[robotics-worldwide] CFP - Special Issue on Robotics in CS Education - Submit by May 24th

Jennifer S. Kay kay at rowan.edu
Mon Apr 15 18:55:53 PDT 2013



Now with a new, more semester-friendly deadline!

A journal published by Taylor & Francis

*** Special Issue on Robotics in Computer Science Education ***
*** Submission Deadline: May 24, 2013 ***

Guest Editors: Jennifer Kay and Tom Lauwers

Robots are a unique "digital manipulative" that offer a broad set of 
affordances to facilitate the learning of computer science. Oftentimes 
the same robot can be used in an introductory programming class as a way 
to physically instantiate student-written programs as well as in 
advanced classes on AI or real-time systems. Robotics projects often 
include opportunities for creativity or for the development of life-like 
behaviors that can create a bond between programmers and their 
creations. A diverse set of richly interactive, low cost, and easily 
programmable robots have become available for use in Computer Science 
education over the last decade, and educators have used these tools in a 
large variety of ways.

We solicit articles that describe original work on any aspect of 
robotics in computer scienceeducation. Suitable topics include, but are 
not limited to:

? Robot projects in courses across the CS curriculum, at all levels of 
? Use of robots to teach computing concepts outside of traditional 
computer science courses, including both traditional non-CS courses and 
informal learning environments.
? Strategies for assessing student robotics projects.
? Studies on the impact of robot-centered courses on recruitment, 
retention, and/or learning, particularly those comparing impacts between 
robot-centered and non-robot courses.
? Studies on the impact of robot-centered courses or activities on 
recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups.
? Research methods for evaluating the effectiveness of robotics programs 
in learning CS concepts.
? Literature reviews of robots in CS education.
? New robot hardware platforms and robot simulation environments 
suitable for use in CS education.

*** SCHEDULE ***
Full Paper Submission: May 24, 2013
Notification: July 30, 2013
Final camera-ready paper: August 30, 2013
Publication: December 2013

Submissions should be emailed to the guest editors at: 
csed-robots at rowan.edu <mailto:csed-robots at rowan.edu>

Full papers are ideally 5,000 to 7,000 words long. Both abstracts and 
full papers should be inWord or PDF, formatted according to the 
instructions at:

Computer Science Education aims to publish high-quality papers with a 
specific focus on teaching and learning within the computing discipline 
that are accessible and of interest to educators, researchers, and 
practitioners alike.Depending on their special interests, those working 
in the field may draw on subject areas as diverse as statistics, 
educational theory and the cognitive sciences in addition to technical 
computing knowledge.Papers may present work at different scales, from 
classroom-based empirical studies through evaluative comparisons of 
pedagogic approaches across institutions or countries and of different 
types from the practical to the theoretical. The journal is not 
dedicated to any single research orientation. Studies based on 
qualitative data, such as case studies, historical analysis and 
theoretical, analytical or philosophical material, are equally highly 
regarded as studies based on quantitative data and experimental 
methods.It is expected that all papers should inform the reader of the 
methods and goals of the research; present and contextualise results, 
and draw clear conclusions.

Jennifer S Kay
Professor                                 kay at rowan.edu
Rowan University                          856-256-4593 (voice)
Computer Science Department               856-256-4741 (fax)
201 Mullica Hill Road                     http://www.rowan.edu/~kay/
Glassboro, NJ 08028                       http://www.rowan.edu/robots

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