iLRN 2020 Special Sessions

Special sessions are interactive sessions of either 30 or 60 minutes in length. The number of special sessions offered is limited. These sessions are intended to add value to iLRN 2020 conference experience, enhance the experience and knowledge of the session participants, and help advance scholarship, practice, or policy in XR and immersive learning.

Proposals for special sessions that are accepted and presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings in the form of extended abstracts.

Proposal/extended abstract template and guidelines

Proposals/extended abstracts for Special Sessions should be 2–3 pages* in length (inclusive of any tables, figures, references, and appendices) in standard IEEE double-column format. In addition to a maximum 200-word abstract summarizing the proposed session, the document should contain the following sections:

  1. Aims and Target Audience: What will be accomplished and/or gained from the proposed session? Who would be interested in attending the session, and why?
  2. Novelty, Timeliness, and Relevance: What makes the proposed session original or different to what attendees are likely to have encountered in the past? In what ways does the session address recent, current, and/or issues, trends, and challenges in XR and immersive learning? How does it align with or otherwise relate to the theme of the conference?
  3. Participant Engagement and Interaction: How will you keep participants interested and engaged throughout the session? What types and level of interaction are anticipated?
  4. Special Session Description and Session Plan: Provide a description of the topics/content/materials to be covered, along with an outline of the details and time allotted for each planned activity (i.e., an agenda). What, specifically, can participants expect to hear, see, and do during the session?
  5. Intended Outcomes: What outcomes are anticipated from the session and activities? What future work will/might result from the session?

*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.

Important Dates Special Sessions
  • FINAL extended proposal/extended abstract submission deadline (Late round*): April 19, 2020
  • Notification of review outcomes from late submission round: May 7, 2020
  • Camera-ready extended abstract for proceedings due: May 23, 2020
  • Presenter registration deadline: May 23, 2020
  • Panel materials (e.g., presentation slides) due: May 31, 2020
  • Conference opening: June 21, 2020

*Although proposals/extended abstracts 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

Proposal/extended abstract submission

Proposals/extended abstracts should be saved in PDF format and submitted via the conference’s online submission system https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ilrn2020. Please note that submissions cannot be accepted via email.

Registration requirements for special session presenters

All special session presenters must register for the full conference. They may do so at the Practitioner rate, provided they are not listed as authors on any Academic Stream papers.