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International Conference of the Learning Sciences

Boulder, Colorado, USAJune 23-27, 2014

ICLS 2014 Calls for Proposals & Resources

 

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Call for Symposia, Papers, and Posters

ICLS invites proposals aimed at improving our understanding of learning, and improving the design and practices of tools and environments aimed at supporting learning. Papers and symposia may take empirical, theoretical, conceptual, and design based perspectives. The conference theme is “Learning and Becoming in Practice,” foregrounding the ways that learning entails becoming a certain kind of person, and the ways that learning processes are situated within different kinds of practices. We welcome focus on practices encompassing the range of contexts and processes in which people learn, including engagement in the epistemic practices of disciplines, participation in sociocultural practices, and engagement in design. In addition, we welcome focus on practices that pertain to how we organize our own work as learning scientists: the practices for analyzing and modeling learning across settings and time and the practices for designing for scale and sustainability.

All full paper submissions will be considered for the Best Paper Award; student full paper submissions will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award.

Submission Deadline: November 8, 2013 (CLOSED)

Submissions: Proposals should be submitted to the ICLS 2014 Submission and Review Site.

Download the ICLS 2014 Call for Proposals.

Publication Formats

ICLS 2014 will offer a variety of publication and presentation formats, including: Full papers, posters, reports and reflections, and symposia. To be considered for inclusion in the conference, all full papers, poster papers, reports and reflections, and symposia descriptions must be submitted by Friday November 8, 2013. Symposia descriptions are limited to 10 pages; full papers are limited to 8 pages; reports and reflections are limited to 5 pages; poster abstracts are limited to 2 pages. Submissions must follow the formatting instructions of their respective submission category. An international program committee will subject all papers to peer review. The Program Committee may, in certain cases, recommend changing the format of a submission from one category to another, but will only make such a change with proposer permission (e.g., we may recommend a full paper submission that cannot be accepted be considered as a potential report/reflection or poster). All accepted papers, posters, reports and reflections, and symposia descriptions will be published in the electronic proceedings.

Submissions must adhere to the formatting guidelines in the ICLS 2014 Conference Publication template.

