Interactivity in text and graphics research: from self-paced slides to educational games

Interactivity is a multifaceted phenomenon. Self-paced slides, non-linear hypermedia, learning environments featuring multiple documents, e-books, tutoring systems, educational games… they all (and not only they!) are interactive.

Whenever a system reacts to user input, there you have it: interactivity. It is commonplace in present-day learning materials, yet its many forms are poorly understood. We would thus like to draw attention to interactivity this year by calling the next SIG2 conference “Interactivity in text and graphics research: from self-paced slides to educational games”.

Welcome to Prague and the Czech Republic. This is a very good place to talk about interactivity: It is the site where the first interactive movie was created by Raduz Cincera’s team during Communist era. It was also a temporary home to Johan Amos Comenius, who made major breakthrough in multimedia learning in early Baroque times.



Please, note, that the central theme is meant to inspire submission, but not to limit their scope. All proposals that fit within the domains of the SIG are most welcome. Typical topics include learning from:

  • Texts
  • Texts with pictures
  • Graphical representations
  • Multiple documents
  • Hypermedia
  • Animations and videos
  • Simulations and games


Save the Date

  • January 6th 2020
    Submission system opens
  • February 14th 2020 at 23h59 (UTC -12)
    EXTENDED Deadline for submissions
  • April 10th 2020
    Notificaion of review decisions
  • Mid-April
    Registration opens
  • - to be announced -
    Presenters registration deadline
  • Monday 31th August - Wednesday 2nd September 2020
    SIG 2 Meeting in Prague


EXTENDED Submission deadline

February 14th 2020 at 23h59 (UTC -12). The submission system opens 6th January 2020.

All submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the scientific committee. You will be notified of the results of the reviewing process by April 10th 2020. Proposals should be submitted through the EARLI submission system (https://conference.earli.org)


Submission Format

Two main submission formats are proposed:

1) Paper proposal (for poster or oral presentation)

This is the standard format that provides participants the opportunity to present and discuss the results from recently completed research as well as work in progress in late stages. Paper proposals should be no longer than 1000 words, plus abstract between 80 and 150 words and, in addition to that, up to three tables or images.

The paper proposals that receive the most favorable reviews and that fit well within the meeting’s scope will be allowed a 20 minutes oral presentation (15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes discussion). As we try to keep the conference single tracked, acceptation for oral presentations will be highly selective. Other paper proposal that fall within the scope of the meeting and are of sufficient scientific quality will be allowed a poster presentation.

Note that if you submit several paper proposals as first author, only one will be allowed an oral presentation (the one that receives the highest review scores), the other proposals being then accepted as posters (it is possible to be first/presenting author on one oral paper and one round-table).

The poster sessions will be of substantial length and scheduled at convenient times during the conference, making this a lively and interactive presentation format. Note that you can choose during the submission process that your proposal be a poster presentation (for example for new ideas or work in progress).


2) Round-table proposal (parallel sessions – 1h30)

Round-table sessions offer opportunities for a more discursive exploration of research issues. The presenters explain their ongoing research, and invite the participants to discuss data or to solve a research issue or problem. This may well involve discussions of work in progress. All round-table proposals that allow for sufficient discussion and that are within the scope of the meeting will be allowed a round-table presentation.

Each round-table session will consist of three conceptually linked projects. Each presenter has 10 minutes to introduce his/her project and raise one or two open questions. Twenty minutes at least are intended for discussion.

You can submit a) either an individual contribution (we will cluster these contributions to round-table sessions) or b) the whole round-table session. In the latter case, please, submit four individual papers in total: one as the session summary and three as individual talks (one for each talk). In this latter case, please, make sure all four contribution titles start with the round-table session’s name, e.g., “Rountable X: summary”; “Rountable X: Topic A”; “Rountable X: Topic B”; “Rountable X: Topic C”.


JURE mentoring program

All students presenting their work at the conference are invited to participate in the mentoring program (a wish to participate can be expressed when registering for the conference). In this program, they will receive constructive feedback on their work from one of the senior researchers attending the conference.

We will also have JURE Awards for the best paper and the best poster (to be eligible, first author must be a student at the time of submission).



Accepted presentations will be included in the electronic proceedings provided that at least one author is registered to the conference. Note that the proceedings do not constitute publishing, i.e., conference papers can be, in longer forms, submitted to journals (or be already published).


Jan L. Plass

Jan L. Plass

New York University



Designing for Engagement in Interactive Learning Environments


Tobias Richter

Tobias Richter

Department of Psychology IV, University of Würzburg, Germany



Evaluative processes in text comprehension

Garai-Takács Zsófia Katalin

Zsofia K. Takacs  

Institute of Education, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary



21st century children's storybooks: the effects of multimedia and interactive features in digital storybooks


  • Shaaron Ainsworth, University of Nottingham
  • Franck Amadieu, University of Toulouse
  • Anne Bellert, Southern Cross University
  • Sandra Berney, University of Geneva
  • Mireille Bétrancourt, University of Geneva
  • Jean-Michel Boucheix, University of Dijon
  • Ivar Bråten, University of Oslo
  • Cyril Brom, Charles University in Prague
  • Raquel Cerdán, University of Valencia
  • Jennifer Cromley, Illinois University
  • Bjorn de Koning, University of Rotterdam
  • Erica de Vries, University of Grenoble Alpes
  • Juliette Désiron, University of Geneva
  • Alexander Eitel, University of Giessen
  • Sarah Fabrikant, University of Zurich
  • Manuela Glaser, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen
  • Tim Höffler, Leibniz Institute for Mathematics and Science Education, Kiel
  • Eric Jamet, Université de Rennes 2
  • Ondřej Javora, Charles University in Prague
  • Carolien Knoop-van Campen, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Tim Kühl, University of Mannheim
  • Janina Lehmann, University of Ulm
  • Detlev Leutner, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Marlit Lindner, Leibniz Institute for Mathematics and Science Education, Kiel
  • Fons Maes, Tilburg University
  • Lucia Mason, University of Padova
  • Martin Merkt, German Institute for Adult Education Bonn
  • Gaëlle Molinari, Distance University Switzerland
  • Juliane Richter, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen
  • Tobias Richter, University of Würzburg
  • Jean-François Rouet, LACO-CNRS, Poitiers
  • Ladislao Salmeron, University of Valencia
  • Katharina Scheiter, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen
  • Florian Schmidt-Borcherding, University of Bremen
  • Cornelia Schoor, University of Bamberg
  • Anne Schüler, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen
  • Neil Schwartz, California State University at Chico
  • Tina Seufert, University of Ulm
  • Helge I. Strømsø, University of Oslo
  • Huib Tabbers, University of Rotterdam
  • Christian Tarchi, University of Florence
  • Marije van Amelsvoort, Tilburg University
  • Jan van der Meij, University of Twente
  • Eduardo Vidal-Abarca, University of Valencia


Cyril Brom (conference chair, SIG coordinator)

Alexander Eitel (SIG coordinator)

Mireille Betrancourt (former SIG coordinator)

Ondřej Javora (JURE SIG coordinator)

Janina Lehman (former JURE SIG coordinator)


contact: SIG2@earli.org