Call for Papers

Call For Proposals Description

This highly interactive half day workshop will enable Web Science researchers to share their views and experiences on the current status of how the Web is approached in interdisciplinary teaching activities in Higher Education related contexts.


Previous Web Science curriculum workshops have raised the question of the Web Science curricula in Master degrees, the integration of Web Science in the Higher Education curriculum, and digital literacies. This workshop aims to determine what has been done, and what is yet to be done to achieve the integration of Web Science educational curricula.


Individuals with experience of teaching Web Science as a major focus may none the less have valuable contributions to make, and the workshop outcomes aim to benefit the wide range of curricula in existence.


During WS Curricula workshops at Southampton, Koblenz, Bloomington, and Oxford, the idea of


“teaching” Web Science at university was raised. We know that quite a number of universities have already developed dedicated Web Science programmes. But, if Web Science is an interdisciplinary field of research, then how do we teach the Web in non-Web Science degrees?


Web Science is the fundamental discipline that understands the Web and its impact on society. ButtheWebisanunknownentityformanyuniversitystudentsandaninterdisciplinaryapproach to Web Science can potentially identify and provide the content, resources and strategies to help other disciplines know about the Web, its development, its reality and itsimpact.



The idea is to move the debate on from theoretical Web Science curricula discussion to a more “content & practice sharing” approach on how to teach the Web. Participants will be asked to bring their references, resources, courses maps, bibliographies and their feedback on experience and propose a collaborative design to share all this material.


The workshop will work to produce 2 different deliverables:


–  Asynthesisofexperiencespresentinggoodpractices,argumentationforteachingtheweband proposals for coursesdesign.

–  Aproposalforacollaborativeplatformtoshareteachingresourcesandcreateanonline teachingcommunity.



We will endeavour to cultivate a discursive and interactive format around a structure of brief, focused presentations.

–  Summary of previous discussions on thesubject

–  Presentation of the WSCDproject.

–  5 or 6 presentations of experiences in different contexts (7minutes).

–  3 or 4 contributions on “community building and resourcessharing”

–  Discussion

–  Recommendations.


A core objective of this workshop is community building. Participation is important, but we acknowledge that some potential participants may find it financially constraining to travel to the conference.


Exceptionally, for high quality contributions, we will consider participation via a pre-recorded video or audio/video conferencing. If necessary, please indicate this requirement on your submission.



Submission Types

1  Teachingexperiences


Web Scientists with “Web related” teaching activities are invited to share their experience in this workshop.From“FundamentalsinWebDevelopment”to“WebEconomics”,“WebSociology”or “Web Culture”, present your teaching activities in 7 minutes oralpresentations.


Submissions should detail:


  • Course context (level, students, discipline,etc.)
  • Course objectives and targetedcompetencies
  • Course content (Structure, sections, topics,references)
  • Evaluation methods (Tests, projects, papers,etc.)
  • Experience feedback / Studentsfeedback


2  Community building and resourcessharing

Accounts of resource development and sharing initiatives – in progress or proposed. Weareparticularlyinterestedinexamplesofcollaborationandco-creation,creatingthe curriculum from the ground up, student ledactivities


Submissions should provide a well structured account of the activity and progress supported by evaluations and reflections as appropriate.


3  Curriculum design – from rationale torealisation


In some cases, colleagues will have designed curricula which they have not yet taught, or have only been teaching for a short while. In these cases it may not be possible to present evaluations, however and explanation of the rationale may be valuable to the community.

Colleagues may be able to offer insights into unexpected problems, serendipitous solutions, or proposals which they consider to be particularly innovative.


Submissions should provide a well structured account of the activity and progress supported by analysis and reflections as appropriate.


Submission formats: English Language Length and Structure:

  • Initial abstracts of length between 200 and 500words.
  • Initial papers and abstracts in free textformat,
  • Revised accepted papers up to two pages in ACMformat.



How to Submit

Papers will be submitted via EasyChair Timeline

  • Workshop abstracts due, March 30th,2018
  • Acceptance Notices Sent Out by Organizers, April 7th,2018
  • Final Version of short papers or abstracts due, May 4th ,2018
  • Workshop at WebSci 18, May 27th,2018