Special Issue "New Challenges of E-Learning and Digital Education"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Miguel Rodríguez Artacho
Guest Editor
UNED University, Madrid, Spain
Interests: Educational technologies, digital education, e-learning standards, educational modeling languages, educational data mining, personalized e-learning, online laboratories for education.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The SARS-COV-2 pandemic during 2020 has shocked digital education and modified educational behaviors in a way that was unthinkable by the end of 2019, provoking deep changes in training and education that we are just beginning to notice.  Fortunately, the digital education industry and research institutions have faced this global disaster from a mature position due to the solid period of development of e-learning research and industry since 2000.  In this sense, we have witnessed a deep change in social relations and human interactions that have come to reshape digital education, as the new normal in education has catalyzed the usually slow transfer process from research to industry.

As a consequence, there is a need to interconnect new educational technologies to provide a more engaging educational experience in this new digital interaction model. On one hand, we need better student knowledge to provide tailored contents, assessment and remote tools in the cloud. Personalized learning, educational data mining and IA in education plays an important role, as long as more immersive tools and devices for education. On the other hand, social models have changed our disposition to use existing tools to provide new educational models.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect these most recent innovations in the field of IT-based learning and educational technologies in this new frontier of digital education and to show how research has been applied to new digital education. We would like to gather researchers to discuss new ideas, research questions, recent results, and especially current and future challenges in digital education.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning environments and remote lectures;
  • Personalized e-learning;
  • E-learning standards and authoring tools;
  • Educational modelling languages;
  • Learning objects;
  • Devices for learning;
  • Interactive ebooks in education;
  • Educational games;
  • Online laboratories for education;
  • Virtual and augmented reality;
  • E-learning tools and automatic assessment;
  • Adaptive and intelligent educational systems;
  • Educational data mining;
  • Learning analytics.

Dr. Miguel Rodríguez Artacho
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Learning environments
  • Educational technologies
  • Digital education
  • Personalized e-learning
  • Assessment
  • E-learning standards
  • E-learning tools

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Pedagogical Challenges for developing Horizontal Collaborative Networks for Online Learners in a SIDS university
Authors: Sandhya Gunness and Thanasis Daradoumis 
Abstract: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face many challenges owing to their limited geographical space, vulnerability to climate change and limited natural resources. Universities in the SIDS have the responsibility of developing sustainable solutions through well-designed and future-oriented programme offerings that will develop the required capacity and knowledge base to face the challenges of the uncertain future. Partnering with other higher education institutions and public and private institutions through Horizontal Collaborative Networks (HCNs) have provided some very good results, however the operationalization of these networks is still a big challenge for many university academics. This study uses the framework of Sue McGregor’s 9 transdisciplinary Pedagogical approaches (Integrative Curriculum, Transformative learning, Inquiry Based learning, Authentic Curriculum, Value Analysis, Learning communities, Deep Education, Paradigm Shifts, Double loop learning) to analyse challenges for developing Horizontal Collaborative Networks for Online Learners within a SIDS context. In-depth, semi-open interviews with academics who are engaged in horizontal collaborative networks will be conducted to learn about the pitfalls that need to be avoided and how to manage the tensions that occur during the online collaborative partnerships and eventually how these collaborations influence their teaching and students’ transdisciplinary skills.
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