Propose Interactive Tools and Demos

ISLS Annual Meeting 2021
Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future
Bochum, Germany, June 7-11

Call for Proposals: Interactive Tools and Demos

Please submit your proposal until January 12, 2021 to:


Katharina Loibl, University of Education Freiburg, Germany ([email protected])
Lina Markauskaite, The University of Sydney, Australia ([email protected])
Dimitra Tsovaltzi, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany ([email protected])

The Interactive Tools and Demos Co-chairs invite submissions of proposals until January 12, 2021. Please direct any questions to the Interactive Tools and Demos co-chairs.

Important dates

  • January 12, 2021 – Applications due, via the online submission system: to be announced
  • February 20, 2021 – Notification of acceptance
  • March 8, 2021 – Submission of the final 4-page summary for publication in conference proceedings (Camera Ready)

Description and Objectives

Interactive Tools and Demos are intended to enable participants to experiment with new interactive devices and environments for teaching and learning, explore designs for collaborative activities, or to try out and compare methods for research and practice. Presenters will have a time slot of about 20-30 minutes and they are free to decide how they will organize their demonstration (e.g. a demo of a tool, a combination of a demo and discussion of related research projects, etc.). Different creative but feasible demo forms are welcome. Proposals are NOT required to specify whether the scope for the event is CSCL or LS, as CSCL and LS will take place together in this Annual Meeting. Submissions should preferably cohere with the conference theme “Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future”. See the conference theme page for a description. The conference is planned as a hybrid event.

In the Interactive Tools and Demos Session, researchers of accepted proposals may showcase their interactive tools, get feedback, and find collaborators with whom to develop projects. We especially welcome proposals, which discuss the extent to which their tool has a built-in underlying theoretical stance, and what the consequences of such a stance are for the design of the tool and for learning, or to what extend their tool functions with different underlying theories.

Submission instructions

Please submit a description of your proposed demo session as a short paper (not to exceed 4 pages). It should follow the current version of the ISLS Author Guidelines and you may use the ISLS Template.

The paper should be written with the reader of the conference proceedings in mind who may be reading the description after the event has taken place. The structure of the 4 pages is flexible, but it should specify how the technology can contribute to a specified instructional design or how it can support research in the learning sciences. Please include a description of your technological setup. If your submission is accepted and you need specific equipment that you cannot bring with you, contact the co-chairs as soon as possible in order to see how this can be organized. Given the potential disruption of in-person participation due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen events, please indicate if your demo could be done as a virtual event (e.g. Zoom) or through on-site participation.