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Call for Chapters: Intervention Strategies for Performance Improvement in Organizations


Nancy B. Hastings, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Instructional, Workforce and Applied Technology University of West Florida

Byron C. Havard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Instructional, Workforce and Applied Technology

University of West Florida


Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: January 30, 2016
Full Chapters Due: May 30, 2016
Submission Date: October 30, 2016



Performance Improvement is a systemic and systematic process targeted at improving individual and organizational performance in various settings. The process includes conducting comprehensive organizational and environmental analyses to identify discrepancies between actual and desired performance. These discrepancies, referred to as “gaps”, are then analyzed to determine their impact on the organization and their root causes. Root causes are then further analyzed using various tools, including Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model and Binder’s Six Boxes. The output of these analysis activities provides the input for the intervention selection, design and implementation phases of the performance improvement process. Due to the wide range of possible solutions and the limited number of scholarly resources available on the subject, most performance improvement technologists are well versed in a small subset of possible solutions but lack the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to identify and effectively implement many equally, or perhaps more, appropriate interventions. Therefore a need exists for expanded research to address this gap.


This book will provide readers with a comprehensive toolkit of interventions from which to choose. Chapters related to specific interventions will include a description of the intervention and the causes it is aligned with, design considerations and implementation strategies. Authors are encouraged to include case studies to further illustrate the application of the identified interventions. These chapters will be organized to align with Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model, a model frequently used to identify causes, providing a common frame of reference and quick methodology for aligning interventions with the causes they are intended to address. The final section of the book will include chapters related to the relationship between technology and intervention selection, design and implementation. Most interventions are not directly influenced by technology. Coaching is still coaching, job aids are still job aids and training is still training, whether presented with or without technology. However, it is important to note that while technology has not fundamentally changed the interventions, it does present new opportunities and challenges for those responsible for designing, developing and implementing them. This section will consist of chapters addressing the impact of technology on intervention selection, design and implementation as a whole as well as on individual interventions. The chapters in this section will be based on scholarly research and formatted in a manner similar to a comprehensive literature review.


Target Audience

Faculty, Graduate Students in Performance Technology and Instructional Design and Technology, Experienced Performance Improvement Practitioners.

Recommended Topics

Performance Improvement Interventions Section
This section will include chapters on specific interventions, organized according to Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model. Each chapter should address ONE intervention and include a description of the intervention, causes it is aligned with, design considerations and implementation considerations. The inclusion of case studies is encouraged but not required. Recommended topics include those focused on single interventions that align with any of the following areas.

Environmental Causes

·         Data – expectations and feedback

·         Resources – tools and resources

·         Incentives – consequences and incentives


Individual Causes

·         Knowledge – skills and knowledge

·         Capacity – selection and assignment

·         Motives – preferences and satisfaction

Technology’s Impact on Intervention Selection, Design and Implementation Section
This section will consist of chapters addressing the impact of technology on intervention selection, design and implementation as a whole as well as on individual interventions. The chapters in this section will be based on scholarly research and formatted in a manner similar to a comprehensive literature review.

·         The impact of technology on intervention selection, design and implementation

·         Mobile technology and performance improvement interventions

·         Social networking and performance improvement interventions

·         The impact of technology on training-related performance improvement interventions

·         The impact of technology on non-training performance improvement interventions

·         The role of technology in intervention implementation


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 30, 2016, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and focus of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified byFebruary 15, 2016 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 30, 2016, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.


Important Dates

January 30, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 15, 2016: Notification of Acceptance
May 30, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
July 30, 2016: Review Results Returned
August 15, 2016: Final Acceptance Notification
August 30, 2016: Final Chapter Submission



Nancy B. Hastings
University of West Florida

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Call for papers: Challenging the Boundaries of the ePortfolio

Call for Papers
The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Special Issue:

Challenging the Boundaries of the ePortfolio:
Digital Spaces and Digital Pedagogy

Issue Editors:
Anne Donlon, Emory University
Amanda Licastro, CUNY Graduate Center
Dominique Zino, LaGuardia Community College


This issue of JITP seeks to highlight innovative technological and pedagogical approaches to portfolio form and function. While other journals focus exclusively on ePortfolios, especially in closed, proprietary spaces, we encourage contributors to pay particular attention to the unique boundaries, opportunities, and challenges of dynamically-evolving born digital portfolios. We hope to push beyond traditional paper-to-digital translations and encourage contributors to showcase innovative multimodal models of the ePortfolio. We also look forward to submissions that look to the future of curating and archiving digital work across the curriculum and across all levels of education.

Building on the model of the Visible Knowledge Project (, this issue is itself intended to be a kind of digital portfolio of ePortfolio practices and projects. Articles that focus on a radical approach to portfolio pedagogy and consider issues of social justice, access, and activism are especially encouraged.

