4th Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN 2018)

4th Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN 2018)

Call for Papers and Presentation Proposals

4th Immersive Learning Research Network Conference
iLRN 2018

June 24th – June 29th, 2018
Missoula, Montana, USA


Join the growing network of immersive learning experts and practitioners from across the disciplines in beautiful western Montana for iLRN 2018!

The 4th Annual International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network will be an innovative hands-on and scholarly meeting for an emerging global network of developers, educators, and research professionals collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning.
Early Registration for iLRN 2018 begins March 19, 2018

Important Dates 

  • Full papers submission deadline: February 15th, 2018
  • Short papers and posters submission deadline: March 15th, 2018
  • Author notification of acceptance (full papers): March 29th, 2018
  • Camera-ready deadline (full papers): April 29th, 2018
  • Author notification of acceptance (short papers and posters): April 29th, 2018
  • Camera-ready deadline (short papers and posters): May 15th, 2018
  • Main Conference, Special Tracks and Workshops: June 24th – June 29th, 2018
About iLRN’s Annual International Conference

ILRN’s annual conference provides an intensive face-to-face opportunity for the emerging immersive learning professional community to collaborate and create the future of immersive learning and planting seeds of innovation locally in the education, technology, and entertainment sectors. ILRN conferences offer knowledge exchange and collaborative opportunities in scientific presentation streams, poster sessions and panels complemented with hands-on demonstrations and immersive local conference experiences. The iLRN Conference is, itself, designed to be an immersive learning environment making great use of the physical location and stocking it with immersive learning experiences across the Augmented and Virtual Reality spectrum. We seek members of the iLRNetwork, itself, to propose Workshops and Special Tracks throughout covering emerging topics and trends relevant to the community.

Strand 1: High Quality Immersive Learning Research

  • Call for Papers (General Track)

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) invites original, heretofore unpublished research papers for submission to be presented and published at iLRN 2018 in Missoula, Montana, U.S.A.. The iLRN General Track is open for any theme, topic, or research problem related to immersive learning, although research submissions related to the conference research theme of Environmental Sciences and Cultural Heritage will be preferentially considered. All contributing papers must undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process. Accepted papers will be included in the online conference proceedings volume, depending on the overall quality and track chair’s decision, either as long paper (10 – 12 pages) or as a short paper (6 – 8 pages). High quality contributions will be included as full papers (14 pages) in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) conference proceedings series volume.

Topics of interest in the context of immersive environments for the main conference include:

  • Immersive Technologies, Systems and Devices
  • Natural and Built Environments as Immersive Learning Spaces
  • Cognitive and Pedagogical Analysis
  • STEM Education including Gender-specific Approaches
  • The Psychological and Embodied Nature of “Immersion”
  • Learning and Training Applications
  • Non-leisure Games and Gamification
  • A Glance into the Future: Innovations, Challenges and Applications
  • Games and Entertainment
  • Art and Creativity

Special Call for immersive learning research in the realms of Environmental Sciences & Cultural Heritage: The network’s research agenda to identify and share key evidence for “what works” in immersive learning has highlighted two specific academic areas for development at iLRN 2018. Deep understanding of content within either the Environmental Sciences or Cultural Heritage is best achieved through ecological contexts and thus, we assume, may be specially advanced through immersive learning. Further, these disciplines are inextricably intertwined, as the land and its people are intimately connected. Solutions to complex ecological problems and understanding of cultural contexts require not only scientific expertise, but also understanding of the situated experiences in which they occur. Cross-cultural competence thus becomes an important component of functioning effectively in the global scientific community. This is also particularly true in the environmental disciplines, where science and culture intersect with the potential of immersive technologies to enhance learning through presence, multiple perspectives, and learning transfer from one experience to another. More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/cfp/

