• Publishing in the Learning Sciences: A Journal Writers’ Workshop

  •  Date

    Tuesday June 18th
  •  Organizers

    Mitchell J. Nathan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, mnathan@wisc.edu
    Carol Chan, University of Hong Kong, ckkchan@hku.hk
    Sten Runar Ludvigsen, University of Oslo, s.r.ludvigsen@medisin.uio.no
    Joshua Radinsky, University of Illinois-Chicago joshuar@uic.edu
    Jeremy Roschelle, Digital Promise, jroschelle@digitalpromise.org
    Susan Yoon, University of Pennsylvania, yoonsa@upenn.edu
    Jan van Aalst, University of Hong Kong, vanaalst@hku.hk
  •  Introduction

    Editors and Fellows of ISLS will conduct a half-day workshop that fosters a writing culture among a cohort of learning scientists. Selected participants must be actively working on a manuscript poised for submission to an ISLS journal, and lacking the appropriate mentoring resources. The workshop activities address general journal writing tips and review process information, as well as one-on-one and small group time spent between participants and their mentors focused on participants’ specific writing projects. Outcomes include participation in a journal writers’ support network and a mentoring relationship that can extend beyond the conference.
  •  Theme

    Although ISLS is an international society, which holds its annual conferences in countries around the world, there are very few international or non-native English-speaking scholars published in ISLS journals. There are several reasons for why this situation has persisted. First, relative to the membership, there are comparatively few manuscripts submitted from regions in which English is not the academic language. Second, the manuscripts that are submitted from these regions often do not follow the norms and standards of high quality academic writing that are required to ben published in ISLS journals. Third, in many cases, we know that scholars in these regions do not have access to mentors and research environments that can support their writing.
    A powerful technique used by English as a Second Language (ESL) adults learning to improve their writing is collaborative writing (Storch, 2005). Those working in pairs produced texts that were more concise, had fewer grammatical errors, and better matched the task goals. Several processes in the collaboration contributed to this, including more frequent and useful feedback by their writing partner and the opportunity to pool relevant ideas together to improve the document.
  •  Preliminary program
     
    • 8:00 am       We will start our workshop with group introductions
    • 8:30 am       Preliminary comments about common challenges for writing process and value of collaborative writing
    • 9:00 am       General Q&A. 
    • 9:15 am       One-on-one and small group time with the mentors about the specific needs for each scholar-attendee's writing goals. 
    • 10:30 am     Whole group share-out 
    • 11:00 am     Journal Editor presentations (30 min)
    • 11:30           Debrief and set up practical ways to maintain journal writers’ support network and a mentoring relationship
    • 12:00 pm     Adjourn
  •  How to register
     
    • Participants must apply by May 1, 11:59 PM Local Time.
    • Applicants must complete a form at this link:  
    • In the form, applicants will be prompted to provide (1) a current CV, and (2) a writing sample for the workshop.
  •  Selection Process

    Preference will be given to applicants who (1) are actively involved in writing or revision a paper for the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, or The Journal of the Learning Sciences; (2) indicate that they are from an underrepresented region of the world and/or have limited access to LS mentorship; and (3) those who have completed a graduate degree.
  •  To Apply

    Participants must apply by May 1, 11:59 PM Local Time.
    Applicants must complete a form at this link:  
    In the form, applicants will be prompted to provide (1) a current CV, and (2) a writing sample for the workshop.
  • ICAR Laboratory
    (Interactions, Corpus, Learning, Representations)
     
    Ecole Normale Supérieure
    15, parvis René Descartes
    69007 Lyon, France
    Dr. Kristine Lund, Conference Chair
    Dr. Gerald Niccolai, Conference Co-chair
    SCIENTIFIC Organization



       
    LIRIS Laboratory
    (Computer Science Laboratory of Imagery and Information Systems)

     
    iaelyon School of Management
    Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 
    1C avenue des Frères Lumière
    CS 78242 - 69372 Lyon Cedex 08 
    Dr. Elise Lavoué, Conference Co-chair
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