International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2012


The International Conference of the Learning Sciences hosts workshops, panels, symposia, paper and poster sessions, and keynotes by leaders in the field. Download the ICLS2012 Program (pdf). Changes to the published program at the conference included:

  1. Workshops :: WS1 (Mon all day), WS8 (Mon morning) and WS10 (Tues morning) were cancelled.
  2. Wednesday, Session 4 :: Epistemic Mentoring in Virtual and Face-to-Face Environments (Elizabeth Bagley, David Williamson Shaffer) has been moved to SP4.5
  3. Thursday, Session 7 :: Sym7.16 (Building Bridges between Learning Analytics, Educational Data Mining and Core Learning Sciences Perspectives) in NL102 is listed incorrectly in the program as as Sym7.15
  4. Friday, post conference :: please join us for a light lunch from 12.15 - 13.00 in the New Law Lobby
Date Time Event
Mon July 2nd 8.30 - 17.30 Pre-conference workshops (optional, additional fee)
Tue July 3rd 8.30 - 13.00 Pre-conference workshops (optional, additional fee)

Conference desk opens for delegate pack and badge pick-up at the Eastern Avenue (EA) Auditorium Lobby (see


16.30 - 18.30

ICLS opening ceremony and first keynote in the EA Auditorium, followed by Gala Night reception from 18.30 to 21.00 in Holme Building

Wed July 4th 8.30 - 18.00 Main Conference sessions in the EA and New Law complexes, including papers, posters, symposia and second keynote
Thu July 5th 8.30 - 17.50 Main Conference sessions in the EA and New Law complexes, including papers, posters, symposia and third keynote, and presidential session.
  19.00 - 22.30 ICLS Social Night Dinner Cruise (offsite, optional, additional fee)
Fri July 6th 8.30 - 13.00

Main Conference EA and New Law complexes, including papers, posters, symposia and final keynote, and closing event. Followed by a light lunch.



Pierre Dillenbourg :: slides (pdf) & YouTube video of keynote (offsite)

Pierre Dillenbourg is professor of computer science at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started to conduct research in learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the field of educational applications of artificial intelligence.

He is past president of the International Society for the Learning Sciences.  His work covers various domain of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), ranging from novel interfaces for face-to-face collaboration (tabletops, tangibles, paper computing) to more cognitive projects on dual eye tracking.  His current work focuses on classroom orchestration, i.e. the process by which teachers manage multi-level activities (solo, group, plenary) while handling the many constraints of the daily school life. He aims to build technologies that minimize the orchestration load.  His lab also conduct projects in educational robotics.

Manu Kapur :: slides (pdf) & YouTube video of keynote (offsite)

 Manu Kapur is an Associate Professor of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) and a researcher in the Learning Sciences Lab (LSL) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Singapore. An engineer by bachelors training, Manu taught mathematics to 12th graders in Singapore before getting his doctorate in instructional technology and media from Teachers College Columbia University, where he also completed a Master of Science in Applied Statistics. Manu conceptualized the notion of productive failure to explore the hidden efficacies in the seemingly failed effort of small groups solving complex problems collaboratively in an online environment. Over the past six years, Manu has done extensive work on productive failure in mathematics classrooms in Singapore, during which time, his research has also attracted interest and funding both locally and internationally.

Judy Kay :: slides (pdf) & YouTube video of keynote (offsite)

 Judy Kay is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sydney and a principal in CHAI (Computer Human Adapted Interaction), leading research into advanced technologies for human computer interaction, personalisation, pervasive and mobile interaction. She is Immediate Past President of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society (IAIED).

Her personalisation research aims to empower people to harness and control the large amounts of data from their digital footprints, to support life-long and life-wide learning. The research ranges from direct mirrors with useful forms of that data in Open Learner Models, data mining to extract meaningful additional insights and personalised interfaces. Critical to this vision is that the user should always have a sense of control over the personalisation. She works on innovative user interfaces, with software for surface computing such as interactive tabletop and wall displays. This explores the new ways that this emerging technology can help small groups to learn collaboratively and to learn how to collaborate more effectively.

Judy Kay's keynote presentation is kindly sponsored by NSW Trade & Investment.

Janet Kolodner :: slides (pdf) & YouTube video of keynote (offsite)

 Professor Janet Kolodner is a Regents' Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was founding Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the Learning Sciences and a founder of the International Society for the Learning Sciences, and she served as the society's first Executive Officer.

Her research has addressed issues in learning, memory, and problem solving in computers and in people. She pioneered case-based reasoning (CBR), and her lab originated the notion of a case-based design aid (CBDA). She has been a leader in articulating the cognitive model that case-based reasoning implies and the applications and implications of case-based reasoning for education and creative problem solving.

Since 1994, Kolodner has focused on using this model to design science curriculum for middle school. Her approach, called Learning by Design™ (LBD), is a key foundational component of the comprehensive 3-year middle-school science curriculum called Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIS). With her students, she has also applied the approach to informal education, most notably to design of Kitchen Science Investigators, an after-school program focused on learning science from cooking experiences. At present, she is on loan to the U.S. National Science Foundation, where she is lead Program Officer for a new funding program called Cyberlearning: Transforming Education.


Pre-conference workshops

Full day workshops are $100AUD. Half day workshops are $50AUD. To attend a workshop, you must have registered at the same time as registering to attend the main conference. Workshop registration and payment took place through the registration system at the time of main conference registration. Please note WS1 (Mon all day), WS8 (Mon morning) and WS10 (Tues morning) have been cancelled.

Workshop name and lead ID Time and date
Analysing Collaborative learning at multiple levels - workshop lead Gerry Stahl 2 Full day
Monday July 2
What Is “Engagement” in Math and Science Learning? - workshop lead Nikki Shechtman 3 Full day
Monday July 2
Digital Ecosystems for Collaborative Learning: Embedding Personal and Collaborative Devices to Support Classrooms of the Future (DECL). - workshop lead Roberto Martinez (to be held in the ICT building) 11 Full day
Monday July 2
Bifocal Modeling: combining virtual and physical experiments using low-cost sensors and open-source computer modeling - workshop lead Paulo Blikstein 7 Half day - morning
Tuesday July 3
Developing a Competitive Educational Research Proposal for NSF’s Division of Research on Learning - workshop lead Sandra Toro Martell (LT) 9 Half day - morning
Tuesday July 3
Teachers as Designers of Technology Enhanced Learning Materials - workshop lead Yael Kali 6 Half day - morning
Tuesday July 3
Classroom Orchestration: Moving Beyond Current Understanding of the Field - workshop lead Yannis Dimitriadis 5

Half day - morning
Tuesday July 3

Social events, and the Thursday Night Dinner and Cruise

ICLS registration includes a delegate ticket to the Gala Opening Reception on the night of Tuesday July 2, 2011. Canapés and alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available at this event.

Your attendance is optional (but highly encouraged) at our other social highlight – the Thursday Night Dinner and Cruise. We have chartered a Sydney showboat for the exclusive use of ICLS 2012 delegates. The best things come in threes – join us for a three-hour cruise on Sydney Harbour, including a three course dinner, drinks (more than three, it’s up to you!) and the evening’s entertainment.

The cruise leaves from Darling Harbour at 7.15pm sharp and attendees will need to make their way there for 7pm. (The last conference activity on Thursday will be at 5.30pm and Darling Harbour is a 10 minute walk from the city centre, or a 10 minute cab ride from the conference venue.) Registration and payment for the cruise takes place through the main conference registration system at the time of registering and places are limited. Some tickets may also be available at the conference, please ask at our information desk for details. We look forward to dancing the night away with you all!

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