Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL’17)

CSCL 2017, the 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, will take place from June 18-22 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference theme “Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL” is motivated by recent statistics from Silicon Valley companies in the USA, in Europe, and Asia that present a troubling picture about the lack of diversity in the technology workforce. CSCL 2017 aims to challenge these trends with a conference focused on prioritizing keynote speakers, workshops and papers that champion research and tools focused on equity and access relative to CSCL. 


Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat

The symposium on women in gaming, took place on April 25, 2016 at the University of Pennyslvaniawhere panelists discussed the role of academics in understanding movements such as Gamergate and the harassment some scholars face. Speakers were Justine Cassell, Florence Chee, Jill Denner, Betsey diSalvo, Suzanne deCastell, Kishonna Gray, Jen Jenson, Heidi MacDonald, Gabriela Richard, Adrienne Shaw, and Brendesha Tynes.

Select papers discussing these issues, can also be found in a book edition with the same title published by ETC Press.



Third Annual GenderIT conference with the theme “Advancing Diversity” took place on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the University of Pennsylvania. In IT and technology-related fields at large, diversity has been a longstanding and troubling issue. Particularly, girls, women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in these fields; few engage in STEM-related classes or enter IT professions. What can we do to address these challenges? What do we know about interests, images, and intersections around gender, race, and IT? How can we design K-12 education and craft career trajectories so that more girls and minorities express interest and participate in IT?  What are some promising and innovative designs and interventions? How are trends in related fields, such as gaming, connected to larger IT developments? Keynote speaker was Justine Cassell, Carnegie-Mellon University.


Next Generation MOOCs: Perspectives from the Learning Sciences

This lecture series took place in Spring 2014 and reviewed the prospects and possibilities of massive open online courses. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have taken higher education by surprise, some courses with over a hundred thousand registered students. Now that the first wave of MOOC courses has been offered and analyzed, what will the next generation of MOOCs look like? Speakers were Mark Guzdial, Georgia Institute of Technology, Daniel Hickey, Indiana University, Eric Klopfer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Candace Reimers, Stanford University,


Stitch Fest 

This E-textiles oriented hackathon took place in the Fall and Spring of 2014, during and in conjunction with PennAppsthe premier college hackathon hosted every semester at the University of Pennsylvania. We invited PennApps participants to push the frontiers of low-power computing, data analytics, and interactive media to design the next generation of smart wearables for sports, leisure or business settings. Teams worked with the LilyPad Arduino, an electronic textile construction kit, and a set of components such as a wireless module, various sensors and actuators ready to interface with the kit. All materials were provided to teams free of charge thanks to the generous support of IBM.


Girls ‘N’ Games

The symposium took place on May 9, 2006, at the University of California, Los Angeles, at the wake of E3—the world's largest trade show on electronic entertainment—where are the women and what do they want? Public conversations about girls and games, women's participation in game design and play with MIT professor Henry Jenkins; Brenda Laurel, chair of the Graduate Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.; Nichol Bradford, global director of strategic growth at Vivendi Universal Games and numerous other speakers from Europe, Asia and North America.


Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of Electronic Textiles and Education

The symposium took place on April 11, 2011 at the University of Pennsylvania and showcased research and designs with the LilyPad Arduino, an electronic textile construction kit, that blends together textile craft, electrical engineering and programming. Speakers inlcuded Joanna Berzowska, Leah Buechley, Michael Eisenberg, Yasmin Kafai, Maggie Orth, and Kylie Peppler. 


International Conference on Computer of the Learning Sciences

ICLS 2004, the 6th International Conference on Computer of the Learning Sciences, took place from June 22-26, 2004 in Santa Monica, CA. The theme of our conference is "Embracing Diversity in the Learning Sciences". As a field, the learning sciences have always drawn from a diverse set of disciplines to study learning in an increasingly diverse array of settings. Psychology, cognitive science, anthropology, and artificial intelligence have all contributed to the development of methodologies to study learning in schools, museums, and organizations. As the field grows, however, it increasingly recognizes the challenges to studying and changing learning environments across levels in complex social systems. This demands attention to new kinds of diversity in who, what, and how we study; and to the issues such diversity raises to developing coherent accounts of how learning occurs and can be supported in a multitude of social contexts, ranging from schools to families, and across levels of formal schooling from pre-school through higher education. The papers in these conference proceedings responded to the call.


Children’s Interactive Media Festival

In 1995 and in 1996, I organized for the Academic of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, CA, one-day events for the children’s television community about new developments in children’s interactive media.