Doctoral Consortium - Call for Papers

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., in their first or second year). 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. The Doctoral Consortium provides PhD students with the opportunity to meet and discuss with experts in their area. 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).

The Doctoral Consortium will consist of 3 sessions. The first session aims at giving students the chance to present their work to others and get familiar with the work of other PhD students in their area. Each PhD student will give a very brief presentation (about 3 minutes) about his/her work with focus on motivation and research problem. These presentations are followed by a poster exhibition where individual discussion about each student's work will take place. The second session aims at giving students feedback from an expert in their area and let them discuss their work with him/her as well as with few other PhD students doing research in the respective area. After the notification of acceptance/rejection, each PhD student with an accepted paper will be assigned to a small group consisting of 3-4 PhD students and one expert in their area. Each group will start to communicate and exchange their papers so that all members of the group are familiar with the papers of each group member. During the second session, each small group will meet individually. PhD students will give a short presentation about their work (about 10 minutes; 3 slides: Motivation/Background, What have been done already; What will be done in future). After each presentation, group discussion will take place where each student can discuss his/her work with the expert and with other PhD students. The third session concludes the Doctoral Consortium, where students can reflect about what they have learnt.

Call for Papers and Topics

Students interested in participating in the ICALT2010 Doctoral Consortium should submit a 2-page paper (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 submit a 2-page paper about your doctoral work using the ASK-Conference System at: The paper should:

  • Provide the title of the PhD Research, the name of the PhD Student and the PhD Advisor and the Affiliated Organisation
  • Provide a motivation for the research, explaining what the problem in the respective field is and why it is a problem
  • Clearly formulate the research question
  • 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 collaborators

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Workshop participation is limited to 10 PhD students.


The Doctoral Consortium is only for PhD students in their first or second PhD year. Therefore, a confirmation from the main supervisor has to be submitted via email to,, and at the same time as the paper is submitted via the conference system. Furthermore, the PhD thesis must be in the area of Advanced Learning Technologies.


Accepted papers will be publication in the IEEE proceedings of ICALT2010, following the Author Guidelines.  Also the accepted manuscripts will be made available to participants via the ICALT2010 Web Site. Participants will be invited to include an extended version of the paper 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, 2010Deadline for submission of 2-page paper and confirmation from PhD supervisor
March 2, 2010Notification of acceptance
March 15, 2010Authors' Registration Deadline
April 16, 2010Camera-Ready 2-page paper for Conference Proceedings
July 5-7, 2010ICALT2009 Doctoral Consortium
August 1, 2010Camera-Ready Extended Manuscripts for IEEE  Multidisciplinary Engineering Education Magazine [Editor: Zhao Xinyou, University of Electro-Communications, Japan]

Contact Address

Requests for information should be e-mailed to, and