ISLS General Announcements

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Nov
14

IJCSCL: New EDITORS-IN-CHIEF

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) has concluded the search for a new Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL). Information about the call can be found here: https://www.isls.org/news/entry/call-for-ijcscl-editor-in-chief). We are happy to announce that Carolyn Rosé (Carnegie Mellon University, US) and Sanna Järvelä (University of Oulu, Finland) will serve as the new co-editors of ijCSCL for 2020-2023. 

The incoming ijCSCL Editors-in-Chief will begin working with the outgoing Editor-in-Chief (Sten Ludvigsen) and the ijCSCL Executive Editors for transitioning into the position. The first journal issue for which the incoming Editors will be responsible is March 2020.

Nov
06

Grants Program for Regional and Affinity Outreach Promoting the Learning Sciences 2020

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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Nov
01

Special Issue Call for Proposals

Journal of the Learning Sciences is inviting proposals for a special issue, to be published in 2022. Instructions for preparing a proposal are posted on the Instructions to Authors at the publisher’s website, https://tinyurl.com/y9neyuhd. Proposals are due December 2, 2019 and will be peer reviewed by the journal’s editorial leadership team. Submitters of the accepted proposal will be notified in February 2020.

In general, we are interested in proposals on emerging themes in the field. For example, proposals that take up the call for research that has impact on teaching and policymaking that was elaborated in a guest editorial in issue 27 (1); on the intersection of the learning sciences and the future of work; on novel methodological and technological approaches to teaching and learning; on artificial intelligence and learning, and so on. This list is not meant to limit the range of possibilities, but to provide some examples of possible themes. We are interested in receiving proposals that reflect the global membership of the ISLS community. This may include multiple suggested authors, a guest editor, or a discussant from outside of the United States.

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Oct
22

ICLS 2020: Interdisciplinarity in the Learning Sciences - Early Career Workshop (ECW)

Workshop Description

The purpose of the ICLS Early Career Workshop is to provide a high quality learning and networking opportunity for early career researchers doing work related to computer-supported collaborative learning and the learning sciences. Within the workshop, participants will share their research with peers and experienced ICLS researchers serving as mentors. Participants will engage in collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse to improve their research work and prepare for a future career as a Learning Sciences/CSCL researcher. The Early Career Workshop is open to scholars within 5 years of completing their PhD. Early Career Scholars will be chosen through a competitive application process for participation. Accepted participants are expected to provide a two-page summary of their research for inclusion in the ICLS Proceedings. Depending on availability of funds, there may be support to offset some of the costs of accommodation and registration, as well as travel stipends.

Objectives and Design

The workshop aims at supporting participants in:

  • Defining innovative and productive programs of research that lead toward an impressive record of inquiry;
  • Focusing learning on high-yield professional activities such as grant-writing, peer editing, and building a publishing trajectory;
  • Supporting strong data analysis skills and evidence-based arguments in their research projects; and
  • Expanding the professional networks of workshop participants through interactions with other early career scholars, mentors, and journal editors

The ICLS Early Career Workshop will involve a two-day event on June 19-20, 2020, just prior to the 2020 ICLS conference in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. In the workshop, we will focus on collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse with peers and a panel of experienced faculty serving as mentors.

 Main workshop activities include:

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Oct
22

Doctoral Consortium - Call for Participation as part of the 2020 ICLS Conference

Workshop description  

The ICLS 2020 Doctoral Consortium, designed to support the development of doctoral students working in the area of learning sciences, provides an opportunity for participants to share their dissertation research with their peers and a panel of mentors. Participants will engage in conversations and activities designed to help them consider approaches and consequences of their research and ways to position their work in and outside of the field. Our aim is to help doctoral participants to articulate the “how,” the “for what,” the “for whom,” and the “with whom” of their research (Philip, Bang, & Jackson, 2018). To benefit from the Doctoral Consortium, applicants should be advanced graduate students and be at a stage in their dissertation research where the other participants and mentors may be of help in framing their research and writing activities.

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Apr
15

Grants Program for Regional and Affinity Outreach & Engagement Promoting the Learning Sciences

While ISLS sees many Learning Sciences researchers around the world come to present their studies and discuss new ideas intensively at our annual conferences (ICLS and CSCL), it also recognizes that more researchers are interested in the field but cannot be at the annual conference for financial reasons. We receive many requests of support for regional or affinity group activities. There are also scientists that do research having affinity to ours, but are not aware of ISLS.

The newly initiated Grants Program for Regional and Affinity Outreach & Engagement Promoting the Learning Sciences is funding three programs this year. 

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Mar
14

Call for ijCSCL Editor-in-Chief

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) is searching for a new Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL) for 2020–2023. Applications will be welcomed either from an individual or from a team of co-Editors-in-Chief.

ijCSCL is a journal of, by and for the international CSCL research community, and, as such, applications are encouraged from active international members of this community.

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Mar
04

ISLS Annual Meeting

In 2018, the ISLS Board approved holding a single Annual Meeting. An ad-hoc committee was subsequently appointed by the Executive Committee to develop a structure for this new annual meeting. The ad-hoc committee drew on the efforts of numerous ISLS members (including the CSCL community Committee, ISLS Conference Committee, ISLS Board members, and past CSCL and ICLS conference organizers) who over the course of the past two years have considered how to move the Society toward an annual meeting. That process resulted in the structure of the new ISLS Annual Meeting described here. The new "Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences" will feature concurrent LS and CSCL programs in a joint, annual event.

The first ISLS Annual Meeting under this new structure will take place in 2021.

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Feb
08

VISUALISE Conference at Exploratorium

On May 8 and 9, the Exploratorium will host VISUALISE, the first conference focused on creating effective visualizations for science museums and other venues for informal science education. VISUALISE will bring together museum professionals, learning researchers, computer scientists, artists, and technology developers to share their work and identify opportunities, knowledge gaps, and emerging research.

