SIG 20 & 26 Conference 2024

Deadline extension

Second Call for Papers

We are delighted to invite you to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for the Joint 2024 conference of the EARLI Special Interest Groups 20 (“Inquiry Learning'') and 26 (“Argumentation, Dialogue and Reasoning”) from 18-20th of September 2024. We are also excited to announce the three keynote speakers for the event: Sam Wineburg, Kalypso Iordanou and John Nesbit (more details below).

Berlin is the largest city and capital of Germany and home to many different universities and research institutions. Berlin’s history dates back to first settlements in the middle ages, though it is most known for its cultural role in the 20th and 21st century reflected in the monuments, museums, architecture, and sites that can be visited such as the Berlin Wall, the Bauhaus Archive, and the Jewish Museum, the largest of its kind in Europe. Berlin is a vibrant place that has witnessed the recursion of better and worse times, swift adoptions of new developments in culture and arts, and ongoing efforts to uphold democratic values amidst highly controversial debates in politics and society.

This makes Berlin a fitting place for scholarly exchanges around our conference theme: Digital, analogue, and hybrid learning spaces: Rethinking dialogue, inquiry, and argumentation?! In light of recent and future developments in digital technologies, our ongoing discussions about learning in and from digital, analogue, and hybrid learning spaces are more than timely. It is important to explore and re-examine our theories of learning and instruction of and through inquiry, reasoning, argumentation, and dialogue in different and continuously changing learning spaces. Likewise, we need to understand what knowledge and skills are needed to function and thrive in them. Research and theory on inquiry learning as well as on argumentation, dialogue, and reasoning play a major role in providing answers to these questions.

The Joint SIG 20 and SIG 26 conference at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will offer the space and the opportunity for researchers and practitioners in the fields of Inquiry Learning, Argumentation, Dialogue, and Reasoning to present their research, exchange perspectives, and discuss future directions in a friendly and cooperative context. We also offer various activities and a guide to get to know and experience Berlin. The conference will be held from Wednesday the 18-20 September 2024 and we encourage you all to submit your proposals.

More information

For more information regarding the Joint SIG 20 and SIG 26 conference “Digital, analogue, hybrid learning spaces: Rethinking dialogue, inquiry, and argumentation?!” in Berlin, Germany, on 18-20th of September 2024, please visit the conference website For more information about Berlin, see

We are very much looking forward to meeting you all in Berlin in September!

Keynote: Kalypso Iordanou

Kalypso Iordanou Photo

Kalypso Iordanou is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Cyprus. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from Columbia University in New York, after receiving a Fulbright scholarship. Her work focuses on argument skills, epistemic cognition, reasoning in online engagement, and using technology to promote thinking-skills and learning. Her work has been supported by several research bodies including the European Commission and the Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF). Some of the projects she has been working on are the design of interventions for supporting students’ argumentation skills and reducing prejudice (ARE-PRED, Excellence Hubs-RIF), ethical issues of AI and Big Data that challenges democracy (SHERPA, Horizon 2020), trust in science (VERITY, Horizon-Europe), and extremist reasoning in social media (SMIDGE, Horizon-Europe). Her research achievements have been honored by awards from several bodies, such as the Fulbright Commission – supporting a Visiting Fellowship at Columbia University (US) in 2017- and the Research and Innovation Foundation, awarding her the National Young Researcher Award.

Keynote: Sam Wineburg

Sam wineburg

Sam Wineburg ( is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, and, by courtesy, of History & American Studies at Stanford University. Educated at Brown University and UC/Berkeley, he holds a doctorate in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford and an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s Umeå University. In 2004, Wineburg founded the Stanford History Education Group, a curriculum development effort that has grown into the largest provider of free curriculum in the social studies, with over 17 million downloads of its curriculum and assessments. Since 2016 his research has focused on “Civic Online Reasoning,” or how people judge the credibility of information on the Internet— research that has been featured in TIME Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and on multiple occasions in the New York Times. In 2021, UNESCO honored him with its International Media Literacy Award. In 2024, Wineburg retired from Stanford to co-found the Digital Inquiry Group, a nonprofit organization that provides free resources to schools and universities

Wineburg’s interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in outlets as diverse as Cognitive Science and the Journal of American History. His public scholarship has appeared in places like the New York Times, USAToday, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the Smithsonian Magazine. His 2002 book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past won the Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the “improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts.” His latest book, with co-author Mike Caulfield, is entitled Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online (Chicago, 2023).

Keynote: John Nesbit


Dr. John Nesbit is a professor of educational psychology and educational technology & learning design at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Through meta-analyses and primary studies, his research group investigates fundamental and applied topics in the learning sciences. After a PhD program that investigated application of machine learning to instructional design (University of Alberta, 1988), he spent 5 years as a visiting scholar and faculty member at Tsukuba University and Seishin University in Japan. Since joining Simon Fraser University, he has collaborated with colleagues to publish research on evaluation of digital learning resources, concept mapping, multimedia learning, self-regulated learning, self-explanation, and intelligent tutoring systems. In recent years, his research group has focused on two topics relevant to the EARLI SIG 20 & 26 Conference: Tutor guidance in simulation-based inquiry learning and argument visualization in postsecondary courses. The research on guidance in inquiry learning starts with the general premise, now widely accepted, that interactive, scaffolded assistance during inquiry tasks is beneficial and investigates which types of guidance (and which triggering conditions for that guidance) are most effective. This research has collected, and is engaged in analysing, over 230 hours of video in which human tutors follow instructional heuristics and/or scripts to guide learners interacting with a scientific simulation. The research on argument visualization has developed, deployed, and evaluated a web-based argument mapping tool (DMap) for scaffolding student argumentation in university courses across a wide range of disciplines.

General submission guideline

You will be able to submit a conference proposal by following the following steps:

1. Log in to your personal EARLI account (

(People who don’t have an EARLI account yet can easily create one, free of charge, via the following link:

2. Navigate to the ‘my submissions’ section.

3. Select the green ’+ new submission’ button.

4. Select the correct conference from the list.

After clicking on “new submission” (or “new symposium”) you will be able to fill in your submission. There you may choose the more specific submission type, keywords, etc. Please consider that you have to copy the text of your submission into a text field during the submission process. You won’t be able to submit your paper as word or pdf. Beyond that, you will be able to upload up to three additional figures or tables. Nevertheless, please make sure that all relevant information for the review process can be found in the text you will submit.

Please submit your research following the submission formats:

  • Paper: Paper sessions consist of 3-4 paper presentations and last 90 minutes. Each presenter will be given 15 minutes presentation time, followed by 5 minutes for questions. At the end of all presentations, there is a ten-minute open discussion. It is important that empirical papers indicate clear data and results, or they will not be accepted. Theoretical papers, of course, are also welcomed. Research that is at an earlier stage is very suitable for poster sessions. Papers in each session will be thematically grouped.

  • Poster: This format is a good fit for preliminary results, pilot studies or other research in progress. There will be different time-slots for the poster presentations to allow each poster enough time and space to be seen. The poster sessions offer presenters the opportunity for interaction and discussion with the audience. The presenters of the posters are expected to be at their poster for the whole poster session to get in contact with their interested audience.

  • Demonstration: Demonstrations allow presenters to display, explain and familiarise users with a potentially useful teaching or research tool or method. The presentation may include references to completed research, but the point of the session is to demonstrate the tool, not present the research for criticism. The audience may offer their viewpoints and share their experiences with similar tools or different tools for the same purpose. Demonstrations are scheduled for 90 minutes.

  • Symposia: Symposia provide an opportunity to present research on a selected topic or theme, often from multiple perspectives, compiling a coherent set of 3-4 papers for discussion. Symposia sessions are directed by a chair, involving four presenters and one discussant. A symposium is scheduled for 90 minutes, allowing 15 minutes presentation time per speaker, ten minutes for the discussant, and 20 minutes for open discussion.

