We invite three kinds of paper submissions to spark discussion at the workshop:
To maximize discussion time at the workshop, paper presentation times will be very short. Actual times will depend on the number of accepted submissions but are estimated to be in the range of 3 to 5 minutes for position papers, 4 to 7 minutes for short papers, and 6 to 10 minutes for long papers.
Papers must be submitted as PDF files to the Easy Chair Blocks and Beyond 2019 workshop submission site by the end of 12 Jul 2019. We do not use a double blind review process, so submissions should include author information. Use an IEEE Conference template to format your submission.
As with the two previous Blocks & Beyond workshops, we plan to publish accepted papers as an IEEE workshop proceedings. Publication will require submitting an IEEE copyright form.
All workshop participants (whether or not they have an accepted paper) are encouraged to present a demo and/or poster of their work during the workshop. Indicate your desire to present by submitting a 1 to 2 paragraph abstract to the DemosPosters track of the Easy Chair Blocks and Beyond 2019 workshop submission site. These will be accepted on a rolling basis between Fri 16 Aug 2019 and Fri 20 Sep 2019 . Abstracts will be quickly reviewed by the organizing committee. Accepted abstracts will appear on the workshop website but not in the IEEE proceedings.
There is an option to submit a longer demo/poster summary document that will appear in the proceedings. A summary document should be at least one full page and at most two full pages (in double-column IEEE conference style). It should include a short abstract in addition to the main body text, and should also include appropriate citations and references. Summary documents will be accepted on a rolling basis between Fri 16 Aug 2019 and Fri 25 Oct 2019 (a week after the workshop). Feedback will typically come within a week, and definitely by Mon 28 Oct.
Summary documents will be reviewed by the workshop organizers, who determined acceptance and may require modifications before publication. Accepted summary documents will appear in the proceedings only if the demo/poster is presented at the workshop. Publication will require submitting an IEEE copyright form.
Blocks programming has become popular in programming environments targeted at beginner programmers, end users, and casual programmers. Tens of millions of people have used blocks programming environments like Scratch, App Inventor, Blockly, Snap!, StarLogo Nova, Pencil Code, Alice/Looking Glass, AgentSheets/AgentCubes, and Code.org's curricula.
Blocks environments improve learnability and usability by supporting recognition over recall, reducing cognitive load by capturing structural patterns as blocks, and using block shapes to prevent errors in syntax and in static semantics (e.g., out-of-scope variable names and type errors). Other features typically include browser-based environments, high-level abstractions, visible state, and easy-to-find examples.
Since blocks are only a small step towards leveraging visual languages and notations for specifying and understanding computation, the emphasis of this workshop is on the Beyond aspect of Blocks & Beyond: what kinds of visual notations and programming environment scaffolding facilitate: Understanding program semantics? Learning computational concepts? Developing computational identity and fostering computational participation and computational action?
The goal of this workshop is to bring together language designers, educators, researchers, and members of the broader VL/HCC community to answer these questions. We seek participants with diverse expertise, including, but not limited to: design of programming environments, instruction with these environments, human factors, the learning sciences, and learning analytics.
This workshop will engage participants to (1) discuss the state of the art of visual languages targeted at beginners, end users, and casual programmers; (2) assess the usability and effectiveness of these languages and their associated pedagogies; and (3) brainstorm about future directions for these languages.