The EDM Doctoral Consortium is an interactive event to support doctoral students (and also students from research Masters that will continue their research in a Doctoral Thesis) working in domains relevant to the interdisciplinary research areas of EDM. In the Doctoral Consortium, the students will share and discuss their research ideas and plans with more experienced colleagues, i.e., mentors, who will provide feedback on various aspects of the student’s work including the theoretical framing and the methodological approaches. Doctoral Consortium participants will also have the opportunity to informally present their research to the larger EDM community.

We invite all master and doctoral students for submission. However, the candidates selected will be those who are at a stage in their research at which feedback from the EDM community will be of most value. That is, the students have a clear topic and research approach, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along in their work that they can no longer benefit from feedback received during the conference. It is possible to participate in the Doctoral Consortium if the candidate is in a master or doctoral program, and also if they have graduated within the year. The papers must be primarily authored by the students but can have advisors and collaborators listed as co-authors. The topics of interest are related to the main conference topics.

Though the main objective of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide an opportunity for feedback on students’ current research, we also seek to continue to build interdisciplinary research ideas, theoretical frameworks, and methodological approaches because these intersections are critical to EDM as an area of scholarship. We recognize that a supportive and trans-disciplinary research community can only be possible with opportunities for healthy dialogic exchange between members of the EDM community. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the Doctoral Consortium fosters such collaborative interactions among the participants of the conference in order to enhance the experience of all participants and build capacity in the field.

Format and Content

Accepted candidates will participate in roundtable sessions (virtual or hybrid) during the conference in which they will present their work and receive feedback from senior researchers and other students participating in the session.

In addition, each student with an accepted paper will be assigned a mentor with specialized background on the student’s research topic or methodological approach so that more detailed and specific feedback can be provided to each student. We will ask accepted students for a set of folks in the EDM community they want to get introduced to as a mentor and we will do our best to connect each student with a good mentor. 

The submission has two parts:

  1. The paper (to be published in the conference proceedings), and
  2. A presentation letter with additional information about the student and the research carried out to date.

The papers should describe (using the format template linked below), in a logical and coherent manner, the aims and objectives of the proposed research, by clearly illustrating:

  1. The problem(s) addressed and the fit with the state of the art, including any previous work the student has done.
  2. The theoretical framing and proposed solution(s), as well as the methodology adopted to achieve it. Include the progress made to date on the work.
  3. The expected contribution(s) and impact of the research on the EDM community being mindful of both the Learning Sciences and Computer Science.
  4. Make sure to be mindful of this year’s theme of IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) in EDM

The presentation letter should include the following information:

  1. Title of your paper, your name, the name of your PhD supervisor(s), and a link to their webpage.
  2. Your university
  3. A short description of the study where the research is carried out. Include some information on where you are in your studies (e.g. ABD,1st year PhD student) and a brief description of your background.
  4. The type of feedback you would like to receive from experts at the Doctoral Consortium.
  5. List of other contributions submitted to the EDM 2022 conference, including the list order of authors, and status of the submission. If you have a full paper submission tell us(!) but also tell us what you did versus the rest of the team.
  6. The names of three EDM researchers you would like to get introduced to and why. Neil and Carol will try to introduce you to at least one of your requested researchers including the rationale you provide for why you want to meet this researcher.
  7. Any other information that can be of interest to understand the motivation of the research carried out.
  8. The papers can be co-authored with other students and supervisor(s), but you should be the first author.  We all know that research is collaborative so it’s ok to mention the other folks you are working with, but please state in your own words what you think each person’s role is, or will be. 

Submission Instructions

Papers should be 2-4 pages long, using the format used for the conference.  The references section at the end of the paper does not count toward the listed page limits.  Presentation letters are limited to 2 pages and can follow any format.   So you can upload a single PDF that combines your presentation letter and your paper with references.    

Both files should be binded in a single PDF and uploaded at

Important Dates

Please refer to the Important Dates page.

Doctoral Consortium chairs

If you have any further questions, please, contact the doctoral consortium chairs:

  • Neil Hefferman (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, US)
  • Carol Forsyth (Educational Testing Service, US)
  • Craig Stewart (Durham University, UK)
  • Armando Toda (Durham University, UK)