Special Issue "Information and Communication Technology in Higher Education"


A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2015

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Diego Bonilla
Communication Studies Department, Coordinator, Digital Communication and Information Minor, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St. Sacramento, CA 95819, USA
Website: http://www.hypergraphia.com
E-Mail: diego@csus.edu
Interests: computer-mediated communication; new media engineering; digital storytelling; data tracking; online learning; immersive virtual environments; critical thinking in electronic informational environments; flipped classes; synchronous and asynchronous online collaboration; open educational resources

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mark Stoner
Communication Studies Department, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St. Sacramento, CA 95819, USA
Website: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/stonerm/
E-Mail: stoner1@csus.edu
Interests: instructional communication; mediated learning; relationship of communication to thinking, learning and teaching; rhetorical criticism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Pressures for the ubiquitous use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are starting to have disruptive effects in Higher Education. In an environment of constant change, technological innovations often outpace our ability to identify and appropriate the affordances of those innovations. Academic and administrative actors within Higher Education are pursuing the use of ICT, but often with apparently conflicting goals. Apart from their academic activities, educators are challenged with adopting technology in a skillful manner to augment their teaching and student learning. Administrators with diminishing resources adopt technology as an attempt to control costs, compete with other institutions, and satisfy stakeholders’ expectations. At the same time, everyone must respond to the privacy and security concerns incident to implementing ICT in their organizations, but they must do so in ways that leave their core educational missions unaffected.

The questions of ICT in Higher Education go beyond a particular technology-based solution (e.g., MOOCs, gaming, adaptive learning, etc.) It is important that we get past the predictable hype cycles of recurring ICT innovations, and systematically examine the potentialities and limitations of ICT. The productive collaboration of academic and administrative actors will promote a coherent, achievable, and sustainable evolution of higher education as higher education.

Studies are drawn from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Submissions that cut across disciplines are encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Diego Bonilla
Guest Editor


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Informatics is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • higher education
  • information communication technology
  • adoption
  • culture
  • learning
  • teaching
  • collaboration
  • privacy
  • security

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Informatics 2014, 1(2), 174-189; doi:10.3390/informatics1020174
Received: 20 May 2014 / Revised: 23 July 2014 / Accepted: 25 August 2014 / Published: 8 September 2014
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