Virtual School Meanderings

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…

May 8, 2015

[Irrodl-subscribers] New IRRODL issue 16(2)

And another one from Tuesday’s inbox…

Vol 16, No 2 (2015)

Table of Contents


Editorial: Volume 16, Number 2 HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Dianne Conrad

Research Articles

Influencing factors in OER usage of adult learners in Korea HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Byoung Wook Kim, Won Gyu Lee, Byeong Rae Lee, Jin Gon Shon
Uptake of OER by staff in distance education in South Africa HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Kerry Lynn de Hart, Yuraisha B Chetty, Elizabeth Archer
Coursera’s introductory human physiology course: Factors that characterize successful completion of a MOOC HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Deborah Engle, Chris Mankoff, Jennifer Carbrey
A usability evaluation of a blended MOOC environment: An experimental case study HTML PDF EPUBMP3
Ahmed Mohamed Fahmy Yousef, Mohamed Amine Chatti, Ulrik Schroeder, Marold Wosnitza
Linking learning styles and learning on mobile Facebook HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Yu-ching Chen
Mobile learning: Moving past the myths and embracing the opportunities HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Tom H Brown, Lydia S Mbati
Student media usage patterns and non-traditional learning in higher education HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Wolfgang Müskens, Ulrike Krause, Uthman Alturki, Ahmed Aldraiweesh
A snapshot of online learners: e-Readiness, e-Satisfaction and expectations HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Hale Ilgaz, Yasemin Gülbahar
Measuring disorientation based on the Needleman-Wunsch algorithm HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Tolga Güyer, Bilal Atasoy, Sibel Somyürek
An item response theory analysis of the Community of Inquiry Scale HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Mehmet Barış Horzum, Gülden Kaya Uyanik
Perceived usability evaluation of learning management systems: Empirical evaluation of the System Usability Scale HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Konstantina Orfanou, Nikolaos Tselios, Christos Katsanos
A generic framework for extraction of knowledge from social web sources (social networking websites) for an online recommendation system HTML PDFMP3 EPUB
Javubar Sathick, Jaya Venkat
Guidelines towards the facilitation of interactive online learning programmes in higher education HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Lydia Mbati, Ansie Minnaar
Professional task-based curriculum development for distance education practitioners at master’s level: A design-based research HTML PDFMP3 EPUB
Xiaoying Feng, Guangxin Lu, Zhihong Yao
Online text processing: A study of Iranian EFL learners’ vocabulary knowledge HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Abbas Ali Ahangar, Mehri Izadi
“Remember to hand out medals”: Peer rating and expertise in a question-and-answer study group HTML PDF MP3EPUB
Marisa Ponti

Brigette McConkey

Managing Editor
International Review of Research
in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL)

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March 24, 2015

[Eurodl] New Articles In EURODL – March 2015

From yesterday’s inbox…

Fresh Articles – March 2015

Dear EURODL subscriber,

We kindly inform you that new articles have been accepted for publication, during the first few months of 2015. Please, visit them at the journal’s website.

And the freshly published article in the “Brief items” section:

Let us also draw your attention to the several articles published late December 2014, that might be of interest to you, as well.

In case you like these and previous articles, feel free to recommend them for reading to your colleagues on your social networking account by clicking at the “Share” button above the article’s title.

As announced last December, EDEN’s 2015 Annual Conference “Expanding Learning Scenarios – Opening Out the Educational Landscape”, will focus on “How the progressive and innovative academic and professional international community can contribute to the better understanding of the expansion of the educational landscape?”. The event, organised in co-operation with Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – UOC, will be held 9-12 June, in Barcelona.

We are pleased to inform that over 200 proposals have been received. The Conference Programme, beside the traditional presentations, will include research speed dating sessions and homegroups. These interactive formats support in-depth discussions around the presentations (speed dating) and provide opportunity to exchange views about the keynote presentations (homegroups).

The Registration is open, for details, please visit the conference website.

Feel free to contact us in case you have any inquiries.

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March 20, 2015

[CNIE-L] CJLT: New Issue Published | RCAT : nouveau numero

From Tuesday’s inbox…  Note I suspect this will be a busy day of blogging (leading into what may be a busy weekend of blogging).  A slow Monday and a guest blogging day on Tuesday backed things up…

Dear Readers:

The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology has just published its latest issue at .  We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our Web site to review articles and items of interest.

Thank you for the continuing interest in our work.  Kim Peacock (


Chers lectures,

Le numéro plus récent de la Revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie est maintenant disponible au .  Vous trouverez ci-dessous la table des matières.  Nous vous invitons à visiter le site Web pour lire les articles et les autres choses.

Nous vous remercions pour votre intérêt à notre revue.  Kim Peacock (


Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie

Vol 41, No 1 (2015)

Table of Contents



Editorial / Éditorial

Heather Kanuka


Bilingual Facebook Users’ Cognitive Writing Processes / Processus cognitifs d’écriture des utilisateurs bilingues de Facebook

Jacqueline Riley

Meeting the challenge of providing flexible learning opportunities: Considerations for technology adoption amongst academic staff / Relever le défi de fournir des occasions d’apprentissage flexibles : considérations pour l’adoption de la technologie

Negin Mirriahi, Bhuvinder Singh Vaid,   David P Burns

Le rendement dans l’utilisation du clavier d’ordinateur pour écrire chez les personnes ayant un trouble du spectre de l’autisme / Performance using a computer keyboard for writing among persons with an autism spectrum disorder

Claire Dumont,  Priscilla Boyer

Les usages numériques éducatifs des élèves allophones issus de l’immigration récente: une étude exploratoire / Educational digital uses by allophone students from recent immigration: an exploratory study

Simon Collin, Hamid Saffari, Jacob Kamta

The Use of Video in Knowledge Transfer of Teacher-Led Psychosocial Interventions: Feeling Competent to Adopt a Different Role in the Classroom / L’utilisation de la vidéo dans le transfert de connaissances dans les interventions psychosociales

Caroline Beauregard, Cécile Rousseau, Sally Mustafa

Book Review | Recension

Book Review of Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry

Dirk Morrison


Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie


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