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October 21, 2017

[AECT] Call For Papers – HKAECT 2018 International Conference

Also from Thursday’s inbox…


Call for Papers – HKAECT 2018 International Conference


New Media for Educational Change: Effect on Learning and Reflection on Practice

25 – 27 July 2018 at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
Organized by: HKAECT & Hong Kong Baptist University

The new digital and web-based technologies, coupled with ubiquitous mobile access, have provided us to whatever information we want, whenever and wherever we want it. In spite of the fact that the world has become increasingly connected and interactive, some scholars contend that new technologies have not brought about transformative changes in the educational arena. Furthermore, the always-on lifestyle has given rise to some concerns over its negative impact on young people’s cognitive development, attention, and learning.

The HKAECT 2018 International Conference seeks to encourage the sharing of the experience and reflection on the theme of new media for educational change. It encourages scholarly discussion that looks beyond what new media can afford for teaching and learning, and ponder over the actual effects of these media on communication and learning. In particular, we welcome the sharing of good practice and lessons learned of applying new media in a wide range of fields and critical reflection on the concerns and issues associated with emergent technologies.


  • Communication and new media in everyday life
  • Learning analytics and AI in education
  • Game-based learning and ubiquitous Learning
  • MOOC and open education
  • Design and application
  • Social context and learning environment
  • Social media in education
  • Risk and ethics in using new media

Paper Submission:

This is a blind peer-reviewed conference. We will have two rounds of calls for papers. The first round calls for full papers that will be selected for the proceedings published by Springer. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously.

Important Dates: (Deadline extended)

  • Deadline for full paper : 1 November 2017
  • Notification of accepted papers: 7 December 2017
  • Final paper submission: 7 January 2018
  • Deadline for presentation/Workshop: 10 January 2018

Paper Publication

Selected papers will be included in the proceedings published by Springer. The proceedings of HKAECT 2014 international conference has been downloaded more than 13,500 times and become one of top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant SpringerLink eBook Collection in 2016.


Best paper award and best student paper award sponsored by Springer.

Conference Contact:


Web site:

We sincerely hope to see you in Hong Kong in 2018!

HKAECT 2018 Organization Committee


The Association for Educational Communications & Technology
Office: 812-335-7675

December 1, 2016

Invitation to Publish in AACE Journals

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
is now accepting submissions for all journal publications.
AACE Invites You to Submit for
Publication in the These Respected Journals!
We invite all authors to submit your work for print and digital publication in one of AACE’s internationally respected journals.
Publication connects your paper and you with our vast community of researchers, educators, and subscribers who are interested in
your specific field of study.
AACE Publications | Email:|
AACE | P.O. Box 719, 828-246-9558, Waynesville, NC 28786

November 3, 2016

[AECT] DDL Special Issue of Tech Trends

Note that it would be great to see some K-12 focused submissions to this special issue.

Deadline Nov. 11th, 2016

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The Association for Educational Communications & Technology
320 W. 8th Street. Suite 101
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Office: 812-335-7675

October 4, 2016

Asian Journal of Distance Education

A number of years ago I wrote an entry about the Asian Journal of Distance Education.  Last week I decided to re-visit the journal and see what had been published that was related to K-12 distance, online and blended learning over the years.  Here is what I found…

Development of Equal Opportunities to Education using ICT : Overview of the Nationwide Project ‘Modern Distance Education for Schools in the Rural Areas of China’
Li CHEN, & Meiling CHEN
Beijing Normal University, China

ABSTRACT: The Ministry of Education in China is concerned to extend the reach of educational opportunities to the whole country, and that all students have equal access to high quality education. To extend opportunities to the rural areas of China, it is necessary to use distance education and technology, since these may be able to provide access at reasonable cost through sharing high quality education resources developed and used in the major cities. Since 2003, the Chinese government has promoted a project ‘Modern Distance Education for Schools in the Rural Areas of China’, which aims to reduce the gap in education quality between the urban areas and the rural areas – by sharing digital resources through ICT. This Paper gives an overview of the project : its background, the main tasks, achievements, challenges, and trends. We include a literature review, interview findings, and a field case study. Together with discussion of the challenges and the trends, some suggestions are then given for further consideration. This Paper shares some valuable information on how distance education can be used as an effective way to enhance the educational balance in China.

Distance Education in Turkey
Salih USUN
Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey

ABSTRACT: Turkey is in both Europe and Asia, and has Anadolu University with 760,859 students (in 1998, according to the World Bank) which is the largest mega-university in the world, founded in 1982. Anadolu University currently has three distance-education faculties ;- the Open Education Faculty (OEF), the Faculty of Economics, and the Faculty of Business Administration. Other forms of distance education through the Ministry of National Education include the Open High School (OHS), the Open Primary School, and the Open Vocational and Technical Education School. Today, Anadolu University has, including the distance education system, 12 faculties, 9 vocational schools, a state conservatory and 12 research institutes.Although Turkey has the technological capability for more interactive two-way communications, all distance education including learner support services are through the older one-way technologies. Various social and political constraints remain to be negotiated.

Radio, Television and the Internet providing the Right to Education in India
Anna University, India

ABSTRACT: Radio, television and the Internet (RTI) comprise an important strategic application in India for educational development. RTI provides the means for the right to education using learning materials through the popular mass media. Initially only radio was used for imparting education – broadcasting programs for students at schools, colleges, and at universities. Then TV joined hands and carried the mission further when it started transmission with an increasing number of channels. The use of computers along with the Internet has completely changed the world in the field of information and education. These different forms of communication have varied and interrelated functions to perform towards improving the quality of teaching-and-learning and spreading education to all parts of the country. They have also made it possible to deliver education all over the globe, and India now exports these courses using basic but popular mass media. RTI is helping to eliminate various educational disparities between rural and urban populations, between regular mode and distance mode education, and between different languages used for education. However, in India, there remains much scope for further development, expansion and more effective utilization of RTI. At present there is fairly good coverage of RTI connectivity, considering the size of the country. Expansion and greater utilization of existing RTI facilities could provide further opportunities towards sustaining education among students who are educationally and technologically disadvantaged in many parts of India, and in many countries all over the world.

September 14, 2015

Authors Wanted – Special Learning Analytics Issue of Online Learning

From today’s inbox…

Online Learning Consortium
Online Learning (Journal) 
Learning Analytics Edition
Call for Papers Open
Dear Michael K,

This is a friendly reminder that there are just 15 days left to submit a paper for our special edition of Online Learning focusing on Learning Analytics.

The goal of this special edition is to advance our understanding of the particular issues involved in developing and implementing learning analytics in the context of online learning environments.

This edition will present rigorous empirical research and theory-based work on the use of learning analytics in online education.  Potential topics include, but are not limited to: the use of learning analytics in developing effective models for identifying at-risk online students; the creation of analytics that provide feedback to students and/or instructors on learning processes, and the use of analytics for adaptive online learning or personalized recommendations.

Submit your paper by September 30, 2015.

You can find Online Learning in these databases: EBSCO, ERIC, H.W. Wilson Company, Cabell Publishing Inc., ERA Online, Ulrichs Web, Index Copernicus. We also support the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Access JOLT archives here.

Authors and reviewers: Update your profiles here.


Best regards,

Peter Shea | Editor-in-Chief, Online Learning | Online Learning Consortium
University at Albany, State University of New York

The Online Learning Consortium | P.O. Box 1238 | Newburyport | MA | 01950

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