Doctoral Consortium

The ICWL 2019 Doctoral Consortium is a forum where doctoral students can present, discuss, and get feedback on their research, as well as develop and extend their doctorate dissertation, on Web-based learning and related topics. The DC is intended mainly for those PhD students who have a clear research topic and approach, and some preliminary results as well, and whose research can still benefit from the consortium feedback.

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the topics listed on the ICWL 2019 website (see Call for Papers).

The application to the Doctoral Consortium takes the form of a 6 pages paper, produced according to Springer LNCS Authors Guidelines.

All contributions submitted to DC will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee (DC-PC) and the accepted ones will be published in the ICWL proceedings, after presentation at the conference.

According to the DC-PC chairs decision, one or more members of the DC-PC will be specifically assigned to each accepted contribution. This mentor (or these mentors) will provide the student with feedback and further remarks about her/his work, so to help improve the contribution and prepare the presentation.

Special sessions of the conference will be dedicated to the Doctoral Consortium. Each selected student will have about 35 minutes for her presentation and discussion.

Submission procedure – Tentative

The Application comprises the paper submitted contribution, and a letter from the advisor.

1. Submission

The submitted paper must include:

  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • Three keywords
  • Motivation of the research
  • Related work
  • Main research questions and description of the undertaken research
  • Advancements that can be derived in the field of interest, by the proposed research

Regarding the authors, this year the ICWL-SETE-DC is admitting the presence of the advisors in the list of authors.

2. Supporting letter

The letter will be sent by the doctoral student’s advisor to the DC-chairs at the email address of the chairs: Mart Laanpere and Wolfgang Müller

The email should have „DC2019-letter – student’s name and surname“ in the subject header. The letter should state:

  • that the advisor supports student’s participation in the DC
  • how close is the doctoral dissertation proposal to be completed, and by when the thesis defense is expected

Both the submission and the supporting letter must be received by the below specified deadline. The submission of a Doctoral Consortium paper does not prevent the student from submitting, alone or in collaboration, an extended research paper, or a poster, to the ICWL conference or co-located SETE workshops/tracks. However, all submissions will undergo the usual anti-plagiarism check.


Important dates

Abstract submission: June 27, 2019
Paper submission: July 1, 2019
Notification of acceptance: July 30, 2019
Camera ready and registration: August 19, 2019

Conference: September 23 to 25, 2019


Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Mart Laanpere, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
Wolfgang Müller, University of Education Weingarten, Weingarten, Germany