Call for Papers: Theme: Visual Media for Global Learning

Special Issue Editors

Danilo M. Baylen, Ed.D. Professor, Instructional Technology College of Education, University of West Georgia

Brad Hokanson, Ph.D. Professor, Design College of Design, University of Minnesota

Description of Call

The increasing availability and global accessibility of visual media are creating new ways of acquiring knowledge. A significant catalyst for change and innovation with educational technology is the need for increased visual media literacy (VML) beyond reading and writing texts. VML will support and develop learners’ capability to use the information and communications technology (ICT) effectively in their everyday lives now and in the future. Further, it is necessary to develop competency in the use of visual media to manage the changing global and diverse teaching, learning, and work contexts. With the overwhelming presence of visuals generated by multiple media sources, learners need strong skills to decode and encode meaning from these artifacts. They also need the ability to infer and demonstrate understanding beyond what is seen or viewed. To encourage and sustain the effective use of visual media in making sense of what is happening, a community of researchers and practitioners is emerging. It is specifically concerned with how visual literacy education is supported by ICT in specific learning environments and beyond.

The purpose of this special issue is to showcase the latest and leading international research in the design, deployment and evaluation of visual literacy practices supported by educational technology. The special issue welcomes submissions from all researchers and practitioners who are designing, developing, and evaluating ICT-supported learning experiences that involve visual media literacy. The editors encourage proposals regarding new research showcasing and sharing visual literacy education as a critical learning element through the use of ICT. The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics and foci for submissions.

  • Research methodologies for the design, deployment, and evaluation of visual media literacy
  • Comparative and international studies of visual media literacy
  • Theoretical and critical considerations of ontological concerns and issues regarding the integration of visual media supporting literacy practices.
  • Exemplar case studies of the deployment of tools, apps, devices, and infrastructures in support of visual media literacy development

Expected publication date

September 2021

Submission Information

Please send a brief overview (approximately 500 words) of the proposed article no later than January 31, 2020, by email to the editors of the special issue, Dr. Danilo M. Baylen | or Dr. Brad Hokanson | Please include VML in the subject line of the email.

Based on this overview, authors will be invited to submit a full paper for consideration of publication in the special issue. Full papers will be between 5000-6000 words in length, not including references, tables, or figures.

Authors need to use APA formatting throughout the manuscript. Each manuscript must have an abstract (120-150 words) and 6 to 8 keywords. Authors submit their completed papers to the Editorial Manager system for TechTrends at http:// and indicate SI: VML during the submission process. Authors will be asked to serve as reviewers for other submissions. Given your expertise as a scholar in this particular topic, this peer review feedback is valuable.

Important Dates

January 31, 2020 – Email submission of ideas due
February 15, 2020 – Notification of submission status made
April 30, 2020 – Full manuscript submissions due
June 15, 2020 – Feedback sent for revision
July 31, 2020 – Revisions due for additional review
September 30, 2020 – Feedback on revised manuscripts
November 30, 2020 — Revisions of revised manuscript complete
January 15, 2021 – Decision for publication consideration made
March 15, 2021 – Copyedit completed
April 15, 2021 – All documentation including copyright clearances completed
May 15, 2021 – Submission to Springer made
July 31, 2021 – Ready to print (online publication)
September 2021 – Special issue published (in print) TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning A publication of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology Editor-in-Chief: Hodges, C. B. ISSN: 8756-3894 (print version) ISSN: 1559-7075 (electronic version) Journal no. 11528