Academia, AECT, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Research, Writing

Call for Chapter Proposals – Culture, Learning and Technology: Research and Practice

On behalf of the AECT Division of Culture, Learning and Technology, we invite you to submit a proposal for a book chapter to be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming book titled, Culture, Learning and Technology: Research and Practice. Much has been studied about culture, learning and technology (CLT), however there is limited research and practical applications on what happens at the nexus of CLT. This book seeks to address this gap. Part One will take a close look at the philosophy and meaning of culture, learning and technology (CLT) and its role in the field of educational technology. Part Two will present research and frameworks on the evolving culture of technology-mediated learning spaces, including, but not limited to, gaming environments and virtual communities. Part Three will present research and frameworks guiding the growing field of culturally relevant pedagogy. Part Four will look at the future of CLT, identifying the possibilities and challenges of the coming decade.

Recommended Topics

We invite proposals for empirical, theoretical and conceptual chapters as well as practice-based case studies that address a broad range of topics at the nexus of culture, learning and technology. These topics include, but are not limited to:

Role of Culture in Learning, Design and Technology
Evolving Culture of Technology-mediated Learning Spaces
Academic Culture of Online Learning Environments
Challenges and Opportunities at the Intersection of Culture, Learning and Technology
Cultural Impact of New and Evolving Technologies
Culturally Relevant Game-based Learning
Environmental Impact of New and Evolving Technologies
Critical Theory and Technology for Learning
Equitable Access to Technology for Learning
Sociocultural Impact of Technology on Minority Learners and Communities
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning with Technology
Future of Research and Practice in Culture, Learning and Technology
Culture, Learning and Technology in International Settings

Proposed Timeline

October 1, 2014      Proposal Submission Deadline
October 15, 2014    Notification of Proposal Acceptance
February 15, 2015   Full Chapter Submission
March 15, 2015      Review Results Returned
April 15, 2015        Revised Chapter Submission
May 15, 2015         Final Chapter Acceptance

Submission Procedure

Complete the proposal submission form at with your proposed chapter title, keywords and a brief paragraph summary of your chapter. Please note that this invitation does not imply your chapter’s inclusion in the book; final approval will be granted by the editors, primarily based on peer reviews.

If you have questions, please contact one of the editors listed below. We look forward to receiving your chapter proposal. Please share this invitation with peers who share your interest in the study of culture, learning and technology.

Thank you!

Roberto Joseph
AECT CLT Division Board Representative
Associate Professor, Hofstra University (NY)

Joi L. Moore
Associate Division Director, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
Associate Professor, University of Missouri

Managing/Coordinating Editor
Angela Benson, AECT CLT Board Member

You’re invited to fill out the form, Call for Chapter Proposals – Culture, Learning and Technology: Research and Practice. To fill it out, visit:

Angela D. Benson, Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies (ELPTS)
The University of Alabama
328F Graves Hall – Box 870302
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0302
Voice: 205-348-7824
Fax: 205-348-2161

Academia, Research, Writing

Call for Chapters for New Book on Trends in #EducationalGaming in P-12

We are developing a new book for publication for IGI Global Publishing titled, Handbook of Research on Gaming Trends in P-12 Education that will be edited by Dr. Donna Russell and Dr. James Laffey at the University of Missouri at Columbia. We would like you to consider submitting a chapter.  Attached to this email is the Call for Chapters.
This book will be a compendium of multidisciplinary perspectives on the ongoing and future trends in gaming, virtual immersive learning environments, in primary and K-12 education providing a systemic review of virtual immersive learning environments in P-12. IGI Global Handbooks are designed to be definitive overviews of a major interdisciplinary topic.  The purpose of the book is to provide a definitive response to the potential of virtual immersive learning environments in P-12 education by incorporating multiple perspectives on the process of learning, the pedagogy, the design and the integration of emerging technologies in games developed and yet to be developed for p-12 education.
We are hopeful that you will consider adding your perspective and expertise to support our goals for this publication to produce a definitive guide to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of trends in gaming in P-12 education.
Thank you for considering our request and please feel free to contact Dr. Donna Russell via email, or on her cell, 314.210.6996 if you have questions.   Dr. Russell has developed a website and Google group to develop discussions, this publication and potential symposiums and conferences on this critical topic in education. Please consider reviewing the site and engaging in dialog on this project.
Dr. Donna Russell and Dr. James Laffey
Donna Russell, Ph.D.
Faculty, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
College of Education
University of Missouri at Columbia
cell:  314.210.6996.
Jim Laffey
Professor, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
College of Education
University of Missouri at Columbia

Academia, Research, Writing

Call for Papers: Special Issue — Learning with Data (Technology, Knowledge and Learning Journal)

Learning with Data:
Visualization to Support Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

The Technology, Knowledge and Learning (TKNL) journal invites submissions for a special section “Learning with Data: Visualization to Support Teaching, Learning, and Assessment” to be published in 2015. TKNL emphasizes the increased interest on context-aware adaptive and personalized digital learning environments. Rapid technological developments have led to new research challenges focusing on digital learning, gamification, automated assessment, and learning analytics. These emerging systems aim to provide learning experiences delivered via online environments as well as mobile devices and tailored to the educational needs, the personal characteristics and the particular circumstances of the individual learner or a (massive) group of interconnected learners.
Within this established paradigm, this special section has a specific focus upon factors of learning associated with interactive data visualizations, both in terms of learning analytics (for self-assessment and continued learning) and learning experiences which are centered around the visualization, consumption, collection, analysis, and/or manipulation of various data sets – regardless of subject area and across all ages of learners.

