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ISLS Communications Committee meeting @ ICLS 2020

Conferences are always a great time to join a committee - and that's no different for a virtual conference!

If you're interested in learning more about the work of the ISLS Communications Committee, please join our online committee meeting on Monday, June 22 at 7:30 - 8:30 am US CST (that's 8:30 - 9:30am US EST, 5:30-6:30am US PST, 1:30-2:30pm UK, 2:30-3:30pm Central Europe [e.g., Netherlands]). You can join using this link.

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From the Executive Committee of ISLS: On Anti-Black Police Brutality and State Sanctioned Murder

The recent brutal murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN; Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY; Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA; Tony McDade in Tallahassee, FL; and countless others across the United States, by police officers and civilians, have once again called attention to the history of violent anti-Black racism that has shaped the country’s history. What’s more, the problem and very real consequences of police and state-sanctioned violence against Black and other minoritized groups is a global phenomenon. As we witness these killings and continued violence against Black people, our hearts are breaking. This is a moment when we need to come together to create a different way of being with each other and of holding each other accountable to our dearest values of justice and care.

As a global organization dedicated to the study of human learning and improvement of education, the  International Society of the Learning Sciences also concerns itself with how consequential learning is inextricably intertwined with the systemic inequities and oppressive ideologies that harbor anti-Black racist violence. In our educational contexts, this violence appears in our curriculum, in the voices we neglect in our syllabi, in unexamined grading and assessment policies. For our Black students, these forms of violence are compounded by the knowledge of state-sanctioned dismissal of Black bodies and life, resulting in a relentless and untenable trauma. At the same time, we must recognize and remember the strength and brilliance of these children and communities who survive and thrive under these hostile conditions.  

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29 (2) is online

Embodied pathways and ethical trails: studying learning in and through relational histories
Shirin Vossoghi et al.
For science and self: youth interactions with data in community and citizen science
Emily Harris et al.
Unpacking the learning ecosystems framework: lessons from the adaptive management of biological ecosystems
Marijke Hecht and Kevin Crowley
What we are missing in studies of teacher learning: A call for microgenetic, interactional analysis to examine teacher learning processes
Janet Walkoe and Melissa Luna

European Symposium Jan 7-8, Enschede, the Netherlands

We are happy to invite you to participate in the PULSE-2021 symposium on the Learning
Sciences that will take place on 
7-8 January 2021 in Enschede, The Netherlands. 
The aim of PULSE-2021 is to bring together early career researchers who are excited about learning and who wish to understand how learning can be enabled, improved, and supported in different contexts using (technological) tools, social networks, and practices. During PULSE-2021 you will listen to inspiring keynote speeches, participate in interactive workshops, and meet peers and leading experts during social events.
  • Are you a PhD or Postdoc?
  • Are you interested in Learning Sciences?
  • Are you up for meeting peers and experts in the field?
Then check our website to see how you can apply!
Hope to see you in Enschede!

PULSE-2021 organizing committee,
Prof. dr. Susan McKenney
Dr. Jan van Aalst
Frances Wijnen, M. Sc.
Natasha Dmoshinskaia, M. Sc.
Sharanya Lal, M. Sc.
Sara van der Linden, M.Sc

Message from the ISLS President and Board

May 4, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, due to COVID 19 we were forced to cancel the face-to-face meeting of the ICLS 2020 conference in Nashville, TN. As you might imagine this was an extremely difficult decision to make. Many people have already invested a great deal of time and effort in the conference, especially the conference co-organizers Melissa Gresalfi and Lani Horn and the strand leaders, reviewers, and of course the members who have worked hard to submit your work and submissions. To each and every one of you we express our gratitude and appreciation for all of these efforts.

As our conference co-organizers have announced, we have developed a plan that will allow us to connect as scholars. This plan takes into account the impact the pandemic is having on all of our lives - the new challenges, uncertainties, and responsibilities we are faced with on a day to day basis. In this new reality we are sometimes forced to make choices about what we can and cannot do. The co-organizers have organized an exciting online conference that offers livestreaming and video recordings of the highlighted features of the conference—the keynotes, a subset of special sessions, and the best paper awardees. Watch for forthcoming announcements from the Conference Organizers for additional information.

Of course, these changes to ICLS 2020 have implications for Membership and Registration Fees.  The International Society of the Learning Sciences, compared to many academic societies, is relatively small and operates mostly on voluntary commitments from the larger community. The change in conference format substantially impacts the financial situation for ISLS, which provides the thousands of dollars in initial funding required for each year’s conference with the hope that conference registrations will be sufficient to break even so that funds are available to provide the seed funding for the next year’s conference, and so on. In order to maintain sustainability, the board has approved the following decisions.

Registration fees that have been paid for the face to face conference will be refunded. Further information will be sent to those who are due refunds within the very near future.
To be included in the Proceedings of ICLS 2020 at least one author of a presentation, paper, or poster must register for the conference. This is the case for the Proceedings of every ISLS conference.  For the ICLS 2020 Proceedings, at least one author must be registered no later than June 5, 2020.
The ICLS 2020 Conference Registration fee has been substantially reduced and offers four payment options. You must be registered for the Conference to access the online conference.

