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1484Extended Deadline 31/05: Educational Social Software for Context-Aware Learning

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  • Niki
    May 5, 2008
      Just to inform you about the deadine extention>

      Extended Deadline 31/05: Educational Social Software for Context-Aware


      Submission Deadline: May 31, 2008

      Educational Social Software for Context-Aware Learning:
      Collaborative Methods and Human Interaction

      A book edited by:
      Niki Lambropoulos
      London South Bank University, London, UK
      Margarida Romero
      Université de Toulouse II, CNRS UMR-5263, FR


      The emergence of Web 2.0 triggered a general trend towards global
      online social interactions and hence, has brought sociology into the
      global interactive picture. From an educational viewpoint, this
      phenomenon created issues relating to individual and social learning
      for the internalisation and externalisation of information and
      knowledge in both formal and informal educational settings. Studies on
      social relationships, interactions and engagement between the
      e-learning participants, as well as practices and activities with the
      use of tools for the purpose of learning appear to present
      contradictive results.

      Some answers to these issues and concerns lie in the principles of
      computing and, in particular, social computing. Social computing is
      concerned with the intersection of social behaviour and computational
      systems. In interactive educational technology, this intersection is
      related to context awareness. Specifically, context awareness includes
      determining if the context is organisational or cultural and the
      context surrounds learning activities on the interface. In other
      words, methods, learning activities, tools, and evaluation are highly

      Overall Objectives of the Book
      The main objective of this book is to bring together, in one book,
      contributions on the topic of Educational Social Software for
      Context-Aware Learning. The key objective is to look into the
      socio-cultural elements in educational social computing focused on
      design and theory where learning and setting are intertwined. A
      significant portion of the book will also focus on real life case
      studies where such evaluations have been applied and validated. The
      book not only will report first experiences and debates, but also aims
      to go beyond the current state of the art by looking at future
      prospects and emerging applications.
      As such, the book will be of great use to those who study, design,
      construct, moderate, evaluate and maintain educational social software
      in organizations, e-learning, eBusiness, e-government and other
      related domains.
      The Target Audience
      Since the ultimate goal of the suggested methodologies is the use of
      the results of successful interventions, the target audience is
      everyone who owns, develops, evaluates and moderates educational
      social software - including individuals, universities, other
      organizations or companies.

      Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
      • Introduction: Introduction to Educational Social Software and its
      application to Context Aware Learning; state-of-the-art in existing
      social software educational uses; Educational Social Software needs
      and opportunities
      • Collaborative Methods and Human Interaction: collaborative learning
      methodologies and techniques; guides for theory to practice.
      • Learner-Computer Interaction: users as learners and learners as
      users, issues on user/learner dual identity.
      • Analysis: multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches as in
      query-based techniques (interviews, focus groups, surveys); content
      and discourse analysis; ethnographic methodologies and fieldwork;
      ethnotechnology; social network analysis.
      • Design: Conceptual and detailed educational social software design;
      ontologies; human-human and human-computer interaction in social
      networks; collaborative learning design; design to enhance ideas
      sharing and co-creativity; participatory design; prototyping
      (paper/electronic); screen design; learning architecture; design of
      collaborative learner/user-friendly schemes and features; learners
      with special needs; other innovative design approaches.
      • Educational Social Software Technologies: social networks and
      infrastructures for learning and knowledge sharing; innovative
      learning systems; intelligent tutoring systems; educational software
      applications and games; simulations; educational devices and
      interfaces; personalized and adaptive learning systems; tools for
      peer-to-peer formative and summative assessment; computer support for
      peer tutoring.
      • Evaluation: Tools and evaluation techniques;
      usability-learnability-utility evaluation; multidisciplinary
      evaluation; frameworks to apply results into practice
      • Educational Social Software Applicability: primary and secondary
      education, higher education, lifelong learning and research.
      • Case studies
      • Special Topics: future trends

      Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April
      30, 2008, a 2 page (maximum) chapter proposal clearly explaining the
      mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted
      proposals will be notified by May 31, 2008 about the status of their
      proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters
      are expected to be submitted by August 31, 2008. All submitted
      chapters will be reviewed on a double blind review basis. The book is
      scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.),
      www.igi-global.com, publisher of the Information Science Reference
      (formerly Idea Group Reference) and Medical Information Science
      Reference imprints in 2010.
      Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word
      document) or by mail to:

      Niki Lambropoulos
      eLearning & Online Communities Architect, Researcher
      PhD student at London South Bank University London, UK
      e-mail: niki@...
      homepage: http://nikilambropoulos.com

      Margarida Romero
      eLearning & Lifelong Learning
      Specialist, Researcher
      Université de Toulouse II
      CNRS UMR-5263
      e-mail: mail@...
      homepage: http://www.margarida-romero.com/
      Fax: +33 488 049 414