EUROCALL 2022 - Call for Papers

 

 

EUROCALL 2022: Intelligent CALL, granular systems and learner data

First call for papers

 

Submission deadline for EUROCALL 2022: 15 February 2022

 

We welcome proposals addressing Intelligent CALL, granular systems, and learner data from theoretical and practical perspectives in relation to the many forms and contexts of CALL.

 

The intelligent CALL (ICALL) suggests a new stage of CALL, which includes technologies such as speech recognition and text-to-speech systems with automatic feedback, machine learning, learning about learners’ mistakes, and using data about learners’ progress. All of this is used to optimise the learning experience of individual learners. The optimisation process, which is based on many different types of information about the learners’ progress, is called granulation. Using granular systems, i.e. systems equipped with mechanisms for data collection about users’ learning behaviour, are not only popular in assessment programs but also in many language-learning systems with educational purposes. From a microscopic level, granularity is regarded as all the different data gathered from one user. When analysing data from several different users of the same language-learning program, one can achieve a macroscopic granular view. This type of granular allows to present the learning behaviour of many different users in a more concise view. For instance, a pattern of co-occurring events on a longitudinal level can be detected. This means that one can learn about different points in time when individual users performed similar actions. Overall, this theme is central to both institutes, particularly to the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute, whose staff does granular research in motivation and retention patterns of learner behaviour in the Icelandic Online MOOC.

 

Potential themes could include but are not limited to:

 

  • Intelligent software and applications for language learning
  • Intelligent tutoring systems and virtual learning environments for language learning
  • Granulating knowledge about learners’ progress in Virtual Learning Environments for language education
  • Language assessment and learner data
  • LMOOCS and interpretation of learner data
  • Computer games and intelligent features of CALL
  • Intelligent feedback mechanisms for enhanced language learning
  • Massively multiplayer online role-playing games and language learning
  • Application of theories and frameworks supporting intelligent CALL (ICALL)

 

Important Dates

See “Important Dates” tab on the conference website https://vigdis.hi.is/en/events/eurocall-2022/ 

 

Format of Abstracts

 

Abstracts (500-word limit) have to be submitted through the OpenConf system from 15 December 2021: https://www.openconf.org/EUROCALL2022/author/submit.php.

 

Presentation categories at the conference include individual short papers, symposia, European projects, posters, and conference online workshops.

 

  1. Individual short papers

Short papers should be submitted for 20-minute presentations. This timing allows for 15 minutes presenting and 5 minutes for questions. Three types of short papers may be given:

  1. Research papers focusing on a specific research topic with practical implications. Rationale together with methodology and a brief literature review shall be included. Both empirical and theoretical research papers are welcome.
  2. Research and development papers focusing on the development of pedagogies, programs and technologies supporting intelligent tutoring. The research and development paper should present original findings and focus on practical implications and improvement of language learning and teaching.
  3. Reflective practice papers focusing on testing and integration of technologies in different language learning and teaching environments. The reflective practice papers could report on assessment and evaluation of language learners and teachers using different programs and technologies to enhance their learning and teaching strategy.

 

  1. Symposia

Symposia consist of three or four papers on a similar topic. The length of each paper presentation during the symposium should be about 10-15 minutes. The proposer and organizer of the symposium will also be the chair, who will be in contact with the EUROCALL 2022 organizing team and the individual presenters. The topic for each symposium should normally address the conference theme. Sessions are organized in a panel format with no changeover and last for 60 minutes.

 

Submissions for symposia from EUROCALL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are very welcome, with a view to promoting their work to the conference delegates and encouraging participation in the SIGs. Current EUROCALL SIGs are: Teacher Education, Virtual Worlds and Serious Gaming, iCALL, CorpusCall, Computer-Mediated Communication, Less-widely Taught Languages, Mobile-Assisted Language Learning, Graduate Students, LMOOC.

 

Proposal for symposia should be submitted in a form of an abstract through the OpenConf website. The abstract should include a text (max. 500 words) describing the theme of the symposium, the names and institutions of the participants, and the aspect of the main problem that each of the participants will address. Please note that each participant in the symposium presenting their research can submit separately an abstract of their own short paper through the OpenConf platform as well (see section “How to submit your proposal” below).

 

  1. European Projects

This year’s conference will again offer a forum for the showcasing and dissemination of EU-funded projects. Each project will be allocated a 30-minute slot, including questions. Abstracts of proposals for each project should be uploaded to the OpenConf system as an abstract for a short paper.

  1. Posters

Posters enable a brief and very visual presentation of research projects, work in progress, and theoretical thesis, such as bachelor’s or master’s thesis and doctoral dissertations. They aim at attracting a wide range of audiences in language education because the information they present is clear and concise, and therefore easy to remember. Posters should focus on work in progress and report on previous or preliminary findings. Please keep in mind that posters are first and foremost visual aids that should attract the audience. They should have a clear and easy-to-read layout with a text that people from different areas in technology and language learning, and language education could understand. Submissions from university students are especially welcome in this category. A prize will be awarded for the best poster in two categories: PhD student and Researcher.

 

  1. Conference online workshops

A limited number of conference online workshops will be organized on Wednesday 16 August 2022 in the morning. The duration of each online workshop can be 90 minutes. In case the time limit of 90 minutes would be insufficient, the online workshop proposer can organize two separate sessions so that participants can attend either one of them or both, without missing crucial information. Online workshops typically involve a hands-on session, during which participants can become familiar with the latest technological tools and approaches in relevant topic areas in language education in connection to Intelligent CALL.

 

Abstracts of proposals for each workshop should be uploaded to the OpenConf system as an abstract (max. 500 words) describing the theme of the workshop, the name(s) and institution(s) of the organizer, and the topic of the hands-on workshop that will be handled during the online session(s). In case the time limit of 90 minutes would be insufficient, the online workshop proposer can organize two separate sessions so that participants can attend either one of them or both without missing crucial information.

 

Format of abstracts

All presentation categories require the submission of an abstract that does not exceed 500 words, excluding the title, names and affiliations. We would appreciate if you could select from a list of conference subthemes when submitting your abstract. This would help us to organize the full conference programme around different subthemes of the conference.

 

 

How to submit your proposal

Submission platform OpenConf:https://www.openconf.org/EUROCALL2022/author/submit.php

 

 

Contact information

Any queries relating to the conference should be sent to infovigdis@hi.is  with the subject line EUROCALL 2022.

 

We look forward to your submissions!

 

 

The EUROCALL 2022 Organising Team in Reykjavik

University of Iceland

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies

 

 

Current conference website:

  • EUROCALL 2022 https://vigdis.hi.is/en/events/eurocall-2022/

 

Join EUROCALL as a new member or re-new your membership:

  • EUROCALL website https://www.eurocall-languages.org/join/join-eurocall-now

 

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