  • Special Tracks

Special Tracks are specialized, self-organized groups of immersive learning researchers gathering within the iLRN Conference venue to share and create a forum for quality scientific research. Proposals representing all specialized areas are welcome, but a priority will be given to those that emphasize some aspect of the conference special call/theme. All contributing papers must undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process. Accepted papers will be included in the online conference proceedings, depending on the overall quality and track chair’s decision, either as long paper (10 – 12 pages) or as a short paper (6 – 8 pages). High quality contributions will be included as full papers (14 pages) in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) conference proceedings series volume.
More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/special_tracks/

  • Research Posters

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) invites Research Poster presentations to present new ideas, first preliminary findings and work-in-progress to receive feedback from the community. All contributing posters must undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process. Accepted research posters will be presented in special poster sessions. Additionally, an extended abstract (2 pages) will be published in iLRN’s online proceedings volume.
More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/posters/
[ iLRN 2018 author guidelines]

Strand 2: Capacity Building and Immersive Learning Showcase

  • Workshops

Workshops provide a venue for hands-on exploring and discussing emerging research directions, immersive learning applications, and particular foci within the immersive learning community – with more active participation and less formality than other tracks. The topics of the proposed workshops should be aligned with those set forth in the Call for Papers of the main conference, however, format and content of each workshop is to be determined by its organizers. Preference will be given to workshops whose format includes high quality interaction with the audience.  More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/workshops/

  • Breakout Panel Sessions 

Conference Breakout Panels organize expert opinions on a topic in a short amount of time. Breakout Panels usually consist of between 3 – 5 experts discussing a specific topic or challenge and moderated by a session chair. These sessions are intended to engage the audience and are, thus, more open and interactive than traditional presentations by design.  Because panelists often take different perspectives and offer different solutions to problems, these sessions are great for public conversations on issues that are common to many audience members. All proposed breakout panels must undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process. If accepted, an extended abstract (2 pages) will be published in iLRN’s online proceedings volume. More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/panels/

  • Demos & Hands-on Opportunities

Demos and Hands-on opportunities give attendees at iLRN 2018 the chance to try immersive learning experiences first-hand! iLRN Demos & Hands-on opportunities are semi-structured, informal events for you to engage with conference goers, showing them the particulars of your research, product, or gear. These sessions are intended to engage the audience and are, thus, more open and interactive than any other iLRN presentations, by design. More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/demos/

  • Product Showcase

What’s your Immersive Learning product or ware? iLRN is the preeminent place bringing researchers, artists, programmers, developers, teachers, and designers together to focus on immersive learning. This year in Montana, you have the unique opportunity to engage with members of this specialized expert “immersive learning” community and showcase your products. iLRN 2018 is also a way for researchers of the biological and cultural sciences to explore the use of technology in situ. More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/showcase/

  • Roundtable Discussions

Invite ILRN Conference attendees to sit down and discuss research trends, challenges, key findings and ideas in the emergent field of immersive learning. Suggest a topic of discussion, and set the guidelines for interaction in this engaging and interactive context. This year’s roundtable discussions will be located at specific locations in western Montana to enhance the immersive experience. More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/roundtable/

  • Immersive local conference experiences

Western Montana has a lot to offer as host for iLRN 2018! iLRN seeks to situate conference attendees within various immersive experiences that naturally fit the geographic area as a means to showcase and explore the various dimensions of immersive learning broadly and specifically within the iLRN Special Call: Environmental Sciences and Cultural Heritage. More information at: http://www.visitmt.com/

iLRN 2018 will be purposefully situated in this relatively remote area near wilderness and great natural beauty. Here we will immerse in the natural environment and cultural heritage: Freshwater alpine lakes in the woods amongst towering mountain panoramas wild with bison, bears and huckleberries provides a setting for our immersive journey. More information at: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2018/local-experiences/


1. Selected high quality papers from the main track and from the special tracks will be selected to be published as full papers in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) conference proceedings series (see also http://www.springer.com/series/7899); the acceptance rate for the Springer proceedings will be approximately 35 % of the submitted papers.

