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ALLS News and Events

Congratulations to Ms. Christine Tablatin and Dr. Mercedes Rodrigo!

ALLS Gets Accepted into the PITJ Special Issue on Eye Tracking

The Philippine Information Technology Journal (PITJ) is a peer-reviewed research journal that features computing applications in the area of Information Technology.  This is co-published by CSP with the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE).

We are pleased to announce that 5 submissions from ALLS have been accepted for the PITJ Special Issue on Eye Tracking. Below is the complete ALLS lineup:

  • Japheth Samaco, Jo Cortez: An Experience Report on Gathering Eye Trace Data during a Novice Programmer Tracing and Debugging Experiment
  • Christine Tablatin: Preliminary Analysis of Common Code Reading Patterns using Scanpath Trend Analysis
  • Maureen Mamilic-Villamor: Who’s Following Who? Investigating Lag Times in a Pair Tracing and Debugging Eye Tracking Experiment
  • Celesamae Tangub Vicente, myself, Hong-Fa Ho, Guan-An Chen: Analysis on Visual Attention of Students Solving Physics Playground Problems
  • John David Castro, Ezekiel Adriel Lagmay, Harold Lim: A Preliminary Comparative Analysis of High Performing and Low Performing Students in Debugging

Dr. Rodrigo Co-Authors Learning Analytics for the Global South

Dr. Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo was recently involved in the publication of an online book on Digital Learning for Development, entitled, Learning Analytics for the Global South. The book considers how the collection, analysis, and use of data about learners and their contexts have the potential to broaden access to quality education and improve the efficiency of educational processes and systems in developing countries around the world.

To download a copy, please visit Digital Learning for Development.

Full details here.

To register, click here.

ALLS Gets 2 Papers into the Philippine Computing Society Congress 2018

PCSC is annual conference in computing that is organized by the Computing Society of the Philippines to enable computing educators, researchers, ICT professionals, and students to interact and to share their work in computing, computer science, computer engineering, computational science, and information and communications technology (ICT). The conference features contributed research papers and special lectures by prominent researchers and educators in the field of computing, ICT, and related fields.

The following papers were accepted this year:

Christine Tablatin. Analysis of Static Code Reading Patterns
Maureen Mamilic-Villamor. Do friends collaborate and perform better? : A Pair Program Tracing and Debugging Eye Tracking Experiment

Full details here.

The ALLS Lecture Series
Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:00 to 4:30
Ateneo de Manila University

Buhay Grad Student: Personal Narratives of Intellectual Journeys
Jen Agapito, Neithan Casano, Christine Tablatin, Emily Sumampong Tabanao

A growing body of literature reports that graduate students suffer from mental, emotional, and psychological distress in the course of completing their studies. The academic work, personal pressures, feelings of isolation, and other factors bring pressure to bear on students, taxing their relationships and personal well-being.

In an attempt to reassure their peers, four members of the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences share the personal challenges that they confronted and continue to confront as they fulfill their academic requirements. They will share their own ways of coping with these challenges, to offer comfort and a sense of community among fellow graduate students who may be in similar situations.

To register, please fill out this Google form.

Call for Papers: ICCE 2018

In response to emerging research diversity, ICCE 2018 will be a meta-conference,
comprising of seven interrelated theme-based conferences. Accepted papers in the
main conference, Workshops, Work-in-Progress Posters (WIPP), Doctoral Student
Consortia (DSC), Early Career Workshop (ECW) and Extended Summaries (ES) will
be published in proceedings, which will be submitted to Elsevier for inclusion in
Scopus. Proceedings of the main conference (excluding posters) will also be
submitted to Thomson Reuters for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation
Index. Authors of accepted distinguished full papers will be invited to submit
extended versions of the papers for consideration of publication Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL), the official academic journal of the Asia Pacific Society for Computers in Education. ICCE 2018 will be a conference for researchers in the Asia-Pacific region to connect with international research communities for the worldwide dissemination and sharing of ideas for research in the field of Computers in Education. Seven interrelated sub-conferences on specialized themes, each of which is organized by a program committee appointed by the respective Special Interest Group (SIG), will be part of the five-day conference schedule. In addition, the conference will include keynote speakers, theme-based invited speakers, expert panels on topics of current interest, and pre-conference tutorials, workshops, Doctoral Student Consortia (DSC) and Early Career Workshop (ECW). Researchers, graduate or undergraduate students, policymakers and educators are invited to participate in all aspects of the conference.

