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4 septembre 2012

Assessment and Evaluation of Time Factors in Online Teaching and Learning

IGI GlobalEditors: Elena Barbera (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain - ebarbera@uoc.edu), Peter Reimann (University of Sydney, Australia - peter.reimann@sydney.edu.au)
Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline:
September 15, 2012. Submission Date: May 13, 2013
Introduction
Although the time factor does not usually appear as a keyword for research and conferences, within the research community it is increasingly seen as a crucial aspect of online learning. This book is the first that combines empirical and methodological research to study the role of time comprehensively from three perspectives: from an institutional and management perspective (decisions and policies), from a technological perspective (tools and software), and from a pedagogical perspective (scaffolding, teaching and learning). Focusing on higher education, the book will not only provide important contributions to scholarly knowledge on temporal matters in online education, but also aims for improving the learning process and experience.
The book will consider the time factor in online learning in a broad meaning, as referring to phenomena that are related to history and path dependence, to sequence effects, and to rhythm and duration. All research objects related to what could be called “tempo in e-learning” are included, which in this proposal are understood as being the questions related to time that bring about improvements in learning. In a generic way, this “tempo in e-learning” is considered as a factor (and as a tool), one which is always present, and which spreads out into the planning and implementation of online education.
Time is a recognized social asset, which means it has great value in working and private life. For online learning, and other forms of distance learning, time management is vital, not only for learning, but also for work-life balance. All these aspects are global and specific at the same time, but talking about lifelong learning -that includes a high percentage of blended learning and on-line learning- temporal competences with efficient results become really prized.
Objective of the Book

The mission of the book is to build an innovative knowledge base about the power of time factors and to improve and move forward research on and practice of online teaching and learning. The book will signify a reference point for those who work with time aspects of on-line learning, both in theoretical and practical ways. The book will address this issue from three levels: firstly, time management in the institutional level of online higher education; secondly, the temporal aspects of technology and software which mediate online higher education; and thirdly, the temporal aspects of the interaction teacher-student or student-content. This will constitute a consistent and complete new approach to online higher education from the perspective of time.
Target Audience

The primary potential audience are educational researchers as well as psychologists and social science studies researchers (in all cases including PhD students), including  who are researching, studying, or teaching on e-learning issues. A secondary audience is higher education institutions who will be able to benefit from the book for making decisions regarding management of time, or chose of technologies and pedagogies in relation to time.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Online learning, especially in higher education, and:
-learning rhythms,
-curricular timings,
-contingent support for learning,
-student continuation rates,
-automatic feedback technologies,
-self-management study calendars,
-speed and duration of courses,
-withdrawal
-chronology of competence achievement,
-ubiquity and distribution of teaching,
-institutional flexibility,
-openness of higher on-line education
-latency of online discourse,
-learning support structures,
-phases on learning activities and programs
-short, medium and long-term resources,
-validated qualifications and previous knowledge,
-synchrony and asynchrony
-use of time on campus,
-continuous assessment technologies
Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 15, 2012, a 2-4 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 15, 2012 about the status of their proposals and will be sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 15, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
Publisher

The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global, http://www.igi-global.com, publisher of the IGI Publishing (formerly Idea Group Publishing), Information Science Publishing, IRM Press,
CyberTech Publishing, Engineering Science reference, Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference), and Medical Information Science Reference imprints.
This book is anticipated to be released in 2013.
Important Dates

September 15, 2012: 2-4 Proposal Submission Deadline
October 15, 2012: Notification of Acceptance
January  15, 2013: Full Chapter Submission
March 31, 2013: Review Results Returned
April  31, 2013: Final Chapter Submission
May 15, 2013: Final Deadline
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded by e-mail to any of the book editors (indicate subject: “Assessment and Evaluation of Time Factors in Online Teaching and Learning”).

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