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Call For Papers - Learning Technology Newsletter (ISSN 1438-0625)
publication of IEEE Computer Society Learning Technology Task Force (LTTF)

Special Issue Theme:
"pedagogy and implementation issues in the synchronous communication based educational systems"

Guest Editor:
Prof. Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

* Deadline for submission: June 16, 2003.

Learning Technology Newsletter invites short articles, case studies, and
project reports for special issue on "pedagogy and implementation issues in
the synchronous communication based educational systems". The special issue
will be published in Volume 5, Issue 3 (July, 2003).

** The newsletter is of non-refereed nature though the articles will be selected
and edited by the Guest Editor. **

* Special Issue Theme

On the Internet, online instruction can be classified into asynchronous and synchronous
modes. For the past few years, most of researchers and practitioners have mostly focused
on the asynchronous mode, such as providing web-based course materials, asynchronous
discussion boards, homework assignments, quizzes for self-assessment, etc. Relatively
speaking, the on-line synchronous instruction issues have not been addressed much.
The reasons include limited network transmission bandwidth provided by narrow-band of
the Internet. Because of the bandwidth limitations, it has been largely difficult to
realize real-time video transmission and two-way instruction/interaction over the

However, with the rapid growth of information technology, the quality of data
transmission is being enhanced significantly and the costs of the network connection
are reducing rapidly. It is no doubt that the broadband Internet access will become
very popular and affordable by the Internet users in near future. With this trend,
there will be more and more Internet applications using online synchronous mode. Thus,
we expect on-line synchronous instruction as indispensable in the near future. Also,
from the pedagogical point of view, synchronous mode has some distinct and promising
benefits in providing better learning.

This special issue will focus on various pedagogical and implementation issues related
to the synchronous communication based educational systems.

* Submission procedure:

1. The articles in the newsletter are limited to 1000 words. Overlength articles will
not be published.
2. The manuscripts should be either in Word or RTF format. Any figures used in the
contributions would be required separately in a graphic format (gif or jpeg). The
figures should also be embedded in the text at appropriate places.
3. Please send the manuscripts by email as attachment to the guest editor at
[log in to unmask], copied to [log in to unmask] (Subject: Learning Technology
July 2003 Submission).
4. In the email, please state clearly that the manuscript is original material that has
not been published, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.


Associate Professor Kinshuk             [log in to unmask]   [log in to unmask]
Chair, IEEE Learning Technology Task Force

Information Systems Dept., Massey Univ., Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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