Call for Papers: Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education (WIPTE)


Purdue University is hosting this year’s Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education (WIPTE). Submissions for papers, videos and posters are now being accepted.

Conference Dates: October 15 – 16, 2008
Conference Schedule future location

Here are some of the details for the Call for Papers:


Submissions Due: June 16, 2008.

Objectives: A wide variety of disciplines are embracing Tablet PC’s and similar pen-based devices as tools for the radical enhancement of teaching and learning. Deployments of Tablet PCs have spanned the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels and have dealt with an amazingly diverse range of subject areas including nursing, veterinary science, geology, ethno-musicology, anthropology, landscape architecture, writing, mathematics, computer science, Japanese language, physics, engineering, art, economics, as well as others. Despite the diversity of content areas, many deployments have been similar in terms of the passion they have generated among students and teachers. The Third Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education (WIPTE) is intended to leverage this shared passion and to identify best practices in the educational use of pen-based computing so that all educators may benefit from this next generation of technology.

WIPTE seeks paper submissions from individuals with experience deploying pen-based pedagogy in varied educational environments. All submissions will be peer reviewed. The review process will look for contributions that discuss actual deployments of pen-based educational solutions coupled with reports on attempts to rigorously assess the value of the deployment. Within the context of this focus, however, the workshop seeks to be inclusive with respect to the following:

* Submissions related to all education settings, especially higher education, but also including K12, continuing education, distance education, and corporate training are welcome.

* Contributions that focus on a specific discipline or subject area, or those that cut across areas, are welcome.

* Contributions are welcome to define "Education" broadly to include in-class experiences as well as activities that occur outside the classroom. Similarly, contributions can focus on student activities, teacher activities, or a combination of the two. In particular, contributions can describe support for synchronous teaching and learning and/or asynchronous activities such as grading written work, studying for exams, preparing for class presentations, etc.

* Successful submissions will include an evaluation component that will typically consider one or more of the following areas: impact on student attitudes; impact on teacher attitudes; impact on learning outcomes; impact on the classroom dynamic; impact on student retention and/or attendance; impact on homework submissions; impact on recruiting teachers and/or students; impact on teacher efficiency and workload; any of the preceding categories or any other category as it relates to impact on special populations, students with special needs, or specific areas of national need. While we expect many evaluations to be largely positive, we recognize the value of sharing what has not worked as well as what has. Therefore, the evaluation component may include positive outcomes, negative outcomes, or a mixture of the two.

* Contributions may report on "out of the box" deployments of Tablet PCs, experiences with commercial educational software solutions, locally developed systems, or combinations of the two approaches. Solutions that are described should be generally available to the public, either commercially or otherwise.

This list is not intended to be definitive. While we welcome submissions that may lie outside of the areas listed above, we encourage all submissions to describe pen-based solutions with discussion of the impact on teaching and/or learning, with such discussion having empirical backup in actual classroom assessment. Projects that do not have a rigorous assessment or that have not been implemented in a real, working environment would be considered "works in progress." We would encourage works in progress" to be submitted as a WIPTE poster (see separate call for posters) instead of as a WIPTE paper.