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LINC 2018 Call for Proposals: How to Thrive in a New Learning Society

Update: Call for proposals deadline extended to March 30.

A new generation of mobile, diverse learners facing critical challenges—and with disparate levels of educational preparation, motivation, and interest—has emerged over the past decade. These learners include traditional students, disrupted learners such as refugees, and the 260 million children and youth around the world who do not go to school. This generation also includes workers who need to adapt to recent and forthcoming changes in the labor market. These learners are part of what we view as a “new learning society,” a generation whose lives are being reshaped by economic and political shifts, and whose educational opportunities are being reshaped by developments in wide-ranging fields, including artificial intelligence, digital learning, and brain and cognitive science. Advances in these fields are both disrupting educational systems and offering new opportunities for transformational change.

Considering these developments, the MIT LINC 2018 Program Committee has selected “How to Thrive in a New Learning Society” as this year’s theme. The conference will focus on learning and learners internationally at three levels: pK-12, Higher Education, and the Workplace.

We seek work that addresses novel and challenging ideas in learning and/or reports on real applications with concrete results. In particular, we invite submissions that address these topics in and across countries, cultures, and economic contexts. In an increasingly connected world, we look for papers that place particular emphasis on research that has clear international relevance, as well as local applicability.

For the first time, LINC is welcoming members of J-WEL. The LINC Program Committee welcomes paper submissions related to educational changes that emerge from collaborations with J-WEL.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • The new learning society: What are its key components in pK-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning?
  • How do we promote education that is inclusive and beneficial to all learners, including non-traditional learners, disabled learners, and others?
  • The increasing demand for education, including higher education, in the developing world.
  • The educational locus of responsibility: Who or what is responsible for pursuing education? Does primary responsibility lie with individuals, organizations, or the societies in which individuals and organizations live?
  • Learning sciences: What role do they play in the new learning society? How can we utilize their findings? How are they already being used?
  • Scientific merit and rigor: How do we ensure that education practices and policies are grounded in fact?
  • Sharing the fruits of disruptive change (i.e., how do we diffuse research findings to make a broader impact? How do we convince key stakeholders of their importance?)

LINC 2018 provides a framework for a meaningful discussion about access, adoption, and application, allowing speakers and presenters to share their views and findings on the key technological, social, and cultural challenges we face in the new learning society. LINC participants have been sharing research in education, including technology-enabled educational innovations, at LINC conferences since 2002.

A number of seats are reserved for J-WEL members at no cost to members. J-WEL members, please contact us to reserve your attendance at LINC.