ISLS 2024 First Call for Papers

International Society of the Learning Sciences Annual Meeting 2024

Conference Theme: Learning as a cornerstone of healing, resilience, and community

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA, June 8-14

The Fourth Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences once again brings together the Learning Sciences community as a whole by combining two conference programs: the Learning Sciences (ICLS) and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). This annual meeting’s theme is “Learning as a cornerstone of healing, resilience, and community.” In the face of global crises including COVID-19, war, climate change, racism, and political oppression, this annual meeting aims to address our Learning Sciences community’s needs for healing, resilience, and community not only in the world and our fields of study, but also in our own lives as scholars. In addition to the main program and pre-conference workshops and tutorials, this year’s meeting will include a new component: a Community Engagement Day, an opportunity to experientially examine how our field intersects with different forms of learning in community through structured interactions with learning providers in Buffalo and beyond. This day’s program will be pre-planned by the Community Engagement Day Committee in conjunction with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). As is customary, the annual meeting will also include career development workshops: the Doctoral Consortium, the Early Career Workshop, and the Mid-Career Workshop. Details to follow soon.

Submissions are welcomed on the annual meeting theme or other areas of the learning sciences, within either the ICLS or CSCL programs. Submissions are welcomed for research papers, interactive tools and demos, and pre-conference workshops and tutorials. Research papers include full papers, short papers, posters, and symposia. A new track this year welcomes experimental hybrid format symposia. See the annual meeting website page on hybrid strategy and accommodations policy for more details.

Submission Formats and Deadlines

  • Research Papers: Deadline for submission: November 6, 2023, 11:59pm Pacific Time
    A grace period of 10 days has been granted for late submissions: November 16, 2023
    • Full Research Papers
    • Short Research Papers
    • Research Posters
    • Symposia – Traditional
    • Symposia – Hybrid (NEW!)
  • Interactive Tools and Demos. Deadline for submission: extended to January 31, 2024, 11:59pm Pacific Time
  • Pre-Conference Workshops/Tutorials. Deadline for submission: extended to January 31, 2024, 11:59pm Pacific Time

Research Papers 

Research Papers welcome three types of contributions:

  • Empirical contributions that present studies emphasizing the major issue(s) addressed, the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, major findings, conclusions, and (conceptual, empirical, practical) implications. 
  • Conceptual contributions presenting theoretical elaborations or reviews of the literature.
  • Methodological contributions that develop and/or validate a research method, preferably providing empirical illustrations.

Full Research Papers (8 pages): Full papers are for mature work, requiring lengthy explanations of the conceptual background, methodology and data analysis. Full paper submissions should include: (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 Research Papers (4 pages): 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.

Research Posters (2 pages): Research posters present work in early stages and for novel and promising ideas. The two-page paper should also identify the aspect of the work that will likely lead to productive discussions with annual meeting participants in a poster session, including figures exemplifying the visual support to be provided for these discussions in the actual poster.

Symposia- Traditional (8 pages): Symposia comprise a set of completed research papers that are grouped together to convey larger ideas or results about a specific theme or issue. It is not sufficient for a symposium to simply be a set of related papers, such as papers from a specific research group. Rather, symposium proposals will be evaluated on their capacity to address large issues of interest to the ICLS or CSCL community and align with the theme of the annual meeting.

Symposia in this annual meeting will last 60 minutes. It could include between 4-5 papers, grouped together under a theme and including a discussant and a chair (or/and an organizer). A common format consists of individual presentations, one commentary by a discussant, and a moderated discussion among members of the symposium and the audience. A structured poster format is also welcome, wherein the presenters are coordinated in sharing more deeply at break-out poster stations.

Symposia- Hybrid (8 pages): ISLS 2024 solicits a brand new submission track for hybrid symposia. These “born hybrid” sessions will be placed in a room with good Internet, two-way sound, and a room equipped with a camera or cameras. They will also take place in designated time slots that are conducive for online participants from multiple time zones around the globe (mornings US Eastern time).

In addition to the requirements for the traditional symposia (see above), submitters need to describe their aims and strategies for hybrid engagement in their proposals in one additional page (this format page will not be included in the published proceedings). The submissions will be reviewed holistically for both content and format. Excellent proposals with a clear value-add from online hybridity will be prioritized over proposals in which the online component does not intrinsically add value. Intentionally engaging targeted online audiences with the onsite participants might be one such value-add; another might be novel technology-mediated collaboration approaches to the conference symposium format. It is also critical for hybrid submitters to clearly specify technology needs for their sessions. While technology support in the room will be provided by the LOC to the best of their capabilities, engagement facilitation should be described in the proposal, and staffed by submitters.

Submitters who need to participate online due to a need for online accommodations should NOT submit to the hybrid symposium track for that purpose alone. Online accommodations will be available to those who need them in ALL tracks through the accommodations process.

Interactive Tools and Demos, and Pre-Conference Workshops and Tutorials

Workshops, tutorials and demonstrations should focus on themes within the scope of either CSCL or ICLS. For instance, these events can allow for trying out a technology and/or scenarios, elaborating on conceptual frameworks or discussing research designs.

Interactive Tools and Demos (2 pages): Interactive tools and demos present new interactive tools, software or environments that may be potentially interesting for teaching and learning. Submissions should indicate possible applications for learning of your submitted tools or demo.

Pre-conference Workshops (4 pages): Pre-conference workshops should be designed as active sessions on a focused issue. Substantial time should be allocated for interaction between participants.

Following the practice launched at ISLS 2023, workshops can be self-contained in the half-day or full-day format, or can be designed to extend over a period of time. Extended workshops are reviewed by the same criteria as pre-conference workshops but might include: (a) a sustained thread of multiple meetings scheduled prior to the conference (i.e., beginning after proposal acceptance that lead up to the conference workshop session), (b) activities following the workshop in the conference (e.g., joint data analysis sessions, continued discussions of research designs) and (c) curation or development of workshop products for publication on the ISLS website. The planned format of the workshop should be described in the proposal. 

Pre-conference Tutorials (4 pages): Pre-conference tutorials should be designed as collaborative learning experiences on a topic, technology, design or methodology within CSCL or LS. Tutorials should stimulate active participation and interaction between participants as well. Innovative format submissions are encouraged, provided they are within the scope of a tutorial.

Important Dates:

  • Participating in the 2024 ISLS Annual Meeting webinar: October 3, 2023. This optional but recommended webinar will explain different formats, conference strands, and offer time for audience Q&A.
  • Full and Short Papers, Posters, Symposia, Experimental hybrid symposia submission deadline: November 6, 2023. A grace period of 10 days has been granted for late submissions: November 16, 2023.
  • Pre-conference Workshops and Tutorials submission deadline: extended to January 31, 2024
  • Career development workshops (Doctoral Consortium, Early Career Workshop, Mid Career Workshops) submissions deadline: January 31, 2024
  • Acceptances announced: February, 2024

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About the International Society of Learning Sciences (ISLS)

ISLS is a professional society dedicated to the interdisciplinary empirical investigation of learning as it exists in real-world settings and how learning may be facilitated both with and without technology. ISLS sponsors the Annual Meeting and two journals, the Journal of the Learning Sciences, and International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning.

Welcome to Buffalo!
Chris Hoadley & X. Christine Wang
On behalf of the ISLS 2024 Local Organizing Committee and Conference Program Chairs

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