Welcome to ISLS Newsletter! The aim is to make our learning and networking more continuous.
We hope that this new format will help members of this community be heard and provide more opportunities for meaningful contributions.

Tammy Clegg, Cheryl Madeira & Maritza Lozano
Editors ISLS Newsletter


Message from the President:


As I write this, I am reflecting on my first few months as ISLS president.  We have completed an extremely successful CSCL 2012 conference in Madison Wisconsin.  Many thanks to conference chair, Sadhana Puntambekar and Program Chairs Nikol Rummel, Manu Kapur, and Mitchell Nathan (along with the rest of the steering committee) for all their hard work.

I would like to congratulate Eleni Kyza as new president-elect of ISLS and thank Susan Goldman as she steps down from the presidential troika after completing her term as past-president. I look forward to working with Eleni and Frank Fischer (as past-president) as the year unfolds. I am happy to welcome Nikol Rummel, Carolyn Rosé, Joe Polman and Susan Yoon to the ISLS board.  Finally, we thank Paul Kirschner, Nancy Law, and Deborah Tatar for their service as their terms on the board conclude.  One of my goals for the year is to be able to better answer the question “What is it that learning scientists do?”  More on that coming up.

One exciting ISLS activity is the NAPLeS network with many thanks to efforts Frank Fischer and graduate student Freydis Vogel.  An international group of 24 learning sciences programs are affiliated with the NAPLeS network. The webinar series is well under way (http://isls-naples.psy.lmu.de/intro/index.html).  There are still spaces open for doctoral students to participate.

I hope you are all getting prepared for the upcoming ICLS 2014 Conference to be held in Boulder, CO with the theme Learning and Becoming in Practice. Proposals for ICLS 2014 are due November 8 and we are hoping for lots of a good submissions.  The program call this year addresses some additional categories that include conceptual papers, reports and reflections as well as regular empirical papers, symposia, and posters.  Workshop proposals are due December 3.  Particularly exciting is the new category of Design Charrette.   “A design charrette is an intensive, collaborative experience that brings together stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of the diverse needs a design must meet, to brainstorm possible ways to address those needs through engaging directly in design.”  They have identified some exciting themes and I encourage ISLS members to consider the opportunity to participate in this new format.  The CU-Boulder team has lined up notable keynotes and a plenary panel. There are many opportunities to participate so I encourage all of you to put your best feet forward and send in a proposal for ICLS 2014.  I hope to see you all in beautiful Boulder CO for what promises to be an intellectually stimulating event on a theme of central relevance to the learning sciences.

All the best,


Cindy Hmelo-Silver

President, International Society of the Learning Sciences

Upcoming ICLS 2014: Registration Open

This year’s International Conference of the Learning Sciences, will be hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder.  Don’t forget to put the dates in your calendar, June 23-27, 2014. The theme of the conference will be Learning and Becoming in Practice.

Submission deadline is November 8th, 2013.

For more information please click here


New Announcement

We would like to inform you about Jim Pellegrinos’ award.    Click here to read more…

Ramping Up for ICLS 2014

The 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences will be held June 23-27, 2014, at the University of Colorado Boulder.  The theme of ICLS 2014 is “Learning and Becoming in Practice.” By focusing on learning and becoming, the conference aims to…  to read more…

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