Special Issue "Multimodal Learning"
A special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (21 May 2018)
This special issue aims to explore the opportunities and challenges of multimodal approaches to design and interaction in the context of technology-mediated learning. Multimodal learning is at the intersection of social and technological developments in the interdisciplinary area of education. Learning practices, artefacts, and environments have always been multimodal: touch-based exhibits in museums, the visual design of learning resources, the spatial design of classroom environments, and the embodied play of young children, to name a few examples. While multimodal interaction is not “new”, digital technologies have served to foreground, emphasize, and reconfigure the multimodal character of learning in significant ways—including the range of representational and communicational forms drawn into learning, and their relationships and roles in learning. The theorization of mind and body, learner agency, spatiality, and theoretical turns across disciplinary boundaries to the visual, the “turn to the body”, and most recently “the sensory turn” have also influenced understanding of learning as multimodal. This is reflected in the development of multimodal interaction technologies (e.g. sensors, natural user interfaces, and whole-body interfaces) that increasingly exploit bodily modes and generate sensory experiences to support learning. Together, this raises questions of what learning is, where and how it happens, and how to foster and design for learning. In addition, technology provides educational researchers with access to new forms and scales of data with which to investigate multimodal interaction via a range of technological tools that capture real-time multimodal interaction (e.g., video recording, sensor-based, and GPS devices).
We encourage authors to submit original research articles, case studies, reviews, theoretical and critical perspectives, and viewpoint articles on multimodal technologies and learning, including but not limited to:
- Theoretical framings and the design of multimodal learning artefacts and environments
- Critical engagement with the pedagogic and learning considerations and consequences of multimodal technologies
- How new advances in interactive technologies influence how we understand and constitute multimodal learning
- Exploration of methods or methodological approaches appropriate for designing and researching multimodal digital interactions for learning
- Case studies of the design and research of multimodal technology-mediated learning
- Empirical studies on the application of multimodal learning environments in the wild
- Emerging trends and potentials in the research and design of multimodal technologies for learning (e.g., the use of automatic capture and sensing techniques of sensory forms of interaction)
Of particular interest are articles that critically explore multimodal technologies and learning, in both formal and informal learning contexts, on the topics of multi-sensory and multimodal learning, playful learning, designing for inclusion and/or different abilities, and interdisciplinary perspectives on teaching and learning.Prof. Carey Jewitt
Prof. Sara Price
Dr. Kate Cowan
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.