CCIS Springer Proceedings are indexed by:

2. The remaining accepted contributions will be published in iLRN’s online proceedings volume with individually linked DOIs and an overall ISBN number. Please note that this proceedings volume is published by the publishing house of the Graz University of Technology (Austria) and is not yet indexed by SCOPUS. Previous years’ proceedings are available online at: http://proceedings.immersivelrn.org.

3. Further, a select number of manuscripts published in either of the proceedings volumes will be invited to submit an extended version of their conference papers for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Educational Computing Research (Social Sciences Citation Index. Journal Citation Reports impact factor 2016: 0.678). A special issue for extended versions of conference papers centering on Technology & Computer Science has also been proposed to a JCR-indexed journal.

iLRN 2018 Committees


  • General Chair – Michael Gardner, University of Essex, UK
  • Scientific Chair – Christian Gütl, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Engagement Chair – Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College, USA
  • Program Co­-Chair – Colin Allison, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Program Co­-Chair – Leonel Caseiro Morgado, Universidade Aberta & INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Special Tracks Co­-Chair – Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Special Tracks Co­-Chair – Allan Fowler, Kennesaw State University, USA
  • Workshops Co­-Chair – Foaad Khosmood, California Polytechnic State University, USA
  • Workshops Co­-Chair – Daphne Economou, University of Westminster, UK
  • Poster and Demo Track Co-Chair – Markos Mentzelopoulos, , University of Westminster, UK
  • Industry Track Co-Chair – David Burden, Daden Limited, UK
  • Industry Track Co-Chair – Daphne Economou, , University of Westminster, UK
  • Publications Director – Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Publications Co-Chair –  Anasol Peña Rios,  University of Essex, UK
  • Publications Co-Chair –  Krista Terry,  Appalachian State University, USA
  • Finance Director – Patrick O’Shea, Appalachian State University, USA
  • Publicity & Public Relations Director – Samah Felemban, University of Essex, UK
  • Submission Systems Director – Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Website Director – Anasol Peña­-Rios, University of Essex, UK
  • IEEE Education Liaison – Russ Meier, Milwaukee School of Engineering and IEEE EdSoc, USA

International Chairs

  • North America Co-Chair – Chris Dede, Harverd, USA
  • North America Co-Chair – Minjuan Wang, San Diego State University, USA
  • North America Co-Chair – Kurt squire, UC-Irvine, USA
  • Latin America Co-Chair – Victor Manuel Zamudio Rodríguez, Instituto Tecnológico de León, Mexico
  • Latin America Co-Chair – Marina Vicario Solórzano, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
  • South America Co-Chair – Andreas Pester, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • South America Co-Chair – Roger Tavares, UFRN, Brazil
  • South America Co-Chair – Eliane Schlemmer, UNISINOS, Brazil
  • South America Co-Chair – Luís Carlos Petry, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chair – Yiyu Cai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chair – Henry Been-Lirn Duh, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chair – Erik Champion, Curtin University, Australia
  • Europe Co-Chair – Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Europe Co-Chair – Fotis Liarokapis, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Middle East Co-Chair – Mohammad Al-Smadi, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
  • Middle East Co-Chair – Samir Abou El-Seoud, The British University in Egypt (BUE), Egypt
  • Middle East Co-Chair – Hanan Gazit, Juloot Interactive Gamification and Tel-Aviv University, Israel

About iLRN

The vision of the immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) is to develop a comprehensive research and outreach agenda that encompasses the breadth and scope of learning potentialities, affordances and challenges of immersive learning environments. To achieve this, the iLRN mission is to invite and organize scientists, practitioners, organizations, and innovators across the disciplines to explore, describe, and apply the optimal use of immersive worlds and environments for educational purposes. Further the conference, meetings, and virtual symposia aim to build capacity to explain and demonstrate how these immersive learning environments best work using a variety of rigorous, systematic, and meaningful research methods and outreach strategies.

To join the Immersive Learning Research Network or find out more about events and other initiatives, visit http://immersivelrn.org/