Separate calls for papers are available for each sub-conference under the following
seven themes:
 C1: ICCE Sub-Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education/Intelligent
Tutoring System (AIED/ITS) and Adaptive Learning
 C2: ICCE Sub-Conference on Computer-supported Collaborative Learning
(CSCL) and Learning Sciences
 C3: ICCE Sub-Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ALT), Learning
Analytics and Digital Infrastructure
 C4: ICCE Sub-Conference on Classroom, Ubiquitous, and Mobile Technologies
Enhanced Learning (CUMTEL)
 C5: ICCE Sub-Conference on Digital Game and Digital Toy Enhanced Learning
and Society (GTEL&S)
 C6: ICCE Sub-Conference on Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
 C7: ICCE Sub-Conference on Practice-driven Research, Teacher Professional Development and Policy of ICT in Education (PTP)

The seven theme-based sub-conferences will foster the building of strong research
communities within the broader field of Computers in Education and Educational
Technology. The meta-conference umbrella will play the dual role of allowing
researchers to enhance their identity in their thematic research communities, but also
allowing cross-disciplinary interactions to help broaden the scope of and inspire
future innovative research.

Paper categories
 Full paper (8-10 pages)
 Short paper (5-6 pages)
 Poster paper (2-3 pages)

Please refer to the submission guidelines before submitting your papers and download the latest version of the Paper Template file in preparing your manuscript. Please note that the paper template has been revised – do download the latest version of the template instead of reusing previous year’s template. The conference practices single-blind review, i.e., the authors of the submitting papers will not know who their referees are, while the referees will be aware of the authors of the papers that they are reviewing. Anonymization is no longer required in the submitted manuscripts.

All the accepted full papers are eligible for the competitions of:
 Best Overall Paper Award
 Best Student Paper Award (restricted to papers whose first authors are graduate or
undergraduate students)
 Best Technical Design Paper Award

In addition, all the accepted poster papers are eligible for the competition of Best
Poster Design Award(s). Please visit the award rules and criteria.

Paper Submission

Before uploading your papers to the system, please ensure that you have followed the
following instructions:
1. Ensure that you have adhered to the page limits for full paper (8-10 pages), short
paper (5-6 pages) & poster (2-3 pages).
2. Ensure that you have followed the formatting instructions in the paper template
file. Please note that the paper template has been revised – do download the
latest version of the template instead of reusing previous year’s template.
The conference will have a single-blind review, i.e. the authors of the submitting
papers will not know who their referees are, while the referees will be aware of the
authors of the papers that they are reviewing. Therefore, anonymization is not
required in the submitted manuscripts.

The authors of accepted papers will need to complete the following form:
Transfer of Copyright Agreement ICCE 2018

Paper Submission
Please submit your papers for ICCE 2018 via EasyChair.

Paper Format available here.

ALLS Moves to Arete

We are happy to announce that ALLS will be moving to our new location on December 18, 2017. ALLS will officially hold office in the Joselito and Olivia Campos Interactive Teaching Lab, JJ Atencio Innovation Link, Arete.

We hope to see you there soon!

ALLS Gets Accepted into IJIET 2018

International Journal of Indonesian Education and Teaching (IJIET) is published by the Institute for Research and Community Services of Sanata Dharma University twice a year: in January and July. This journal publishes research and conceptual articles on education and teaching.

Congratulations, Hannah Tee on the acceptance of your paper:
Digital Games as a Tool for Teaching Autism Awareness and Empathy


The Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences (ALLS) successfully presented two full papers, three short papers, and two posters at the 2017 International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE;http://www.icce2017.canterbury.ac.nz/) held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 4-8 December 2017.  The ALLS papers and posters include work from graduate students who completed or are completing their MSs and PhDs in Computer Science.  It also represents continuing work and collaborations with partners in other countries.

