Full Papers
Work in Progress
Submission Instructions

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Full Papers

We solicit rigorous research on methodologies, studies, analyses, tools, or technologies for learning at scale.

Topics include, but not limited to:

  • Usability studies and effectiveness studies of designs of user interface elements for students or instructors, including:

    • Discussion forums

    • Status indicators of student progress

    • Status indicators of instructor effectiveness

    • Instructional video design for MOOCs

    • Tools and pedagogy to promote community or increase retention in MOOCs and large-scale in-person courses

  • Log analysis of student behavior, e.g.:

    • Assessing reasons for student outcome as determined by modifying tool design

    • Modeling students based on responses to variations in tool design

    • Data-driven personalization

    • Evaluation strategies such as quiz design

  • Studies of applications of existing learning theory to the MOOC context (peer learning, project based learning, etc.)

  • Large online learning in the developing world

  • New tools and techniques for learning at scale, including:

    • Games for learning at scale

    • Automated feedback tools (for essay writing, programming, etc)

    • Automated grading tools

  • Investigation of observable student behaviors and their correlation if any with learning outcomes, e.g.:

    • Analyses of discussion forums to see if quantity and quality correlate with learning

    • How to motivate students to post on forums

    • Do lurkers (those who don't post) learn as much as those who post?

    • What are the roles of leaders in student group interactions/discussions?

  • Improvements to learning, community, and pedagogy in large-scale in-person and blended online and in-person courses

All papers must tackle topics "at scale." For example, a paper that would not qualify for Learning at Scale would be one about a system that behaves no differently with one student than with thousands, or which does not improve after being exposed to data from previous use by many students.

Full papers must not exceed 10 pages (and shorter is OK) and must use the ACM CHI Archive Format, available in LaTeX and Word (see a pdf example or visit here for more information: http://chi2014.acm.org/authors/format#archiveformat). Papers that deviate from this style or exceed the maximum length will be rejected. Submissions must be in PDF format, written in English, contain original work and not be under review for any other venue while under review for this conference.

Accepted full papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation. Some papers that are good but not strong enough to be full papers may be allotted fewer pages and assigned 10 minutes for presentation, or may be recommended for poster presentation; the authors can choose whether to accept this condition or withdraw the submission. These papers will all appear in the conference proceedings.


A Work-in-Progress is a concise report of recent findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work that has not yet reached a level of completion that would warrant submission of a full paper. Topics are the same as those listed for full papers.

Presentation: At the conference, all accepted Works-in-Progress will benefit from both a brief presentation of the work and face-to-face interaction with conference attendees at one or more poster and demo sessions. All accepted submissions will be presented in poster form, and some will also be presented as demonstrations. A few WIPs may be selected for oral presentation in a special session. Submission of a Work-in-Progress contribution is a commitment that at least one co-author commits to attending the conference in person if the WIP is accepted.

Demonstrations: For submissions that include demonstrations, authors are strongly encouraged to submit a link to or upload a brief video (2-4 minutes). Authors will have the opportunity to indicate if they wish to submit a demo in the conference reviewing system.

Publication: Works-in-Progress will be published in the ACM Digital Library, but in a separate part of the conference proceedings from the full papers. The status will be akin to what CHI describes as "semiarchival", meaning the results reported in the WIP must be original, but copyright is retained by the authors and the material can be used as the basis for future publications in ACM venues as long as there are "significant" revisions from the original.

Formatting: Work-in-Progress submissions will be 2 - 4 pages in length in the Extended Abstracts Format and submitted as a PDF file. Due to the very rapid selection process we cannot offer any extensions to the deadline. Work-in-Progress submissions are not anonymous and should therefore include all author names, affiliations and contact information. If accepted, you should expect to prepare a poster to present at the conference venue. Please note that the physical posters presented at the conference may not be larger than A0 size.

Submission Instructions

Full Papers and Work in Progress should be submitted at https://las-2015.hotcrp.com/.