Networked Learning Conference 2020

Conference Themes & Call for Papers

Since 1998 the biennial Networked Learning Conference has been an opportunity to participate in a forum for the critical examination and analysis of research in networked learning – particularly in Higher Education and lifelong learning. Networked learning has now become a broader area of inquiry bringing together research in education and organisations spanning formal and informal learning settings. It is a conference that is particularly concerned with critical perspectives, theory, pedagogical values, analysis, practice based research and designs for learning. The focus of the conference is research and practice that addresses relational and interactional aspects of learning and development with an emphasis on dialogical learning, collaborative and cooperative learning and learning in social networks.

Conference Themes

  • Theories, methodologies, and design for Networked Learning
  • Methods, research design, data and analysis in Networked learning (e.g. phenomenography, social network analysis, ANT and post-ANT)
  • Roles of learning analytics, big data, and artificial intelligence in Networked Learning
  • Philosophy and educational technology
  • Transfer and transformation of knowledge, practice and networked learning
  • Networked learning literacy and agency
  • Learning on the move; places and spaces for networked learning
  • Situating networked learning historically, systematically, conceptually etc.
  • Learning at scale, in the wild, and across boundaries, (in)formal, professional and open lifelong networked learning
  • Debates and emerging issues in networked learning (e.g. postdigital education, computational thinking, online activism)

Call for papers

All submissions are peer reviewed, and accepted papers published in the conference proceedings, with selected papers published in an edited book as part of the Springer book series "Research in Networked Learning".
We invite proposals of the following kind addressing conference themes:

  1. Symposia: 1.5 hours: You convene, organise and invite 3-4 participants on a chosen theme.
  2. Individual research papers, and papers critically examining conceptual issues
  3. Short Papers on research in progress (Pecha Kucha presentation)
  4. Workshops: 1.5 hours: Active involvement of participants on e.g. a concept, method, model or technology
  5. Round Table Discussions – Open discussion of topic introduced and framed by organiser


Symposia usually consist of app. 3-4 full papers. Each individual paper proposal should take the form of a Full Paper of around 8 pages (and an absolute max of 10 pages including references). Symposia could include a Short Paper as well, but at least 3 full papers are required. The Symposium Organiser collects all papers from the authors, and precedes them with an outline (1-2 pages) of the symposium, stating title/theme and providing a rationale for the symposium. Symposia organisers are free to decide on how their Symposium is run e.g. as an interactive panel-participants discussion; ‘traditional’ presentation of papers with short questions and answers; some other method.

Individual research papers

Individual research papers, and papers critically examining conceptual issues, should take the form of a Full Paper of around 8 pages (and an absolute max of 10 pages including references).

Short papers (must be presented as Pecha Kucha)

Each short paper proposal should take the form of a Short Paper with a minimum of 2 pages and maximum of 4 pages (including references).

A Pecha Kucha (pronounced: "peh-cha-ku-cha'') presentation is an informal, engaging and highly visual presentation of 20 slides, each one exactly 20 seconds, for a total presentation time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. These sessions are intended to communicate quickly and efficiently research in progress.


Workshop proposals should be around 2-4 pages and include: Title of Workshop, Intended Audience, Workshop Description, Participant Engagement, Participant Outcomes, Workshop Alignment with Conference Themes, Workshop Process/Activities. Workshops should take a form that seeks active involvement of participants around for example a concept, method, model or technology.

Round Table Discussions

Proposals for Round Table Discussions should be around 2-4 pages and need to introduce and contextualize the topic or issue that the organiser(s) would like to discuss with participants. Round Table Discussions may include short presentations, but should be designed and framed with participation in mind i.e. not as an expert panel limiting discussion to only a few participants.

Full details on submission & templates.