Full details here.

ALLS Lecture Series, 7 December 2017

The ALLS Lecture Series Thursday

7 December 2017, 3:00 to 4:30

Ateneo de Manila University, F-223


A 3D Modelling System Using Human Hand Gestures to Generate Shapes in Virtual Reality Using a Leap Motion Controller

Fauxtin Marques

Abstract: Traditional 3D modeling and CAD software are generally optimized for designers in the middle-to-late stages of the design process, forcing those in the earlier conceptual stages to make 2D sketches first, or use the unintuitive interfaces of traditional 3D software. This can be harmful to the rapid idea flow that is characteristic of early-stage designing. This study aims to design and develop a system that will help visualize and solidify early ideas through an interface that detects hand gestures and interprets them to generate and manipulate three-dimensional shapes. Past applications that have tried to use hand gestures as an intuitive interaction method for 3D modeling usually have boundaries preventing these from mass use (specialized hardware setups, difficult to set up, fairly expensive, etc.). This study looks into the design process of people with 3D modeling experience and the gestures people commonly make to describe certain shapes in order to determine what gestures should correspond to what application commands and features. This study also hopes to determine whether the developed application is a viable tool for the purpose of rapid 3D idea visualization.

Full details here.


The ALLS@Mindanao symposium was hosted last October 28, 2017 at the Regis Hall Community Centre in Ateneo de Davao. The event featured presentations by Dr. Didith Rodrigo, as well as by the members of the lab based in different universities across Mindanao.

Full details here.


The National Conference on Information Technology Education (NCITE 2017) is the 15th edition of the national conference dedicated to the promotion of Information Technology Education which includes Computer Science, Information Technology, and Information Systems. The following papers from ALLS were accepted:

  • Zarah Elizabeth Arcega and Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo. Designing UX and UI for the Perceived Credibility of Government Website: A Philippine Case Study
  • Michelle Banawan, Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo and Miggy Andres. Predicting Student Carefulness in an Educational Game for Physics Using Semi-supervised Learning
  • Cristina Enriquez Dumdumaya, Michelle Banawan and Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo. The Effects of Scaffolding to various Prior Knowledge Learners in a Learning by Teaching Environment
  • Jen Agapito and Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo. A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of Gamification on Novice Programmers Achievement and Learning Experience
  • Maureen Mamilic-Villamor. Characterizing Collaboration Based on Prior Knowledge in a Pair Program Tracing and Debugging Eye-Tracking Experiment
  • Fauxtin Marques. A 3D Modelling System Using Human Hand Gestures to Generate Shapes in Virtual Reality Using a Leap Motion Controller
  • Christine Tablatin. The Relationship of Compilation Behavior Metrics and Student Performance in Introductory Programming Course. Poster presentation.

Congratulations to all the authors!

Call for Papers
Philippine Information Technology Journal Special Issue on Eye Tracking

Advances in eye tracking technologies, their declining costs, and the increasing number of methods for analysis and visualization have made it possible for researchers to investigate research questions about human attention that were previously inaccessible. Authors are invited to submit original work related to eye tracking as applied to any discipline but with an emphasis on data collection, cleaning, analysis, and interpretation.

Full details here.


Full details here.

ALLS Lecture Series, 14 October 2017

The ALLS Lecture Series
Saturday, 14 October 2017, 9:00 AM
Ateneo de Manila University, F-223

From Learning Standards to Smart Learning Environments: A View of the Challenges of Technology Enhanced Learning
Miguel Rodriguez Artacho

The main purpose of TEL has been to provide an adequate support at the right time and with the appropriate means to foster the learning process by means of technology. In the last years we have provide modelization frameworks for learning content as long as improved intelligent analysis of the needs of students at an individualized level. The appearance of IoT and the new scenarios of massive courses introduces new factors and needs in the design of personalized and effective learning situations based on sensible environments, ubiquitous learning and scalable infrastructure. This talk overviews the evolution of TEL and describes some of its current challenges to provide orchestration of services and analytics that makes use of technical and semantic interoperability of the student data.

Full details here.

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