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8th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network

May 30, 2022 - June 4, 2022

Vienna, Austria (in person) and online in iLRN's Virtual Campus powered by Virbela

DISRUPTION, INNOVATION & RESILIENCY: becoming an inclusive & robust global community for immersive learning

Educational Technology • Pedagogy x Computer Science • Serious Games • 3D Collaboration • Digital Twins • Embodied Pedagogical Agents • Medical & Healthcare Education • Workforce & Industry • Cultural Heritage • Language Learning • K-12 STEM • Museums & Libraries • Informal Learning • Community & Civic Engagement • Special Education • Geosciences • Data Visualization and Analytics • Assessment & Evaluation

Important Dates


Past dates
Main round submission deadline - all submission types welcome (final deadline for Academic Stream Full and Short papers) 2022-01-15
2022-02-15 (Final Extension)
Late round submission deadline - Work-in-progress papers, Doctoral Colloquium papers, Workshop proposals, Special session proposals, Panel session proposals and Practitioner Stream contributions only 2022-03-15
Notification of review outcomes from main submission round 2022-04-07
Notification of review outcomes from late submission round 2022-04-12
Camera-ready papers for proceedings due - Full and short papers 2022-04-30
Presenter registration deadline - Full and short papers 2022-04-22
Deadline for early-bird registration rates 2022-04-22
Final extended submission deadline - Practitioner Stream, Workshop proposals, Special session proposals, Panel session proposals and Doctoral Colloquium non-publication contributions only 2022-04-25
Notification of review outcomes from final extended submission round 2022-04-28
Camera-ready work-in-progress papers and nontraditional session extended abstracts for proceedings due; final practitioner abstracts for conference program due 2022-04-30
Presenter registration deadline - Work-in-progress papers, Doctoral Colloquium, posters, Workshop proposal, Special session proposal, Panel session proposal 2022-04-30

Upcoming dates
Deadline for uploading presentation materials (videos, slides for oral presentations, posters for poster presentations) 2022-05-10
Deadline for regular registration rates 2022-05-15
Conference dates (online iLRN Virtual Campus) 2022-05-30 and 2022-05-31
Conference dates (in person Vienna, Austria) 2022-06-01 to 2022-06-04

Call for Papers & Proposals


ACADEMIC STREAM
(Refereed paper published in proceedings)

  • Full (6–8 pages) paper for oral presentation
  • Short paper (4–5 pages) for oral presentation
  • Work-in-progress paper (2–3 pages) for poster presentation
  • Doctoral colloquium paper (2–3 pages) for oral presentation in the doctoral colloquium
  • Workshop proposal, Special session proposal, Panel session proposal (2-3 page extended abstract describing session published in proceedings)

 PRACTITIONER STREAM
(No paper – Refereed on the basis of proposal form)

  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Guided virtual adventures
  • Immersive learning project showcase
  • Training Sessions
  • Product Demonstration

The 8th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2022) will be an innovative and interactive gathering for a flourishing 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 across the full span of learning—from K-12 through higher education to work-based, informal, and lifelong learning contexts.

Following two years of innovative fully online and in-VR conferences, this year’s conference will, for the first time, offer a hybrid experience with two days of presentations and activities on the iLRN Virtual Campus, powered by VirBELA, followed by three days on location in Vienna, Austria. Scholars and professionals working from informal and formal education settings as well as those representing diverse industry sectors are invited to participate in the conference, where they may 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.

Program Tracks

Papers and proposals may be submitted to one of 10 program tracks, the first nine of which correspond to the iLRN Houses of application, and the tenth of which is intended for papers making knowledge contributions to the learning sciences, computer science, and/or game studies that are not linked to any particular application area.

Academic communities wishing to cater for other topics are welcome to propose a special track by emailing the General Chairs at ilrn2022.generalchairs@immersivelrn.org no later than Oct 31st, 2021, with a short description, rationale for immersive learning, and its program committee.

  • Track 1. Assessment and Evaluation (A&E)
  • Track 2. Early Childhood Development & Learning (ECDL)
  • Track 3. Galleries, Libraries, Archives, & Museums (GLAM)
  • Track 4. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, & Social Justice (IDEAS)
  • Track 5. STEM Education
  • Track 6. Language, Culture, & Heritage (LCH)
  • Track 7. Medical & Healthcare Education (MHE)
  • Track 8. Nature & Environmental Sciences (NES)
  • Track 9. Workforce Development & Industry Training (WDIT)
  • Track 10. Basic Research and Theory in Immersive Learning (not linked to any particular application area)

Paper/Proposal Submission & Review

Papers for the Academic Stream and extended-abstract proposals for the Nontraditional Session Stream must be prepared in standard IEEE double-column US Letter format using Microsoft Word or LaTeX, and will be accepted only via the online submission system. Guidelines and templates are available here.

Proposals for the Practitioner Stream are to be submitted via the online submission system, more information here.

A double blind peer-review process will be used to evaluate all submissions.

Publication, Abstracting, and Reviewing

ACADEMIC STREAM

All accepted and registered papers in the Academic Stream that are presented at iLRN 2022 and all extended abstracts 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, EiCompendex), Clarivate Analytics (CPCI—part of Web of Science) and others, for potential inclusion in their respective databases.

