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Sabine Graf <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 20:25:14 -0700
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Call for Articles
Special Issue on "Eliminating boundaries: innovative learning environments
to integrate formal, informal, and on-the-move learning experiences"
Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning Technology (ISSN 2306-0212)
(former Learning Technology newsletter)
(publication of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning

Guest Editor:
Prof George D. Magoulas 
London Knowledge Lab, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
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The means by which learners interact with the world and learn from it are
currently more closely related to technology than to traditional sources of
information. Interactive learning environments give learners and educators
access to courses, content, and institutional portals through a variety of
platforms and devices, and with the emergence of semantic technologies,
educational applications are expected to become even more intelligent,
providing higher level of learner support. 

Mobile learning and lifelong learning research have investigated how the
learner relates to content using preference models and patterns of use,
which can be monitored and abstracted. Although a large part of the learning
experience nowadays takes place in informal settings, formal education does
not benefit much as it is not usually aware of the informal learning
encounters that learners have engaged with outside formal settings.
Moreover, a framework that would integrate formal and informal learning
experiences scaffolding learners in this process is not widely available or
used. That would be useful, for example, when learners are on-the-move, when
they drop out of formal education or they return to the educational system,
or when they need to combine formal education with general day-to-day
activities, such as a museum visit or work experiences. 

This special issue is an attempt to explore how best educational
technologies can be used to eliminate learning boundaries by integrating
formal, informal, and mobile learning experiences, and create innovative
learning environments.

The Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning Technology publishes
articles, project reports, and case studies which may be of interest to
academics, researchers, and professionals involved in the field of existing
and emerging learning technologies.  

This special issue will be published in Volume 15, No 1 (January, 2013).

Submission procedure
1. Articles, case studies and project reports can be submitted to this
special issue. Manuscripts are limited to 4 newsletter pages. Use the IEEE
template for preparing your manuscript and follow the IEEE guidelines. The
IEEE template is available online at: 
2. The manuscripts should be either in Word or in RTF format, with any
figures embedded in the text at appropriate places. In addition, figures
used in the contributions should be provided in separate graphics files
(gif, bmp, or jpeg files). 
3. Please send the manuscripts and all relevant material by email as an
attachment to [log in to unmask] (Please user subject line: IEEE-TCLT
Bulletin 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.

Important Dates
Deadline for submission of articles: January 10, 2013.
Notification of review results: January 15, 2013.

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