Submitting to CSCL & ICLS

Which conference should I submit to since they are happening concurrently?

In deciding which conference to submit your proposal to, we encourage you to consider the descriptions below. The distinction between the conferences is also reflected broadly in the different areas of focus of The Journal of the Learning Sciences (JLS) and the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL). For both conferences, the proceedings are published, which is an important professional component for many members. Your own professional identity may of course play a role in your decision.

Both CSCL and ICLS programs as well as submissions to the Hybrid Symposium track invite contributions that aim to address our 2024 conference theme. The conference theme of “Learning as a cornerstone of healing, resilience, and community” recognizes the continuing need for responses to global crises including racism, bigotry, war, COVID-19, climate change, and political oppression. In responding to these geo-political circumstances, this call pushes us to consider how shifting from individual to community-level understandings of both healing and resilience impact our learning theory and design as well as the contexts we create for ourselves to continue this work. We propose that submission to each track could support this work. For instance:

  • CSCL contributions may take up the ways that technologies (both digital and human) are arranged to reshape possibilities for healing practices in collaborative learning settings.
  • ICLS contributions may take up perspectives on how a shift from individualized notions of resilience (e.g., grit) towards notions of resilience within learning communities impacts understandings of community care.
  • Hybrid Symposium sessions may embody forms of community not always possible in traditional face-to-face conferences by supporting participation from a wider array of community members via virtual and in-person means.

These are only examples of how the conference theme may be taken up within CSCL and ICLS conferences, as well as submission to either of those conferences within the Hybrid Symposium track. We encourage submiters to consider how their work may contribute to our collective, emerging understandings of learning as the cornerstone of healing, resilience, and community.


The CSCL program is dedicated to designing technologies for collaboration and examining how people learn collaboratively in the contexts of education, business, and society. CSCL is also concerned with the design and use of technologies to support learning in groups, organizations, communities, and networks. To advance CSCL theories, technologies, and designs, the CSCL program brings together scholarship from education, computer science (including AI, learning analytics and data mining), psychology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, business, etc. The conference welcomes papers that cover a wide range of methodological approaches, ranging from qualitative case studies to (quasi-)experimental studies and meta-analyses. Also, conceptual contributions as well as technical reports are possible. We are calling for contributions that address various topics, including:

  • Contributions focusing on collaborative learning in context, and how the technology surrounding us influences such processes. CSCL highlights how learning is a social process in an ecology of devices, tools, and learning arrangements – online or offline – with learners of different backgrounds and goals, sharing attention, knowledge, and an emotional experience when interacting with each other. We therefore invite studies that focus on: social aspects of learning in schools, workplaces, and informal contexts (e.g., through social media); small groups of learners working on well-defined or open-ended tasks; development of communities of learners; intercultural scenarios of learning together; orchestration of online and offline collaborative learning (e.g. in MOOCs or in co-present environments).
  • Contributions that highlight designs for computer-supported and data-enhanced collaborative learning: digital technologies and the ‘datification’ of education, work and daily life have resulted in new ecosystems for learning. Creation, organization, and analysis of learning processes is strongly guided and influenced by the supporting technologies and new data inputs. We call for papers that make substantial contributions to understanding these developments, for example: instructional designs and technologies for guidance and feedback (e.g. through peers, scripts, and orchestration tools); adaptive support for learners through learning analytics and AI; technological innovations, such as simulations, VR, & AR for CSCL; applications of digital technologies that facilitate the social learning processes or the analysis of rich social learning data.
  • Contributions that highlight collaboration as an engine of innovation and change: Relating to the theme “Learning as a cornerstone of healing, resilience, and community”, we call for papers that present new perspectives on how learning and/or working together can enable the development of shared values and identities, or solutions that support healing, resilience, and community. Such papers can advance our understanding of: how to address diversity, equity, and access in and through participation in social forms of learning (e.g., through argumentation and dialogue for social and argumentative skills, creativity, and empowerment). They can also serve to advance methods for analyzing CSCL, (e.g. through multimodal process analysis or learning analytics), or take cutting edge perspectives on social learning, such as an explicit focus on embodiment, adaptive learning or community-based learning.


The ICLS program welcomes papers across a multitude of topics of interest to the learning sciences—papers that present research on learning theories and processes, instructional practices, and design of environments to support learning outcomes. The program invites papers aligned with the conference theme “Learning as a cornerstone of healing, resilience, and community” and which reflect the work of the many unfolding educational and social movements within the ISLS, as well as the new roles and practices for technology and distributed communities that have evolved rapidly over recent years.

The ICLS program focuses on innovative pedagogies as well as development of theories of learning and instruction, combining multiple methodologies and disciplinary, e.g. psychological, anthropological, and/or sociological perspectives on processes and outcomes of education. There is often a focus on detailed mechanisms of learning and its complex outcomes. We are calling for studies that address a variety of topics including the following:

  • Contributions that address ways in which educational designs can promote diversity, equity, and justice as well as support healing, resilience, and community.
  • Contributions that design, develop and investigate innovative pedagogies and learning environments that can help learners engage in more effective learning experiences with others. These can be explicitly about innovation and change in education at any level and how educational design and methods contribute a research-informed approach in advancing processes conducive to learning.
  • Contributions that address questions about learning processes, mechanisms, and outcomes. These may develop data-driven theories that elucidate processes of learning and teaching within various contexts, and the ways in which instructional practices, learning environments or technologies can be designed to support learning in different contexts.

Hybrid Symposia (ICLS & CSCL)

This year, the Annual Meeting will initiate a new Hybrid Symposium track to facilitate innovation designs that support opportunities not available within the traditional in-person only conference structure. Hybrid Symposia will be submitted and reviewed in a separate track but published within either CSCL or ICLS proceedings as indicated at the time of submission. They will be reviewed as submissions to CSCL or ICLS and with respect to the design of the hybrid session.

Hybrid Symposia are offered an additional page to articulate the nature of their hybrid design. Submissions should describe methods of facilitation, community engagement, technology arrangements (including virtual, local computer, and human/social tools), and how these arrangements support different kinds of engagement not possible in standard symposia design. We will prioritize designs that offer a value-added component. The extra page will not be included in the proceedings after the review process is complete. Per the ISLS 2024 Call for Papers: “The sessions would be reviewed holistically for both content and format. Excellent proposals with a clear value-added from online hybridity will be prioritized over proposals in which the online component does not intrinsically add value. Inclusion of targeted audiences might be one such value-add; another might be novel CSCL approaches to conference formats. Technology needs must be specified during submission (we anticipate providing a baseline of computer projection, two-way sound, and a room camera or cameras); human facilitation should be specified and staffed by submitters.”

In regard to human facilitation, Hybrid Symposia need to clearly articulate facilitation methods to ensure virtual and in-person attendees engage smoothly with each other including naming how these communities will be present for one another. For example, during periods of sensemaking (e.g., discussion, Q&A, small groups), the projected image could include the zoom participants as an in-room interpreter supports turn taking across virtual and in-person attendees. This requires that one person (minimally) be assigned by the symposium organizers as an in-room interpreter to support smooth conversations across modes of engagement.

Submission Instructions

Please submit your proposal to

To prepare your submission, please review:

Please note that papers, posters, and interactive demos will be reviewed blind. Symposia and preconference workshops will NOT be blind reviewed, so please include author information in the those proposals. Please prepare all papers accordingly and see the ISLS Template for details.

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected].