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Virtual Interactive Sessions 

Update: Decisions have been announced. Register now on the ConfTool submission site.


Virtual Interactive Sessions Call

With this new track we invite proposals for interactive sessions that are specifically tailored for a virtual environment. We invite you to draw on your experiences with virtual conferences and online learning to propose a globally accessible remote session that is active and informative. This is an opportunity to be creative and show how advancements in technology can help transform and shape how we collaborate in the future.

With this new track, we hope to extend the reach of our popular Workshops and Sessions for Interaction and Engagement into the virtual realm. This requires a shift in thinking away from physical events, and instead focusing on the unique capabilities and benefits of remote media. Think broadly!

We believe this new tack can support creative activities that generate experiences and thoughtful reflection, all in a virtual setting. Sessions that draw from alternative and emerging research paradigms are also welcomed, such as arts-informed and participatory approaches or contemplative education. Proposers may consider what outputs such as videos, artifacts and writings might come from the session experience to further emphasize engagement. 

Proposal that span one, two or even three sessions will be considered if the format so warrants. For example, imagine two sessions held a few days apart so participants can be introduced to a situation or goal (e.g. analysis of a large data set, or interpretations of a video clip) and later meet to share their results and compare approaches.

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Updated Timeline

Submission deadline: Monday, October 26, 2020
Notification: mid-December, 2020

Submission Guidelines

We are looking for creative, interesting, interactive virtual activities. The proposal should use the format listed below under “Format and Required information.” It should list the organizers and the key participants, the purpose, the activities planned, and any follow-on activities as appropriate. Importantly, it should specify the collaborative technology you will use—i.e. Zoom and/or other media.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Virtual Session Co-Chairs and/or a committee of their choosing, in conjunction with the program chairs. Attention will be given to the quality and organization of content, the creative integration of virtual technology, and evidence of interactivity and participation. We are happy to work with accepted organizers to ensure a successful session. Accepted proposals will be archived to the conference website after the event.

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Format and Required Information

Virtual Interactive Session proposals can now be made using the ConfTool submission system. All submissions must be in English and submitted as a pdf. The following format should be used.

Title: Event title

Organizer(s): Names and affiliations of all organizers

Key Participants: Names and affiliations of those who will be the main contributors, if appropriate. (Please note that all organizers, presenters, and speakers are expected to register and pay to participate in the iConference.)

Abstract: A 150-word abstract to be published in the program schedule.

Description: A description of the event of up to 1,000 words, addressing each of the following:

Purpose and Intended Audience: Please state the audience to which your event is designed to appeal and the goals and/or expected outcomes for your event.

Proposed activities including agenda, ramp-up (development), and follow-through: Describe how your event will be organized. The format is up to you. Explain the strategies you will use to engage session attendees. Also, please comment if you plan to prepare a report, proceedings, wiki, or website to disseminate the results of your event as follow-up.

Relevance to the Conference/Significance to the Field: Briefly state the focus of your proposal topic and note the importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the broad iSchool community. Provide a brief explanation of how this event will appeal to the audience both with respect to content and format.

Virtual Technologies: Please state what media will be used to facilitate your session (i.e. Zoom and/or other)

Duration: Indicate the number of 90-minute sessions your event will require.

Special Requirements: If the technical aspects of your session have  budget ramifications (i.e. costs), you must articulate them clearly for consideration by the chairs.

Visit ConfTool to create a user account and start the submission process.

If you have questions or ideas that need help being fleshed out, please feel free to contact the Chairs listed below.

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Virtual Interactive Session Chairs


Questions about posters submissions should be directed posters co-chairs listed above.

General questions about iConference 2021 should be directed to




    Papers Publisher

    Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


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