  1. Full Papers (8 pages)
    • Purpose: Full papers are for mature work, requiring lengthy explanations of the conceptual background, as well as methodology, data, analysis and implications. We also encourage papers that address conceptual issues in learning sciences research, and papers that help to set the programmatic agenda for the future of the learning sciences.
    • Content and Criteria: Maximum 8 pages, including references. The criteria for empirical and conceptual papers are appropriate to each.
      • For empirical papers: A clear description should be provided of the following aspects, which will be used as the criteria for selection: (a) the major issue(s) addressed, (b) potential significance of the work, (c) the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, (d) major findings, conclusions, and implications, and (e) the relevance to the theme of the conference. See formatting guidelines.
      • For conceptual papers: A clear description should be provided of the following aspects, which will be used as the criteria for selection: (a) the major issue(s) addressed; (b) theoretical or conceptual framework proposed; (c) what the proposed framework problematizes or illuminates; (d) an argument for how the framework advances learning sciences theory, which may include empirical examples or methodological implications; and (e) the relevance to the theme of the conference. See formatting guidelines.
    • Review: Blind review (please prepare your papers accordingly).
    • Presentation: 30-minute time slots (20 for presentation and 10 for discussion) within a 90-minute session.
    • Format: The program committee will appoint a chair for these sessions prior to the conference, and this person will coordinate the presenters, lead discussion and keep time. Presenters are encouraged to allow time for rigorous discussion and debate as they prepare their presentations.
    • Deadline is 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), November 8, 2013.
    • Notifications of acceptances will be sent out around mid-February, and final versions of submissions for the proceedings will be due around mid-March.
  2. Posters (2 pages)
    • Purpose: Posters are for extended dialogue with colleagues around a visual display, often around work that is in early stages, or related to novel and promising ideas. Figures and other visual elements along with judicious text are meant to contribute to a discussion referencing the poster.
    • Content and Criteria: Maximum 2 pages, including references. A clear description should be provided of the following aspects of the poster’s proposed content, which will be used as the criteria for selection: (a) the major issue(s) addressed, (b) potential significance of the work, (c) the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, (d) preliminary findings, conclusions, and implications, which will be expanded on in the final poster presented at the conference, and (e) relevance to the theme of the conference. See formatting guidelines.
    • Review: Blind review (please prepare your poster abstracts accordingly).
    • Presentation: Informal discussion at poster, in sessions of 90 minutes, with the last 30 minutes reserved for group discussion with audience participation
    • Format: Posters will be grouped thematically in sessions of 10 posters. The program committee will appoint a chair for these sessions prior to the conference, and this person will coordinate presenters and keep time. The posters should be no smaller than A2 (23.4 x 16.5 in) and no larger than 48 x 36 in (this can accommodate A0 or ANSI E size). Materials will be available onsite for mounting posters.
    • Deadline is 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), November 8, 2013.
    • Notifications of acceptances will be sent out around mid-February, and final versions of submissions for the proceedings will be due around mid-March.
  3. Reports & Reflections (5 pages)
    • Purpose: Reports focus on innovative empirical results and work in progress that have the potential for significant contributions. Reflections are brief theoretical notes and commentaries.
    • Content and Criteria: Maximum 5 pages, including references. A clear description should be provided of the following aspects, which will be used as the criteria for selection: (a) the major issue(s) addressed, (b) contextualization, including the potential significance of the work, (c) the theoretical and methodological approach(es) being pursued or advocated, (d) substantiation, or establishing the warrant for arguments, the adequacy of interpretations, or the credibility and usefulness of the study for raising significant questions or prompting exploration of new possibilities, and (e) the relevance to the theme of the conference. See formatting guidelines.
    • Review: Blind review (please prepare your papers accordingly).
    • Presentation: 20-minute time slots (15 for presentation and 5 for discussion) within a 90-minute session.
    • Format: The program committee will appoint a chair for these sessions prior to the conference, and this person will coordinate the presenters, lead discussion and keep time. Presenters are encouraged to allow time for discussion and debate as they prepare their presentations.
    • Deadline is 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), November 8, 2013.
    • Notifications of acceptances will be sent out around mid-February, and final versions of submissions for the proceedings will be due around mid-March.
  4. Symposia (10 pages)
    • Purpose: Symposia are for conveying larger ideas or results about a specific issue. Discussion among members of the symposium and with the audience should be moderated to focus on certain positions or controversies. We expect symposia to address a larger issue of interest to the Learning Sciences community. (Note: It is not sufficient for a symposium to simply be a set of related papers, such as papers from a specific research group; authors who are not submitting a symposium proposal but want to have a set of papers grouped together should submit each paper for review as a paper, and after the review send an email to the Program Committee requesting that the accepted papers be grouped together in one or more sessions, along with a suggested chair and/or discussant for the session.)
    • Content and Criteria: Maximum 10 pages, including references. A clear description should be provided of the following aspects, which will be used as the criteria for selection: (a) the overall focus of the symposium, (b) major issues addressed by the collective work, (c) potential significance of the contributions, (d) how the collective presentations fit together to create a coherent whole, and (if applicable) how the format being proposed will provide an educative experience of value to the LS community, and (e) the relevance to the theme of the conference. Separate brief descriptions of the content of each presentation should be included in the 10 page total. See formatting guidelines. See formatting guidelines.
    • Review: Not blind review (presenters should be named). A symposium proposal will be reviewed as one proposal. Accepted symposia will be published (as maximal 10 pages) in the Conference Proceedings under “Symposia”.
    • Presentation: 90 minutes for the full symposium.
    • Format: May include 3 to 4 paper presentations with a discussant, or 6 to 8 posters with a discussant; alternately, demonstrations and other interactive or creative formats are encouraged. Symposium proposals must nominate a discussant and chairperson. The symposium organizer must ensure prior agreement for participation by all parties.
    • Deadline is 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), November 8, 2013.
    • Notifications of acceptances will be sent out around mid-February, and final versions of submissions for the proceedings will be due around mid-March.

