History of the Conference

Looking back at our inaugural gathering of learning sciences graduate students and faculty

The first LSGS Conference was hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, 2016.

UIC's Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) sponsored the event.

Learning sciences graduate students from UIC (Brian Slattery and Melanie Snow), Indiana University (Chris Georgen and Anna Keune), Northwestern University (Kit Martin and Sarah White), Vanderbilt University (Amanda Bell and Jennifer Kahn), and the University of Wisconsin—Madison (Catherine Dornfeld and Joe Michaelis) organized the event. Read more about the conference origins here [link to blog post]

The conference included poster presentations, roundtables, and workshops led by graduate students.

  • Conference Proceedings 2016
  • In preparation for the conference, the planning committee considered fifty-one proposals for posters, roundtables, and workshops from ten schools that addressed forty-three topics. The schedule also included talks and panels featuring faculty from conference partner institutions.

  • Joshua Radinsky, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mitchell J. Nathan, University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • Melissa Gresalfi, Vanderbilt University
  • Joshua Danish, Indiana University
  • Shirin Vossoughi, Northwestern University
  • Second convening of learning sciences graduate students and faculty

    The second LSGS Conference was hosted by Indiana University (IU) on Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20, 2017 in Bloomington, IN.

    IU's School of Education Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT), Barbara B. Jacobs Chair in Education and Technology, Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWIT), and Learning Sciences Graduate Student Association (LSGSA) sponsored the event.

    Learning sciences graduate students from IU (Chris Georgen and Anna Keune), University of Illinois at Chicago (Rachel Holtz and Melanie Snow), Northwestern University (Allena Berry and Trey Smith), Vanderbilt University (Amanda Bell and Lauren Vogelstein), and the University of Wisconsin—Madison (Catherine Dornfeld, Tiffany Herder, and Joe Michaelis) organized the event.

    In addition, IU students Chris Andrews, Sophia Bender, Emily Chai, Grant Chartrand, Yuxin Chen, Bria Davis, Andi Gomoll, Karyn Housh, Megan Humburg, Joey Huang, Pei-Jung Li, Andi Rehak, Katherine Shanahan, Erin Tolar, Naomi Thompson, Xintian Tu, and Suraj Uttamchandani served on the local organizing sub-committee.

    The conference included poster presentations, roundtables, and workshops led by graduate students.

  • Conference Proceedings 2017
  • Third gathering of learning sciences graduate students and faculty for the LSGSC

    The third LSGS Conference was hosted by Vanderbilt University on Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20, 2017 in Nashville, TN.

    The conference theme was “Designing the Learning Sciences: Thinking Deeply About the Relationship Between Theory and Design.”

    Learning sciences graduate students from Vanderbilt University (Ashlyn Pierson and Lauren Vogelstein), University of Illinois at Chicago (Rachel Holtz and Alexa Lee-Hassan), Indiana University (Naomi Thompson and Suraj Uttamchandani), Northwestern University (David Bar-el and Trey Smith), and the University of Wisconsin—Madison (Tiffany Herder, Kelsey Schneck, and Hanall Sung) organized the event.

    The conference was supported by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Graduate School, Peabody Teaching and Learning Department, as well as faculty sponsors.

    The conference included poster presentations, roundtables, and workshops led by graduate students.

  • Conference Proceedings 2018
  • The schedule included introductions, talks, and panels featuring faculty.

  • Noel Enyedy, Vanderbilt University
  • Megan Bang, Northwestern University
  • Dione Champion, TERC
  • Mike Tissenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Sepehr Vakil, Northwestern University
  • Susan Jurow, University of Colorado, Boulder