I was reminded about the Narrative in Interactive Learning Environments conference from a brief email exchange, and I have to laud it. I missed the first workshop, but (caveat) was an invited speaker to the second, and have been reviewing the programme submissions as a committee member subsequently.
Set in one of my favorite cities, Edinburgh, Paul Brna (a luminary in the AI & Education community, which really is the best cognitive learning technology group despite the uninviting title) runs a delightful event with a good speaker selection, varied and inspired extra-curricular events, and consequent heady discussion. Held in conjunction with the Edinburgh Festival, it’s an unbeatable combination.
This year I queried the Narrative element in the title (finding it hard to shake people out of ‘telling a story’, I have an aversion to any hint of linearity), and he wisely noted that the user experience is a narrative, even if the design is not, and there is a reason to focus on what the outcome is. Besides, it’s a great acronym…
Consider this a strong recommendation for the conference.