Rationale: Conference registration fees are based on projected costs of running the conference. The projected costs for running ICLS 2020 in the online format are substantial, although much less than what they would have been for a face to face meeting. The costs reflect funds already expended for professional conference organization services, professional preparation of the Proceedings, and technology infrastructure and services for the conference (e.g., submission and review system, website development and management).  In the past conference registration fees have typically covered the costs of running the conference and have had a neutral impact on the financial status of the ISLS. This year, however, ISLS anticipates a major net loss because of the COVID-19 crisis and is asking for help to mitigate this loss.
To that end:
a. We have reduced the ICLS 2020 Conference Registration Fee to $150.
b. We are asking those of you who can to please pay the full fee.
c. Additional Options: If the full fee is beyond your means, you may select one of three other options: $100, $50, or $0. Please pay whatever you feel you can.
To Register: Go to
You must be a member to register for the conference. (Regular membership: $100 per year; Student membership: $60.). Become a member at or renew your membership at
If you have any questions or concerns please direct them to

These are indeed trying times for all of us. Please know that we are trying to make the best decisions we can for the sake of our community. We ask for your patience as we figure this out. We hope you are all doing what you can to take care of yourselves at this difficult time. We hope to see you in person soon.

With warm regards,

Heisawn Jeong and the ISLS Board of Directors

ISLS President 2019-2020


Susan Jurow and Jianwei Zhang next Co-editors in Chief

Earlier this week, ISLS announced that Susan Jurow and Jianwei Zhang will be the Co-editors in Chief for the next 4 volumes (2021-2024). Congratulations Susan and Jianwei! Both have extensive experience as authors, reviewers and associate editors at JLS. We look forward to working with them during the transition and wish them well in this exciting role. -- Jan and Susan. 



JLS: New Editors-in-Chief

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) has concluded the search for new Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of the Learning Sciences (JLS). Information about the call can be found here. We are happy to announce that Susan Jurow (University of Colorado Boulder, USA) and Jianwei Zhang (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA) will serve as the new co-editors of JLS for 2021-2024.
The incoming JLS Editors-in-Chief will begin working this summer with the outgoing Editors-in-Chief (Susan Yoon and Jan van Aalst) for transitioning into the position. The first journal issue for which the incoming Editors will be responsible is issue 1 of volume 30, in 2021.
ISLS is grateful to the outgoing editors and to our new editors.


The fate of revised articles

This year, as part of our annual analysis of how the journal is doing, we looked at the fate of articles for which we issues an invitation to revise and resubmit. We looked at all such invitations made in 2017 and 2018. A "revise and resubmit" decision is really a rejection with an invitation to try again, and is accompanied by a lot of feedback. If the article is resubmitted it is again sent out form a full review. It turns out the news is rather good! Almost 70% of invitations resulted in resubmissions within one year, and more than 50% of those were eventually accepted. Things could be better in terms of the number of (timely) resubmissions and the quality of the revisions, but the odds of getting an article accepted after an invitation to revise and resubmit are much better than starting over at another high-impact journal. So, send us your revised paper if you have been invited.


Most cited articles 2015-19

We would like to share the top 3 articles from the last 5 years in terns of SSCI citations as of a few weeks ago. We also show the number of views at the publisher website.

  1. Gutierrez, K. D. & Jurow, A. S. (2016). Social Design Experiments: Toward equity by design. 49 citations and 3268 views.
  2. Akkerman, S., & Bruining, T. (2016). Multilevel boundary crossing in a professional development school partnerships. 42 citations and 3656 views.
  3. Sannino, A. et al. (2016). Formative interventions for expansive learning and transformative agency. 38 citations and 3542 views. 

Congratulations to all the authors!


Extended Deadline: 2020 Early Career Award

Call for Nominations

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Early Career Award
Due: May 1, 2020

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLSEarly Career Award recognizes learning scientists who have made exciting and innovative contributions to the field during the early years following their Ph.D. Each year ISLS will select up to two awardees. Nominations can only be made by an ISLS member. Recipients will be announced at the annual ISLS conference.

  1. Nominees for the 2020 award must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree after January 1, 2011 (within 9 years of the year of nomination).
  2. Scholars may be nominated more than once and can only receive the award once.
  3. Nominees must have been a member (full or student) at least one year of the last 3 years from the date of submission (i.e., since April 1, 2017) or demonstrate some other connection to ISLS, as described in the nomination letter.

Evaluation Criteria: Successful nominees will have demonstrated a notable contribution to the learning sciences and the potential for future contributions.

While service and active participation in the ISLS community indicates the relevance of the nominee’s work to the field, the nominee’s scholarly contribution will be the primary consideration in the deliberation.

