Papers will be accepted until July 1!

The Third International Conference on the Learning Sciences (ICLS-98)
Georgia Tech, Atlanta
Conference dates: December 15-19, 1998
Conference location: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Paper submission deadline: July 1, 1998 (WAS Tuesday, June 2, 1998)
Conference web page:

Sponsored by The EduTech Institute and AACE.

The field of the Learning Sciences is concerned with educational research from the dual perspectives of human cognition and computing techonologies, and the application of this research in three integrated areas:

Investigations in the Learning Sciences approach these issues from an interdisciplinary stance combining the traditional disciplines of computer science, cognitive science, and education.

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The Third International Conference on the Learning Sciences (ICLS-98) will bring together experts from academia, research labs, and industry to discuss problems and issues regarding promoting learning in real-world situations. Insights into these problems will relate recent advances in our understanding of human learning and technological innovations in computing and related disciplines to the challenges posed by the real-world settings where learning occurs. Examples of new applications and pedagogical frameworks discussed in past conferences include (applications) modeling and visualization tools for K-12 education, indexed multimedia databases for community outreach, collaboration tools for diverse users and settings, and complex simulation environments for corporate training, and (pedagogies) learning from design, problem-based learning, project-based learning, goal-based scenerios, and cognitive apprenticeship.

Of particular interest this year are issues pertaining to the learning of knowledge and skills necessary for real-world problem-solving: reasoning skills, communication skills, design skills, explanation skills, debugging skills. To promote learning, one must do more than place a computer system in an artificial setting; one must design an effective, natural environment that provides the cognitive challenges, social context, and scaffolding necessary to learn both facts and skills in a manner that extends naturally to "learning in the wild".

The goal of this conference is to bring together a diverse group of researchers, practitioners, developers, and users in order to obtain a deeper understanding of cognitive, social, and practical issues underlying effective education and to share insights into the design of the next generation of educational environments. Individuals are invited to share their expertise in cognitive science, cognitive psychology, education, training, multimedia, and artificial intelligence and offer (and gain!) perspectives and insights into these problems.

The conference will be hosted by the College of Computing of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, home of the Civil Rights movement, the 1996 Olympics, and the Dogwood Festival. The main program will be held over four days from Wednesday, December 16th, to Saturday, December 19th, featuring plenary addresses by invited speakers, technical paper and poster sessions, a demonstration session, and a banquet. The main program will be preceded by a doctorial consortium and specialized workshops on Tuesday, December 15th, and Wednesday, December 16th.


We invite papers on the entire range of topics relevant to the learning sciences that report on novel research results or experience with theoretically-grounded educational frameworks. Reports of research that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries are encouraged. To create a high-quality program representing the newest ideas and results in the field, submitted papers will be evaluated through peer review with respect to several criteria, including originality, quality, and significance of research, relevance to a broad audience of learning sciences researchers, and clarity of presentation. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference as talks or posters, as appropriate. Papers may present results from completed research as well as report on current research with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Authors should submit five (5) copies of the paper in hard copy form by Wednesday, July 1st, 1998 to:

ICLS-98 Paper Submissions
c/o Mamie Hanson
College of Computing
801 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0280
(404) 894-3807

If confirmation of receipt is desired, please use certified mail. Authors should also submit an electronic abstract via the following Web page:

Please fill out the form available on this page and submit it electronically.

LENGTH: Papers should be a maximum of eleven (11) pages long (excluding only the cover page but including figures and references), with 1 inch margins on all sides (i.e., the text should be 6.5 inches by 9 inches, including footnotes but excluding page numbers), double-spaced, and in 12-point type. Citations should be in APA style. Each page should be numbered (excluding the cover page). Camera-ready papers will be required only after authors are notified of acceptance. Appropriate formats will be made available at a later date. Please note that the specified length for submitted papers is intended to be somewhat shorter than the length of papers published in the proceedings in order to allow room for meaningful revisions in response to reviewers' comments.

COVER PAGE: Each copy of the paper must include a cover page, separate from the body of the paper, which includes:

  1. Title of the paper;
  2. Full names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all authors;
  3. An abstract of no more than 200 words;
  4. 3-5 keywords in decreasing order of relevance. The keywords will be used in the index for the proceedings;
  5. Preference for presentation format: "Talk or Poster", "Talk Only", or "Poster Only". Accepted papers will be presented either as talks or posters, depending on authors' preference and reviewers' recommendations about which would be more suitable, and will not reflect the quality of the papers.
DEADLINE: Papers must be received by Wednesday, July 1st, 1998. Papers received after this date will be recycled. Electronic abstracts are also due by July 1st.

SAMPLE TOPICS: Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:


We invite proposals for special sessions to be held during or back-to-back with the conference, including but not limited to panels, interactive sessions, symposia, and workshops.  Proposals should indicate:

  1. A brief description of the topic;
  2. How the session would address a broad learning sciences audience, and some evidence of interest;
  3. Names of session organizer(s);
  4. List of potential speakers, their topics, and some estimate of their likelihood of participation;
  5. Proposed session format and length.
  6. (Hard copy) A 2-4 page panel proposal consisting of a short overview paragraph and an abstract from each speaker.
Special session proposals should be sent as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, July 1st, 1998.  Abstracts of the sessions will be published in the proceedings. To submit a special session proposal, visit the following Web page:

Please fill out the form available on this page and submit it electronically, and mail in the hard copy proposal to:

ICLS-98 Special Session Submissions
c/o Mamie Hanson
College of Computing
801 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0280
(404) 894-3807


We invite interested individuals to submit proposals for technology demonstrations illustrating applications of novel
approaches to problems of education and training. Preference will be given to demonstrations that represent systems that have
been used in real-world settings. Submissions representing collaborations across traditional boundaries
are especially encouraged, e.g., industry/academic or school/researcher. Proposals should indicate:

  1. Title of the demonstration system;
  2. Names of authors and demonstrators;
  3. An abstract of no more than 200 words;
  4. A description of the system's hardware requirements. Note that you are expected to bring all necessary equipment with you; however, if this is not possible, we will attempt to help you with equipment rental at the conference site.
Demonstration proposals should be sent as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, July 1st, 1998.  Abstracts of the demonstrations will be published in the proceedings. To submit a demonstration proposal, visit the following Web page:

Please fill out the form available on this page and submit it electronically.




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