Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE)


Special Issue On: Applications of VR/AR in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (ACE) and Science Education

Submission Due Date
5/30/2018

Guest Editors
Wernhuar Tarng, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Lei Hou, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Kuo-Liang Ou, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Introduction
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are technologies that can generate a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements become interactive and digitally manipulable. VR replaces the real world with a simulated one whereas AR enhances one’s current perception of reality through superimposing VR objects onto real environments. The present time can be a turning point of the applications of VR and AR due to the development of hardware and software, and more than 150 companies in multiple industries are testing or have deployed VR and AR solutions. It is expected that the worldwide revenue from VR/AR will grow from $5.2 billion in 2016 to $162 billion by 2020. Many researchers truly believe that VR and AR technologies are becoming mature and will be broadly used in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education within the next 10 years.

Objective
This special issue will be dedicated to the question of how VR and AR technologies and applications could be well applied into the AEC industry and science education, specifically in terms of educating, training and upskilling the current and future workforce as well as personal learning environments. Original research papers are invited from the authors on the topics focused on the applications of VR and AR technologies in the AEC and science education. This special journal issue would be a great and critical milestone that will lay a key and leading position in academic community in referencing this booming research area.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Advanced VR/AR technologies/applications/methods/paradigms in the AEC education
  • Advanced VR/AR technologies/applications/methods/paradigms in science education
  • VR/AR-aided interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and learning environments
  • VR/AR-aided skillset development in heavy industries
  • VR/AR advances workforce training and project delivery
  • Innovative workforce upskilling using VR/AR
  • Integration existing engineering tools with VR/AR
  • VR/AR in educational serious games
  • VR/AR in mobile learning
  • Evaluation methods for VR/AR educational paradigms
  • Latest visualisation methods in the AEC education and practice
  • Virtual learning environments in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Applications of VR/AR in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (ACE) and Science Education on or before May 30, 2018. 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 http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. 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:
Wernhuar Tarng
Guest Editor
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE)
E-mail: wtarng@mail.nd.nthu.edu.tw

Special Issue On: Applied Linguistics Research and ICT Integration for the 21st Century

Submission Due Date
6/30/2018

Guest Editors
Radha M.K. Nambiar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

Introduction
Educators and researchers have experimented with various techniques and approaches to integrate ICT into English language teaching and learning over the last few decades. This issue will focus on new trends employed in the English language classroom that center on the learner, teacher and the process of learning. Being cognizant of the new language learner who has a limited attention span, needs constant stimulation, enjoys being challenged, and wants to do collaborative learning, the articles will explore how educators are coping and how the process of learning has been transformed. The articles in this issue will highlight the innovativeness and creativity of educators and researchers to harness ICT to make the process of English language learning more effective and efficient.

Objective
The special issue is aimed at showcasing current trends and possibilities in integrating ICT to help enhance teaching and learning of English language at the tertiary level from the perspectives of classroom practitioners and researchers.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Social Networking Sites and Language Learning and Teaching
• Virtual Learning Platforms
• Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL)
• Online Gamification
• Online Feedback
• Personalised Learning Platforms
• Online Language Teaching Tools (Kahoot, Skype, Google Classroom, Scratch etc.)
• Instructional Design for Online Learning and Teaching
• Challenges and Opportunities of Online Learning and Teaching
• Assessment for the Online Classroom


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Applied Linguistics Research and ICT Integration for the 21st Century on or before June 30th, 2018. 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 http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. 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:
Professor Dr Radha M.K. Nambiar
Guest Editor
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE)
E-mail: radsnambiar@gmail.com

Special Issue On: Using Computer Simulations to Enhance and Transform Teaching and Learning

Submission Due Date
6/30/2018

Guest Editors
Yufeng Qian, Northeastern University, USA

Introduction
Computer simulation is becoming increasingly popular in education, especially in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and healthcare and medical disciplines. There has also been growing interest in social sciences and humanities to use computer simulations to facilitate students’ understanding and exploration of abstract and complex systems in social- and human-related disciplines. Computer simulation holds great potential to enhance and transform teaching and learning in education and training and is therefore a viable tool to engage students in deep learning that empowers higher-order thinking.

