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Dr. Itiel Dror id at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Aug 29 03:37:54 EST 2006


Fourth special issue in the series Cognition and Technology


Editor: Itiel Dror

Learning technologies have been taking an increasing role in almost all
learning environments. They are used in a variety of informal and formal
educational environments, from early years to university level and
throughout adulthood, as well as in many commercial, industrial, and
governmental settings. With the greater use of learning technologies it is
critical to better understand how they interact with human cognition. Both
in terms of how they may facilitate and enhance (as well as hinder)
learning, and also in terms of how they affect the way we learn and acquire
information, and the nature of cognition.

These issues pertain to specific technologies and to learning objectives.
Specific technologies (and their usage) are important to understand in
their own right; for example, how the use of electronic boards and
visualization tools, e-learning, synchronic vs. a-synchronic remote
learning, blackboard, simulation, virtual realities, and other
technological learning environments affect learning and the learner. But
also the learning technologies need to be considered and understood in
light of learning objectives: not only the acquisition of information, but
also the ability to retain and use it and the assessment of the
effectiveness of the learning process. When considering how best to use
learning technologies (and their vulnerabilities) one needs to be able to
determine which learning materials and objectives are best suited for these
technologies, which learning tools are most appropriate, and how to best use
them. Furthermore, a fundamental issue to address is if and when learning
technologies should replace traditional learning and when and how should
learning technologies be blended with traditional learning.

Original and high quality papers that examine learning technologies either
from an academic or from a practical perspective will be considered for
publication. The first special issue of Pragmatics & Cognition devoted to
Cognitive Technologies is now going to be published as a book. It is hoped
that the Learning Technologies special issue will also appear in book form
in the future.

For more information, please see:

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2007
Publication: Summer 2008

Send submissions and inquiries to:

id at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Itiel Dror
Southampton University
Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

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