Proposals might include, but are not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Maximizing the medium: how to utilize the digital space and/or increase multimodality
  • Plotting the history and future of digital portfolios: looking back to imagine the future
  • Exploring the relationship between curating an archive and creating a portfolio
  • Re-imagining and enacting the use of ePortfolios in graduate education and the tenure process
  • Examining how various academic disciplines are using digital spaces to showcase things that cannot be showcased on paper
  • Navigating privacy issues around born-digital texts
  • Investigating issues of transparency and shared governance around the selection of college & university-wide ePortfolio platforms
  • Looking across perspectives from administrators, IT support, tech fellows, etc. on how to build, maintain, archive, secure, support, and train ePortfolio users
  • Showcasing ePortfolio models that confront issues of access and universal design, or that promote social justice action

We are also interested in submissions to our short form sections on the topic of ePortfolios, especially book reviews, sample assignments, tool tips, and teaching fails related to ePortfolio use across a class, curriculum, or program, specifically examples that focus on creating digital projects.

We invite multimedia elements in submissions along with interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. This can include audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials. All submissions are subject to an open review process. Manuscripts should be under 5,000 words.

For further information on style and formatting, accessibility requirements, and multimedia submissions, consult JITP’s Author Guidelines. Submissions received that do not fall under the specific theme of this issue, but do fall under JITP’s broader themes, will be considered for publication in a future issue.

Important Dates

Submission deadline for full manuscripts is May 15, 2016. When submitting using our Open Journal Systems software, under “Journal Section,” please select the section titled “Issues.”  Submission instructions are below.


Call for Chapters — Special Issue on Mobile HCI

Call for Papers for

International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI)

Special Issue on Mobile HCI

Guest Editors

Fiona Nah, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA (

John Krogstie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (

Dongsong Zhang, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA (

Shengdong Zhao, National University of Singapore, Singapore (

Aims and Scope of the Special Issue

Mobile and wearable devices (e.g., smartphones, FitBit, AppleWatch) are among the most transformative technologies that have created a rapid worldwide impact on almost every aspect of our social and working life due to their ubiquity, pervasiveness, and portability. The built-in (e.g., accelerometers, gyroscopes, and ambient lighting sensors) and external sensors have further increased the variety of interaction possibilities, such as gestural interaction. Mobile and wearable devices are creating new ways of conducting business, computation, and health management, and transforming how we communicate, interact, and entertain. There have been countless mobile applications developed and deployed in the past few years, which are subject to a variety of usability, accessibility, and interaction challenges.

This special issue is aimed to bring together the significant, cutting-edge research findings and best practices in the field of mobile HCI and build a bridge from current and emerging research to the future. It covers HCI issues in the design, implementation, evaluation, and use of innovative mobile, handheld, and wearable devices, techniques, and applications. The relevant topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Usability of mobile applications and mobile user experience
  • Mobile accessibility and assistive technologies
  • Context-aware/context-sensitive mobile application design, evaluation, and use
  • Adaptive mobile user interfaces
  • Multi-modal interaction technologies for mobile devices
  • Design, evaluation, and use of m-Health interventions or applications
  • Development of mobile usability guidelines
  • Mobile collocated interactions with wearables
  • Mobile learning and educational mobile HCI
  • Mobile applications in smart city environments
  • Privacy, security, trust, and ethical issues in mobile commerce
  • Emerging interaction technologies for mobile devices
  • Mobile cognition – using mobile devices to enhance human cognition
  • Acceptance and adoption of mobile and ubiquitous technologies

Manuscript Preparation Along with Optional Abstract Submission

Please refer to the “Instructions for authors” section on the website of IJHCI ( for preparation of your manuscript for the special issue.

All manuscripts (i.e., full papers) should be submitted via the IJHCI Editorial Manager at When asked to “Choose Article Type”, please select “Special Issue Article” and when asked to “Select Section/Category”, please choose “Mobile HCI”. Please follow the above steps to ensure that your manuscript is processed as a submission to this special issue.

Abstract submissions are highly recommended prior to full paper submissions. Please email the abstract submissions to the guest editors (,,, for initial feedback and use the subject: “IJHCI SI abstract submission” for the email.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission due date (optional but recommended): May 1, 2016 (early abstract submission is encouraged)
  • Full paper submission due date: June 10, 2016
  • Notification of the first round review decision: August 15, 2016
  • Revisions due date: October 15, 2016
  • Editorial decision: November 1, 2016
  • Targeted special issue publication date: January, 2017

If you have any question about the special issue, please feel free to contact any of the guest editors listed above.