  • JURE paper or poster: The JURE paper and poster presentations won't be different in their format from the other paper and poster presentations. As such our JURE members can just follow the information provided above. Nevertheless, there will be senior members of the community dedicated to attend the JURE presentations and find some time to provide feedback to the JURE presenters.

All submissions should include:

  • Name(s), affiliation, address, and email address of all the authors

  • Title of the presentation

  • Preference for submission format, including regular or JURE

  • Abstract of max. 300 words

  • Extended summary: Paper (1500 words), Poster (500-1500 words), ICT demo (500-1500 words), symposium (3-4 papers x 1500 words + 500 words general abstract/introduction)

  • References are within the word count

Review criteria:

The conference uses a rigorous double-blind peer review process (except symposium) to maintain high academic standards. Each submission will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific relevance and originality
  • Adequacy of methods
  • Clarity of representation of results discussion and conclusions
  • Clarity of writing and formal adequacy

We encourage submissions to the conference theme, as well as to the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:

SIG 20 (Inquiry learning)

According to our mission statement, we welcome submissions that contribute to the aim of offering learners opportunities for engaging in inquiry practices. For instance, research related to:

● Learning contexts (e.g. Inquiry in different domains, either academic or professional; computer-supported inquiry learning; visualizations and simulations; mobile learning)

● Strategies and methods of instruction (The role of the teacher; scaffolding; intelligent tutoring; adaptive systems; agent-based learning; collaborative inquiry learning; model-based learning; discovery-based learning; problem-based learning; project-based learning; game-based learning; productive failure)

● Student outcomes –knowledge, skills and attitudes – (Knowledge building; graphing literacy; motivation; interactions between skill acquisition & learner characteristics; metacognition and regulation; performance assessment; assessment techniques)

SIG 26 (Argumentation, Dialogue and Reasoning)

● Learning from and through dialogue and argumentation

Argumentation in and across domains (Mathematics, History, etc.)

● Motivation, affect, social dynamics and epistemology

● Dialogue, reasoning and argumentation in multicultural contexts

● Designing for dialogue, reasoning and argumentation

● Dialogue, argumentation and reasoning in online and hybrid settings

● Teacher professional development for argumentation and dialogue

● Methods for analyzing dialogue, reasoning and argumentation


  • March 1st, 2024

  • April 10, 2024

  • May 1st, 2024

  • May 25, 2024

  • June 8th, 2024

  • September 18th to 20th, 2024

Organizing Committees

The Local Organizing Committee:

Elisabeth Mayweg-Paus & Theresa Ruwe.

The SIG 20 Organizing Committee consists of:

● Tasos Hovardas (SIG Coordinator)

● Tomi Jaakkola (SIG Coordinator)

● Christiana Varda (JURE Coordinator)

The SIG 26 Organizing Committee consists of:

● Christa Asterhan (SIG Coordinator)

● Freydis Vogel (SIG Coordinator)

● Lydia Cao (JURE Coordinator)

Scientific Committees

The SIG 20 scientific committee consists of:

  • Antti Lehtinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

  • Ard Lazonder (Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

  • Bram De Wever (Ghent University, Belgium)

  • Christiana Varda (UCLan Cyprus)

  • Cindy Hmelo-Silver (Indiana University, USA)

  • Eleni Kyza (Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus)

  • Hannie Gijlers (University of Twente, Netherlands)

  • Ingo Kollar (University of Augsburg)

  • Janice Gobert (Rutgers University)

  • Koen Veermans (University of Turku, Finland)

  • Margus Pedaste (University of Tartu, Estonia)

  • Tasos Hovardas ( University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

  • Tomi Jaakkola (Tampere University, Finland)

  • Wouter van Joolingen (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

  • Yiannis Georgiou (Cyprus University of Technology)

The SIG 26 scientific committee consists of:

  • Adam Lefstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

  • Alexander Gröschner (University of Jena, Germany)

  • Alina Reznitskaya (Montclair University, USA)

