[CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – CLIEDE2017: Connecting Language, Interaction and Education in Digital Environments]

A workshop entitled Connecting Language, Interaction and Education in Digital Environments (CLIEDE 2017) will be held at Penn State University, September 26-27, 2017.  The theme of the workshop is the future of digital education environments designed to engage students in learning of written and oral skills in their native language, and to support teachers in offering learning opportunities that can benefit from automated language processing methods. Here language skills are taken to be a vehicle for, and reflection of, education in specific disciplines. Middle school is when the means of written and oral expression begin to diverge across disciplines. Thus for the workshop, we want to stimulate discussion about how to address diverse student bodies in middle school and above through novel digital environments. A desired outcome of the workshop is to identify promising directions and inspire new collaborations that take advantage of recent advances in natural language processing and related areas in ways that extend current research in education and learning design.

The workshop program will include a keynote talk by Marcia Linn, UCBerkeley, on integrating writing skills with science inquiry activities in an interactive, online environment; a panel discussion with audience participation; a few talks from presenters such as yourself; a session of lightning talks to introduce everyone; a large poster and demo session; a speed-dating session designed to stimulate ideas for collaborations. The intent of the workshop is to immerse everyone in many levels of active discussion.

Please submit a title and an abstract using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/lTrZG4kZzRRosGck1. Please submit your abstract by Wednesday, June 21, 2017. You will be asked for your preferred presentation format (oral, poster, panel). As we assemble the program, we will attempt to offer you the desired format while pursuing our goal of a participatory workshop.

Students are welcome to submit. Please forward this call widely to colleagues. If you were not in the original recipient list but receive a copy of this email, please let us know so we can add you to our mailing list. PLEASE SEND US NAMES AND EMAIL ADDRESSES OF COLLEAGUES YOU THINK WOULD BE INTERESTED.

Send all questions to us at nlp.at.pennstate@gmail.com

This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation, Award IIS-1455533; the Waterbury Lectures of Penn State University, and Penn State University’s Teaching and Learning and Technology.

The NLP Lab at Penn State

Rebecca J. Passonneau, Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Pennsylvania State University

343K IST Bldg, University Park, PA 16802

Email: rjp49@cse.psu.edu

Ph: (814) 865-9233

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