (including, but not limited to: software engineering, cognitive psychology, programming languages and educational science).

  • They have not graduated prior to the DC.

  • They are registered with an institution in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Outcome

Attendance and participation in the DC is published in the conference proceedings. The following information will be published:

  • Candidate Information
    • Name of Candidate
    • Institution
    • Area of computing education research focus or interest
    • Supervisory Team
  • Abstract
    • Brief abstract (approximately 50 words) that provides sufficient insight into your work.
    • Two or three references to influential background or related work.
    • Early or established research goals or questions.
    • Current or expected contributions of the work.
    • Current or expected methodology to delivery contributions.

Application

Doctoral Consortium applications must be submitted via EasyChair. Candidates should consult the detail submission format instructions and guidelines for the Doctoral Consortium prior to submission. Successful candidates are required to register for the conference, engage in the DC and attend in-person.

Authors

Authors should familirise themselves with submission requirements, review process and publication guidance.

  • Submission. The submission requirements include guidance on the format of paper, workshop and poster submissions.

  • Review. The review guidance outlines the process, declaring conflicts of interest and information regarding the proxy chair and panel.

  • Publication. The publication guidance outlines the responsibilities of accepted authors as well as guidance on how to access previous proceedings.

Submission

Research paper, workshop proposals, posters and Doctoral Consortium submissions must be made through EasyChair.

There is an option on the submission form to indicate whether the submission is a research paper, workshop proposal or poster abstract. There is seperate format guidnace for each submission type.

All submission must confirm to the relevant ACM proceeding template.

Research paper format

Submissions must conform to the ACM proceeding template. The page limit is six pages, excluding references. The references may occupy a seventh page if the paper reaches the six-page limit.

Authors must make an electronic submission in the form of a PDF file via EasyChair. Authors will need to create an EasyChair account, if they do not have one, and complete a submission form. The submission form requires authors to detail the submission type, title, abstract as well as contact information.

Submissions from authors must be anonymised to support the review process. The initial submission for review must be anonymised, authors must remove all references to them, including affiliations and any identifying information within the body of the submission.

Note that reviewers will assume they are reviewing completed works, as they will eventually appear in the conference proceedings. Do not submit incomplete drafts.

Workshop proposal format

Workshop proposals should be submitted in ACM double-column conference proceedings format. The page limit is two pages, including references. Workshop proposal must be submitted in an anonymised form for review. Workshop proposals should include: details of the workshop’s content, practical requirements (e.g. group discussion tables, computer room, etc) whether or not this workshop has been run before, and intended take-away knowledge for participants. Authors must make an electronic submission in the form of a PDF file via EasyChair.

The authors of accepted workshop proposals will be invited to deliver the workshop at the conference. Organisers that have any questions or need additional information, can contact the Workshops Chair on workshops@ukicer.com.

Workshop proposals are not included in the conference proceedings but are made available on the conference website.

Poster abstract format

Poster abstracts should be submitted in ACM double-column conference proceedings format. The page limit is one page, including references. Poster abstracts must be submitted in an anonymised form for review. Authors must make an electronic submission in the form of a PDF file via EasyChair.

Posters should describe the early or proposed work and contribution of it. Research Posters 101 provides a good starting point for considering the content and overall design of a strong research poster.

The authors of accepted poster abstracts will be invited to present a poster at the conference. Proposers that have any questions or need additional information, can contact the Posters Chair on posters@ukicer.com.

Doctoral Consortium Application format

Doctoral Consortium candidates must prepare and submit a two-page application via EasyChair. The application must comprise of one-page abstract submitted in ACM double-column conference proceedings format and a one-page appendix that contains applicant information.

The one-page abstract, that is published in the conference proceedings, must contain:

  • Brief abstract (approximately 50 words) that provides sufficient insight into your work.
  • Two or three references to influential background or related work.
  • Early or established research goals or questions.
  • Current or expected contributions of the work.
  • Current or expected methodology to delivery contributions.

The one-page appendix, this is not published, must contain:

  • Research description of your current work, including:
    • motivation,
    • research progress, and
    • engagement with prior research activities and events.
  • Statement of nomination from your doctoral supervisor or supervisor team, detailing:
    • year of study,
    • expected timeline of completion,
    • confirmation that student is able to attend in-person at conference,
    • area of computing education research focus or interest, and
    • expectations for the doctoral consortium.

