Submission Guidelines for GLS 2015

Games+Learning+Society is now accepting submissions for next summer’s conference, to be held in Madison, WI on July 8-10, 2015. See the call for proposals for more information about the 2015 conference and themes. The submission deadline for the 2015 GLS Conference is February 10, 2015, 11:59pm Central Standard Time. When your submission is ready to submit, please go to to complete your submission. 


Please review the format for your preferred session type carefully. Some submission types are submitted blindly for peer-review while other sessions are not blinded. Each session type has a strict page limit. You may reference papers from previous GLS conferences by downloading the proceedings from ETC Press. 

GLS Conference. Separate submission tracks for the GLS Playful Learning Summit and the Doctoral Consortium will open in the spring.



Session Formats


Blinded, Up to 7 pages (TEMPLATE HERE)
15 minute slot
A presentation is an individual 15-minute presentation. We’ll cluster three presentations into each session, and assign a session discussant to draw out common themes and to field audience questions. This is a standard format used by most conferences. Please let us know when you submit if you have any special needs for your presentation beyond a projector and a screen!


Blinded, Up to 7 pages (TEMPLATE HERE)
1 hour slot
Symposia are a coordinated series of paper presentations. They are similar to presentation sessions but are crafted by you to tackle a specific theme or issue related to the conference and the field. Format can vary from a cluster of three or more presentations with a designated discussant to a themed and interactive poster session—be creative! Every symposium ends with audience Q&A, but we especially welcome symposia that promote engagement and interaction throughout. Submissions should provide a description of the overall symposium topic and of the individual presentations within the symposium.


Not Blinded, Up to 3 pages for initial submission (TEMPLATE HERE)
1 hour slot
Panels bring together three or more experts around a single theme, and let them discuss and debate. Interactivity with the audience is encouraged—what better way to add liveliness to your panel than to let questions from the audience spark new ideas? Format can range from each presenter giving short presentation, then letting the attendees go wild, to designing provocative questions in advance to get the panelists going. Use your imagination! Submissions should provide a description of the panel topic, why it’s important, who the panelists are, and how the hour-long time slot will be structured.


Not Blinded, Page length is variable
20 minute slot (grouped with other WEx presentations)
A Working Example is an avenue for shared learning in our field, focused on communicating the processes, challenges and iterations behind an idea or project. You start by proposing a method, model, or tool (aka the beginning ideas behind your project), then build on those ideas by demonstrating how they have evolved over time. Check out the GLS Conference group on the Working Examples website.


Not Blinded, Up to 3 pages for initial submission (TEMPLATE HERE)
1 hour slot
An interactive hour-long workshop in a single session, during which presenters engage the audience directly. Workshops are highly participatory and include discussion and debriefing following the activities. Make things, build things, test things—the sky’s the limit! Submissions should provide a description of the workshop topic and presenters, as well as an overview of the participatory workshop activities.


Curator: Shannon Harris
Blinded, Up to 2 pages (TEMPLATE HERE)
2 hour session
GLS 11 will again feature our Massively Multiplayer In-Person Poster Session (MMIPPS)—with a delicious dinner and open bar. This submission type is ideal for those who wish to engage in informal, face-to-face discussions about their research with colleagues and other conference attendees. We encourage the submission of ongoing and in-progress research for the poster session.


Well Played
Curator: Drew Davidson
Blinded, Up to 7 pages (TEMPLATE HERE)
1 hour slot
These sessions will focus on the experience of playing specific videogames. Sequences from the games will be analyzed in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how the design of various components enable players to learn how to play through the game successfully, as well as how the design of the various elements combine together to create a fulfilling gameplay experience. Presenters are highly encouraged to play games live at the conference to help best illustrate their analysis of the experience. Sessions will explore narrative development and game design, highlighting overarching themes and game play mechanics and providing a variety of perspectives on the value of games. These sessions are inspired by the ETC Press Well Played book series and Well Played journal that is based on this format of conversational scholarship. The goal of these sessions is to help further develop and define a literacy of games as well as a sense of their value. Videogames are a complex medium that merits careful interpretation and insightful analysis.


GLS Showcase (formerly known as the Educational Game Arcade)
Curator: Dennis Ramirez
Not Blinded, Up to 2 pages (TEMPLATE HERE)
All day event in Game Arcade & evening GLS Showcase Awards Show
The second annual GLS Showcase is soliciting educational games created by conference attendees. In the submission, please provide a short description of your game, you game’s education goals, your approach to learning and any other relevant information. All submissions must include links to downloadable demos and/or videos of game-play. If your game is selected, you will have the opportunity to share it in an all-day, arcade-style setting where the GLS community can play and talk with you about your game. Accepted games will also be reviewed by a panel of judges composed of industry and education leaders for inclusion in the GLS Showcase Awards Ceremony.


Be aware that by submitting to the conference you are agreeing to have your paper, if accepted, published in the GLS 11 conference proceedings. The proceedings are published with ETC Press and authors retain copyright of their work. Here is a link to information about ETC Press and their copyright policies. Furthermore, if accepted, your session may be videotaped and streamed for free online.