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March 9, 2020

[Closed] Call for papers for a Special Issue on “Learning Experience Design: Embodiment, Gesture, and Interactivity in XR

The concepts of embodiment and embodied learning are gaining traction in the field of education, these concepts are deeply rooted in theories of Embodied Cognition (Barsalou, 2008; Wilson, 2002). New educational technologies enable researchers and practitioners to include more gestures and body movements into learning designs, creating immersive and gesture-rich learning environments (Georgiou & Ioannou, 2019; Dede, 2009; Johnson-Glenberg, 2018; Lindgren & Johnson-Glenberg, 2013; Lindgren, Tscholl, Wang, & Johnson, 2016; Minocha, Tudor & Tilling, 2017). Such embodied environments should enable multi-modal and multi-sensory forms of interaction through gestures and bodily movement, tactile and auditory sensory experiences. While the interplay of new forms of technology and learning is complex, recent evidence suggests that learning experience design, pedagogy, and practice with embodied learning technologies can have an important effect on learning, engagement, and achievement in all educational settings -- formal, non-formal and informal. This special issue aims to synthesize current knowledge on the design and evaluation of learning in immersive and embodied environments. The aim is to provide insights on best practices for learning design based on systematic or empirical data and analysis on learning outcomes or processes.

The specific scope is to publish research that addresses learning in immersive and embodied environments. The focus is not the technology per se, but rather issues related to learning design, the process continuum of learning, teaching, and assessment and how they are affected or enhanced using technologies, including gaming environments, escape rooms, VR and AR environments etc. We are not seeking theory papers or meta-analyses, but rather, evidence-based and impactful educational applications and research, meshing pedagogy and practice in these environments. The technology under consideration is augmented, virtual, or mixed reality (now called XR), and will include relevant work on haptics i.e., gloves, hacked controllers, or other tactile simulators, if they are used to further learning.

Guest editors:

Andri Ioannou

Cyprus University of Technology, Research Center on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies

Kaushal Kumar Bhagat

Centre for Educational Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Mina Johnson-Glenberg

Arizona State University, Embodied Games

March 2, 2020

[Closed] Call for papers for a Special Issue on “Teacher Professional Development in STEM Education

The term STEM (science, mathematics, technology and engineering) has become a buzzword among the global education practitioners who have called for curriculum reforms that will boost the competitiveness of the next generation by nurturing their problem-solving ability and creativity (Jane, Jong, & Chai, 2019). STEM education refers to “solving problems that draw on concepts and procedures from mathematics and science while incorporating the teamwork and design methodology of engineering and using appropriate technology” (Shaughnessy, 2013, p. 324). Simply put, it serves as a means to integrate different disciplines as used in tackling real-life problems. In the long term, this cross-disciplinary subject is expected to enhance students’ problem-solving, critical and analytical thinking skills, and cultivate them to be constructive and innovative citizens (Jong, 2015; Merrill, 2009).

The significance of STEM education in today’s technologically-dominated world cannot be underestimated. STEM competencies, nowadays, are not only required within but also outside of the STEM occupations (So, Jong, & Liu, 2020). In this regard, the development of students’ STEM competencies has become an urgent goal of many education systems around the globe, especially in K-12. The U.S. government has heavily invested in STEM education by implementing some state-level initiatives. For example, The “Educate to Innovate” initiative, launched in 2009, aims to enhance STEM literacy, improve teaching quality and increase educational and career opportunities for the youth through the collaboration between the government, the private sector and the non-profit and research communities (Burke & McNeill, 2011). In the U.K., the STEM education reform aims to ensure the provision of qualified people in the STEM workforce and the development of STEM literacy for the public (Department of Education and Skills, 2006). In Asian countries such as Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Japan, STEM education has also emerged as an important curriculum reform (Ritz & Fan, 2015; So et al., 2020).

Guest editors:

Morris S. Y. JONG

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Yanjie SONG

The Education University of Hong Kong, HKSAR


University of Michigan, USA

Cathleen NORRIS

University of North Texas, USA

January 10, 2020

[Closed] Call for papers for a Special Issue on “Precision Education - A New Challenge for AI in Education

Precision education (Yang, 2019) is a new challenge of applying artificial intelligence, machine learning, and learning analytics for improving teaching quality and learning performance. The goal of precision education is to identify at-risk students as early as possible and provide timely intervention based on teaching and learning experiences (Lu et al., 2018). The precision education was inspired by the precision medicine initiative proposed by the former USA President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address. The emergence of precision medicine is to revolutionize the one-size-fits-all treatment of disease by taking into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles, as well as by improving the diagnosis, prediction, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Similar to medicine, the current education system is designed not fully considering students’ IQ, learning styles, learning environments, and learning strategies. Inspired by precision medicine, precision education is an innovative approach to emphasize the improvement of diagnosis, prediction, treatment, and prevention of at-risk students, such as diagnosis of students’ engagement, learning patterns and behavior; prediction of students’ learning performance; treatment and prevention with teachers’ timely intervention and well-designed pedagogy, learning strategy, and learning activities. In this special issue, at-risk students are confined to students who were diagnosed could get low academic performance, drop/withdraw a course, or students who were low engaged in terms of learning behaviour, emotion, and cognition.

Guest Editors

Stephen J.H. Yang

National Central University, Taiwan

Hiroaki Ogata

Kyoto University, Japan