Perspectives on the Learner:
Cognition, Brain, and Education

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

June 6-8

Perspectives on the Learner: Cognition, Brain, and Education

The theme for IWALS 2018 is “Perspectives on the Learner: Cognition, Brain, and Education”. This theme embraces cross-discipline and cross-method perspectives on learning: its neural bases, its cognitive, social and motivational components, and how learning occurs in formal and informal educational settings. The workshop venue is the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), a center for research in learning and education sciences for over 50 years. The University venue and the limited registration are designed to encourage interactions among participants.

Conference Formats
Invited Keynote Lecture, Posters, Spoken Slide Presentation, and Symposia

General topics for submission include:

  • Motivation and Engagement
  • Learning in the Digital Age
  • Language Learning, Reading, and Literacy
  • Math and Science Learning
  • Brain Systems for Learning
  • Other

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted. Participants will be notified of acceptance no later than March 31.

March 15, 2018: Submission deadline

April 1, 2018: Early bird registration discount deadline

May 1, 2018:  Final registration deadline

April 30, 2018: Full program online

Submit a Proposal
All proposals are to be submitted electronically. Submit a proposal here.

  • Standard proposal for all presentations: All proposals consist of an abstract of no more than 300 words and begin with a title, authors, affiliation, email and preferred format of presentation, using the categories defined below. (The title, authors, etc. are not included in the word count.) The abstract should state the general topic and specific research question, along with research method, main results, and interpretation. Authors will be notified concerning acceptance by email. Additional requirements for specific presentations are below:
  • Spoken Slide Presentation
    Fifteen- or twenty-minute presentations of research designed to stimulate discussion. Use standard proposal format, and indicate time requested, 15 or 20 minutes, excluding time for discussion.
  • Poster
    The IWALS2018 poster sessions will consist of traditional Printed Poster or Digital Poster. Traditional posters will be preceded by “Poster /Slams” in which presenters provide a 60-second preview of their posters. The digital poster format features slide presentations in a small conference room to be repeated every 20 minutes for an hour. These sessions allow extended time for visitors to interact personally with a poster presenter. Whether printer poster or digital poster use the standard proposal form. If your preference is for a digital poster, indicate that specifically on the abstract. Anyone proposing a digital poster should be prepared to make a printed poster instead, as space for digital posters will be limited.
  • Symposia
    Symposia bring together three or four presentations centered on a specific and significant research topic (or research challenge) that relates to one or more themes of the workshop. A proposal for a symposium should include an abstract of about 300 words. The proposal includes a title, the name, affiliation and email of participants. The proposal should make clear the major issue to be addressed and how individual presentations contribute to addressing this issue. The first section describes the symposium theme and its significance. The remaining sections summarize each specific presentation in no more than 150 words each, excluding title and authors. A minimum of three presentations is required. Discussant roles are encouraged but not required. Acceptance criteria include the proposal’s demonstration of new and varied perspectives that coherently address an issue related to the workshop theme and siginfcant for the learning sciences.

Address specific questions concerning proposals to IWALS18@pitt.edu