The International Conference on Learning began its life in Sydney, Australia in 1989, focusing on genre approaches to literacy, and auspiced by the Literacy and Education Research Network. Since then, the focus of the conference has broadened to encompass as one of its themes ‘Multiliteracies’ or a broader range of communications than conventionally understood under the rubric of alphabetical literacy. The conference has also extended its interest into learning more generally, and particularly, the question of ‘new learning’ or the necessary transformations underway in teaching and learning in contemporary social, cultural and technological conditions.
The International Conference on Learning is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.
The Learner Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The Learner Journal Collection provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through The Learner Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and digital formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.
The Learner Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter. Or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.
The International Conference on Learning has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including: