Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Springer journal *Virtual Reality* on INNOVATIONS IN XR AND IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR LEARNING

Guest Editors: Mark J. W. Lee, Minjuan Wang, and Dennis E. Beck

for the Immersive Learning Research Network


ISSN: 1359-4338 (Print), 1434-9957 (Online)


SCI Impact Factor: 1.375 (2017)


[A PDF version of this Call is available at ]


XR refers to technology-mediated experiences that combine digital and biological realities. Technologies supporting the creation of XR encompasses a wide range of hardware and software, including sensory interfaces, applications, and infrastructures, that enable content creation for virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), augmented reality (AR), cinematic reality (CR), 360-degree video, and more. With these tools, users generate new forms of reality by bringing digital objects into the physical world and/or bringing physical world objects into the digital world. XR technologies have applications in all sectors of education and training, from early schooling through to higher education, workforce development, and lifelong learning.

This special issue of the Springer journal Virtual Reality focuses on the use of XR for creating environments and experiences that excite, inspire, and engage learners in immersive ways. Of interest are reports of both research studies and applications covering the entire spectrum of immersive platform types, including desktop, mobile, wearable and room-based (e.g., CAVE). Interdisciplinary contributions are especially welcome, and authors are encouraged to think creatively in terms of how they might frame their work to accommodate different conceptions of and perspectives on immersion.

Most importantly, in order to be considered for publication in the special issue, papers must demonstrate a potential to help advance research and/or practice in the field of XR from a technical, theoretical/conceptual, empirical, and/or methodological perspective. Papers that engage deeply with the implications for the broader XR field arising from the work will be given higher priority, while papers focusing largely on reporting applications of the technology within educational/learning contexts are also welcome but will receive lower priority.


  1. Pedagogy and learning design for XR and immersive environments
  2. Technical infrastructure and standards for supporting XR and immersive learning
  3. XR and immersive technologies in early childhood and K-12 education
  4. XR and immersive technologies in higher education
  5. XR and immersive technologies in vocational/workplace training
  6. XR and immersive technologies in informal and lifelong learning
  7. Collaborative learning (co-located or distributed) with XR and immersive technologies
  8. Simulation-based learning with XR and immersive technologies
  9. Intelligent, adaptive, and personalized learning in XR and immersive environments
  10. Serious games for learning based on XR and immersive technologies
  11. Promoting access and equity in education through XR and immersive technologies


– Original research paper*

– Theoretical/conceptual paper

– Position paper

*Submission of data with manuscripts is encouraged, but not required. Also, links to online locations from which the XR-based immersive environments may be accessed and/or downloaded is strongly encouraged.


For author guidelines and submission instructions, please see the journal’s web site at . Manuscripts will not be accepted via email.

This special issue is being created in conjunction with a special track on “XR and Immersive Learning Environments” at the IEEE TALE 2018 Conference (, co-organized with the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN at Though not mandatory, prospective authors for the special issue may wish to submit shorter, preliminary versions of their papers for presentation at TALE 2018, with a view to further developing and expanding those papers for consideration for the special issue (subject to additional peer review in accordance with the journal’s policies). Note that attendance and presentation at TALE are not prerequisites for submitting manuscripts for consideration for the special issue.


– Full manuscripts due: February 22, 2019 (EXTENDED)

– Notification of review outcomes: May 3, 2019

– Revised manuscripts due: June 28, 2019

– Anticipated publication of special issue: Late 2019


– Mark J. W. Lee – Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Visiting Faculty, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

– Minjuan Wang – Professor of Learning Design & Technology, School of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University, USA

– Dennis E. Beck – Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Arkansas, USA

The guest editors are directors of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN), an international organization of developers, educators, and research professionals collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning.

Inquiries about the special issue should be directed to .

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