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"Cunliffe D J (AT)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Cunliffe D J (AT)
Wed, 28 Mar 2007 09:43:50 +0100
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Call for Papers: New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia Special Issue
on Studying the Users of Digital Education Technologies: Theories,
Methods, and Analytical Approaches


Guest editor: Michael Khoo

National Science Digital Library, University Corporation for Atmospheric
Research, Boulder, Colorado, United States: [log in to unmask]


Submission deadline: 16 May 2007

Acceptance notification: 2 July 2007

Final manuscripts due: 20 August 2007


Digital technologies are increasingly integral components of educational
settings and Digital Libraries, serving for instance as repositories, as
scaffolds to enhance face-to-face pedagogy, and as distance-learning
tools. How might we understand the impact of these technologies on
knowledge and learning, and what lessons might be learnt from their use,
that could be applied to future technologies? Addressing these research
questions requires recognition of the highly complex character of
digital education technologies: they vary in size from handheld PDAs to
large distributed digital library projects; they are used in a range of
formal and informal educational settings ranging from schools and
universities to hospitals, clinics, museums and art galleries; and they
serve learners of all ages. How may researchers approach this
heterogeneity and work towards useful research outcomes?


This special issue of NRHM addresses issues associated with the
qualitative understanding of the use of digital educational technologies
in real-life contexts (with a focus on digital libraries, broadly
conceived), by emphasizing the importance of contextual sociotechnical
studies of technology use and design. The issue will consider
educational technologies as complex mixtures of people, practices and
technologies, embedded in a range of institutional, technological and
social contexts. The editor therefore invites contributions that address
the qualitative and sociotechnical study of digital educational
technologies and users 'in the wild.' Relevant topics include, but are
not limited to:


-     Theoretical approaches

        Ethnographic, anthropological, sociological, sociotechnical, 

        activity theory, practice-based, and other approaches to the 

        analysis of digital educational technologies

-     Methodological approaches


        HCI, user testing, scenarios, interviews, focus groups, etc.

        Discourse analysis

        Webmetrics and use models


-     Applications to particular domains

        Science education


        Digital Libraries 

        User groups and use-in-context


-     Applied approaches

        Case studies

        Qualitative research and project evaluation strategies

        Communicating qualitative research results to digital library 

        developers and sponsors



The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia (NRHM) is published by
Taylor & Francis and appears in both print and digital formats. For more
details and indicative topics, see the journal website:


Submissions should be sent by email to the guest editor, preferably in
pdf format. Questions and enquiries concerning this call should be
directed to the guest editor. Open topic papers meeting NRHM's scope in
general are also welcome (send to Editor, [log in to unmask]).


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