  1. Notable learning science contributions are interpreted broadly to include one of any of the following:
  • Research excellence
  • Innovation
  • Impact on pressing social, political, and ethical concerns
  1. Potential for future contributions, such as:
  • Service to the Society
  • Vision for the field
  • Impact on other fields, academic communities, and under-served regions of the world

Nomination Materials:

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Extended deadline for proposals to host future ISLS Meetings

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) extends the deadline for proposals to host future ISLS Annual Meetings due to COVID-19. The new deadline will be announced later. If you have any questions, please contact Oskar Lindwall, ISLS Conference chair at

We hope you are staying healthy and safe during these challenging times!


ISLS Update on ICLS 2020

Dear colleagues,

We are in challenging and uncertain times. Many of us are anxious about the whirlwind of events related to COVID-19 and its effects on our families and communities. We hope that you and yours are well and able to take all of the necessary precautions to stay healthy.

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ICQE20: Call for Proposals

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From the ICQE Planning committee:

We are pleased to announce that the CFP is now available for the Second International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography (ICQE20), which will take place 24-27 October 2020 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, USA.

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Grants Program for Regional and Affinity Outreach Promoting the Learning Sciences 2020: Announcement of Funded Programmes

Many researchers in the Learning Sciences come from around the world to present their research at the annual conferences hosted by the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) and participate in critical discussions around the state-of-the-art of the field. However, as a society, we recognize that our Learning Sciences community is wider than those who attend annual meetings. This program grows out of many requests that the society has received to support regional or affinity group activities.

The ISLS Regional and Affinity Outreach Grants Program seeks to support the growth of regional communities of learning scientists and communities of scholars who are engaging in research that is germane and synergistic to the Learning Sciences but are currently underrepresented in ISLS. Through this grants program, we seek to provide opportunities for community building, knowledge sharing and consolidation, collaboration and cross-pollination. We seek to increase mutual awareness between ISLS and other communities with synergistic interests and expertise.

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Structured abstract and article history

JLS will have a new lay-out that the publisher has already implemented for some other journals. This change applies to all new accepted articles.

The biggest change is the introduction of structured abstracts for regular and special issue articles (not Reports and Reflections). From now the structured abstract should be less than 200 words and have the following elements: Background, Methods, Findings, and Contribution. We hope that structured abstracts will help bring out the significance of the paper. "Background" can help to link the article to previous work in the field of the learning sciences and beyond it. "Contribution" goes beyond a conclusion based on empirical findings to what the article adds to the literature (i.e., why would future research refer to the findings? What are the implications).

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JLS goes to APA style 7th edition

You probably are aware that a new edition of American Psychological Association was released last year (APA, 7th ed.). The new style has significant changes to referencing.
JLS has agreed with the publisher to adopt this new style with immediate effect, with a short transition period. For the next two months we will not return manuscripts that don't comply with 7th edition, but the final version that is accepted must do so. From May 1, new manuscripts must also comply. If you use EndNote, the 7th ed. APA output style already can be downloaded from the support site.

Special Issue for 2022: Learning in and Through the Arts

In November we issued a call for proposals for the next special issue, to be published in in 2021. We received 7 very good proposals, which were discussed by two independent meetings of associate editors: one for the those in the US and Canada, and one for those in Europe and Asia. We selected a proposal on learning in and through the arts, to be edited by Keith Sawyer and Erica Halverson. This proposal received the strongest support in the review and addresses an important need to extend the reach of JLS into domains of learning that are not yet well-represented in JLS. We are excited to be working on this special issue with Keith and Erica. They will issue an open call for abstracts soon.
Jan and Susan

New ISLS Committee: The International Learning Sciences Student Association (ILSSA)

We are happy to announce the International Learning Sciences Student Association (ILSSA) as a formal committee of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). The association aims to serve as an international community for all students of the learning sciences. ILSSA’s mission is to support and develop the intellectual, social, and professional development of graduate and undergraduate students in the field of learning sciences and within ISLS.

 The goals of ILSSA include:

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As previously announced, the International Society of the Learning Sciences is searching for the new Editor(s) of Journal of the Learning Sciences (JLS) for 2021–2024. We are extending the deadline for letters of intent to February 17, 2020. Please see the remainder of the updated request for proposals below. 

Applications will be welcomed either by an individual for the position of sole Editor or by a team for the position of Co-Editors. JLS is a leading international journal and as such applications are encouraged from members of ISLS from any nation. The position provides the person(s) chosen, as well as the host institution(s), with international visibility in the learning sciences. Letters of intent to apply are due February 17, 2020, and full proposals are due March 15, 2020, as described in the call below. You can download a PDF version of the call at:

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ISLS Conference Travel Scholarship 2020

The goal of the ISLS conference travel scholarship is to support scientists in the field of the learning sciences who live and work in regions of the world that are not represented at our annual conferences (i.e., ICLS and CSCL) to attend the conference. At the moment, we have significant gaps in membership from African, and Central and South American countries. We also have underrepresentation in some southern European countries where we know that learning sciences programs exist. ISLS will put its priority on the support for scientists from the underrepresented regions. However, the society will also consider the possibility of the support for scientists who may be affected by conditions that make their travels difficult to the conference site, if the funding is available.

To increase the diversity of the Society’s membership, we are soliciting applications for a conference scholarship to be awarded to successful applicants in the amount of $500 - $1500.

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