ICLS 2018 LONDON: June 23-27, Call For Submissions

To submit to the upcoming conference click here

ISLS General Announcements

Keep up to date with all the latest ISLS news!

ICLS 2018 LONDON Conference Call For Submissions

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

UPDATED September 18 & September 20, 2017

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

In 2018, the ICLS conference is part of the London Festival of Learning, which has two other conferences co-located and running alongside it – the AIED and the Learning@Scale conferences. The whole Festival of Learning runs from 23 – 30 June in central London.

ICLS is a major international event, organized biennially by ISLS, which gathers people involved in all aspects of the field of the learning sciences, including empirical, conceptual, theoretical, design-based, practitioner and policy perspectives. The conference theme for ICLS 2018 is “Rethinking learning in the digital age: making the Learning Sciences count,”. Now more than ever, the learning sciences have a key role to play in unpacking the complexity of the teaching and learning process. AI and Automation in the workplace, including within education, will alter what we need to learn and how we need to teach it. Therefore, as scientists and educators we need to explore learning in real-world settings in an interdisciplinary manner in order to understand how learning may be facilitated both with and without technology. In addition, there is now an additional imperative to guide the commercial development of Educational Technologies to ensure that they are pedagogically sound.

The Learning Sciences are replete with foundational theory and methods that can inform learning both with and without technology, as well as a significant bank of empirical educational evidence that is essential to the effective development of technologies and their uses to support learning. However, with these fast technological developments there is also a growing need for the learning sciences, which can contribute to societies’ understanding of the needs of the real-world, and the challenges and concerns of educators in different educational and cultural contexts. The Learning Sciences are uniquely placed to offer guidance that recognizes and addresses the long-term ambitions for better education as well as the ‘bottom-line’ considerations faced by the practitioners and learners at the front-line.

We encourage papers that build on interdisciplinary research, as well as papers that help to set the programmatic agenda for the future of learning sciences research. In particular, for 2018 we are also looking for papers that illustrate how the learning sciences can impact upon the work of the two co-located conferences: AIED and Learning@Scale, and upon the development of commercial educational technology.

We are inviting submissions across the following tracks:

  • Full Papers (8 pages), Short Papers (4 pages) and Posters (2 pages)
  • Symposia (8 pages)
  • Pre-conference Workshops and Tutorials (4 pages)
  • Doctoral Consortium and Early and Mid-Career Workshops (6 pages)
  • Industrial/Commercial papers and the Practitioner Track (6 pages)
  • Crossover Papers Long and Short (pages lengths as for full and short papers)

Important Dates

  • Papers, Posters, and Symposia: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Pre-Conference Workshops and Tutorials: Dec. 15, 2017
  • Early and Mid-Career Workshop and Doctoral Consortium: Feb. 16, 2018
  • Industrial/Commercial papers, and Crossover Papers: Feb. 1, 2018

The submission system for submission of full and short papers, posters, and symposia, will be posted here soon. Check back shortly for details.

Further information

About the conference theme:
Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count

The fast paced changes in the workplace, including within education, are altering what we need to learn and how we need to teach it. This situation makes the learning sciences even more important. Learning science can lead the way in helping researchers and practitioners to: unpack the complexity of the learning and teaching process, explore learning in real-world settings, and understand how learning may be facilitated both with and without technology. The theory and methods of the Learning Sciences, along with their substantial body of empirical evidence put the Learning Sciences in a unique position to offer guidance and insight to wide body of educational stakeholders. We welcome papers that aim to improve our understanding of learning, the impact of the modern world on learning and alternative views of learning. We also encourage papers that build on interdisciplinary research, as well as papers that help to set the programmatic agenda for the future of learning sciences research. In particular, for 2018 we are also looking for papers that illustrate how the learning sciences can impact upon the work of the two co-located conferences: AIED and Learning@Scale, and upon the development of commercial educational technology.


Papers, posters and symposia

Full Papers - 8 pages including references — DEADLINE Nov. 17, 2017

Full papers are for mature work, requiring lengthy explanations of the conceptual background, methodology and data and analysis. Full paper submissions should state: (a) the major issue(s) addressed, (b) potential significance of the work, (c) the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, (d) major findings, conclusions, implications, and (e) relevant scholarly references.

