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Supporting planning and conducting experiments


The National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, is hosting the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), 2016, from 20 to 24 June, 2016. The international and interdisciplinary field of the Learning Sciences brings together researchers from the fields of cognitive science, educational research, psychology, computer science, artificial intelligence, information sciences, anthropology, sociology, neurosciences, and other fields to study learning in a wide variety of formal and informal contexts (see The field emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with the first ICLS held in 1991 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Subsequent meetings of ICLS were held again in Evanston, USA (1996), Atlanta, GA, USA (1998), Ann Arbor, MI, USA (2000), Seattle, WA, USA (2002), Santa Monica, CA, USA (2004), Bloomington, IN, USA (2006), Utrecht, the Netherlands (2008), Chicago, IL, USA (2010), Sydney, NSW, Australia (2012), and Boulder, CO, USA (2014). ICLS 2016 is the first time that the conference is being held in Asia. Submissions for ICLS 2016 were received in November 2015, and then went through a process of peer review. An impressive number of submissions were received (571). The paper review process was very competitive. The overall acceptance rate for submissions was 37%. We accepted 65% of symposium submissions, 31% of full papers, 34% of short papers, and 43% of posters. The program reflects broad geographic representation, with contributions from 31 countries and regions. We are especially grateful to those who performed reviews. 342 experts completed over 1,600 reviews of the submissions. As in recent years, for each symposium, full paper and short paper, we assigned a senior reviewer who examined all reviews and made a recommendation regarding acceptance in the category submitted, acceptance in an alternate category, or rejection. These senior reviewers greatly helped us make the decisions for each submission. The conference theme of ICLS 2016 is “Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners.” It directs our attention to a key commitment of the Learning Sciences: providing an insightful understanding of how people learn. As we trace the genesis of the Learning Sciences, we are reminded of the main goal of this field of research, that is, to gain a deep understanding of the conditions and processes that lead to effective learning, and to use the research findings to redesign learning environments to bring about deep learning. Learning Sciences is concerned with transforming learning and empowering learners. This long-standing commitment extends our research focus to the design of pedagogical interventions and learning environments to foster among participants a kind of learning that is transformative and empowering. This requires challenging established beliefs about learning, teaching, and the design of learning environments. The theme “Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners” aims at reaffirming the key thrust of Learning Sciences research, discussing advances in the field, and strategizing future directions to enhance our impact on educational practice. ICLS 2016 aims to bring together learning scientists to adjudicate various academic renditions of how people learn, and to institute further inquiry that encourages deep and probing examination of the nexus of instruction and learning, as well as the roles of technology. To address the conference theme, we articulated the following strands.



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Siswa A. N. van Riesen, Hannie Gijlers, Ton de Jong, Anjo Anjewierden. Supporting planning and conducting experiments. 12th International Conference of the Learning Science (ICLS 2016), Jun 2016, Singapore, Singapore. ⟨hal-01399084⟩


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