iLRN 2020 Call for Papers & Proposals: Virtual Presentations

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Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore®



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iLRN 2020: The 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network will be an innovative and interactive virtual 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 the use of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies to support learners and learning will now be held fully online and in virtual reality. Scholars and professionals operating in formal education settings as well as those representing diverse industry sectors are invited to participate in the conference, where they will be able 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 how these technologies can be used to create experiences that educate, engage, and excite learners.



Papers and proposals may be submitted to the main conference track or to one of six Special Tracks.



Academic Stream 

(Refereed paper published in proceedings)

These are strict page limits, and all figures, tables, references, as well as any other front or back matter (e.g., abstracts and appendixes) are included in the limit. Exceptions cannot be made.

Practitioner Stream

(No paper – Refereed on the basis of abstract)

Nontraditional Session Stream

(Extended abstract describing session published in proceedings)



Oral presentation: Pre-recorded video + 60-minute live VR discussion with others presenting on similar/related topics (groupings of presenters into sessions determined by Program Committee)

Poster presentation: Live poster session in VR exhibition hall;  pre-recorded video optional

Immersive learning project showcase: Space in VR exhibition hall to display materials that will be accessible to attendees throughout the conference; pre-recorded video optional. (Only for educators and students to showcase their work. Businesses wishing to promote products/services must purchase a sponsorship or exhibition package.)

Doctoral consortium: 60-minute live VR discussion with other doctoral researchers; pre-recorded video optional

Workshop: 3-hour live hands-on session in VR or via web conferencing (held the day before the main conference program)

Special session: 30- or 60-minute interactive session in VR; may optionally be linked to one or more papers

Panel session: 60-minute live VR discussion with a self-formed group of 3-5 panelists (including a lead panelist who serves as a moderator)



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), and using the appropriate template (except for Practitioner Stream proposals, which do not require the use of a 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.
Please note that the iLRN conference uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away any of their identifying details. Here are a few tips:
  • Remove names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript
  • Make sure figures do not contain any affiliation-related or other identifying information
  • In the main text of the manuscript as well as any tables and captions, replace instances of the authors’ names and institutions with placeholders like “[Authors]” and “[Authors’ Institution]”
  • Cite papers published by the Author in text as per the IEEE Reference Guide (using the only number of the relevant reference)
  • In the reference list, replace the relevant reference(s) with  “[Details omitted for double-blind reviewing]”
  • Do not include acknowledgments or information about funding sources
  • Remove any identifying information, including author names, from file names and ensure document properties are also anonymized

Papers will be reviewed using this evaluation criteria. Please keep these areas in mind when preparing your paper.



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*): February 14, 2020 [CLOSED]
  • Notification of review outcomes from main submission round: March 23, 2020
  • Camera-ready papers for proceedings due – Full and short papers: April 19, 2020
  • Presenter registration deadline – Full and short papers: April 19, 2020
  • FINAL extended paper and proposal submission deadline (Late round)
    • Academic Work-in-progress papers: May 5, 2020
    • Practitioner oral presentation and poster proposals: May 18, 2020
    • Panel Session, Special Session, and Workshop proposals: May 18, 2020
  • Notification of review outcomes from late submission round
    • Academic Work-in-progress papers: May 15, 2020
    • Practitioner oral presentations and posters: May 25, 2020 
    • Panel Session, Special Session, and Workshop proposals: May 25, 2020
  • Camera-ready Academic work-in-progress papers due: May 28, 2020 (Presenters must also register by this date)
  • Camera-ready descriptions of non-traditional sessions for proceedings due: May 28, 2020 (Presenters must also register by this date) 
  • Final versions of practitioner abstracts for conference program due: May 28, 2020 (Presenters must also register by this date)
  • Pre-recorded videos, poster files, and other presentation materials due (requirements vary depending on session format): May 31, 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 re-submission in the Late round, should they initially be rejected.



Inquiries regarding the iLRN 2020 conference should be directed to the Conference Secretariat at [email protected].

General inquiries about iLRN may be sent to [email protected]