Special Issue "Technology Enhanced Learning Research"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Miltiadis D. Lytras
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1. School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece
2. Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Interests: cognitive computing; artificial intelligence; data science; bioinformatics; innovation; big data research; data mining; emerging technologies; information systems; technology driven innovation; knowledge management; semantic web
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Prof. Anna Visvizi
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1. School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece 2. Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Interests: smart cities; migration; innovation networks; international business; political economy; economic integration; politics; EU, Central Europe, China
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Prof. Akila Sarirete
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Effat University, P.O. Box 34689, Jeddah 21478, Saudi Arabia
Interests: computer science; knowledge management; information retrieval; communities of practice
Prof. Linda Daniela
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Scientific Institute of Pedagogy, University of Latvia, Imantas 7th line, 1, LV 1083 Riga, Latvia
Interests: learning theories; technology enhanced learning; constructivism and constructionism; smart education; sustainability in education; educational robotics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It was a pleasure to have published various Special Issues the last years in the domain of “Technology-Enhanced Learning Research” in various journals. Building on our earlier work, drawing from our field research and driven by a genuine concern about the process and the implications of the rapid adoption of technology-enhanced research in education, we are interested in the opening of new avenues of research and a lively debate on diverse aspects of performance and efficiency in technology-enhanced learning initiatives.

To this end, the Guest Editors of this Special Issue seek papers that address, but are not limited to, the following issues and aspects related to the diverse aspects of pedagogical, learning, and technological issues of TEL adoption in education:

  • Policy design and policymaking for TEL research, and implications for education
  • The role of learning theories, pedagogical approaches and novel higher education administration innovations in streamlining the debate
  • The role of emerging technologies in the debate on TEL research
  • Comparative aspects of TEL research
  • Technology-enhanced learning innovative technologies
  • Smart learning services powered by emerging technologies
  • Artificial intelligence applications in TEL
  • Data mining, text mining, and sentiment analysis for advanced TEL solutions
  • Learning analytics and educational analytics
  • Case studies
  • Conceptual approaches of TEL
  • International collaboration
  • Best practices and lessons learnt
  • Micro-, mezzo- and macro-strategies, including applications, tools, and systems
  • Innovation networks in the context of TEL research
  • Recommended systems in the context of TEL research
  • Robotics and 3D printing learning initiatives
  • Virtual reality applications for TEL
  • Mobile learning
  • Social networks and TEL applications

Prof. Miltiadis D. Lytras
Prof. Anna Visvizi
Prof. Akila Sarirete
Prof. Linda Daniela
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • E-learning
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Mobile learning
  • Social networks
  • Educational analytics
  • Learning analytics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Innovative technologies
  • Smart learning services
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data mining, text mining, sentiment analysis
  • Learning analytics and educational analytics
  • Case studies
  • Conceptual approaches
  • International collaboration
  • Robotics
  • Virtual reality

