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Classroom Orchestration
CFP: Workshop at ICLS 2012 on "Classroom Orchestration: Moving Beyond current understanding of the field". July 3, 2012, Sydney, Australia
Workshop website:

* Yannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain (contact person)
* Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
* Miguel Nussbaum, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
* Chee-Kit Looi, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
* Jeremy Roschelle, Stanford Research Institute International, USA

Workshop Content
This half-day workshop builds on its first edition at CSCL 2011 and aims to produce a revised landscape of the classroom orchestration concept and metaphor, based on significant case studies submitted by the participants and analyzed by senior researchers from the orchestration point of view. The issues to be discussed refer to orchestration as real-time management and flexible integration of scenarios employing multiple activities and (digital or non-digital) tools at multiple social planes and contexts.
Sustainability of innovative teaching and learning practices highly depends on effective scenarios in the complex classroom ecosystem, integrating multiple activities and tools at multiple social planes and contexts. Such multiplicity demands a holistic perspective implementing a flexible "orchestration layer" through either technological or conceptual tools. One main question that arises is not only how do we change the curriculum and classical assessments to reach these goals but also how do we organize the classroom, the available resources and the teachers role to achieve this transformation.
Orchestration has emerged recently as a driving concept and metaphor. The complexity of the related issues has motivated a vivid debate in the community, which took the shape of multiple papers and reports that employ and explore the concept of orchestration, as well as a highly successful workshop at CSCL 2011.
Some converging issues that emerged in this debate deal with the characteristics and graphical representations of integrated pedagogical scenarios, as well as the need to empower teachers in the real-time management of such scenarios, so that they can flexibly enact designs and technologies (either ICT-based or not) in a minimalist way, taking into account the practicalities and time-space constraints of classrooms. On the other hand, several issues are still subject of discussion, as e.g. the power and limitations of the underlying metaphor, the design of adequate orchestration and orchestrable technologies, the right balance between planning and enactment, external and internal scripts, or the ways to advance towards a better usability at the classroom level.

Description of the event 
The half-day workshop to be carried out on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 (09:00 - 12:30) consists of:
1. Session 1 (1h30):
a. Introduction to the workshop (20 min.) to the workshop (Yannis Dimitriadis) and the previous work on orchestration (Pierre Dillenbourg), focusing on the formulation and the main issues of classroom orchestration as reflected in the recent collective paper
b. Oral presentation (10 min. each) of the 5 selected case studies papers
c. Whole group discussion (20 min.)

2. Session 2 (1h30) after the coffee break contains:
a. Critical analysis of the 5 papers (50 min.) by the organizers and invited researchers from the current orchestration viewpoint (5*10 min)
b. Global collective synthesis (40 min.) based on the analysis of the specific analyzed cases, eventually deriving to a new concept map of the orchestration issues

Paper submission and publication process
Authors are invited to submit short 4-page papers following the general ICLS 2012 format guidelines regarding case studies of integrated learning environments, which illustrate and raise one or more issues of "Classroom Orchestration" to

All papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee and other researchers of the field. Acceptance or rejection will be notified by e-mail to the contact persons.
All accepted papers will be published at the on-line (and eventually) paper-based workshop proceedings and provided as a material to participants. However, only up to five (5) papers will be accepted for oral presentation at the workshop.
Accepted papers will be considered for publication at a journal special issue and/or an edited book on Classroom Orchestration. Specific instructions will be provided at and after the workshop. 

Important dates:

* Paper submission: April 30 (extended)
* Acceptance notification: May 14
* Registration at the workshop: June 1
* Workshop: July 3 (09:00-12:30)

General information on ICLS 2012:Please consult the ICLS 2012 website for more information on the conference (registration, program, etc.)
posted by Jérôme Zeiliger on 03/02/12 12:46:50
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