For more information, go to www.exploratorium.edu/visualise or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nov
30

2019 Board of Directors Nominations

Call for Nominations: 
ISLS 2019 Board of Directors 

Dear ISLS members,

One of the most important ways to contribute to the International Society of the Learning Sciences is to serve on the ISLS Board of Directors. The Board consists of 12 ISLS members, who serve terms of 6 years each, and represent the range of expertise, experience levels, and geographical locations of Society members.  Elections occur every two years for four board members. The first step in this process is to solicit nominations from the membership. That is the purpose of this email.

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Nov
30

2018 ISLS Call for Fellows nominations

Call for Nominations for ISLS Fellows 
Deadline for Receipt of Materials: January 15, 2019, FEBRUARY 1, 2019

 

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2018 International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) fellows. The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Fellows program has three main goals:

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Nov
21

New ISLS Grants Program: Regional and Affinity Outreach & Engagement

Call for Proposals 

Grants Program for Regional and Affinity Outreach & Engagement 
Promoting the Learning Sciences

While we see many Learning Sciences researchers around the world come to present their studies and discuss new ideas intensively at our annual conferences (ICLS and CSCL), we also recognize that more researchers are interested in the field but cannot be at our annual conference for financial reasons and we receive many requests of support for regional or affinity group activities. There are also scientists that do research having affinity to ours, but are not aware of ISLS.

This is a call for proposals for support for interested regional and affinity outreach and engagement activities to take place during 2019. It is our hope that the accepted projects will lead to sustainable collaboration and engagement with ISLS in future years.  Preference will be given to proposals for new programs, but proposals for support of ongoing programs will be considered. Proposals are due December 31st, 2018. January 7, 2019.

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Sep
13

New Open Access Journal: Computer-Based Learning in Context

Computer-Based Learning in Context is a new completely and permanently free and open-access journal for rigorous scientific research on computer-based learning in context. We are particularly interested in how learners’ contexts impact their interactions, within as well as around computer-based learning, and how those differences in interaction impact learning, long-term learner outcomes, and educational effectiveness.

CBLC is interested in these themes writ large:

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Mar
28

ICLS 2018 ECW/DC Acceptances

ICLS 2018 Doctoral Consortium and Early Career Workshop

On June 23 and 24th, the International Society of the Learning Sciences will proudly host its annual Doctoral Consortium (Chaired by Carolyn Rose, Ben du Boulay, and Jun Oshima) and Early Career Workshop (Chaired by Erica Halverson, Rich Halverson and Eduardo Guzmán). These annual workshops are valuable as networking and mentoring opportunities in our community. We are grateful for funding from the ISLS and from the National Science Foundation in the US for funding to support these important workshops.

Both workshops have recently completed their review process. Between the two workshops, we received over a hundred applications this year. Overall, we were only able to accept 22 applications, 10 for the Doctoral Consortium and 12 for the Early Career Workshop. In our review process, we kept an eye toward accepting applications that were at an appropriate stage to benefit from the workshop while also showing a spark that demonstrates particular promise. At the same time, we balanced for representation across regions and disciplines.

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Mar
03

The 13th European Conference on Technology-­Enhanced Learning

Lifelong technology enhanced learning: Dealing with the complexity of 21st century challenges

3rd-6th September 2018, Leeds, United Kingdom

http://www.ec-tel.eu

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CALL FOR PAPERS & DEADLINES

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Feb
15

2018 Call for ISLS Fellows Nominations

Deadline for Receipt of Materials: April 23, 2018

We are pleased to invite nominations for the 2018 cohort of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Fellows.

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Fellows program has three main goals:

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Jan
23

First ISLS Workshop in Africa

Workshop website: http://wits.alliancelss.com  

As part of an effort to engage scholars from around the globe in advancing the Learning Sciences, the First Workshop of the International Society of the Learning Sciences to take place in Africa will be February 12-13, 2018. The location of this meeting is University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa. Please see the link to this workshop for more information about speakers and the program for the workshop.

Oct
15

ISLS Participating in new International Alliance to Advance Learning in the Digital Era (IAALDE)

For the past few years, ISLS has taken an active leadership role in bridge building among other societies with overlapping missions. This effort has lead to the founding of a bridging organization called The International Alliance to Advance Learning in the Digital Era (IAALDE).  The goal is to facilitate partnership among societies rather than competition. We can accomplish more if we can both foster the diversity among these societies while working together in unity.  See more at the IAALDE website: http://www.alliancelss.com/.

Aug
27

ICLS 2018 LONDON Conference Call For Submissions

icls 2018

The 13th International Conference on the Learning Sciences
"Rethinking learning in the digital age: Making the Learning Sciences count"

 

UPDATED September 18, September 20, & October 11, 2017

June 23-27, 2018, Institute of Education, University College London, LONDON

Visit the ICLS 2018 website

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Jul
03

JLS and ijCSCL: Shorter decision times, higher impact factors!

Journal of the Learning Sciences Cover

The two flagship journals of the International Society of the Learning Sciences would like to share a few updates.

First, the Journal of the Learning Sciences continues its strong performance, with impact factors continuing to be near or above the 90th percentile in Education and Educational Research for the last 20 years. The journal recently completed the transition to new editors, Susan Yoon and Jan van Aalst. Manuscript decision times have improved! The new editorial team has increased efficiencies so as to reduce decision times to less than 3 months for more than half of the submissions. New submissions that take longer are getting decisions within 5 months. The editors are working hard to make further improvements and improve the publication process. Please note that the changes in the Instructions to Authors announced in January are now in effect. Follow and retweet announcements from Journal of the Learning Sciences on Twitter at @JLearnSciences.

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