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
  • Math and Science Learning
  • Brain Systems for Learning
  • Other

Submit a Proposal
All proposals are to be submitted electronically to IWALS18@pitt.edu. In the subject line, indicate the format.

Standard proposal for all presentations: All proposals consist of an abstract of no more than 250 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.

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 bring together small groups to interact around specific topics and research challenges in a round table format. A proposal for a symposium should include an abstract of no more than 300 words. It includes a title, the name, affiliation and email of participants. The first section describes the symposium theme and its significance. The remaining sections summarize each specific presentation in no more than 75 words each, excluding title and authors. A minimum of three presentations is required. Discussant roles are encouraged but not required.