Proposing a Special Track for TALE 2018

Deadline: 13 April 2018


In addition to the tracks outlined in the TALE 2018 Call for Papers, proposals for additional Special Tracks are being solicited, with the goal of encouraging more in-depth topical coverage the conference around areas of current interest in the engineering and technology education as well as the educational technology communities.

Special topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development of computational- and systems-thinking skills

  • Competency-based learning and assessment

  • Artificial intelligence and adaptive technology in education

  • Wearable technologies for mobile learning and performance augmentation

  • Smart city and Internet of Things technologies for learning

  • 3D printing and makerspaces

  • Robotics education and educational robotics

  • Assistive and accessible technologies for learning and teaching

  • Learning technology technical standards and specifications

  • Preparing graduates for Industry 4.0

  • Educating engineers and technologists for sustainability

Special Track Proposal Instructions

Prospective chairs of Special Tracks are invited to send their proposals with the following information via email to by 13 April 2018:

  1. Description of the proposed Special Track (maximum of one paragraph)

  2. Explanation of how paper submissions will be solicited (e.g., Special Track Call for Papers, targeted invitations to selected individuals)

  3. Types of submissions to be accepted (full paper, short paper and/or abstract-only*) and estimated number of each type likely to be received

  4. List of prospective authors and paper titles (minimum of 6)

  5. Names and affiliations of potential reviewers for the special track (minimum of 3 per expected submission)

  6. Whether there are any plans for a journal special issue or other publication (e.g., edited book volume) arising from the Special Track

  7. Biographical information on the Special Track chair(s)

  8. Proposed timeline of key dates, including release of call for papers/invitations, paper submission deadline, notification of review outcomes, and due date for camera-ready papers. (Note that the deadline for camera-ready submissions cannot be later than 1 October 2018.)

*Abstract-only submissions are intended for the Practitioner Stream, catering to K-12, VET, L&D and industry presenters who do not wish to author a paper. These submissions will not be considered for publication in the Conference Proceedings or on IEEE Xplore.

All papers for Special Tracks must adhere to the same guidelines as regular papers, and will be reviewed using the standard criteria and procedures for TALE 2018. The Special Track chair(s) will be responsible for administering the peer-review process via the conference’s manuscript management system, ConfTool, in conjunction with an assigned member of the TALE Organising Committee.

All final decisions regarding the disposition of papers are subject to approval by the Technical Program Chairs.

At least one author of each accepted paper will be required to register for the conference in order to ensure the paper is included in the final program and proceedings, and the paper must subsequently be presented at the conference in order for it to be published in Xplore. Each full registration for TALE 2018 will cover a maximum of two papers, each of which may be presented as part of a Special Track or a Core Track of the conference; each student registration will cover a single paper only.


The deadline for presenting author registration is 8 October 2018.

Important Dates

16 Apr 2018

First-time author OPTIONAL  submission (CLOSED)


15 May 2018

Feedback to first-time authors (COMPLETE)

24 Aug  2018

Paper subsmission deadline (EXTENDED)

17 Aug 2018

Notification of review outcomes


01 Oct 2018

Camera-ready papers due

08 Oct 2018

Early-bird and presenter registration deadline

04 Dec 2018

Conference opening

04 Dec 2018

05 Dec 2018

06 Dec 2018

07 Dec 2018 

Pre-Conf Workshops + Opening + Welcome Reception

Main Technical Program + Conf Dinner

Main Technical Program + Closing Ceremony

Social Program (optional tours)

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