MIT LINC 2019 Conference

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Location: Cambridge, United States
Begin: June 17, 2019
End: June 20, 2019
Keywords: inclusive education, learning engineering, education, learning
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019
Abbreviation: LINC 2019

LINC 2019 provides a framework for a meaningful discussion about education access, adoption, and application, allowing speakers and presenters to share their views and findings on the key technological, social, and cultural challenges we face in the new learning society, especially in developing nations and emerging markets. Since 2002, LINC conference participants have been sharing research in education, including technology-enabled educational innovations. We invite scholars, practitioners, students, corporate executives, government officials, foundation professionals, EdTech companies, and startups to gather and share research on and insight into learning engineering at LINC 2019.


How to Thrive in a New Learning Society

Over the past decade, a new generation has emerged of mobile, diverse learners, all with disparate levels of educational preparation, motivation, and interest. These learners include traditional students, disrupted learners such as the 68.5 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, and the 262 million children and youth across the globe who do not go to school. This generation also includes workers who need to adapt to recent and forthcoming changes in the labor market. These learners are part of what we view as the “new learning society,” a generation whose lives are being reshaped by social, economic and political shifts, and whose educational opportunities are being redesigned/reconfigured by developments in wide-ranging fields, including artificial intelligence, digital learning, and brain and cognitive science. 

With a view on these transformational influences, the MIT LINC 2019 Conference has identified “How to Thrive in the New Learning Society” as this year’s theme. The conference will focus on learning and learners internationally at three levels: pK-12, Higher Education, and the Workplace.

We seek work that addresses novel and challenging ideas in learning and/or reports on real applications with concrete results. In particular, we invite submissions that address these topics across national, cultural, and economic contexts. In an increasingly connected world, we look for papers that place particular emphasis on research that has clear international relevance as well as local applicability.


Submission Guidelines

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • The new learning society: What are the current key challenges and innovations in pK-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning?

  • Inclusivity: How do we promote education that is inclusive and beneficial to all learners, including non-traditional learners, disabled learners, and others?

  • Meeting the need: Addressing the increasing demand for education, including higher education, across demographics and in the developing world.

  • The educational locus of responsibility: Who or what is responsible for pursuing education? Does primary responsibility lie with individuals, organizations, or the societies in which individuals and organizations live? 

  • Ethical grounding: How do we ensure in a world of fragmented and vocationally-focused education that learning takes place is a framework of values?

  • Learning sciences: What role do they play in the new learning society? How can we utilize their findings? How are they already being used?

  • Scientific merit and rigor: How do we ensure that educational practices and policies are grounded in fact?

  • Sharing the fruits of disruptive change: How do we diffuse research findings to make a broader impact? How do we convince key stakeholders of their importance? How do we support the translation of research to practice?


For the first time, we welcome members of the new Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) to LINC and invite paper submissions related to educational changes coming out of collaboration with MIT J-WEL.


Additional Guidelines 

Acceptance: After a double-blind peer review of extended abstracts, qualifying papers may be accepted as Full Papers, due on April 1, 2019, and should address recommendations of the reviewers. 

Extended abstracts must not exceed 4 pages (shorter is fine) and Full Papers should not exceed 10 single-spaced pages in length. Submissions must use the following format, available in Word. Submissions must be in PDF format, written in English, contain original work and not be under review for any other venue while under review for this conference.  

***Please note that if you submitted a paper for the LINC 2018 conference, which was rescheduled, you must resubmit your paper for consideration for LINC 2019.***


Important dates 

  • Call for submissions opens: December 19, 2018 

  • Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2019

  • Notification of acceptance/suggestions for modifications: March 4, 2019

  • Versions incorporating reviewers’ modifications due: April 1, 2019

  • Early Bird conference registration opens: March 11, 2019



The conference will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA.



All questions about submissions should be emailed to  



LINC is sponsored by MIT J-WEL and MIT Open Learning. J-WEL promotes excellence and transformation in education at MIT and globally by engaging educators, technologists, policymakers, societal leaders, employers, and employees. Through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, research, and information-sharing events, J-WEL member organizations—including schools, universities, NGOs, government agencies, and companies—work with MIT faculty and staff to address global opportunities for scalable change in education. The mission of MIT Open Learning is to transform teaching and learning at MIT and around the globe through the innovative use of digital technologies. 

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