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Special theme on How to Make Learning Smart

Smart Learning Environments welcomes submissions to the Special theme on How to Make Learning Smart.

Advancements in technologies in recent years have opened up pathways to reform the current educational environment, and new pedagogical approaches continue to emerge that take advantage of new technologies to reshape the learning process. In this special theme section of the Smart Learning Environments journal, we focus on the overarching issue of how to improve learning by investigating how to make learning smart.

Learning behaviours change with the changes and advancement of technology. These changes in technology are catalyst for reshaping the way we learn and the way we teach. This reshaping necessitates an ongoing pedogeological evolution: holding true to core learning competencies, while remaining flexible and adaptable.

To consider how to make learning smart, some of the questions one needs to ask are as follows:

  1. How to make environment smart – Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming an important driver for creating context aware learning environments.
  2. How to make content smart - multiple representations and multi modalities are key factors.
  3. How to make learning process smart - dynamic learning paths, personalized learning, learning activities with smart contracts are important.
  4. How to make pedagogy/strategy smart – educational big data, learning analytics play important role.
  5. How to make teacher smart – smart technology are needed for supporting teacher’s professional training and practices.
  6. How to make student smart - smart technology are needed for supporting student’s self-regulated learning.

The topics for this special theme section are varied, and include but are not limited to:

  • Technology induced pedogeological innovations
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL): Current considerations and innovations
  • Learning Analytics
  • Re-engineering education for the 21st century
  • Technology: The problems and the solutions
  • Technology within K-12 Teaching
  • Technology within Post-Secondary Teaching
  • Technology for special needs students

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2018 

Guest Editors

Nian-Shing Chen, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Richard Tortorella, University of North Texas, USA

Submission instructions:

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the Intructions for Authors for Smart Learning Environments. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Smart Learning Environments submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on How to Make Learning Smart. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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