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Virtual Training Application by Use of Augmented and Virtual Reality under University Technology Enhanced Learning in Slovakia
Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6677; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236677 - 26 Nov 2019
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The use of modern information and communication technologies plays a key role in the current global competitive environment of long-term manufacturing company sustainability. Based on the requirements of Slovak industrial companies (both domestic and foreign companies), there is a need to implement these [...] Read more.
The use of modern information and communication technologies plays a key role in the current global competitive environment of long-term manufacturing company sustainability. Based on the requirements of Slovak industrial companies (both domestic and foreign companies), there is a need to implement these technologies into the university teaching process. Therefore, this article describes virtual and augmented reality applications into the teaching process of Digital Factory module at the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Zilina. The main aim of this study was to test and document how helpful immersive technologies could be in a teaching process. There were a group of students who took part in this study whose job was to assemble a specific assembly construction, first without the help of virtual technologies and second with the help of augmented and virtual reality. The results were collected through operation images and chronometry, these were then analyzed the conclusions stated in the article were obtained. In the conclusion, the final part of the article describes a general evaluation of virtual training use in the industrial practice of long-term industrial company sustainability. Full article
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Measuring the Scale and Scope of Workplace Bullying: An Alternative Workplace Bullying Scale
Sustainability 2019, 11(17), 4634; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174634 - 26 Aug 2019
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The toll of workplace bullying is immense, yet, similarly as with an iceberg, its scope, scale and implications tend to remain underestimated. Several ways of assessing the prevalence of workplace bullying have been proposed in the literature. The most frequently discussed are the [...] Read more.
The toll of workplace bullying is immense, yet, similarly as with an iceberg, its scope, scale and implications tend to remain underestimated. Several ways of assessing the prevalence of workplace bullying have been proposed in the literature. The most frequently discussed are the ‘subjective method’ assessing individuals’ perceptions of being a victim and the questionnaire, i.e., criterion-based, methods, including Negative Acts Questionnaire (NAQ) and Leymann Inventory of Psychological Terror (LIPT). Since in both cases culture plays a profound role as a mediating factor in the process of identifying, collecting, and processing data, the applicability of these methods across cultures and countries has several limitations. At this stage, it is impossible to determine the impact of the implicit cultural-bias that these methods entail on the research outcomes. This would be possible if an alternative workplace bullying scale (WBS) was at hand and, consequently, a comparative analysis was conducted. This paper, drawing from a study conducted at higher education institutions (HEI) across Pakistan, addresses this issue by devising an alternative WBS. The value added of this paper is three-fold, i.e., it elaborates on the study and the specific methods employed to prove the validity and relevance of the alternative WBS. Moreover, by so doing, it addresses some of the limitations that other methods measuring the prevalence of workplace bullying display. As a result, it adds to the researchers’ and administrators’ toolkit as regards research and policies aimed at mitigating the scope and scale of bullying at HEIs across cultures and countries. Full article
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Ontology-Enhanced Educational Annotation Activities
Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4455; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164455 - 17 Aug 2019
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Information and communications technology and technology-enhanced learning have unquestionably transformed traditional teaching–learning processes and are positioned as key factors to promote quality education, one of the basic sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda. Document annotation, which was traditionally carried out with pencil [...] Read more.
Information and communications technology and technology-enhanced learning have unquestionably transformed traditional teaching–learning processes and are positioned as key factors to promote quality education, one of the basic sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda. Document annotation, which was traditionally carried out with pencil and paper and currently benefits from digital document annotation tools, is a representative example of this transformation. Using document annotation tools, students can enrich the documents with annotations that highlight the most relevant aspects of these documents. As the conceptual complexity of the learning domain increases, the annotation of the documents may require comprehensive domain knowledge and an expert analysis capability that students usually lack. Consequently, a proliferation of irrelevant, incorrect, and/or poorly decontextualized annotations may appear, while other relevant aspects are completely ignored by the students. The main hypothesis proposed by this paper is that the use of a guiding annotation ontology in the annotation activities is a keystone aspect to alleviate these shortcomings. Consequently, comprehension is improved, exhaustive content analysis is promoted, and meta-reflective thinking is developed. To test this hypothesis, we describe our own annotation tool, @note, which fully implements this ontology-enhanced annotation paradigm, and we provide experimental evidence about how @note can improve academic performance via a pilot study concerning critical literary annotation. Full article
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Measuring Effectiveness of Mobile Application in Learning Basic Mathematical Concepts Using Sign Language
Sustainability 2019, 11(11), 3064; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11113064 - 30 May 2019
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Technology plays an important role in our society, especially in the field of education. It is quite regrettable that people, particularly the deaf, still face a lot of challenges in acquiring an education. Their learning methods are different as compared to hearing people. [...] Read more.
Technology plays an important role in our society, especially in the field of education. It is quite regrettable that people, particularly the deaf, still face a lot of challenges in acquiring an education. Their learning methods are different as compared to hearing people. They use Sign Language (SL) rather than natural language to communicate and learn. They are required to put a lot of effort into learning different concepts using conventional pedagogies. Therefore, there is a dire need for some assistive technology to improve their learn-ability and understandability. In the present study, 192 deaf participants aged 5–10 years were sampled from two special child institutes. The objective of the present study was to determine the effectiveness of a mobile interface through a developed mobile application for learning basic mathematical concepts using Pakistan Sign Language (PSL). The present study bridges the gap between the technology-based method and conventional teaching methods, which are used for teaching mathematical concepts using PSL. The participants were divided into two groups, that is, one group learned through conventional methods (flash cards and board) and the other group through the developed mobile application. The difference in the performance of both the groups was evaluated by conducting quizzes. The quiz results were analyzed by the Z-test and ANOVA. The findings revealed that the Experimental Group (EG) participants, who were instructed by our mobile application showed higher proficiency in the quizzes as compared to the Control Group (CG). EG participants performed better than CG by 12% in the quizzes. A gender based difference was also observed for the quiz scores. Male participants in category C (word problem learning) performed 2.7% better than females in the EG and 2.5% better in the CG. Moreover, a significant difference was also observed in the time taken by participants in both groups to complete the quizzes. CG participants took 20 min longer than EG participants to complete the quizzes. The results of the ANOVA showed that the quiz scores were directly affected by the mode of teaching used for participants in both groups. Full article
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Computer-Based Concept Mapping as a Method for Enhancing the Effectiveness of Concept Learning in Technology-Enhanced Learning
Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 1005; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11041005 - 15 Feb 2019
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Technology enhanced learning is a wide area that covers all uses of digital technology to support learning and teaching activities. The computer-based concept mapping has shown potential in enhancing meaningful learning in education. Concept mapping is an important tool that is used in [...] Read more.
Technology enhanced learning is a wide area that covers all uses of digital technology to support learning and teaching activities. The computer-based concept mapping has shown potential in enhancing meaningful learning in education. Concept mapping is an important tool that is used in the field of education to help students in understanding the basic concepts and the relationships between them. This research proposes a computer-based concept mapping (CBCM) environment combined with Google classroom to help students reduce their misconceptions and to improve their problem solving skills. Furthermore, it examines the effect of CBCM on the sustainability of concept learning according to student views. The participants were first-year engineering students. The study was conducted in a physics class, and a true-experimental design was used. The experimental group students learned with the Google classroom combined with computer-based concept mapping (CBCM), while the concept group students learned with Google classroom and the traditional method. Data were collected from a physics concept test, problem solving inventory, and semi-structured interviews. The research results indicated that teaching in the CBCM environment combined with Google Classroom provides meaningful learning by correcting the misconceptions of the students. Moreover, there was a significant increase in the problem solving skills of the experimental group as compared to the control group. According to the students’ views, it was determined that CBCM enhances the sustainability of concept learning. The results of this study can help educators and researchers to integrate computer-based concept mapping (CBCM) techniques into Google Classroom. Full article
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