Special Issue: Transforming higher education teaching and learning environments

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We are delighted to invite researchers and developers to contribute to the Special Issue on Transforming higher education teaching and learning environments in the International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research (IJLTER). IJLTER is an open-access journal established for the dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of education, learning and teaching. 

The Special Issue is connected to the Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA) 2019 conference with a theme “Learning landscapes are evolving – what of it?” on November 20th, in Joensuu, Finland. We welcome submissions that recognize the topics of the Special Issue and the FERA 2019 pre-conference theme, as well as other topics regarding the development of digital teaching and supervision environments and skills in higher education. Novel approaches to digi-pedagogical research and practices are welcomed. The manuscripts can be empirical, theoretical or practice-based. We expect not only methodological diversity but also reflections into digi-pedagogical aspects from various interpretative approaches and contexts in higher education. Kindly note, that submission and publication of a manuscript do not require attendance or a presentation in the seminar.

Authors are asked to study the IJLTER homepage and familiarize oneself with the scope and format of the journal (https://ijlter.org). IJLTER is classified as JUFO 1 in the Finnish Publication Forum rank.

Guidelines and Important dates

Submission in this Special Issue proceeds through two stages.

  1. Authors are asked to submit 1000-word proposal (references not included) by August 21st 2019 to erkko.sointu (at) uef.fi. The proposal (in Word format, i.e., .doc or .docx file) should include an introduction including a rationale for the work, methods, results or outcomes, and discussion, as well as the list of references. These 1000-word proposals are reviewed by guest editors.Confirmation for acceptance to the second stage is sent via email by September 1st 2019.
  2. In the second stage, authors are expected to use IJLTER manuscript template and submit a full paper (both blinded and full version) to one of the guest editors erkko.sointu (at) uef.fi by October 7th 2019. After a blind review process, authors are informed about acceptance to the Special issue, including required revisions. Revised, final versions of the manuscripts need to be submitted by November 25th 2019. The estimated publication of the Special Issue will be in late 2019. Open access fees for the accepted manuscripts (max 10 papers) will be covered.

Papers that are accepted to the second stage, are accepted also as presentations to the FERA pre-conference on November 20, 2019. If author(s) would like to give a presentation in the seminar, they are expected to submit their proposals via FERA submission system by October 1st 2019 (Please see the conference web page). Please note, that accepted manuscripts for the Special Issue do not require attendance to the seminar.

For questions regarding the Special issue, including topics and methods etc., please contact erkko.sointu (at) uef.fi.

Thank you!

Guest Editors

Erkko Sointu, Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Eastern Finland, erkko.sointu (at) uef.fi

Laura Hirsto, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, laura.hirsto (at) helsinki.fi

Mari Murtonen, Professor, Tampere University, mari.murtonen (at) tuni.fi