Call-for-papers: “Video-supported Online Virtual Classrooms”

Virtual ClassroomsThe International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments is a newly established journal for scholars to share experiences and research findings on the use of web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning.

Online learning can be as good as or better than face-to-face learning in terms of learning outcomes. However, the absence of personal interactions in an online learning environment creates a number of challenges, such as the lack of classroom climate, insufficient visual cues, loneliness, and difficulties in observing students’ participation and engagement.

The use of two-way live video conferencing together with text chat can create an interactive virtual classroom where students and the teacher can see each other; students can conveniently ask questions without interrupting the teacher’s presentation; and the teacher may feel more comfortable when he/she talks to the live students than to the screen. However, there might be additional challenges in an online virtual classroom. For instance, monitoring students’ engagement in a big class becomes difficult.

This special issue aims to provide an avenue for researchers to share: i) their design strategies of using technology – in particular video conferencing – to create online virtual classrooms; and ii) the experiences and challenges students and teacher have in the implementation process. Research articles and conceptual papers related to using video conferencing to support the design and implementation of online virtual classrooms are welcome.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

  • Two-way live video conferencing for teaching and learning
  • Online virtual classrooms
  • Online virtual classroom design and implementation
  • Social presence in an online learning environment
  • Classroom climate in an online learning environment
  • Transactional distance in an online learning environment
  • Web conferencing for learning
  • Computer-mediated distance learning
  • Synchronous virtual classrooms
  • Distance interactive classroom conferencing
  • Interactive distance online course design
  • Live teacher-supported distance learning
  • Live video streaming environment
  • Online distance learning with live video
  • Distance learning with live video streaming
  • Video-supported online learning environment
  • Live and interactive online learning environment
  • Real-time teaching and learning
  • Synchronous online learning environments
  • Technological self-efficacy in online learning environments

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).
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 Author Guidelines page.
All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please go to Online Submissions of Papers.

Important Dates

  • Submission of manuscripts: 31 July, 2014
  • Notification to authors: 15 September, 2014
  • Final versions due: 31 October, 2014

Call for papers
Sample articles
Dr. Qiyun Wang
The International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments

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