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June 11, 2015

EdITLib Toc Alert

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Dear Michael Barbour,

The latest issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education is now available on the Ed/ITLib Digital Library.

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

Vol. 15 , No. 1 (March 2015)

Table of Contents

  1. Determining Useful Tools for the Flipped Science Education Classroom

    Gregory MacKinnon , School of Education, Acadia University,


  2. Putting TPACK on the Radar: A Visual Quantitative Model for Tracking Growth of Essential Teacher Knowledge

    Julien C. Colvin , Towson University, ; Ming C. Tomayko , Towson University,


  3. Prime Online: Developing Grades 3-5 Teachers’ Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics in an Online Professional Development Program

    Stephen J. Pape , Johns Hopkins University, ; Sherri K. Prosser , University of Florida, ; Cynthia C. Griffin , University of Florida, ; Nancy Fichtman Dana , University of Florida, ; James Algina , University of Florida, ; Jungah Bae , University of Florida,


  4. Contemporary Literacies and Technologies in English Language Arts Teacher Education: Shift Happens!

    Marshall George , Fordham University, ; Carol Pope , North Carolina State University, ; Lou Ann Reid , Colorado State University,


  5. Commentary: Digital Citizenship: A Response to Hicks et al.’s (2014) Guidelines

    Margaret S. Crocco , Michigan State University, ; Sara L. Leo , Michigan State University,


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June 4, 2015

[Eurodl] EURODL Special Issue – Best of EDEN RW8

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Dear EURODL Subscriber,

We are pleased to announce the Special Issue of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning – EURODL entitled “Best of EDEN RW8” which collects the enhanced versions of the final candidate and winner research papers of the Best Research Paper Award 2014 (EDEN 8th Research Workshop, in Oxford).

Please, be kindly informed that the next Special Issue of the journal, with the finalist and winner research papers of the Best Research Paper Award, presented at the 2013 and 2014 Annual Conferences (Oslo and Zagreb, respectively) will also be published late 2015.

Kind regards,

Anna Wagner

Anna Wagner

EURODL Editorial Co-ordination

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
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Article Notice – Why Study Online in Upper Secondary School? Qualitative Analysis of Online Learning Experiences

I wanted to highlight this specific article from yesterday’s New Issue Of Human Technology Now Published entry.


Tiina Kokko
Department of Education
University of Jyväskylä

Henri Pesonen
Department of Teacher Education
University of Helsinki

Elina Kontu
Department of Teacher Education
University of Helsinki

Raija Pirttimaa
Department of Education
University of Jyväskylä


In Finland, online learning has become more common in recent years. In this study, we examined why adult students chose to study online for upper secondary school. The research also focused on the support needed for learning from a special education perspective. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected using an electronic questionnaire. In total, 58 students responded. Data were analyzed qualitatively using the content analysis technique. The findings indicate that the main reasons for online studies are similar in Finland to those found internationally: flexibility of timetables, the student’s health condition, and family situations. The findings also indicate that a student’s school history leads them to choose online studies. This history included a lack of support, health issues, bullying, and too large class size. Suggested future research and practical implications also are discussed.

Keywords: online learning, online student, online upper secondary school, online school, school history.

June 3, 2015

New Issue Of Human Technology Now Published

This showed up in my e-mail last week and I wanted to draw folks attention to the article about an online high school in Finland.

Full disclosure: I was one of the reviewers for this manuscript and while I suggested every international citation that I could think of, it does seem that they over relied upon citations from me.

Dear subscriber of the Human Technology e-notification service,

We are pleased to announce that the new issue of the online journal Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Humans in ICT Environments has been published. In addition, two additional notices are provided at the end of this notification: A new call for papers for an upcoming thematic issue in Human Technology and the journal’s recently awarded seal of peer review.

This issue comprises manuscripts that were submitted independently to our journal. You can access the issue at


From the Editor in Chief

Human Technology: Toward the Second Decade

Pertti Hurme

Original Articles

An Oral History of Programming Practices: Gender and Age Dynamics and Digital (Dis)Engagement Among Computer Programmers in Finland

Antti Silvast

Extending the Semiotics of Embodied Interaction to Blended Spaces

Shaleph J. O’Neill & David R. Benyon

Why Study Online in Upper Secondary School? Qualitative Analysis of Online Learning Experiences

Tiina Kokko, Henri Pesonen, Elina Kontu, & Raija Pirttimaa

On the Convergence of Affective and Persuasive Technologies in Computer-Mediated Health-Care Systems

Rebeca I. García-Betances, Giuseppe Fico, Dario Salvi, Manuel Ottaviano,

& María T. Arredondo

As noted above, a call for papers has recently been opened for a special issue: Human–Technology Choreographies: Body, movement, and space. The guest editors of this thematic issue (Antti Pirhonen, Kai Tuuri & Cumhu Erkut) seek submissions that emphasize intentional human movement in the physical and social “life-world” in which humans encounter technological and virtual artifacts. In regard to research in this area, the editors define choreography as meaningful continuums of movement that humans, as individuals or as groups, experience during interaction with technology. Manuscripts should be submitted for publication consideration by August 28, 2015, and further information is available at

Finally, the publisher and editors of Human Technology are proud to announce that the journal has beenawarded the peer-review label of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, and this label appears for the first time on the manuscripts in this issue. This designation acknowledges Human Technology’s commitment to high quality peer review for scholarly publishing of original research.

We ask that you please forward information on our journal to all of your colleagues who might be interested in the topics within this issue or in submitting a paper for either the thematic issue or for an open submissions issue of Human Technology.


Rachel Ferlatte Kuisma, Acting Managing Editor

Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments


May 11, 2015

A New IRRODL Issue – 16(2)

From last week’s inbox…

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