The 20th World Conference on Mobile, Blended and Seamless Learning (mLearn 2021)

Future skills in a mobile digital world

6-8 October 2021

mLearn 2021 will take place in Tallinn University, Estonia

The conference will take place in a hybrid mode: in parallel with on-site sessions, there will be also a track for virtual presentations for authors of accepted papers who are not able to travel to Estonia.

The event will be hosted by IAmLearn (International Association for Mobile learning) and Tallinn University, Estonia. 

mLearn is the leading international conference on mobile and contextual learning and attracts participants annually from more than 60 countries. mLearn 2021 provides a forum for researchers, policymakers, professionals and educators from higher education, school education and vocational education, government departments, industries and international organizations as well as IT developers and solutions providers to share knowledge, research and practices, as well as debate critical issues pertaining to a mobile and connected future learning spaces.

Important dates

  • Submission of abstracts (not compulsory): May 18, 2021
  • Submission of full and short papers, posters and workshop proposals (EXTENDED): June 30, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: July 20, 2021
  • Submission of camera-ready papers: August 25, 2021
  • Conference dates: October 6 – 8, 2021

What’s New?

The selected best papers of mLearn 2021 conference will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Educational Technology series, the rest of accepted contributions will be included in the open access publication through CEUR-WS series of the conference proceedings.

Conference Theme

The overarching conference theme for mLearn 2021 is “Future skills in a mobile digital world”. 

The conference will fulfil the need for stimulating critical debate on, and research into, theories, approaches, principles, applications and the implementation of mobile, blended and seamless learning.  It will provide an opportunity for professionals and practitioners to share their knowledge, experience and research in the various areas and especially those underpinned by the conference themes. 


Topics of interest for the general track/workshops include, but are not limited to: 

  • Topics related to the UNESCO sustainability goals
  • Teaching computational thinking through mobile learning
  • Future skills and mobile learning
  • The future of mobile learning design and user experience
  • Mobiles in lifelong and informal learning
  • Innovative learning environments
  • Innovations in blended learning 
  • Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality for innovative education 
  • IoT, electronics and robotics for teaching and learning
  • Application of AI in education
  • Serious games, games-based learning, and gamification of learning
  • Bridging the digital divide by going mobile
  • Mobile learning in developing countries
  • Effective learning design and assessment
  • Innovative pedagogy for education
  • Learning management systems and associated technologies 
  • MooCs and innovative online learning
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
  • Digital inclusion and open educational resources (OER)
  • STEM and STEAM in the classroom
  • Teacher and educator development


A global group of keynote speakers will be presenting throughout the conference, including:
Teemu Leinonen, professor in New Media Design and Learning, Aalto University, Finland

Others will be added as they are confirmed. To find the full list and their presentation overviews, please view our Keynotes page.


Proposal submission options include:

  • Long Papers (8 pages) (full paper submission)
  • Short Papers (4 pages) (full paper submission)
  • Practice Papers (Extended Abstract-Only Submission Template, approx. 1-2 pages + references)
  • Posters (Extended Abstract-Only Submission Template, approx. 1-2 pages + references)
  • Panels/Roundtables (Presentation Submission Template, approx. 1-2 pages)
  • Workshop/Tutorial (Presentation Submission Template, approx. 1-2 pages)

Papers should be formatted in line with Springer LNCS Author Guidelines and submitted through EasyChair.


All contributions will be reviewed in a double-blind peer-review process. The selected best papers of mLearn 2021 conference will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Educational Technology series (indexed by Scopus), the rest of accepted contributions will be included in the open access publication through CEUR-WS series of the conference proceedings.

Long research papers must present completed research results, while short research papers offer the opportunity to present preliminary findings and ongoing research.

Practice papers (such as experience reports, case studies, technical showcases, product/service presentations). Provide the opportunity for the submission of work which centres on an application in an educational setting. This might be research focused, a great idea, or an innovation. Regardless, there will be some evidential information to draw on to demonstrate its impact. 

In addition, presenters at mLearn 2021 will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for publication in a special conference edition of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL).

Accepted panels, roundtables, workshops and tutorials will be presented during the conference. We especially welcome hands-on workshops or ‘a how-to’ tutorial sessions. Presentation details will be included in the conference programme, and posted to the conference website.