Great news for the journal Interactive Learning Environments

In the latest Thomson Reuters Journal Impact Factors, covering citations accrued in 2014 by articles published in Interactive Learning Environments during 2012 and 2013 (the first two years in which I took over as Co-Editor with Joe Psotka), Interactive Learning Environments received an Impact Factor of 1.323, placing it 45/224 in the Education & Educational Research category of the 2014 Journal Citation Reports.


And even more good news – the publisher, Taylor and Francis, has agreed to give us a full 8 issues in 2016 (that’s double issues printed four times a year) compared to the current 6 issues in 2015. This is a great opportunity for authors who send in article submissions at a great rate of knots to ILE – Joe and I and our associate editors are kept on our toes keeping up to date with editorial reviewing and ensuring we keep authors waiting as little as we can given the demand for publication.

While it may not be so obvious from the title, a quick glance at our journal’s scope shows that we publish research which uses learning technologies to support or stimulate interactivity in learning. Many of the papers are given in the context of Higher Education but that is not the only field of learning we publish – primary and secondary education, together with workplace learning also feature.

It’s my privilege to write editorials for the general issues of the journal and I can vouch for the fact that there is a great diversity in the papers published. As this journal climbs the impact ladder, it’s good to keep an eye on the issues which face learners and teachers this way. We tend to publish articles which have a strong research evidence base and really add value to debates about virtual worlds, leading technologies and social networking for collaborative learning among others. There is always a strong focus on pedagogic research in the papers – after all it’s always going to be about engaging learning.

Gorg Malia book on The Social Classroom

This book is a collection of chapters for which I enjoyed reviewing as a member of the Editorial Board.

Great experiences often begin with conference conversations – this one at an earlier ICICTE.

Conference 2012

This academic year,

I have presented at the University of Brighton’s Pedagogy Conference (Feb 2012, Falmer)

and am looking forward to presenting at and atttending:

DIVAI2012 Slovakia 2-4 May 2012

UFHRD 2012 Portugal 23-25 May 2012

ICICTE 2012 Rhodes 5-7 July 2012.

Next academic year I am hoping to attend:

ALT-C 2012 Manchester 11-13 September 2012

ECEL 2012 Netherlands 26-27 October 2012 At this one I am offering a mini-track on Changing Academic Roles. NOTE ABSTRACT DEADLINE 7th APRIL 2012

This Mini Track explores how academic staff are being required to rethink and reframe their learning and teaching roles as e-learning and in particular technology-enhanced learning gains ground in Higher Education. This change is not simply about embracing new technology. This debate strikes at the values of academics and their professional identity as interactive learning environments and learning technologies cause us to redefine what it means to be a teacher in Higher Education. We believe this is a helpful topic for continuing research and would like to stimulate further debate among learning and teaching academics and their subject discipline counterparts.

Topics of interest in this mini track are focused on (but not limited to):

  • Learning and teaching philosophies – how they encounter online learning
  • Resistance to change and beyond – encouraging the take-up of innovative learning and teaching
  • Role-modelling good learning practice with technology in Higher Education
  • Lifelong learning for teachers – strategies to stay up to date with scholarship and technology
  • Collaborative and action-centred learning in Higher Education – policies and practices which support teacher development
  • The teacher as research practitioner – implications for research and institutional policy as well as teaching.

Would be great to see old friends and new colleagues at any or all of these.

Counting down to ECEl 2011 at Brighton

The conference website is showing 2 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes to go before Mithras House in Brighton Business School welcomes 200 delegates to ECEL 2011.

With three great keynotes and over a hundred academic papers plus a doctoral symposium, we are going to be busy.
We have mini-tracks on accessibility awareness in e-learning management, personalized learning in online environments, open source and OER in e-learning, beyond virtual silos and institutional walls, e-submission and intelligent tutoring on e-learning platforms.
Lots of information on the conference website and photos during and after conference, but for now, to keep up with the conference follow us on Twitter #ECEL2011

Rhodes sunshine and genuine community learning at ICICTE

This year’s ICICTE conference, my second visit but it’s been a while, was a good learning experience.

learning experience at Greek Night, Aresh not listening!

The link here to the conference website shows the visual evidence, photos from every day of the conference and a great way to remember the names of new friends.

icicte 2011 first eveninghere are Antonis and Olga from Greece, Andrea and myself from Brighton, Aresh from London, Liam and Stephen from New Zealand

As always with conferences, you can choose to have the best conference ever, or you can be passive. The difference is made by being proactive, being open to questions and asking them frequently, being prepared to find common ground and really attending to speakers. All offer some great learning – particularly if good time-keeping means you can really choose ones which interest you.

view from hotel room to Turkey

I enjoyed sessions on digital identity – good paper by Carolyn Woodley, assessment – good paper by Bostock from Keele – and Facebook – our final session which included a lovely example of interesting students in maths by putting up a Facebook page for a revered ancient mathematician and attracting friends. The latter session was where I delivered my paper right at the end of conference on Facebook: perceptions of purpose, learning from the experience of retailers which, like the others, can be found in the ICICTE website where the proceedings are downloadable. Can also be found on the public prezi site.

Andrea Benn delivered her paper at the start of conference so between us we bookended the event, talking about our new Business with Enterprise course based on PBL – lots of differing definitions of this among the audience and some useful experience shared.

A highlight was the keynote from Michael Grahame Moore and his presence throughout the conference – here at the Philospher’s Cafe:

Michael Moore at ICICTE 2011

Michael Moore at ICICTE 2011

His ideas about the vertical disaggregation of HE learning struck a chord, a world of aggregated learners and disaggregated (by merit across the world) resources for learning. And an absolute belief in the power of online interaction and affective communication.

Although the work didn’t end with the conference (have netbook, will work), a few days afterwards in the warm blanket of Rhodes sunshine was an exceptional treat.

Events on Faculty e-learning programme

At Brighton Business School we are running a programme of internal and external speakers to address issues around blended and e-learning in HE and to encourage debate plus share ideas.

New date for the next external speaker: Keith Smyth from Edinburgh Napier University on Staff Development and e-learning – talking about his 3E model – which was a great session at last November’s ECEL conference – Now coming to Brighton 5-6.30pm Wednesday 5th May.

Next session will be internal – “Blend or replace” – we can debate the value of replacing face to face with online sessions, and options for blended learning with full time campus students. That’s facilitated by myself, Asher Rospigliosi and Marion Curdy on Wednesday 26th May at 5-6.30pm

Then an external speaker seminar : Catherine Owen from Strathclyde who project managed REAP (HEA project on e-assessment) will focus our thoughts on formative and summative assessment using online technologies, and getting students involved in assessment. Wednesday 30th June 3pm – 4.30pm.

Finally the programme is due to end with a research-focused symposium including external speakers/experts in the field on Friday September 17th, 10am-3.45pm at Brighton Business School

“New Pedagogies for the Digital Age”

Looking forward to Steve Wheeler’s session to launch our faculty e-learning programme this year.
Six sessions all in all with e-expertise, fun, food, lots of sharing of ideas.