Objective
The special issue explores the latest development in and innovative use of computer simulations to facilitate experiential learning and promote higher order thinking in virtual and personal learning environments. This issue aims to disseminate research-informed, evidence-based best practices and implementation recommendations in the use of computer simulations to better prepare students for the real world.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Categorizations of computer simulations;
  • Theoretical/pedagogical frameworks for using computer simulations;
  • Instructional design models for computer simulations;
  • Computer simulations for experiential learning;
  • Computer simulations for authentic assessment;
  • Learner experience of computer simulations;
  • Computer simulations in STEM education;
  • Computer simulations in healthcare and medical disciplines;
  • Computer simulations in social sciences and humanities disciplines;
  • Computer simulations in professional development and training;
  • Opportunities, challenges, and future directions of computer simulations.


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue Using Computer Simulations to Enhance and Transform Teaching and Learning on or before June 30 2018. 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 http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations. Potential authors are encouraged to contact the guest editor to ask about the appropriateness of their topics.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Dr. Jennifer Qian
Guest Editor
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE)
E-mail: je.qian@northeastern.edu

Special Issue On: New Perspectives in Online Education: Environments, Approaches, Authoring Tools

Submission Due Date
7/1/2018

Guest Editors
Laura Fedeli & Pier Giuseppe Rossi, University of Macerata, Italy

Introduction
E-learning has been radically changing in the last decade, not only because of the development of new technologies such as 3D virtual environments, the use of mobile devices and augmented reality apps, but mostly because users’ approach and expectations are being affected by a different conception of what learning through online technologies mean.

Also the idea of interaction, collaboration and support during the learning process are acquiring new dimensions in the online and blended solutions. The daily and informal quick, short and usable interactions allowed by communication systems that run on smartphones and mobile devices are often being translated into the educational context requiring the instructional designer to enhance synchronous communication tools and reconsider the functionalities of the asynchronous ones.

Objective
The issue aims at:

  • Discovering different perspectives on how online interactions and dimensions are affecting educational settings
  • Showing the current trends in the instructional design field when associated with mobile technologies
  • Reflecting on how writing/collaboration and reflection processes are changing and have been developed in the last years through online environments


Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Research studies on the effectiveness of the use of 3D digital environments
  • Research studies on theoretical aspects (e.g. new dimensions of virtuality, sense of presence, etc.) tied to the use of specific digital environments in the educational settings
  • Case-studies of online and blended courses in which the role of the teacher-tutor acquires new dimensions: are there new teaching profiles?
  • Case-studies of online and blended courses in which the communication/interaction tools may affect the formal/informal dimension: how does this mixed dimension affect the teaching/learning process?
  • Case-studies of courses designed to be developed with the support of mobile technologies
  • Reviews of the last decade approaches in online learning: e.g in what aspects MOOCs are showing their effectiveness?
  • Reviews of the last decades authoring tools designed to be used in the instructional design and/or in the development of the learning process through online environments
  • Prototypes of tools to improve collaboration and interaction in the design process.
  • Prototypes of tools to improve collaboration and interaction in the teaching process.
  • Prototypes of tools that promote integration among different levels: design, teaching, support of the teaching/learning process.


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on New perspectives in online education: environments, approaches, authoring tools on or before July 1, 2018. 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 http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. 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:
Laura Fedeli
Guest Editor
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE)
E-mail: laura.fedeli@unimc.it

Special Issue On: Virtual and Personal Learning for People with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Submission Due Date
8/15/2018

Guest Editors
Dr. Yurgos Politis, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr. Nigel Robb, University of Tokyo, Japan

Introduction
People with Autism and intellectual disabilities (ID) may encounter a range of challenges with traditional approaches to education and training. Sensory issues, social difficulties, anxiety, cognitive disability, and exclusionary educational practices may all create barriers to effective learning for these individuals. In addition, people with Autism and ID may benefit from training in specific skills, such as interview skills, communication skills, and training to improve cognitive abilities (e.g., executive function training). This special issue focuses on ways in which virtual and personal learning environments may be designed and used to help those populations to overcome the many challenges that people with Autism and ID face in traditional educational settings.

