iLRN 2020 Call for Papers & Proposals

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Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Education Society, with proceedings to be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore®



Technically co-sponsored by:
IEEE Education Society

Hosted by:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

iLRN 2020: The 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network will be an innovative, interactive gathering for a burgeoning global network of researchers and practitioners collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. It is the premier scholarly event focusing on advances in using virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies to support learners across the full span of learning—from K-12 through higher education to work-based, informal, and lifelong learning contexts. Scholars and professionals operating in formal education settings as well as those representing diverse industry sectors are invited to join us in San Luis Obispo to share their research findings, experiences, and insights; network and establish partnerships to envision and shape the future of XR and immersive technologies for learning; and contribute to the emerging scholarly knowledge base on “what works” for using these technologies to create experiences that educate, engage, and excite learners.


In addition to the main conference track, a small number of Special Tracks will be offered that focus on specific topic areas of interest within the field of XR and immersive learning. Those interested in proposing/chairing their own tracks should see the separate Call for Special Track Proposals. The deadline for Special Track proposals is 2019-10-28.


Academic Stream 

(Refereed paper published in proceedings)

Practitioner Stream

(No paper – Refereed on the basis of abstract)

Nontraditional Session Formats

(Extended abstract published in proceedings)


Papers and proposals must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines for the relevant Stream (Academic or Practitioner) or Nontraditional Session Format (Workshop, Special session, Panel session), using the appropriate template. Submissions will be accepted only via the conference’s online submission system; emailed submissions cannot be accommodated. A blind peer-review process will be used to evaluate all submissions.


All accepted and registered papers in the Academic Stream that are presented at iLRN 2020 and all extended abstracts describing the nontraditional sessions presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library. Content loaded into Xplore is made available by IEEE to its abstracting and indexing partners, including Elsevier (Scopus, Ei Compendex), Clarivate Analytics (CPCI—part of Web of Science) and others, for potential inclusion in their respective databases.

In addition, the authors of selected papers may be invited to submit revised and expanded versions of their papers for possible publication in the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (2018 JCR Impact Factor: 2.315), the Journal of Universal Computer Science (2018 JCR Impact Factor: 0.91), or another Scopus and/or Web of Science-indexed journal, subject to the relevant journal’s regular editorial and peer-review policies and procedures.


Important Dates
  • Paper and proposal submission deadline (Main round – all submission types welcome): January 6, 2020
  • Notification of review outcomes from main submission round: March 23, 2020
  • Camera-ready papers for proceedings due – Full and short papers: April 6, 2020
  • Presenter registration deadline – Full and short papers: April 6, 2020
  • Paper and proposal submission deadline (Late round – Only work-in-progress papers, practitioner abstracts, and nontraditional session proposals will be considered*): March 30, 2020
  • Notification of review outcomes from late submission round: April 27, 2020
  • Camera-ready work-in-progress papers and descriptions of nontraditional sessions for proceedings due; final versions of practitioner abstracts for conference program due: May 11, 2020
  • Presenter registration deadline – Work-in-progress papers, practitioner sessions, and nontraditional sessions: May 11, 2020
  • Conference opening: June 21, 2020

*Although work-in-progress papers, practitioner abstracts, and nontraditional session proposals may be submitted in both the Main round and the Late round, those submitted in the Main round will have the advantage of potentially being able to be revised for resubmission in the Late round, should they initially be rejected.



Inquiries regarding the iLRN 2020 conference should be directed to the Conference Secretariat at

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