Important dates and manuscript submission process:
* Deadline for full manuscript submissions:  30 December 2014
* Manuscripts returned to authors for revision:  01 February 2015
* Final manuscripts due:  31 March 2015
* Publication:  01 June 2015

Select “S.I.: Learning with Data” when submitting your manuscript via the editorial portal:

Please see descriptions below for manuscript types and requirements to be accepted for this special section –

Original Research: Original research papers primarily report findings from original quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods studies. The purpose of the reported study is expected to be theoretically well-ground, using a sound methodological approach, and providing a comprehensive source for practical implications. Original research manuscripts are expected to be between 4,500 and 8,000 words including references, tables, and figures.

Work-in-Progress Study: Work-in-progress studies provide early insights into leading research projects or document progressions of excellent on-going research. The idea of this article type is to showcase the progression of scholarly empirical work from the initial design and piloting of a research project to large-scale testing and implementation. This may include validity testing of instruments, revisions of learning environments, project snapshots and preliminary results, or replication of empirical studies. Work-in-progress study manuscripts are expected to be between 4,500 and 8,000 words including references, tables, and figures.

Integrative Review: An integrative review provides an overview and synthesizes relevant literature using an adequate method such as: Chronological (organized around a specific timeline), publication type (grouped by sources of research evidence), trends (identify different streams of the research over time), thematic (organized around topics or ideas), or methodological (grouped by research studies or projects). Integrative review manuscripts are expected to be between 4,000 and 7,000 words including references, tables, and figures.

Emerging Technology Report: An emerging technology reports reviews new developments in educational technology by assessing the potentials and key challenges for leading digital learning environments. Emerging technology report manuscripts are limited to 2,500 words including references, tables, and figures.

To learn more about the general scope of the journal, please visit the Springer website:

We look forward to your manuscripts!

Prof. Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler

Lead Editor, Special Section
Dr. Benjamin E. Erlandson

Academia, Instructional Design, Multimedia, Research, Writing

Publication in the IJDL: “Nursing Pain Assessment & Management: A 3D Interactive Simulation”

Journal Article Published in the International Journal of Designs for Learning

Title: “Nursing Pain Assessment & Management: A 3D Interactive Simulation”

Authors: Enilda Romero-Hall, Ginger S. Watson, Yiannis Papelis, Hector Garcia



In this design case, a team developed a 3D interactive simulation for nursing students and professional nurses to train and practice pain assessment and management procedures. In the simulation environment, the trainees interact with three emotionally expressive animated patients. The three patients vary in their ethnicity, age, and emotion intensity. Successful completion of the scenario requires that the trainee perform of a series of pain assessment and management tasks.  The trainee is evaluated on the efficiency and appropriate sequencing of the tasks.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the decisions made regarding the type of virtual patients used, the clickable objects, the pain assessment interview protocol, the visual representations in the simulation and the web portal. The paper also provides insight into the processes and steps taken during the design and development phases of this 3D interactive simulation including: the tasks analyses, motion capture, validation of the animations in the simulation, programming, and other tasks.



Academia, Instructional Design, Writing

ETR&D Special Issue Proposal Call — Due May 15, 2014

ETR&D is inviting proposals for special issues. Normally, we consider publishing one special issue each year. If approved, the next special issue would likely be published in 2015 or early 2016 (we have an upcoming special issue about to go to press now under Dr. Spector’s guidance).

Please share the following information with individuals who have an interest in proposing a special issue of ETR&D. Please send special issue proposals to me ( by May 15, 2014.

1) Special issue proposals typically involve identifying: a theme for the issue, the name/credentials of the proposed special issue editor, and a prospective authors with draft titles (although this is not a guarantee for manuscript acceptance nor does it preclude accepting manuscripts that have not yet been identified).

2) In May, all proposals submitted for consideration are distributed to the Board for input/feedback as to the timeliness/relevance for ETR&D, extent to which special topic issue is warranted and in journal’s interest to promote, etc. If the Board indicates interest in one of the topics submitted, we typically request more detailed abstracts, authors to be invited, etc. We also ask the guest editors to solicit a call for potential authors for the theme issue to ensure that full participation is possible (and to avoid the appearance of a buddy system).

3) The Board and Springer want to ensure that the balance across Research and Development are maintained in a special issue (if available, we would include Cultural and Regional focused manuscripts).

4) After the call for potential authors/abstracts has generated a pool of candidates for the special issue, the guest editor and journal ed. (me in this case) would identify the most promising papers, establish a deadline for submission of papers, initial review done by guest editor/potentially pool of knowledgeable reviewers, suggestions for edits/rejections/etc. generated.

5) Board reviewers provide feedback to authors, with final submissions (subject to regular ETR&D Board review to ensure alignment with mission). At this point this will help to narrow down the publication time frame for the next special issue.

General Timeline:
Summer 2014—Finalize topic and guest editor
Summer2014—Call for special issues manuscripts
Fall 2014—First draft manuscripts due
Late 2014 – early 2015—Manuscripts will be finalized and approved for publication
Summer or Fall 2015—Target publication date

Thanks for your interest and support.

Tristan Johnson
Educational Technology Research & Development

Academia, Grant, Teaching

Teaching Innovation Grant 2013 – 2014 Approved!

I was awarded a Teaching Innovation Grant (2013 – 2014) by the University of Tampa!

The purpose of the grant is to promote innovative practice in teaching that will enhance instruction and make it more effective and efficient. This grants are given to those that want to “improve the effectiveness of their teaching.” Ideally, the focus is on enhancing the learning experience of the students. I am using the grant to implement an innovative approach to online discussion forums. Based on the feedback of the students and listening to their comments regarding discussion boards, I want to take a different approach with the Spring 2014 classes. I also want to use part of the grant to provide them with the equipment necessary to properly participate in the class.

More details will be posted once the Spring 2014 semester starts!