This is copied from the SL Researchers List (SLRL)…


The American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting will be held Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17, 2009 in San Diego. The call for proposals opened on June 1 and closes on August 1, 2008. Please refer to the AERA website for details: .


The Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning Special Interest Group (ARVEL SIG),, invites you to submit proposals for presentation at the conference. This year we are accepting papers that align with the following theme: “Defining ‘virtual worlds’ from an interdisciplinary perspective: Framing an educational research agenda.” We are taking our first year as a new SIG to create some operational definitions of what we study in order to support a collective research agenda. Despite the fact that these digital environments are diverse milieu with different user interfaces, affordances, designs, and are rapidly multiplying and evolving, the need for the educational research community to delimit the range of study to a set of common characteristics that define the field is pressing. Without a definition of what “is” a virtual world and what “is not”, there will be potential conflict, confusion, and effort spent on definition of terms – where focused use of healthy methods to determine the efficacy of these environments for learning would be better spent.


We are currently working with a journal editor to select the top 6-7 papers as rated by our membership for publication in a special issue next fall. More details to follow soon!


Finally, we need your help:


1. Please help us recruit new members. Feel free to forward this email.

2. We plan to have a keynote speaker this year at our business meeting, so please email the SIG Chair with suggestions:

3. We need reviewers and discussants. Please help us keep up the high standard of papers that are presented through our SIG, by volunteering to review proposals through your AERA membership portal.

Thank you , and we look forward to seeing you in San Diego next spring!

Lisa Dawley

ARVEL SIG Program Chair, 2009 Annual Meeting