SDSOL Workshop

Note: this workshop has been cancelled do to under-enrollment, and has been folded in to workshop  

ITS-2014 Workshop — SDSOL



June 6th
9:00 AM - 12:30 

In conjunction with the 
12th International Conference on 
Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS2014)

Honolulu, Hawaii, June 5-9, 2014

This workshop will bring together researchers from an array of interests who overlap on the interdisciplinary theme of supporting what we will call Social Deliberative Skills in computer-based learning environments.  Social deliberative skills (SD-skills) refers to skills that learners or participants need in order to work toward mutual understanding, mutual regard, and trust in deliberations in which participants start with diverse goals, assumptions, or values. The workshop focus is on tools, features, and methods for supporting skills such as perspective taking, meta-dialogue, social metacognition, and self-reflection in online learning, dialogue, deliberation, and knowledge building.

Important Dates:
  • March 31: Abstracts Due (extended! was originally March 20th)
  • April 4: (original announcement) Submission Deadline (please submit full paper by 3/31 if possible)
  • April 20: Acceptance notifications and reviews sent to authors
  • May 5: Camera ready copy due
  • June 5: Workshop (most likely date, but possibly the 6th)
  • June 5-9: ITS-2014 Conference

From the Registration Page (which shows registration prices):

Conference Registration:
  • Authors registration: until March 26
  • Early registration: until April 15
  • Standard registration: after April 15
Workshops and Tutorials Registration:
  • Early registration: until May 9
  • Regular registration: after May 9

Submission types:  
  • One page Position Paper
  • 3-5 page Research Report (with abstract)
  • Abstracts (or full paper) for both types is due March 20th, with longer or extended versions of both types due April 4. 

Workshop web site with submission instructions, Tom Murray <>

Themes and Goals.  This workshop will bring together researchers from an array of interests who overlap on the interdisciplinary theme of supporting Social Deliberative Skills and related social metacognition and intersubjective skills in computer-supported learning.  Social deliberative skills are used to build mutual understanding, mutual regard, and trust in deliberations in which participants start with heterogeneous goals, assumptions, values, or world-views. These skills include perspective-taking, self-reflection, social metacognition, question asking, meta-dialogue, empathy, and a tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity.  SD-skills are important in negotiating meaning and relationship in all areas of social interaction, including collaborative learning, collaborative work and knowledge building, dispute resolution, civic deliberation, and international diplomacy.  Thus SD-skills overlaps with these related areas of research:

  • Metacognition, Meta-affect, Reflective Judgment, and Self-reflection
  • Social Metacognition and Meta-dialogue
  • Knowledge Building and Meaning Negotiation
  • Perspective-taking, deliberative skills, conflict resolution skills, and empathy

We welcome submissions describing innovative work contributing to this theme, including:

  • Theoretical treatments of SD-skills, well grounded in cognitive or learning science, developmental theories, social science, communication studies, and/or citizen deliberation disciplines;
  • Interdisciplinary frameworks that integrate or introduce theories or findings from related but academically distant disciplines;
  • Measuring and assessing SD-skills using human or automated means, including text classification, machine learning, social network analysis, socio-technical activity analysis, or epistemic network and uptake analysis;
  • Modeling, tracking, or predicting SD-skills;
  • Supporting or teaching SD-skills, through indirect scaffolding, direct coaching, collaborative learning, curriculum or activity scripts, driving questions, facilitator support, visualization and awareness tools, etc.

If acceptable submissions outnumber participant limit (20) then Research Reports will be given preference, and submissions referencing prior empirical work and/or tested systems will be given preference over design ideas and theoretical treatments not based on empirical foundations. Researchers who have not applied their work to computer-supported contexts but are interested in how their work might apply to computer-supported may have important perspectives and results to share and are welcomed to apply.

Importance and Context.  One of the goals of education is to produce competent national and global citizens capable of participating in democratic self-governance and capable of wrestling with the difficult questions and dizzying array of information and opinion they face in our technologically advanced society. Gastil and Black (2008) define deliberation as when people arrive at a “well-reasoned solution after a period of inclusive, respectful consideration.” Engaging with others on topics such as climate change, genetic engineering, and internet privacy requires not only learning the relevant facts and concepts and making logical inferences, but also engaging reciprocally with the perspectives and opinions of others who may not share one's views or goals; i.e. situations where "reasonable people can reasonably disagree" (King & Kitchener, 1994). Doing so requires certain skills that can be systematically supported (Rosenberg, 2004; Herzig & Chasin, 2006; Holman et al, 2007).

Research on SD-skills builds upon prior work in supporting argumentation, metacognition, knowledge building, and collaboration in e-learning, but focusses specifically on the skills needed to negotiate differences of opinions, goals, or perspectives.  

Submission Details

Research Papers and Position Papers should be submitted in Springer LNCS format as PDF files.  Submission will probably be through the EasyChair online system at questions to Articles will be evaluated by two or more members of the program committee. At least one author for each accepted paper must attend the workshop.

Workshop Format

The half-day workshop will include paper presentations followed by open discussion about the state of the art, salient research issues, and future directions. 


  • Tom Murray, Senior Research Fellow, Univ. of Massachusetts School of Computer Science
  • Caterina Desiato, Doctoral Candidate, Communication and Information Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • Niels Pinkwart, Prof. of Computer Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Xiaoxi Xu, Doctoral graduate, Univ. of Massachusetts School of Computer Science

Program Committee:

  • Nia Dowell, Researcher, Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis
  • Ben Dubolay, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex
  • Art Graesser, Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Director of Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis
  • Judy Kay, Professor of Computer Science, Computer Human Adapted Interaction Research Group, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Fazel Keshtkar  Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Deanna Kuhn, Professor of Psychology and Education, Dept. of Human Development, Teachers College Columbia University
  • Haiying Li, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology, Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis
  • Bruce McLaren, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Peter Muhlberger, Social Scientist, Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska, formerly at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Marlene Scardamalia Professor in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, Univ. of Toronto
  • Felicia Sullivan, Sr. Researcher, Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, Tufts University
  • Leah Wing, Professor and Director of the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, Department of Legal Studies, Univ. of Massachusetts
  • Beverly Woolf, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Knowledge Communication, Univ. of Massachusetts School of Computer Science
Subpages (1): Workshop Proceedings