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SAIL / iLRN 2017 : Special Track on Sociocultural Aspects of Immersive Learning @ iLRN 2017


When Jun 26, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017
Where Coimbra, Portugal
Submission Deadline Feb 1, 2017
Notification Due Mar 15, 2017
Final Version Due Apr 15, 2017
Categories    immersion   learning   sociocultural   e-learning

Call For Papers

3rd Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN2017)
June 26th – 29, 2017
Coimbra, Portugal, European Union

Special Track on Sociocultural Aspects of Immersive Learning

Call for Papers & Presentation Proposals
Current advances on technology have fostered different approaches to the use of immersive technology in learning. The aim of this special track is to offer researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders a forum to share ideas, insights and experiences, as well as to explore multidisciplinary research advances within the context of immersive learning, focusing specifically on sociocultural aspects of immersive learning.

The special track will feature (1) an invited speaker session, (2) a research paper session, and (3) interactive presentations in the format of TED-X, which is designed for speakers from industries, government, and other non-academic settings, who would like to share their innovative ideas and interact with the audience in 20-minute presentations without the need to write formal academic papers. Registration will be open to all interested registered parties.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Sociocultural aspects of engagement, assessment and performance within immersive learning environments
• Approaches to blending technology and human support in education and professional service environments.
• Collaborative learning in immersive environments
• Theoretical framework or literature reviews related to cultural aspects of immersive learning
• Engagement, assessment and performance evaluations, from content to usability (e.g., user interface design, interaction design)
• Development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) for immersive learning
• New trends of immersive learning: seamless, affective, social, and collaborative
• Theories, models, and practices related to Entrepreneurship in Education.

Researchers are hereby invited to submit a long paper (10 – 12 pages) detailing their research, or as a short paper (6 -8 pages) describing their work-in-progress. Submissions for the TED-X presentations will be accepted as one-page abstract of the talk, including bio of the speaker.

Selected papers from the main conference and special tracks will be published in the Springer Proceedings, and the rest of the accepted papers will be published in the online proceedings with a confirmed ISBN number/reference. Abstracts submitted for TED-X presentations will be included on the online proceedings. Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended versions to the EAI Transactions on Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies for Education. Please note that best papers considered for Springer publication must qualify as full paper not exceeding 14 pages.

All papers (including papers selected for Springer publication, Online Proceedings and poster submissions) must follow Springer’s style guidelines. More information available at:

Each submission will be evaluated by a Program Committee consisting of a panel of international experts. Each paper will receive two double-blind reviews.

TED-x presentations will be evaluated on base of relevance by two PC members. Further information is available at

Important Dates
▪ Papers submission deadline: February 1st, 2017
▪ Author notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2017
▪ Camera-ready deadline: April 15th, 2017
▪ Main Conference, Special Tracks and Workshops: June 26th – June 29th, 2016

General Chairs
• Anasol Pena-Rios - University of Essex, UK
• Minjuan Wang - Shanghai International Studies University, China / San Diego State University, USA
• Victor Callaghan - University of Essex, UK

Programme Committee (To be expanded)
• Bushra Zaineb, San Diego State University, USA
• Demetrios Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece
• Gordon Hunter, Kingston University, UK
• Jia Chen, Shanghai International Studies University, China
• Huani Liu, Shanghai International Studies University, China
• Jörg Cassens, University of Hildesheim, Germany
• Juan Ortega, University of Seville, Spain
• Jun Xiao, Open University of Shanghai, Shanghai
• Mary De Lepe, NuVasive Inc., USA
• Sean Hauze, San Diego State University, USA
• Thomas Reeves, University of Georgia, USA
• Victor Zamudio, Instituto Tecnológico De León, Mexico

For more information, please visit, or send an email to Prof. Minjuan Wang (

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