Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Challenges and Opportunities in Launching a Technology-Driven International University

Editors

Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A.
Information Resources Management Association, USA

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 30, 2017
Full Chapters Due: January 30, 2018
Submission Date: May 30, 2018

Introduction

The global digital economy is rapidly increasing the demand for educated, highly trained and globally focused professionals. Launching accessible technology-driven higher learning institutions that offer a transformational educational and research experience can effectively prepare future leaders with the knowledge resources and tools they need to meet the demands of the 21st century. Launching any academic and/or research-based institution can be a challenge. There are various struggles involved in creating a robust curriculum and recruiting top-rated faculty from across the globe; while also meeting the critical facility approval and accreditation criteria to offer sound and effective academic programs and degrees to culturally diverse students from all over the world.

Objective

The aim of this comprehensive publication is to offer both empirical and theoretical research focused on the effective construction of technology-driven higher learning international universities. Themes such as: developing an accelerated and innovative curriculum, the recruitment and retention of internationally renowned faculty and researchers to lead courses, as well as the development of an on-campus and distance learning system will be presented. Also, taking into consideration the financial and economic impacts of launching a university – specifically, how to identify the appropriate locale for universities and/or branch campuses, which will ideally complement the local interest of business sectors within the selected location.
The goal of every university should be to create a transformative impact on society through continual innovation in education, research, and entrepreneurship. Also, creating a direct connection between education and workforce development; offering programs that are designed to align with and exceed standard models and that focus on deep disciplinary knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving, leadership, communication, professional development, and interpersonal skills. Overall, assisting students with realizing their educational goals by integrating core values such as: educational excellence, student-centered course development, lifelong learning, a respectful environment, flexible learning, diversity, global leadership, research contributions, entrepreneurship, partnership, excellent service, and of course the highest quality.


Target Audience

Entrepreneurs, practitioners, academicians, instructional designers, administrators, government officials, and independent researchers and consultants focused on digital research and scholarship, educational leadership and administration, educational marketing, educational policy, course management, instructional design, educational theory and practice, human resources in educational settings, and curriculum design.

Recommended Topics

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:
• Administration and faculty recruitment
• International student recruiting programs
• Curriculum development
• Online learning management systems
• Synchronous and asynchronous methods for online teaching
• Blended learning programs
• Student services for online programs
• Online faculty professional development
• Online education and job placement programs
• Online programs and business partnerships
• Licensing and accreditation processes
• Selecting an optimal location
• Technical considerations in facility development
• Educational marketing techniques
• Student retention programs
• Putting together a business proposal and plan
• Funding and budgeting programs and processes
• Complementing the local business economic interests
• Financial and economic impacts on local economy
• Environmental sensitivity and considerations
• Selection and design of a course delivery system
• Design and management of technology infrastructure
• Leadership and management of the institution
• Managing operational aspects of the institution


Submission Procedure

Authors are invited to submit a brief chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter by November 30, 2017. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by no later than December 13, 2017 about the status of their proposals and will receive chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 30, 2018. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind basis. Contributors may also be requested to be engaged as reviewers for this project.

Language:
Submissions will be made in English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language paper submission may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English will use editing/proofreading services on their own. IGI Global recommends eContent Pro® Copy Editing Services.


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 2018.
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this publication. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


Important Dates

November 30, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 13, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
January 30, 2018: Full Chapter Submission
March 30, 2018: Review Results Returned
April 30, 2018: Revised Chapter Submission
May 15, 2018: Final Acceptance Notification
May 30, 2018: Submission of Final Chapters


Inquiries

Inquiries may be directed to:
Ms. Courtney Tychinski, Managing Editor – Acquisitions and Development
ctychinski@igi-global.com


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