Short Papers - 4 pages including references — DEADLINE Nov. 17, 2017

Short papers are for work that makes significant contributions, but that is still in progress, of smaller scale, or that can be reported briefly. Otherwise, the same criteria apply as listed for full papers above.

Posters - 2 pages including references — DEADLINE Nov. 17, 2017

Posters are for work in early stages and for novel and promising ideas. The two-page abstract should identify the aspect of the work that will likely lead to productive discussions with conference participants in a poster session, including figures exemplifying the visual support to be provided for these discussions in the poster.

Symposia - 8 pages including references — DEADLINE Nov. 17, 2017

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. It is not sufficient for a symposium to simply be a set of related papers, such as papers from a specific research group. Rather, symposia proposals should and will be evaluated on their capacity to address larger issues of interest to the ICLS community.

A clear description should be provided of:

  • The overall focus of the symposium
  • The major issues addressed or overarching/integrative points illustrated by the collective work
  • How the collective presentations contribute towards the issues or points raised
  • The significance of the contributions
  • Separate, brief descriptions of the content of each presentation should be included in the 8-page submission

Submission Instructions

  • The submission system for submission of full and short papers, posters and symposia will be posted here soon. Check back shortly for details.
  • Submissions should be written in English and follow the current version of the template to be provided soon
  • Papers and posters will be reviewed blind. Please prepare your papers accordingly. See the template to be provided soon for suggestions
  • Symposia are not reviewed blind, please include author information in the proposal
  • Submission Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), November 17, 2017

Crossover papers

Full Papers - 8 pages including references — DEADLINE Nov. 17, 2017

Short Papers - 4 pages including references — DEADLINE Feb. 1, 2018

Crossover papers are designed to appeal to the combined audiences of the London Festival of Learning 2018, and will be presented on the Festival day of 27 June, 2018 to a large audience. Papers should appeal to the interests of the three communities that comprise the festival of Learning; ICLS, AIEd and Learning at Scale. The guidelines for submission are as for the standard long and short papers.

    • The submission system for submission of pre-conference events will be posted here soon. Check back shortly for details.
    • Submission Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), February 1, 2018

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review process mid to late March.


Pre-Conference Workshops & Tutorials

4 pages including references — DEADLINE Dec. 15, 2017

The ICLS 2018 Pre-Conference Workshops and Tutorials Committee invites submissions of proposals for Pre-Conference Events. Full-day workshops will be scheduled on Saturday June 23rd, and half-day workshops on Sunday June 24th. The main conference program will begin on the afternoon of Sunday June 24th.

Pre-conference events should cohere with the conference theme, Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, and be organized as a workshop or a tutorial. Specifically,

  • Workshops should be designed as collaborative knowledge-building sessions on a focused issue, where participants actively work together (e.g., analyzing data, discussing design criteria, collaborating on a research project). Substantial time should be allocated for interaction between participants. The presentation of a set of related papers (e.g., a symposium) is not considered a workshop.
  • Tutorials should be designed as collaborative learning experiences for novices on a topic, technology, or methodology within ICLS, that are facilitated by experts. Tutorials should stimulate active participation and interaction between participants as well. Innovative format submissions are encouraged, provided they are within the scope of a workshop or tutorial.

Submission Instructions

Proposals for full or half-day events should be written in English.

The proposal for the tutorial or workshop enables the pre-conference co-chairs to evaluate not only the content of the event, but also the organization of the event. The description should be written with the pre-conference co-chairs as the intended audience, telling us about practical issues that enables us to evaluate the proposal. The descriptions should not exceed 4 pages, and should include:

  • Workshop Title
  • Proposers/Organizers’ names, affiliations, contact information, and backgrounds, including prior experience in conducting such events
  • Intended audience
  • Duration of event (half day or full day)
  • Description of the event that includes:
    • Theme and goals
    • Theoretical background and relevance to field and conference
    • Expected outcomes and contributions
  • Participation requirements (how tutorial or workshop participants will be chosen)
  • Relationship to similar events conducted in the past (e.g., at ICLS or CSCL), if any
  • Facilities and equipment required (Please be specific if you feel you will require anything beyond a normal projector provided at typical conference)
  • Minimal and maximal number of participants expected
  • A description of how you will solicit participation including a draft call for participation that will be posted by organizers on the ICLS 2018 website if the event is accepted

Proposal Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the pre-conference co-chairs. Proposals may also be reviewed by additional judges at the discretion of the co-chairs.

