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Call for Chapters: Critical Examinations of Distance Education Transformation across Disciplines

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Editors

Abigail G. Scheg (Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina, USA)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013
Full Chapters Due: December 30, 2013

For release in the Advances in Mobile and Distance Learning (AMDL) Book Series
The Advances in Mobile and Distance Learning (AMDL) Book Series publishes research encompassing a variety of topics related to all facets of mobile and distance learning. This series aims to be an essential resource for the timeliest research to help advance the development of new educational technologies and pedagogy for use in online classrooms.

Introduction:
Distance education has had a long and complex history, but these histories are unique to disciplines or fields of study. Long has distance education been discussed as its own field of study, but the specifics of the field are unique to their respective disciplines. Some disciplines rely heavily on LMS (learning management systems) for the creation and dissemination of knowledge for distance education students. Other disciplines rely on a combination of technologies outside of a prescribed LMS to foster student learning. Every discipline has had a different resonation and understanding of the impact of distance education on its faculty, students, areas of study, and content materials. In a similar way, each discipline has had varying levels of publication regarding the history of and current status of distance education specific to the area. Some areas such as theology and nursing have an incredible number of journal articles detailing aspects of their distance education history, whereas others do not.

Objective of the Book:
Therefore, the purpose of this text is to create a multidisciplinary examination and explanation of the history(ies) of distance education. This text seeks authors from multiple disciplines (or subdisciplines) to chronicle any patterns, developments, changes, or phenomena within their respective fields with regards to distance education. The goal of this text is to create a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of online education across educational boundaries and demonstrate the unique future trajectories that online education has within these disciplines.

Target Audience:
The target audience for this text would be researchers (single- or cross-disciplinary) at any level interested in the holistic development of distance education or potential future trends in this area. Graduate students in any area of study discussing distance education are also the target audience. Since this text is intended to be cross-disciplinary, terminology that is specific to scholars within a field should be limited or explained as though to a lay audience.

Recommended Topics:
Voices are sought from all fields of study to submit an abstract for consideration regarding the history of distance education in their respective field. These abstracts can be general such as “A History of Online Education in Introductory College Biology Courses” or more specific such as “Understanding the Development of Social Media in History Education.” In particular, contributions are needed in the fields of medical science, engineering, and technology.

Submission Procedure:
Interested participants are invited to submit a 300 word abstract on or before September 30, 2013 clearly explaining the field of study and specific developments to be addressed within the chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 15, 2013 about the status of their proposals and given specific chapter guidelines. Full chapters, if accepted, are expected to be submitted by December 30, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Publisher:
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.

Important Dates
September 30, 2013:   Proposal Submission Deadline
October 15, 2013:   Notification of Acceptance
December 30, 2013:   Full Chapter Submission
March 15, 2014:   Review Results Returned
April 15, 2014:   Final Chapter Submission
May 15, 2014:   Final Deadline


Inquiries


Dr. Abigail Scheg, Assistant Professor of English, Elizabeth City State University, USA
aagrant@mail.ecsu.edu


For more information on the Advances in Mobile and Distance Learning (AMDL) Book Series
Editor-in-Chief: Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
Please visit: http://bit.ly/15nCkVZ

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