In addition, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit expanded versions of their papers to the Immersive Education special issue at the Education and Information Technologies Journal published by Springer (Impact factor – 2.917 (2020). Five-year impact factor – 2.953 (2020)) and to the to the special issue on Immersive Learning in Healthcare at the Health Informatics Journal (Impact factor – 2.681, Five-year impact factor – 3.000).

PRACTITIONER STREAM

A separate proceedings book will be produced for those who submit extended abstracts to the Practitioner Stream (not to be included in the IEEE Xplore).

Academic Stream
Practitioner Stream

Call for Special Tracks


The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN)’s 2022 Conference Board invites you to submit proposals to host and conduct one of iLRN’s Special Tracks from May 30 to June 04, 2022, Vienna, Austria (in person and online!). For this 8th annual conference, we seek to continue to advance our shared understanding of the full “DNA” necessary to make high-quality immersive learning experiences. Your specialized focus and immersive learning-related research may find richer context and deeper meaning within a Special Track! We are interested in discovering, showcasing, and sharing how Immersive Learning experiences are best made and/or applied. Contribute a Special Track to the iLRN 2022 experience!

While we’re always encouraging and accepting iLRN Special Track proposals from researchers, artists, and developers focused on digitally enhanced immersive learning — special to this year, iLRN is announcing a specific interest in research in the realms of DISRUPTION, INNOVATION & RESILIENCY: becoming an inclusive & robust global community for immersive learning.

Topics of interest for Special Track proposals may vary widely, but MUST BE CLEARLY DIFFERENT to the Main tracks of the Conference below:

  • Track 1. Assessment and Evaluation (A&E)
  • Track 2. Early Childhood Development & Learning (ECDL)
  • Track 3. Galleries, Libraries, Archives, & Museums (GLAM)
  • Track 4. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, & Social Justice (IDEAS)
  • Track 5. STEM Education
  • Track 6. Language, Culture, & Heritage (LCH)
  • Track 7. Medical & Healthcare Education (MHE)
  • Track 8. Nature & Environmental Sciences (NES)
  • Track 9. Workforce Development & Industry Training (WDIT)
  • Track 10. Basic Research and Theory in Immersive Learning (not linked to any particular application area)

Papers submitted to Special Tracks follow the requirements, review process and deadlines of papers submitted to the Conference Main Tracks and are published in the Conference Proceedings as:

  • Full (6–8 pages) paper for oral presentation
  • Short paper (4–5 pages) for oral presentation
  • Work-in-progress paper (2–3 pages) for a poster presentation.

Special Tracks Proposal

Special Track proposal submissions should contain the following sections in the suggested order and must not exceed 2 pages. The only accepted format is PDF.

  • A concise Special Track title.
  • The names and affiliations of the organizers; typically it should count no more than three co-chairs preferably affiliated with different organizations.
  • Proposed duration of the Special Track (one session (1.5 hours, half or full-day).
  • A two-paragraph description of the Special Track topic, themes and relevance.
  • If the Special Track was conducted before, where and when was it conducted?
  • A description of the Special Track format: contributions must focus on sound research. Publications to be submitted and published must follow formats specified in the main conference (long and short papers). Please also outline, if invited speakers are involved.
  • A tentative Program Committee (PC) list (with an indication of whether PC members have already been contacted and/or have expressed interest.) Indented deadlines for distributing the call, contribution submissions and the review process must be outlined. Deadlines for notification of authors for paper submission will be in line with the deadlines outlined in the main conference.
  • It is expected that Special Tracks will be open to all interested registered iLRN Conference parties.

A short bio of the special track organizers, including a description of their qualifications relative to the topic area, and past experience in organizing/facilitating research meetings.

The review process of proposal submissions focuses on the expertise of the Special Track chairs as well as the relevance and soundness of the Special Track topic, the quality of the PC members, and the review process for the Special Track itself.

Tasks for Accepted Special Track

The Special Track chairs are expected to apply the highest standards to promote, manage and run the Special Track respecting the deadlines and procedure. This includes:

  • Preparing and distributing the call for contributions to the Special Track.
  • Align with the review procedure and submission deadlines of the main conference.
  • Communicating with the authors, Special Track Chairs and Academic Program Chair.
  • Keep the conference organizers (Special Track Chairs and Academic Program Chair) updated on the status on a regular basis.
  • Providing a one-page abstract summarizing the Special Track to be published together with the papers of the Special Track. The abstract must follow the style guideline and must include title, name and affiliations of Special Track chairs, background and motivation of the Special Track, and summary of the review process.

How to submit a proposal?

Academic communities wishing to propose a special track are invited to:

  • Email their Expression of Interest to run a Special Track to the Program Chairs at ilrn2022.generalchairs@immersivelrn.org no later than Oct 31st, 2021, with a short description, rationale for immersive learning.
  • Finalise the Special Track proposal following the above guidelines by November 15th, 2021.
  • Notification of acceptance Special Tracks: November 21st, 2021.

All submitted special track proposals will be reviewed by the General Chairs, the Program Chairs and selected board members following the quality aspects published in the detailed call text. 

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