  • Antonia Larrain (Alberto Hurtado University, Chile)

  • Armin Weinberger (University of Saarland, Germany)

  • Baruch Schwarz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

  • Benzi Slakmon (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

  • Carla van Boxtel (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

  • Chiel van der Veen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)

  • Christine Howe (Cambridge University, UK)

  • Chrysi Rapanta (NOVA university Lisbon, Portugal)

  • Claire Polo (Lyon 2 University, France)

  • Clark Chinn (Rutgers University, USA)

  • Edith Bouton (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

  • Elisa Calcagni (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

  • Gaowei Chen (University of Hong Kong)

  • Ian Wilkinson (Ohio State University, USA)

  • Klara Sedova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

  • Kristine Lund (Lyon 2 University, France)

  • Maria Evagorou (University of Nicosia, Cyprus)

  • Maria Vrikki (University of Cyprus)

  • Maureen Boyd (University of Buffalo, USA)

  • Michael Baker (CNRS, France)

  • Michael Nussbaum (University of Nevada, USA)

  • Ricardo Böheim (Technical University of Munich)

  • Riikka Hofmann (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • Roman Švaříček (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

  • Rupert Wegerif (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • Sherice Clarke (University of California San Diego, USA)

  • Sara Hennessy (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • Ingvill Rasmussen (University of Oslo, Norway)

Conference fees

EARLI Members:
Early bird € 300 (Before June 8th 2024)
Regular € 375
JURE Early bird € 200 (Before June 8th 2024)
JURE Regular € 250

Non EARLI members:
Early bird € 375 (Before June 8th 2024)
Regular € 470


Contact the organizing committees at and

More information

For more information regarding the joint SIG 20 and SIG 26 conference “Digital, analogue, hybrid learning spaces: Rethinking dialogue, inquiry, and argumentation?!” in Berlin, Germany, on 18-20 September 2024, please visit the conference website

We are very much looking forward to meeting you all in Berlin next September!

(For more information about Berlin, see

Hotel Recommendations and Transportation

Leonardo Hotel Berlin Mitte (800m from Conference venue)
H Hotel Berlin Mitte (1.6 km from Conference venue)
Aquino Hotel (1.6 km from Conference venue)
Motel One Berlin Alexanderplatz (1.7 km from Conference venue)
Motel One Berlin Hackescher Markt (1.3 km from Conference venue)
Motel One Berlin Hauptbahnhof (2.4 km from Conference venue)
Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz
(1.5 km from Conference venue)
Intercity Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof (2.1 km from Conference venue)
Steigenberger am Kanzleramt (2.1 km from Conference venue)

Booking accommodation via Airbnb is also an option. With public transport, you can easily reach the conference venue from other parts of the city. Google Maps can help estimate the distance from your accommodation to the venue and suggests various modes of transport.

Information about conference venue

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, founded in 1810, is the oldest university in Berlin and one of the most renowned universities in the world. Today, the HU's teaching and research programmes cover all fundamental scientific disciplines in the humanities, social and cultural sciences, law, life sciences, mathematics and natural sciences, medicine, agricultural sciences and sustainability and antiquity research.

More than 37,000 young people from over 100 countries are currently studying at Humboldt-Universität in 171 Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes under the supervision of around 420 professors. Around 34 per cent of academic staff come from other countries.

Thanks to numerous cutting-edge research projects and renowned international networks, Humboldt-Universität is one of the most important universities in the German-speaking world. In the 2019 Excellence Strategy, it was recognised as an Excellence Network together with the partners of the Berlin University Alliance. It had previously been one of the eleven German Universities of Excellence since 2012.

The HU combines research excellence with innovative support for young researchers. The focus of teaching is on research-based learning, interdisciplinarity and internationalisation.

Dorotheenstraße 24, 10117 Berlin ( DOR24: 1.301, 1.307, 1.308, 1.401, 1.403, 1.406

Dorotheenstraße 26, 10117 Berlin ( DOR26: 207


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