Objective
The objective of the special issue is to collect state of the art research on all aspects of the design, assessment and evaluation of VPLEs for people with Autism and ID, with a focus on practical techniques, accessible, affordable solutions, and the inclusion of the widest possible range of learners, in terms of type and severity of condition(s).

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Empirical evaluations of virtual and personal learning environments (VPLEs) for people with Autism and/or intellectual disabilities;
• Papers describing the design, development, and usability testing of such VPLEs;
• Descriptions of participatory approaches to the design of such VPLEs (i.e., involving people with Autism and/or intellectual disabilities in the design process);
• Descriptions of new technologies (software or hardware) which may have an application as VPLEs for people with Autism and/or intellectual disabilities.
• Papers which focus on low-tech, affordable ways of delivering VPLEs for people with Autism and/or intellectual disabilities;
• The adaptation or novel use of existing technologies and off-the-shelf components to provide VPLEs for people with Autism and/or intellectual disabilities;
• User-experience design;
• Software accessibility for people with intellectual disabilities;
• Rigorous, comprehensive theoretical papers describing previously unidentified applications of VPLEs for people with Autism and/or intellectual disabilities;
• Papers which fall into the above categories and have an emphasis on people with severe/profound intellectual disabilities and/or nonverbal individuals are particularly welcome.


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Virtual and Personal Learning for people with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities on or before the 15th of August 2018. 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 http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. 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:
Dr. Yurgos Politis and Dr. Nigel Robb
Guest Editors
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments
E-mail: yurgos.politis@ucd.ie

Special Issue On: Information and Knowledge Management in Virtual and Personal Learning

Submission Due Date
9/30/2018

Guest Editors
Wei-Shuo Lo, Ph.D. Meiho University, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Introduction
In recent years, learning environments have had a progressive development, including the creation of Amazon Echo. The device can answer different questions from people. It helps teach us through ubiquitous situations, even if you do not have any knowledge regarding the subject. For example, when preparing a meal, you not need a textbook, as Echo will guide you as you cook. Echo also collects different needs from huge data. The data is collected and analyzed for explanations on human beings and their unknown knowledge.

Unknown knowledge not only explores what people want to learn, but it can also present how to manage an unknown or known knowledge from those evidence-based circumstances. The circumstances have raised a significant problem as to how people should manage those explored data, information, and knowledge within more advanced tools, skills, approaches, and practical framework.

Objective
The special issue concerns about this important development, and provides a different perspective for exploring what situations exist for future personal learning. We seek distinguished theories or practical researches, which deals with ubiquitous information with knowledge management such as knowledge creation, knowledge retention, knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer.

Recommended Topics
Submissions related to the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • Personal communication in culture or cross-cultural environment;
  • Experiential learning / approach / tools / strategy;
  • Learning from management information system;
  • Organizational learning in personal perspective;
  • Building ontology from information;
  • Knowledge creation, retention, sharing and transfer in a personal approach;
  • Knowledge discovery, data and text mining for personal learning;
  • Knowledge management and innovations with ubiquitous learning environments;
  • Information & knowledge management different ways for personal learning, such as:
  • Educational, industrial, or institutional;
  • Marketing strategy; Human resource management ; Research and development;
  • Finical and accounting management ;


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Information and Knowledge Management in Virtual and Personal Learning on or before 30 September 2018. 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 http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. 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:
Wei-Shuo Lo, Ph.D
Guest Editor
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE)
E-mail: x2134@meiho.edu.tw; weso.99@gmail.com