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William Hudson <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 29 Nov 2004 08:24:00 -0000
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Posted on behalf of Chris Quintana [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 

Call for Participation: CSCL 2005 Student Community Program

This is a call for participation for the Student Community Program at
CSCL 2005 - Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning to
be held in Taipei, Taiwan, May 30 - June 4, 2005. The Student Community
Program will integrate the student volunteer and doctoral consortium
programs.  More information about CSCL 2005 is available at and information about the Student
Community Program is available at

Please forward any questions about the Student Community Program to
Chris Quintana ([log in to unmask]).

The Student Community program aims to foster a community of CSCL
students by providing a forum for students to meet and network with
their peers and leading members of the CSCL community while providing
service to the conference. Students who are selected for the Student
Community program will serve as volunteers for the conference. In
addition to their volunteer duties, doctoral students may also apply to
present their doctoral research at a pre-conference Student Community
Workshop for selected faculty members and the other members of the
Student Community program.

In return for about twenty hours of work immediately before and during
the conference, Student Community participants will receive:

* Free conference registration, including free admission to all
conference sessions and tutorials (space permitting).
* Admission to the Student Community Workshop. Student Community members
will be expected to participate in the Student Community Workshop either
as presenters or audience members.
* Free lunches and refreshments during the main conference days.
Additionally, we are planning on inviting noted researchers from the
CSCL community to join the Student Community for lunch and informal
discussion about different aspects of CSCL.
* A coveted CSCL 2005 Student Community t-shirt.

In addition, there will be planned social events in Taipei where the
members of the Student Community can socialize and meet with their peers
in a fun and informal setting.
Volunteer Duties
Volunteers are a very important part of the conference, handling much of
the behind-the-scenes activity and are vital for a successful
conference. Volunteer assignments include duties such as assisting
presenters at conference sessions, supporting workshop and tutorial
leaders, providing technical support throughout the conference, checking
attendee badges at sessions, staffing the information booth, helping
attendees find their way around the conference, and any other general
assistance needed to keep the conference running smoothly. With the
exception of pre-conference work, all hours will be assigned on-site at
the conference, where we will try to balance your preferences with our
support needs. Students at any level of study (Bachelor's, Master's, or
Doctoral level) are eligible for volunteer duties.

The Student Community Workshop
The Student Community Workshop will provide an opportunity for a
selected number of Ph.D. students to share their current dissertation
work-in-progress with their Student Community peers and faculty members
selected from across the field. Students can apply to present their work
at the workshop if they are Ph.D. candidates who have a draft
dissertation proposal, but are early enough in the process that they can
revise their work based on comments received in the workshop. For
example, students should be at a stage where they have a rationale for
their research, preliminary research questions, a description of the
contribution their research can make to the field, a literature review,
a proposed methodology, etc. Students who have completed their
dissertation work or are completing their dissertation are not eligible
to present at the workshop.

The workshop objectives include:
* Providing a setting for mutual feedback on current research and
guidance on future research directions.
* Developing a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of
collaborative research across institutions.
* Contributing to the conference experience of students by fostering
interactions with peers and key faculty.

The Student Community Workshop will be a one-day workshop held prior to
the start of the CSCL conference. Students who are selected to be
presenters will present their work with discussion to follow from
faculty participants and other members of the Student Community. Through
this format, we also hope to foster additional research discussions
throughout the Student Community throughout the conference week.
Students who present their work at the workshop will also receive
credits that count towards their twenty hours of volunteer service.
Requirements and Application Process
We are looking for reliable, hard working, enthusiastic students are
excited about the conference and want to help make CSCL 2005 a
first-class international event. We have limited space, so sign up
early. Students who wish to apply to the Student Community program
should designate whether they wish to apply for volunteer duties only,
or for volunteer and workshop presenter duties.

All applicants to the Student Community Program should submit by email
the following information:
* Contact information (Address, country, email address, daytime
telephone number).
* University affiliation (University, department, address).
* Student Community Program preference (Volunteer only or
* Previous experience: Specify whether you have been a student volunteer
in previous conferences. If so, please state your previous volunteer
duties and the conferences where you have volunteered.

Students who wish to be considered as volunteers only can be at any
level of study do not need to submit any other information.

Students who wish to also be considered as workshop presenters should
also include the following materials in PDF or Microsoft Word format:
* A cover page with your name, dissertation title, and advisor's name.
* A 2-3 page summary of your proposed dissertation work, following the
CSCL publication format.
* A letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor, including
an assessment of the current status of your work, and an expected date
for dissertation completion.

Applications for workshop presenters will be reviewed by a committee and
selected on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the workshop
goals. Emphasis will be placed on forming a diverse group of high
quality students. An effort will be made to keep the number of student
presenters small to encourage discussion and interaction. Students who
are not ultimately selected as presenters are still eligible to
participate in the Student Community program as volunteers, if desired. 

Any questions and all applications to the Student Community Program
should be emailed to:
* Chris Quintana, University of Michigan ([log in to unmask])
* Clayton Williams, University of Colorado ([log in to unmask])
* Fu-Yun Yu, National Cheng-Kung University ([log in to unmask])

All applications are due by December 15, 2004. Applicants will be
notified of their acceptance status via email. Regardless of duties,
upon acceptance to the Student Community program, you will be asked to
provide confirmation of student status at the conference.
Chris Quintana, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies
University of Michigan
School of Education
610 East University Ave., 1360D SEB
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1259
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