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Deadline extension: Special issue on "Learning and learning ecosystems in the time of Covid-19" - IxD&A Journal

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Deadline extension:  September 27, 2020
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Special Issue on
Learning and learning ecosystems in the time of Covid-19

to be published at the
/Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)/
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)
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Important dates:
• Deadline: September 27, 2020
• Notification to the authors:  November 10, 2020
• Camera ready paper: November 20, 2020
• Publication of the special issue: end of November, 2020

The shock caused by the pandemic on learning processes all around the
world has no equal in the history of education. During previous
pandemics the application of the social distancing has already led to
the closure of schools but it was not possible to even imagine the
continuation of teaching activities as it is happening in the present
days, albeit within a virtual dimension.
On average, in less than two weeks after the lock down all the actors of
the educational processes - students, teachers and families - have been
forced to use technologies that many of them would have never considered
before as relevant for learning. In a short time, educational
technologies that have always struggled to establish themselves as a
significant support to the learning processes have become the standard.
A so abrupt transition from physical to virtual has contributed to
amplify the regret for the many opportunities lost in the past by
several national and supranational educational systems in supporting and
coordinating the development of technologies that could have generated a
significant impact on the learning ecosystems. At the same time it has
emerged the critical state of the tertiary education that has not been
able to renew in depth pedagogical and didactic approaches to educate
present and future teachers to significantly integrate technologies into
traditional educational processes. Nonetheless, thanks to the many
environments derived from the domain of the collaborative work, to the
vast plethora of apps considered in the past as niche products, to the
good will of many teachers, to a constant learning by doing (that in
many cases has become a continuous field experimentation) schools and
universities are accompanying their students towards the end of the
school/academic year.
This special issue aims at gathering the most significant studies and
experiences that have been carried on during the pandemic period to make
sure that at least a part of such body of knowledge  will not be
completely lost. We need them, and we need to reflect on them, hoping
that they could guide us in the development of a new way of thinking
about learning ecosystems and, more in general, about educational processes.

Topics of Interest
The indicative list of topics of interest for this special issue devoted
to 'Learning and learning ecosystems in the time of Covid-19' includes,
but is not limited to:

• Research and case studies on organizational aspects
• Research and case studies on didactic aspects
• Research and case studies on monitoring and evaluation aspects and
• Research and case studies on the unconventional use of conventional
technologies, or on the use of unconventional technologies to support
educational processes
• Research and case studies on the functional rethinking of physical or
phygital places for learning
• Research and case studies on the transformation of learning ecosystems
and of the perceptions' of the main actors of the learning processes.
• Future visions

/Submission guidelines and procedure/
All submissions (abstracts and later final manuscripts) must be original
and may not be under review by another publication.
The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit 8-20 pages paper (including authors'
information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines

Authors' guidelines
Link to the paper submission page:
(Please upload all submissions using the Submission page.
When submitting the paper, please, choose the section:
"SI: Learning and learning ecosystems in the time of Covid-19")

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advice and queries, please contact the IxD&A scientific
editor marking the subject as:
/Learning and learning ecosystems in the time of Covid-19/

• carlo [dot] giovannella [at] uniroma2 [dot] it


Forthcoming issues:

• Autumn 2020
focus section on
'Augmenting Space: The role of immersive technologies in future cities'
Guest editors: Callum Parker, Soojeong Yoo, Waldemar Jenek, Youngho Lee

• Winter 2020
'Tools, Pedagogical and Ludic Strategies, Co-Design supporting Smart
Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education'
Guest editors: Oscar Mealha, Traian Rebedea, Matthias Rehm

• Springer 2021
'Collaborative multimedia applications in technology'
Guest editors: César A. Collazos, Sandra Cano, Freddy Paz, Habib Fardoun
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