Call-for-papers “Design-based research for online learning environment development”

Call-for-papers “Design-based research for online learning environment development”

The International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments (http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ijsmile) aims to provide an avenue for researchers to share experiences and research finding on the use of technology for teaching and learning.

Online learning has been evolved from a marginal form of education to an increasingly popular alternative. Online learning environments can be developed using learning management systems (such as Blackboard or Edmodo), social media platforms (such as Facebook Group), or authoring tools (such as Articulate or Adobe Captivate). However, as an online learning environment has some limitations such as a lack of classroom climate or social cues, its development often faces challenges. Research indicates that design-based research can be a practical approach to the development of high-quality online learning environments.

Design-based research (or called educational design research, design experiment) has two primary purposes: 1) producing a usable artifact such as an online learning environment through several rounds of prototyping; and 2) generating design principles for guiding the development of similar artifacts. It often involves a number of iterations, in which design, development, formative evaluation, and revision are systematically carried out and the quality of the artifact is gradually improved.

This special issue aims to collect and publish exemplary cases and development studies on using the design-based research approach in the development of online learning environments. Development and research articles and conceptual papers are welcome. In particular, examples of showing how effective online learning environments are developed by progressing through a few iterations are preferred.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

Theoretical frameworks or models for design-based research
Theoretical frameworks or models for online learning environment development
Cases studies and examples of online learning environment development
Experiences of using authoring tools (such as Articulate or Captivate) to create online learning environments by following the design-based research approach
Experiences of using learning management systems to develop and host online learning environments by following the design-based research approach
Experiences of using social media platforms to design online learning environments by following the design-based research approach
Lessons learned from a design-based research study
Meta-analysis on design-based research studies
Design and development of interactive online learning environments
Social media for online learning
Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).
All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.
All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please go to Online Submissions of Papers.

Important Dates

Full paper submission: 28 February, 2015
Notification of acceptance: 31 March, 2015
Final submission: 15 May, 2015

Dr. Qiyun Wang
Editor-in-Chief
The International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments

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