Symposium (Learning, Design & Technology)

Date: Friday June 23 (full day event)
Place: Northwestern University
Name: International Symposium on Learning, Design and Technology (LDT)

Why Symposium?

A symposium is generally defined as a meeting organized so that experts in a given field can meet, present papers, and discuss issues and trends or make recommendations for a certain course of action.

The main difference between a conference or a workshop and a symposium lies in the size and sometimes the scope of the event. Conferences tend to be larger in size than symposiums, while workshops are smaller, and more focused on a given subject or theme within a larger research field. The symposium is, typically, wider than a workshop with several subjects being contemplated within a research field.

Calls for Papers

The Symposium on Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) aims to provide an interdisciplinary playground for researchers and professionals across the areas of interaction design and technologies (e.g., human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, participatory design) and learning (e.g., educational technology, educational research). The main objective is to build a forum around the intersection of these topical areas. Participants from a variety of organisations are invited: learning sciences, learning analytics, educational psychology, educational data, and researchers in interaction, design and digital literacy. LDT aims to develop a critical discussion, debate and co-development of ideas and approaches about the next generation of learning environments and literacies, and the way they can be identified, utilised and enhanced in order to help us improve the contemporary learning and the learning experience. LDT research addressing the design, development, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computer systems to support and amplify human learning and cognition, and the wider impact of learning and technology on the society and the respective actors (e.g., students, teachers, parents)

To explore future literacies and technologies to support learning, we aim to build a research community around this topical area. This will allow us to support the development of new literacies (including media literacy and computational literacy) and brainstorm about what the next generation of technologies might look like, what kind of learner-generated data can be collected, and how these data can help us to better understand and improve the learning experience.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the intersection of technology and learning: ‍

  • design issues and methodologies with and for learners and teachers.
  • development of new literacies (e.g., media and computational literacy) and the role of tools such as robotics, 3D printing, and intuitive programming languages.
  • new contexts of learning that illuminate opportunities to design for, and study, learning with technology.
  • intelligent and interactive technologies to support learning (e.g., mobile, tablet, VR, AR & MR, multimodal and adaptive interfaces, wearables, AI-powered systems), 
  • learner-centered AI, opportunities and implications.
  • contemporary and emerging intelligent technologies to support teaching and learning, 
  • evaluation studies of new and emerging technologies for learning.
  • studies discussing the involvement of students and teachers in the design process. 
  • ethics in approaching interaction design and learning research.
  • future vision articles, discussing trends and directions pertinent to LDT.
  • development of theories about how people learn with and about technology

Registration and Venue:

Further details about the symposium’s location and registration will be announced here.

Dates (in AOE):

  • EasyChair opens for submissions: Feb. 1
  • Abstract submission deadline: Feb. 28 
  • Paper submission deadline: March 15 
  • Notification of acceptance: April 15
  • Camera ready submission: April 30
  • Registration (required for authors): See IDC’s registration details
  • Full day Symposium: June 23

Submission Template

All submissions should use the new single column ACM Paper Format, specifically one of the following:

(*) Important note: in LaTeX or LaTex Overleaf, use the “manuscript” call to create a single column format, rather than “acmsmall”: \documentclass[sigconf, manuscript]{acmart}Please refer to this page for all documentation: ACM Template Workflow Page.


Manuscripts submitted to the research papers track should report original work in any of the areas listed in the conference topics. Manuscripts must identify and cite relevant published work and explain how the paper furthers research within the field.

Please prepare your paper in a way that preserves the anonymity of the authors. Content will be rigorously reviewed by members of the program committee. Each paper will receive feedback in the form of at least two peer review reports. The final selection will be made by the Program Committee based on the review reports.

Submission information:

  • Page limit: 9 to 12 pages (excluding references)
  • Abstract of maximum 150 words
  • Submissions should use the new single column (see submission template)
  • Review process: double-blind peer review – anonymization required

Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings published in the (we have applied to be published in the ACM Digital Library) on the condition that at least one author of the paper registers for and participates in the conference.


Manuscripts submitted to the Work-in-Progress and Demos track should report new and exciting contributions from an ongoing research that showcase innovative technologies to support learning. Examples of contributions are early designs of learning systems, conceptual works, untested or lightly tested technology designs and provocations for new work. This track intends to help researchers who wish to share and discuss their ideas, experiences and early findings with the community, and .

  • Page limit: 3 to 6 pages (including references)
  • Abstract of maximum 150 words
  • Submissions should use the new single column (see submission template)
  • Selection process: single-blind peer review – no need for anonymization

Submissions should include the author(s) name and affiliation – in other words, they are not blind. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings (we have applied to be published in the ACM Digital Library) on the condition that at least one author of the paper registers for and participates in the conference.


  • Michalis Giannakos, NTNU, Norway
  • Mike Horn, Northwestern University, USA
  • Mutlu Cukurova, UCL, The UK

PC Members (to be completed)

  • Dor Abrahamson, UC Berkeley, USA 
  • Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
  • Jerry Fails, Boise State University, USA
  • Nathan Holbert, Columbia University, USA 
  • Marianne Kinnula, University of Oulu, FI
  • Jason Yip, University of Washington, USA
  • Elmira Yadollahi, KTH, SE
  • Jessica Roberts, Georgia Tech, USA
  • Duri Long, Northwestern University, USA
  • David Weintrop, University of Maryland, USA
  • Victor Lee, Stanford University, USA
  • Hillary Swanson, Utah State University, USA
  • Golnaz Arastapoor Irgens, Clemson University, USA