Getting the circle rolling
ICLS Pre-conference Workshop on June 23, 2014

CFP - Background - Program - Instructions

Call for Participation:

International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2014 Workshop

Workshop held Full Day, Monday June 23, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Current research and practice on learning communities:

What we know, what are the issues, and where are we going?


To participate, please complete this form by March 31, 2014.

Notification will be sent out by April 20, 2014 (in time for early registration reduction).


Katerine Bielaczyc, Clark University, USA

Dani Ben-Zvi, University of Haifa, Israel

Yotam Hod, University of Haifa, Israel


We envision building an ongoing, international research collaboration on learning communities (IRCLC) composed of researchers who are interested in studying LCs. Given this goal, the purpose of this workshop is to bring together active researchers who study LCs, in all their forms, to better understand the past, present, and future of this central theme in the learning sciences. The workshop will be structured following a LC model, so that norms of trust, collaboration, and multiple zones of participation can be developed, while members share their expertise and contribute to a collective knowledge-building process on LCs.


We invite practitioners and researchers in all domains who are actively researching, are interested in researching, or want to learn more about the theory and design of LCs. This includes various settings (face-to-face, online, blended, classroom, school, professional, etc.), technologies that support LCs, as well as learning and teaching processes within LCs.

The workshop is open to LC presenters and participants.

LC presenters are those who actively research LCs in various forms. They will, in addition to being a full participant in the day’s activities, lead an approximately 45 minute round-table about the research and design of their LC. Presenters will also be asked to submit an abstract of their LC (or LC related idea) and a visual to enable participants to choose which round-table they will attend, and a source for discussion.

Participants will be selected based on their interest in participating in the workshop and experience with LCs. Participants will be expected to actively engage in the day’s activities, contributing to the collective knowledge of the group. Participants with limited or no LC experience, who would like to come to learn, are encouraged to apply.