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International Journal of Knowledge and Learning
International Journal of Knowledge and Learning


Special Issue on: “Knowledge and Learning Technologies for National Educational Systems: New Horizons for Open Minds”

Guest Editors:
David Jonassen, University of Missouri, USA
Albert Angehrn, INSEAD, France
Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece
Ambjörn Naeve, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

IJKL seeks original manuscripts for the Special Issue on Knowledge and Learning Technologies for National Educational Systems scheduled to appear in an early 2007 issue.

The evolution of knowledge and learning technologies is truly amazing: excellent approaches, sound theoretical propositions, state-of-the art systems ready to provide a new level of sustainable development.

Today, national educational systems provide the contexts for the applications of knowledge and learning technologies. Several committees of technologists and pedagogues are trying to find the right balance, and to implement learning-aware, technology-enhanced systems.

However, there seem to be problems: a significant gap between technological possibilities and technology adoption, as well as a lack of imagination with respect to the ways in which new technologies can open up new roads for constructive learning, community building and effective knowledge transfer. Billions of euros are spent for new learning technologies at every level of education, but unfortunately, in many cases the investments seem to be a waste of money.

It is not a problem of availability of technologies but rather a problem in terms of tight linkage to the old and inefficient educational paradigms. We must develop new roles for the teachers of today, away from the authoritarian characteristics of the past, and we must take steps towards open collaborative content.

New horizons for open minds: this is the ultimate objective of the application of knowledge and learning technologies in national educational systems - new contexts, new models and new learning designs that motivate the cultivation of virtues, culture and knowledge.

This is the theme of this special issue. We invite open minds, academics, and practitioners to contribute their research on how knowledge and learning technologies can create new horizons for open minds in national educational systems, exploiting leading edge approaches on design and modeling of learning processes and educational systems.

Our special issue aims at helping to communicate and disseminate relevant and recent research in applications of knowledge and learning technologies in national educational systems with imagination, inspiration and care for the educational community and society. This is intended to initiate a dialogue between the government and the research community based on a well-defined context - in fact, a new deal for the education of the 21st century.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Educational paradigms of the knowledge and learning society
  • Knowledge and learning technologies in national educational systems
  • Educational portals at the national level.
  • Digital educational archives and context-driven learning
  • Culture for educational, technology-enhanced initiatives
  • Virtual spaces for knowledge and learning in educational systems
  • Educational content repositories and content dissemination strategies
  • Approaches for community development of educational content
  • Frameworks, models and strategies for the deployment of knowledge and learning technologies in educational systems
  • International technology-enhanced partnerships for education
  • Knowledge and learning technologies for education in developing countries
  • Knowledge and learning technologies for minorities and excluded communities

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Papers Submission section under Author Guidelines

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 May 2006

Notification to authors: 15 Sept 2006

Final versions due by: 15 October 2006