What is the Doctoral Consortium?

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertation). The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice on using the research environment in a constructive and international atmosphere. Students will present and discuss their thesis in the context of a well-known and established international conference outside of their usual university environment. The workshop will take place on a single full day. Up to 10 Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to participate. Students are expected to meet the registration fees of  the ICALT Conference (student rates). A number of prominent professors and experienced practitioners in the field of Advanced Learning Technologies research in organizations from different countries and continents will conduct the workshop. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the thesis as well as on the presentation. Students will have 15 minutes to present their research, focusing on the main theme of their thesis, what they have achieved so far and how they plan to continue their work. Another 15 minutes is reserved for discussion and feedback from both the professors and other participants. In the course of the workshop students will also get advice on more general questions, e.g. he differences of Ph.D. studies in different countries.

Call for Papers and Topics

Students interested in participating in the ICALT2009 Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended manuscript (see details below) describing their Advanced Learning Technologies research. Submissions relating to any aspect of Advanced Learning Technologies  research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, focusing on the main themes of ICALT2009. To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please provide  an extended manuscript of your doctoral work using the ASK-Conference System at: The extended manuscript should be maximum 8 pages and should:
* Provide the title of the PhD Research, the name of the PhD Student and the PhD Advisor and the Affiliated Organisation
* Clearly formulate the research question,
* Identify the significant problems in the field of research,
* Summarize the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of the art for solutions,
* Clearly present any preliminary research plans and ideas, and the results achieved so far,
* Sketch the research methodology that is to be applied,
* Describe the expected contributions of the applicant to the research area, and
* (For technical research) describes how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches to a problem.
* Appropriately acknowledge the possible contribution of non-student advisors or collaboratorsSubmissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Workshop participation is limited to 10 Ph.D. students.


The selected PhD students will be invited to submit an two-page abstract of their work for publication to the ICALT2009 proceedings following the Author Guidelines.  Also the accepted manuscripts will be made available to participants via the ICALT2009 Web Site. Participants will be invited to include their abstracts in a special issue of the IEEE Multidisciplinary Engineering Education Magazine (MEEM), the official publication of the IEEE Education Society Student Activities Committee (ISSN 1558-7908) whose primary objective is to facilitate the publication of interesting, useful, and informative material on all aspects of multidisciplinary engineering education for the benefit of students and young educators.


All the students who submit and present their papers in the Doctoral Consortium will be eligible to receive best DC paper awards.


The Doctoral Consortium is co-organized by the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology and the IEEE Education Society Student Activity Committee (EdSocSAC -

Important Dates

February 16, 2009    Deadline for submission of extended manuscript
February 24, 2009    Notification of acceptance
April 17, 2009    Camera-Ready two-page abstract for Conference Proceedings
July 14-18, 2009       ICALT2009 Doctoral Consortium
August 1, 2009         Camera-Ready Extended Manuscripts for IEEE  Multidisciplinary Engineering Education Magazine [Editor: Seiji  Isotani Osaka University, Japan]

Contact Address

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