Workshop on Teaching Spatial Thinking using Online and Blended Learning
collocated with Spatial Cognition 2018

When: September 5th, 2018
Where: Tuebingen, Germany
Submissions due:  May 1st, 2018
Submissions via: TBA
Hashtag: #SpatialThinking2018

Call for Short Papers 

Spatial thinking spans numerous disciplines and perspectives, so there is a need for courses to address spatial thinking from multiple perspectives. However, developing online and/or blended courses that effectively teach spatial thinking topics can be particularly challenging.

This workshop aims to assist educators with developing interdisciplinary courses on spatial thinking in the following ways:

  • Lightning Talks: Workshop participants will provide their perspectives on teaching spatial thinking from their discipline’s perspective in 5-minute lightning talks. See call details below.
  • Group Discussions: Workshop participants will be broken into smaller groups for break-out group discussions, following the lightning talks. These break-out group discussions will be designed to foster discussions between individuals with differing perspectives. These discussions, along with a final large group discussion at the end of the workshop, will allow workshop attendees to learn more about discipline(s) that they are unfamiliar with, and to share educational resources from their own discipline(s).
  • Online Learning Platform: After the workshop, the online learning platform will continue to be made available to workshop participants. This will allow for participants-and the whole spatial cognition community and beyond-to make use of the learning materials in their own blended learning courses.

Call for Lightning Talk Presenters: If you want to share your perspective on teaching spatial thinking using online and/or blended methods, by giving a lightning talk, please submit a short paper (link to EasyChair submissions TBA). Short papers should be a maximum of 6-pages (including references and figures) and follow the Springer LNCS formatting style ( Note that papers not adhering to the style guidelines or the page limits will be rejected without review. Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee and/or expert panel. At least one author of each accepted paper must be present at the workshop to give the lightning talk. We plan to make the workshop proceedings available on our online learning platform, and publish the workshop proceedings with CEUR-WS.

Topics of Interest: Short papers, and their accompanying lightning talks, must focus on some aspect of teaching spatial thinking and provide resources for teaching an interdisciplinary spatial thinking course. Examples of topics include: educational resources/tools/recommendations, major spatial thinking topics, major spatial thinking findings, recommended readings, and/or future directions. The author(s) field(s) may include any discipline that deals with spatial thinking. Disciplines include, but are not limited to: Psychology, Geography, GIScience, Geoscience, Education, Informatics, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Architecture, and Art.

Important Dates:

  • Short paper submissions: May 1st, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: June 1st, 2018
  • Camera-ready versions: July 1st, 2015
  • Date of workshop: September 5th, 2015

Workshop Organizers:

  • Tomi Kauppinen – Aalto University
  • Heather Burte – Tufts University