Review process

The review process is broadly similair for all contributions to the United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference that are published in the conference proceedings.

Process for Papers and Posters

The review process for papers and posters is double-blind with authors required to submit anonymised artefacts. Each submission is reviewed by at least three members of the programme committee. Upon completion of reviews, reviewers enter the discussion stage and are expected to discuss their reviews anonymously, especially when notable differences exist. The programme chair utilises discussions and reviews to determine an appropriate balance of accepted papers.

  • Conflict of Interest. Reviewers are required to declare any conflicts of interest in advance of reviewing papers.

  • Proxy chair and expert panel. Submissions that represent a conflict of interest for any of the chairs are passed to the proxy chair and panel for initial consideration.

  • Accepted submissions. Authors must prepare accepted submissions for publication and at least one author is required to register and attend the conference.

Conflict of Interest

Authors must ensure their submissions abide by the ACM Conflict of Interest Policy (COI). Reviewers are required by chairs to identify any conflicts of interest prior to being allocated any submissions to review. Authors are expected to inform any conflicts of interest prior or at the point of submission of any artefacts for review.

Proxy chair and expert panel

Submissions that represent a conflict of interest for all conference chairs are passed to the proxy chair. The proxy chair assembles an expert panel of two or more members, the members are not required to be part of the programme committee. The members of the expert panel are not known to the chairs. The proxy chair and expert panel consider the conflicted papers, reviews and any discussion amongst reviewers. The expert panel makes the final decision on the conflicted papers and this is communicated to the conference chairs.

Process for Workshop

The workshop submitted by proposers are considered by the Workshop chair. The submissions put forward by proposers are considered confidential.

Process for Doctoral Consortium

The two-page Doctoral Consortium application submitted by each candidate is considered by the DC organisers. The submissions put forward by candidates are considered confidential.

Publication

The official publication date of the conference proceedings is when they become available via the digital repository. The specific date may be up to 14 days prior to the initial day of the conference. Contributors should be aware of this publication date when considering other artefacts associated with published work, e.g. patent filings.

  • Previous proceedings. The proceedings for the previous conferences are accessible on the ACM Digital Library.

  • Author registration. At least one author of accepted submissions is required to register and present the submission at the conference.

The proceedings from the conference last year are available on the ACM Digital Library

Any questions about submissions should be emailed to the Programme Chairs, Keith Quille (keith.quille@tudublin.ie) and Seán Russell (sean.russell@ucd.ie).

Important Dates

There are several important dates for the United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research conference.

Paper submissions

Milestone Date and Time
Call for Participation Friday, March 3, 2023.
Abstracts
(250 words)

Sunday May 28, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Full papers

Sunday, June 4, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Notification of paper acceptance

Sunday, July 2, 2023.

Final camera ready paper submission

Sunday, July 30, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Workshop proposals, Poster abstracts and Doctoral Consortium applications

Milestone Date and Time
Call for Participation Friday, March 3, 2023.
Workshop Proposal

Friday, June 2, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Doctoral Consortium application

Friday, June 16, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Poster abstract

Monday, July 10, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Notification of workshop acceptance

Monday, July 3, 2023.

Notification of Doctoral Consortium participation

Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Final camera ready workshop proposal submission

Sunday, July 30, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Final camera ready Doctoral Consortium one-page abstract

Sunday, July 30, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Notification of poster acceptance

Friday, July 21, 2023.

Final camera ready poster submission

Sunday, July 30, 2023, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Review process

Milestone Date and Time
Review process commences

Sunday, May 28, 2023.

Paper bidding commences

Sunday, May 28, 2023.

Paper bidding completes

Friday, June 2, 2023

Allocation

Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

Reviews due

Sunday, June 18, 2023.

Discussion commences

Monday, June 19, 2023.

Discussion completes

Sunday, June 25, 2023.

Notification of paper acceptance

Sunday, July 2, 2023.

Conference Schedule

Milestone Date and Time
UKICER Conference Thursday, September 7 - Friday September 8, 2023.

Committees

General Chairs

Programme Chairs

Workshop chair

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Posters chair

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Proxy chair

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Doctoral Consortium

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TAPS co-ordinator

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Programme Committee

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Poster Committee

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Local Organising Committee

Supporters

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Organisation

Swansea University