  • If two proposals are found to be very similar, organizers will be asked to consider whether to merge the proposals, to coordinate with morning and afternoon sessions, or to justify the viability of running the events in conflict with each other
  • We expect to send out acceptance notifications during January 2018
  • Organizers will be responsible for soliciting and selecting participants through the use of the conference website. To help support this work, selected organizers will be asked to create a one-minute video describing their workshop and why people would want to attend. More information on this process will be provided when proposals are selected.
  • The submission system for submission of pre-conference events will be posted here soon. Check back shortly for details.
  • Submission Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), December 15, 2017

Industrial/Commercial papers and the Practitioner Track

6 pages including references — DEADLINE Feb. 1, 2018

The Industrial and Commercial papers track is targeted towards practitioners and professionals working in the field of ICLS. We seek proposals that show the application, commercial aspects or practical challenges in any of the areas relevant to the learning sciences and in particular to the conference theme of Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count.

All submissions will be reviewed by peers from industry and academia. The focus in review will be on general interest for the audience and how well the presentation enlightens industry realities, rather than strict academic criteria. All submissions will remain confidential during the review process.

Accepted proposals will be included in the ACM Digital Library as part of the Proceedings. The authors will have the opportunity to present their work during the conference during dedicated industry and commercial paper sessions. Upon acceptance, you have to present your work at the conference. At least one author of each proposal must register by the early registration deadline.

In a similar vein we are also seeking Practitioner papers to recognize that a great deal of innovative work is concerned with applying theory to practice. Projects that are applied in real educational settings provide important contributions and perspectives on the opportunities associated with large implementation projects. The inclusion of a practice track in the conference will recognize the importance of applying theories and methods from the learning sciences in areas that seek to increase equity and access for all. Papers submitted to the track will be peer-reviewed like others but judged with a different set of criteria focusing on contributions to practice. For example, the paper’s ability to explain the challenges and opportunities associated with a project’s implementation might be one criterion to consider. The paper’s connection to the main conference theme and how it demonstrates a commitment to equity and access will also be considered.

Finally, the inclusion of a practice track is to recognize that there cannot be equity and access without practice. We hope to acknowledge and celebrate the work of practitioners that are doing cutting edge work that applies Learning Sciences research to interesting problems in education. As with all aspects of the conference, we will work closely with international colleagues to ensure that there a diverse range of papers are solicited and selected for the final program.

Submission Instructions for Industrial/Commercial and Practitioner papers

  • Submission of papers (6 pages maximum) can be made directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Submissions should be written in English. A Microsoft Word template to be provided soon
  • Submissions should be in PDF format
  • Papers do not need to be blinded for review. Please prepare your papers accordingly
  • Submission Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), February 1, 2018

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review process mid to late March.

If you have any further questions, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome to London and the Festival of Learning!

Judy Kay, Rose Luckin, Manolis Mavrikis and Kaska Porayska-Pomsta
on behalf of the ICLS 2018 organizing committee

JLS and ijCSCL: Shorter decision times, higher imp...

Member Log In

Please note that we have updated our website & all prior ISLS members must create a new profile

For information regarding membership renewal or changing membership plans click here

Join ISLS

Please click here to become a member

Announcements

Job Announcements

View positions in the Learning Sciences.

Programs of Study

Read about programs of study in the Learning Sciences.

Submit News Topics:

To submit a news item, please send an email with the subject of "ISLS NEWS" to the ISLS news@isls.org with the following information:

  1. Title of Announcement
  2. Start date, if any (please allow 1 week)
  3. Brief description (60 words or less)
  4. URL for further details and/or an email address for contact person