Early Career Workshop (ECW)

Early Career Workshop CHAIR

Mas Nida MD. KHAMBARI, Universiti Putra Malaysia, MALAYSIA

Early Career Workshop CO-CHAIRS

Ryan EBARDO, José Rizal University, Philippines
Sharifah Intan Sharina SYED ABDULLAH, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Patcharin PANJABUREE, Mahidol University, Thailand


Jon MASON, Charles Darwin University, Australia

About ECW

Held in conjunction with the ICCE 2021 (https://icce2021.apsce.net/), the Early Career Workshop (ECW) is a *face to face event that offers an opportunity for early career scholars in the learning technology field to discuss their research, early-career challenges and career directions with peers and senior advisors.

*subject to change to hybrid mode in the event of worsening COVID-19 pandemic situation and border closures.


The ECW aims to add value to the early-career participants in, but not limited to, the following aspects:
‚ÄĘ To develop academic support networks among peers, between early career¬†scholars and more senior scholars, and the connection between early career¬†scholars and the APSCE Special Interest Groups (SIGs) related to their¬†respective research areas;
‚ÄĘ To be engaged in negotiation and exchange, thereby developing greater¬†awareness and appreciation, in acting strategically about one’s academic¬†career, including the development of a thriving research program, grant¬†applications and journal publications, balancing multiple requirements¬†(research, teaching, university/international services), building local and¬†international relationships to maximize future career opportunities, getting¬†promotion and tenure, etc.

If the time and resources permit, a special program component may be arranged to offer career advice to early-career scholars at non-faculty or non-tenurable (e.g., postdoctoral fellows or lecturers), or non-academic positions who are seeking and applying for tenurable research positions.


The ECW will be a half-day or 3/4-day event (the length will depend on the number¬†of participants) held during one of the pre-conference days of ICCE 2021 (November¬†22 or 23). Several established researchers of the field will serve as the advisors of¬†the event. The event will begin with participants and advisors introducing¬†themselves, followed by an academic and professional development panel where¬†each advisor will give a talk on specific topic(s) on early career development, such¬†as development of research program and grant applications, building networks,¬†paper writing and publications, promotion and tenure, balancing¬†research/teaching/service requirements, recruiting and supervising graduate¬†students, etc. Next, each advisor will facilitate a small group of participants who are¬†working in the same or similar research area to discuss topics raised at the panel¬†and individual participants’ career needs. More details about the workshop program¬†will be released later.


The ECW is open to early career scholars in the learning technology field within 6 years of receiving their doctorate, or those who received their doctorate more than 6 years ago but have taken their first research position within the past 5 years.
Applicants must be full-time junior faculty members or post-doctoral research staff in universities/colleges (such as assistant professors, lecturers, research scientists or post-doctoral fellows). Post-doctoral scholars who are holding industrial research positions may also apply. In principle, promoted and/or tenured university faculty members are not eligible.
In addition, PhD students who are expecting to graduate on or before 31 December 2021 may also apply for ECW participation. Such applicants are required to supply a formal letter written by their PhD supervisors/advisors which indicates the expected graduation time of the candidate. Special note for PhD students: If you are a PhD student who has just chosen a PhD topic and began your research, please apply for participation in another ICCE program component, Doctoral Student Consortium (DSC) instead. ECW is suitable for PhD graduates OR PhD students close to graduation.


Applicants should submit a document in Word format using the template¬†to [email protected] by August 2, 2021.

Template Download

Successful applicants will have their two-page position paper (as part of the application document) on their research published in the Early Career Workshop Proceedings of ICCE 2021 and will be indexed by Elsevier for inclusion in Scopus, on the contingency that the applicants register for ICCE participation.

The ECW proceedings of ICCE 2020 can be downloaded through this link:
ECW proceedings of ICCE 2020

The ECW Chair and Co-Chairs will notify successful applicants with an invitation to the ECW after vetting their eligibility.


  • Submission Deadline: August 2¬†August 16, 2021
  • Notification: August 16¬†August 30, 2021
  • Camera ready: September 6¬†September 20, 2021
  • Author registration deadline: August 30 September 24, 2021

Questions related to the ECW application and program should be addressed to the¬†ECW Chair/ Co-Chairs at [email protected]