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Special issue on
*"Mobile learning and Special Education"*

to be published at the
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)
**** Since 2015 also Scopus ****
**** *Since 2015 also* in *Emerging Sources Citation Index* and *Web of 
Science* ***

Guest Editors:

• Enrico Gandolfi, Peña Bedesem, Richard E. Ferdig, and Cheng-Chang Lu
/Kent State University/
Important dates:
• Deadline: *February 28, 2016 *
• Notification to the authors: March 30, 2016
• Camera ready paper: April 20, 2016
• Publication of the special issue: end of May, 2016

The widespread distribution of mobile devices as well as the massive 
availability of mobile apps has created innovative opportunities for 
teaching and learning in both general and special education. Special 
education here means “specially designed instruction, at no cost to the 
parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, 
including: (i) Instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in 
hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and (ii) Instruction 
in physical education” (20 U.S.C. 1401(29)). This framework concerns 
every type of disability, physical as well as cognitive, from autism to 
speech/language and hearing impairments.
Mobile Learning has the potential to positively impact special education 
for at least three key reasons.   First, it allows and promotes the use 
of multi-sensorial inputs able to overcome possible problems of 
communication, improving the resulting capacity of comprehension. 
Second, the personalized support offered by mobile technology is 
especially important for a child with special needs, who usually 
requires individualized support. Third, the cooperative dimension that 
mobile devices can create through their dynamics is a key-front in 
disability studies.
Although research has supported mobile learning, the field lacks a 
significant body of research in the use of mobile devices and 
applications for supporting students in special education.    This is 
not to discredit existing studies; however, the field needs more 
research (theoretical and empirical) to further support researchers, 
designers, teachers, parents, teacher educators, etc.
In light of these considerations, the special issue on Mobile Learning 
and Special Education aims to stimulate proposals from researchers, 
developers and educators.  Suggestions from Special Education and 
Educational Technology fields are particularly encouraged. However, the 
issue addresses also scholars and practitioners from Design, Art and 
Computer Sciences in order to stimulate creative efforts able to push 
beyond the frontiers of the topic. Finally, experts from disciplines 
like Game Studies, Media Studies and STS (Science and Technology 
Studies) are welcome due to related contribution in terms of engagement, 
cultural analysis and oriented social/technological infrastructures. .

*Topics of Interests*
We welcome papers on any of the following topics, and related ones:

• Mobile development (programming, development, production, promotion) 
toward special education
• Special education teaching and learning based on mobile apps and 
infrastructures for disability categories
• Assessment of the experience of the user with a disability (ID, 
usability, etc.)
• Technology-mediated social patterns concerning special needs
• Participative design dealing with disabilities
• Best practices in involving, linking and supporting online 
individuals, stakeholders, groups and communities connected to special 
• Exploration of online networking opportunities to disseminate results, 
support operators and stakeholders, and enable community feelings are 
particularly appreciated.

Submission procedure

The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit 8-20 pages paper (including authors' 
information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines

Authors' guidelines

Link to the paper submission page: (when submitting the
paper please choose Domain Subjects under: "IxD&A special issue on:
‘Mobile learning and Special Education')

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editors:

• egandol1 [at] kent [dot] edu

marking the subject as: "IxD&A special issue on 'Mobile learning and 
Special Education' "

**** 2014: IxD&A in figures ****
acceptance rate: *less than 30%*;
*4* issues and *28* papers published, written by *90* authors from *16* 
countries (*5* continents); *102* reviewers involved.
IxD&A is visited by scholars from all over the world coming from more 
than *90* countries
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*Forthcoming issues:*

• in Spring 2016 issue
/also a focus section on:
/'Emotions and Personality in Personalized Systems'
Guest Editors: Nadja DeCarolis, Marco de Gemmis, Andrej Košir e Marko 

• Summer 2016
'The Social Innovation capacity of Open Education and Learning'
Guest Editors: Carlo Giovannella & Demetrios Sampson
/with a focus section on:
/"Experiences of Technology Appropriation: Unanticipated Users, Usage, 
Circumstances, and Design"
Guest Editors: Alina Krischkowsky, Nervo Verdezoto, Manfred Tscheligi/, 
/Michael Muller

• Autumn 2016
'On Making'
Guest Editors: Joep Frens & Patrizia Marti
/with a focus section on:/
'Player and Learner eXperience'
Guest Editors: Monica Divitini, Gabriella Dodero, Rosella Gennari

• Winter 2016
'Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development'
Guest Editors: Alke Martens, Radu Vasiu, Annika Wolff

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