Special Issue "Learning Technologies and Interactive Designs"
A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 June 2013)
Dr. Brett E. Shelton
Educational Technology Department,Boise State University, 1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725, USA
Phone: +1 (208) 426-4008
Fax: +1 (208) 426-1451
Interests: instructional games and simulations; immersive learning environments; vision and cognition
For learners to become competent in any key subject, it is necessary to design appropriate instructional learning experiences. Strategies to encourage the enhancement of subject-specific skills that relate to technology--and interactions with and through technology--include:
• Hands-on, involving students in “doing” – experimenting first-hand with physical objects in the environment and having concrete experiences before learning abstract and complex concepts.
• Minds-on, focusing on core concepts and critical thinking processes needed for learners to create and re-create concepts and relationships in their own minds.
• Authentic, allowing learners to explore, discover, discuss, and meaningfully construct concepts and relationships in contexts that involve real-world problems and projects that are relevant and interesting.
A variety of technologies can provide unique learning experiences. Mobile devices can be used for hands-on activities because they are hand-held and virtual objects can be manipulated and experimented with and by the student. Web-based tools are capable of supporting text, images, audio, and video but also provide tutoring and automated assessments. Games and virtual worlds can support data representation that can potentially scaffold a student’s ideas and understanding of concepts for critical thinking. Multiple forms of delivery coupled together can be used to portray information in a way to student that can help with the learning of new concepts. Portability aspects of some technologies allow students to perform or participate in activities in different sites for authentic learning experiences. With interactive learning technologies, students can participate in instructive activities while learning with their environment and the world around them.
This special issue aims to address innovative technologies, and innovative uses of technology, for learning experiences with a focus on design. Preference will be given to empirically-driven articles that provide evidence and assessments of learning.
Prof. Dr. Brett E. Shelton
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