CALL FOR PROPOSALS
CONNECTED LEARNING SUMMIT
October 26-28, 2023
Call for Proposals announced: February 13, 2023
Submission platform opens: March 6, 2023
Deadline for submissions: June 23, 2023
Notifications: August 2023
We are happy to announce the Sixth Annual Connected Learning Summit (CLS). CLS brings together leading researchers, educators, and developers tapping the power of emerging technology to expand access to participatory, playful, and creative learning. The event is hosted by the Connected Learning Alliance (CLA).
We invite submissions of Research Papers and Showcases that focus on digital technologies for learning, educational and commercial games, innovative tech-infused curricula, and theoretical and/or empirical exploration of digital media and technology for learning. We particularly encourage submissions that are responsive to issues of pressing contemporary concern – a global racial reckoning, pandemic-fueled digital transformations, persistent social inequities, and the climate crisis.
Our program will start with a pre-conference day for conversation around topics of shared interest, including affinity group meetings, as well as meetups for Research Paper and Showcase contributors. The Main Conference will include keynote and plenary sessions, and workshops organized by CLA partners.
CLS2023 will be entirely online, using the Whova platform. The majority of the event will be programmed during work hours in North America, but will also include some programming in the morning hours of Asia and Australia.
Research Papers. Academic papers subject to blind peer review. Authors of accepted papers will need to record a short video prior to the event, which will be published in a publicly viewable archive online. Authors will also be invited to discuss their work with other research paper and CLS participants at a meetup organized on the pre-conference day on October 26, 2023 (October 27 for participants in Asia and Australia). Please submit a paper of up to 7 pages in length using the research paper submission template, and a 250 word abstract for the online video archive. Full Research Papers accepted to the 2023 Connected Learning Summit will be published in their entirety following a review in consultation with the proceedings co-editors. As with the proceedings from the 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022 Connected Learning Summits, the Proceedings of the 2023 Connected Learning Summit will be published by Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press. The proceedings will be made available online for free.
Showcases. Proposals highlighting a specific project, program, or product. Showcases should focus on new insights, learnings and innovations of broad interest to the CLS community and should not be promotional in nature. Showcases can also feature publications such as books, reports, and journal articles published or in press in 2022 and 2023 that have not been featured at a prior CLS. Accepted showcase presenters will need to record a video prior to the event, which will be published in a publicly viewable archive online. Presenters will be invited to discuss their work with other presenters and CLS participants at thematic meetups organized on the pre-conference day on October 26, 2022 (October 27 for participants in Asia and Australia). Please submit a detailed description (2 pages max) for reviewers, and a 250 word abstract for the online video archive.
Proposals will be evaluated based on quality, as well as innovation and fit with the CLS community’s mission to fuel a growing movement of innovators harnessing the power of emerging technology to expand access to participatory, playful, and creative learning.
About the Connected Learning Summit
CLS was first convened in 2018 with the mission to fuel a growing movement of innovators harnessing the power of emerging technology to expand access to participatory, playful, and creative learning. It was launched as a merger between three community events with this shared vision and values: the Digital Media and Learning Conference, the Games+Learning+Society Conference, and Sandbox Summit. With a unique focus on cross-sector connections and progressive and catalytic innovation, the event brings together leading researchers, educators, and developers. The hosting and stewardship of the event has continued to evolve in tandem with the changing conditions of the global pandemic. The UC Irvine’s Connected Learning Lab, MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program and Education Arcade were the founding hosts of the event. As we have moved online and have become a more international event, we are expanding our roster of partners and hosts.
Will there be a registration fee?
We are offering three registration tiers: $50 for students and participants from middle & low income countries, $100 for educational practitioners, and $250 for academic and industry participants.
Can I submit a workshop or panel proposal?
We do not have an open submission process for workshops, roundtables or panels given the limited amount of programming we are able to support. We welcome suggestions on workshops and panels as well as keynote speakers. Please offer suggestions using this form.
What happened to book exhibits?
This year we are inviting authors to share their books, journal, and other publications as showcase submissions.
Will you be hosting CLS in person again?
We expect that CLS will continue as an annual, online, international event so that we can support inclusive, international, and sustainable participation. We understand that many CLSers have missed gathering in person, and will be partnering with community members to host affiliated in person events that are focused on particular topics and regions, as soon as summer 2023. We will be sharing news about these events soon!