“Grounding Theory in Practice”

The 2023 ICICLE Conference is scheduled for July 24-26, 2023 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Check out our past conferences: 2019 at George Mason University and 2022 at MIT.

ICICLE Conference 2023 Call for Proposals

The conference theme is “Grounding Theory in Practice”

Submissions are Due May 1, 2023

The third ICICLE Learning Engineering conference will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 24-26, 2023. We invite professionals and practitioners of all experience levels with an interest in learning engineering to join us as we are “Grounding Theory in Practice.” This conference will combine the theoretical aspects of learning engineering with  practical applications and lessons learned in the field. A variety of session types are planned to actively engage attendees, promote dialogue, and facilitate the advancement of learning engineering as a practice and process for all conference participants. The 2023 ICICLE Conference will include the following topics: the learning engineering process, learning sciences, learning analytics, leadership and teamwork, technology innovations, human-centered learning, and the future of learning engineering. We look forward to sharing theory and practice with all those in this growing learning engineering community.


Deadline for Proposal submission: May 1, 2023 EOA

Notification of Acceptance: May 23, 2023

Session materials submitted: June 20, 2023

Conference: July 24-26, 2023

Proceeding materials for accepted proposals: late August

Session Types

Active Learning Sessions. In these 60 minute sessions, we invite experienced speakers to present on a topic and lead the attendees in a related activity. The presentation material and activity are expected to explore topics in learning engineering. These are formatted like roundtables or workshops where the participants speak more than the facilitator. Topics should address one of the key areas of learning engineering (for details and explanations, refer to the Learning Engineering Toolkit): 

  • LE Process
  • Engineering Practices
  • Instrumentation
  • Ethics in LE
  • Learner Motivation
  • LE Implementation
  • Applications in K-12, Higher Ed, or Workplace settings
  • Lessons Learned
  • Pedagogy
  • Learning Analytics and Data
  • Leadership or Teamwork
  • Technology Innovations
  • Human-centered Design for Learners
  • LE Careers and Mentorship
  • Assessments/Learning Metrics
  • Design Patterns and Reusable Components 

As was done in the 2022 IEEE ICICLE conference workbook, the Active Learning Sessions will have summary material and work space available in the printed conference workbook. After the conference, Active Learning Session facilitators will be able to submit a short paper on their topic for inclusion in the conference proceedings. 

Active Learning Session template and instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XK0KcvldgoQflS0284haH0egrFDaF9MydQ1Oqlhaigo/edit 

Submission form: https://forms.gle/L77YLbUzTwBSrVvz6 

Show and Share Sessions. The Show and Share presentations are succinct 10 minute presentations on applied learning engineering. This session is intended to showcase specific attendee projects and how they connect to the learning engineering process (LEP) and LE Toolkit. While learning engineering is done by a wide range of practitioners and teams across many disciplines and industries, the practice and process of learning engineering provides a common language. The Show and Share sessions will provide conference attendees the opportunity to see a variety of applied learning engineering projects using this shared language.

Every session will be required to apply the learning engineering process model to their project, which could include each phase of the LEP or focus only on a specific phase, depending on the stage of the project. The LEP provides a shared model for all attendees to understand the scope of the project, supported by the project details, demo, etc. All practitioners are encouraged to share their LE project no matter experience level or project maturity. 

The Show and Share presenters will also be able to showcase their work as a poster along the wall with attendees able to give asynchronous feedback throughout the day. After the conference, Show and Share presenters can submit their final LEP model and project description for inclusion in the conference proceedings. 

Show and Share template and instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19qxkRffDUruqKD8tQU9QZQ1E6PWgR0dBJXunAsnhuE8/edit 

Submission form: https://forms.gle/JM6SrRDSTfvEf7zQ7 

Technology Showcases. The Technology Showcases are 20 minute presentations where attendee participants can demo their educational technologies and projects. These sessions are expected to show how the technology connects to the learning engineering process, to what we know about supporting learners both as learners and as humans, and/ or using tools from the LE Toolkit. Like the Show and Share presentations, the Technology Showcases are expected to apply the learning engineering process model to contextualize the technology and the challenge it solves. It is important to note that while a demo or description of the technology solution is expected, this session is not intended to be a marketing session, but rather a focused look at how technology solutions are developed and operationalized using learning engineering. If possible, include a way for attendees to explore the technology solution. 

After the conference, Technology Showcase presenters can submit their final LEP model and project description for inclusion in the conference proceedings. 

Technology Showcase template and instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eGzbiGVVe13vNZjhxhB9BjIi0YsYX_tHyMWxqKYCZe0/edit

Submission form: https://forms.gle/22WzHcQEM78MPnWa6 

Vendor Exhibit. The IEEE ICICLE 2023 conference is pleased to offer a Vendor Exhibit where corporate and industry partners can showcase an educational technology in support of learning engineering. These sponsored tables will be hosted in the hall outside the main conference room and will be available to the sponsored vendor for the duration of the conference. There are 6 tables available. Given the limited availability and the need to showcase a variety of technology that covers various aspects of the learning engineering process, not all applicants for the Vendor Exhibit hall may be selected. 

Vendor Exhibit instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/195-XGiWXsM-rJe2CwO2vuIUuSoWHruBGKNQTL-yyStw/edit

Submission form: https://forms.gle/qXpW9BxrsX7QoEHp6