Call for Workshop Proposals

The 2014 International Conference of the Learning Sciences, “Learning and Becoming in Practice,” invites submissions for half- or full- day pre-conference workshops to take place on June 23-24, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado USA.

The goal of the pre-conference workshops is to provide an opportunity for extended networking, discussion, and collaboration around contemporary issues of scholarly interest in the Learning Sciences. Individuals and groups are invited to submit a proposal for a pre-conference workshop. Workshops can take a number of different interactive formats. However, workshops are expected to involve active participation from attendees rather than follow a format equivalent to a paper symposium or set of lectures delivered by workshop organizers.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2013 (CLOSED)

Submissions: Use the ICLS 2014 Workshop Proposal Form (DOC) or (PDF). Please do not use the paper submissions site for workshop proposals (submit to the email address listed in the attached form).

Call for Design Charrette Co-organizers and Proposals

A design charrette is an intensive, collaborative experience that brings together stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of the diverse needs a design must meet, to brainstorm possible ways to address those needs through engaging directly in design. At ICLS 2014, we are inviting proposals to organize and conduct a 4-hour long design charrette on Tuesday morning, June 24, 2014. The charrette can be on any topic related to the theme of the conference. Example topics include: reimagining university campuses in the world of MOOCs, designing and connecting different spaces for learning and collaboration, integrating arts into STEM learning for self-expression. We are also seeking two or three leads to organize a charrette focused on climate change education. The aim of this charrette is to develop a resource to promote public understanding of climate change that draws on powerful media resources related to sea level rise and that addresses performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards. A key resource to draw on is the film, Chasing Ice, produced by Boulder photojournalist James Balog. In addition, a number of learning scientists have developed materials related to climate change in the past decade.

For this charrette, we are seeking two to three leads to co-organize the session with Vicki Hand and Erin Furtak, who are members of the Learning Sciences team at CU-Boulder. If you are interested in being a co-organizer, please contact Vicki Hand (victoria dot hand at colorado dot edu) by August 31, 2013.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2013 (CLOSED)

Submissions: Use the ICLS 2014 Design Charrette Form (PDF). Please do not use the paper submissions site for workshop proposals (submit to the email address listed in the attached form).

Doctoral Consortium/Early Career Workshop

Important Dates for the Doctoral Consortium and Early Career Workshop

Feb 7, 2014 - Submissions Due, submitted via email to icls2014.dc@gmail.com
Mar 7, 2014 - Notification of acceptance by email
May 30, 2014 - Post 5-page summary of research work for other participants
June 23-24, 2014 - EVENT (pre-conference)

Doctoral Consortium at ICLS 2014

The ICLS 2014 Doctoral Consortium, designed to support the growth of talent in the Learning Sciences and related fields, provides an opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students to share their dissertation research with their peers and a panel of faculty serving as mentors.

Download the request for proposals to attend the Doctoral Consortium.

Early Career Workshop at ICLS 2014

The ICLS 2014 Early Career Workshop provides an opportunity for researchers early in their careers working in learning science-related areas to discuss possibilities and challenges amongst themselves and with mentors at different stages in their careers.

Download the request for proposals to attend the Early Career Workshop.

Special to ICLS 2014: Research-Practice Partnership Workshop for Doctoral and Early Career Researchers

At ICLS 2014, we have a unique opportunity to provide opportunities for doctoral students and early career researchers who are interested in forming and maintaining long-term partnerships with practitioners focused on improving STEM learning. Funding for this opportunity comes from the National Science Foundation (Award #1238253) through a grant to the Exploratorium of San Francisco. Funding is available to support travel and participation for 4 doctoral students and 4 early career researchers.

Download the application for this workshop.

Note: This workshop is separate from the main Doctoral Consortium and Early Career Workshops. It will not be possible to participate in both the regular DC and EC workshops and this workshop.