Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (IJDET)

Special Issue On: Learning and Teaching in Smart Environments with Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Walter Zheng
Louis Thomas

With the exponential technological advances, anything could be instrumented, interconnected, and infused with intelligent design, so is education. Smart education has gained significance attention in recent years. Educational projects focused on smart education have been performed globally in recent years. The IoT and wearable technology support the development of contextual learning and seamless learning. The IoT can connect people, objects and devices. Learners carrying smart devices can benefit from various related information that is pushed to them from their surroundings. Wearable technology can integrate the location information, exercise log, social media interaction and visual reality tools into the learning. Accordingly, the assessment and evaluation methods need to be developed and involved into the iterative designing process. This new notion involves some tasks in which traditions are replaced by IoT technology requiring manual discrimination and resolution to reach the optimization. In addition, with the development of Internet of Things, Technology Enhanced Learning application pays greater attention to the interconnection between multi-modal interactive technologies and information systems to the maximum extent possible. Based these new technologies, the increasing networking in different scales from global to local is having a profound effect on learning and teaching. It makes new forms of collaborative and personalized learning experiences reality. Then it can be seen that further efficient management and deeper analysis of Technology Enhanced Learning are the key tasks in developing smart school or individual learning application at home based on IoT technologies.

This special issue calls for high quality, up-to-date technology related to IoT in Technology Enhanced Learning and serves as a forum for researchers all over the world to discuss their works and recent advances in this field. In particular, the special issue is going to showcase the most recent achievements and developments in multimodal interactive technologies for learning and teaching in smart environments. Both theoretical studies and state-of-the-art practical applications are welcome for submission. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of both their quality and their relevance to the theme of this special issue.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Multimedia technologies for smart education
  • Pattern recognition and image analysis for teaching technology
  • Intelligent user interface for learner
  • Pattern recognition and computer vision for teaching technology
  • Virtual reality/ augmented reality and human-computer interaction
  • Mobile technologies for moving learning
  • Room ware, ambient displays and wearable devices for smart education
  • E-learning specifications and standards
  • Smart learning analytics technologies
  • Context-aware systems for moving learning
  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Self-regulated and self-directed learning
  • Global learning communities
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
  • Accessible learning for all
  • Cloud computing based learning technologies
  • Teaching techniques and strategies for online learning
  • Learner motivation and engagement
  • Evaluation methods for technology enhanced learning
  • Cognitive mechanisms in knowledge acquisition and construction
  • Wireless and internet-of-things technology for learning
  • Serious game for education
  • Pervasive wireless communication technologies in smart education
  • Human element of learning system design

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Learning and Teaching in Smart Environments with Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies on or before May 31, 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Walter Zheng; Louis Thomas
Guest Editors
International Journal of Distance Education Technologies

PLEASE NOTE: All manuscript submissions to the special issue should be sent through the online submission system using the link below.

Special Issue On: Emerging Technologies to Enhance Learning

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Chengjiu Yin, Kobe University, Japan
Neil Yen, Aizu University, Japan
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan

Many of research domains are incorporated into education, such as Pedagogy, Educational psychology, Anthropology, Statistics, Information Science, Neuro science. Researchers use the technologies of these domains to enhance education such as enhance learning motivation, encourage active learning, and irritate critical thinking or creative thinking.

Educators have attempted to incorporate the existing educational theories while conducing emerging-technologies to enhance learning activities. With the development of emerging technologies, some new research trends appeared in education technology through the last several years. Such as Education Big Data, Flipped Classroom, Game-based Learning and Augmented Reality for Education.

The purpose of this special issue is to invite researchers who are engaged in studies to share and exchange their research experiences and findings of using emerging technologies to providing better teaching and learning.

Recommended Topics
Topics of interests include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Artificial Intelligence in Education/Intelligent Tutoring System (AIED/ITS) and Adaptive Learning
  • Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)
  • Development and applications of digital content for e-learning
  • Discipline-based cases for e-learning
  • Education data mining/ Educational Big Data/Learning Analysis
  • e-Learning, knowledge management
  • Emerging tools and technologies for e-learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Game and Toy Enhanced Learning and Society (GTEL&S)
  • Information Society & Culture (ISC)
  • Innovative Design of Learning Software (IDOLS)
  • Joyful Learning & Society (JL&S)
  • Learning and Knowledge Management
  • Social computing in e-learning
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
  • Technology Enhanced Science Learning (TESL)
  • Technology Facilitated Testing and Assessment (TFTA)
  • Theoretical foundations for e-learning
  • Trends in content/courseware development

Submission Procedure
All submissions have to follow IGI Global journal manuscript guidelines and should be submitted via open journal system at


All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Chengjiu Yin
Information Science and Technology Center, Kobe University, Japan