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


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

Submission Due Date
8/1/2018

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 August 1st, 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: 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

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

Submission Due Date
10/1/2018

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 October 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