Special Issue Proposal for International Journal of Distance Education Technologies



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Special Issue Proposal for International Journal of Distance Education Technologies

Special Issue Proposal for International Journal of Distance Education Technologies





  • Special Issue on

Emotional Intelligence for Online Learning


  • Objectives

Emotions play an important role when users engage in career or drama training, or language learning situations via role-play. Interpreting player experience and affect from open-ended verbal communication and diverse body language has been challenging research tasks. It further promotes the importance of such studies when employing diverse game-play modalities (e.g. mobile interfaces and augmented reality platforms) and when recognising affect and mood from metaphorical affective expressions, dialogue context, emotionally ambiguous or non-prototypical spoken utterances, facial expressions and gestures. Such research is significantly beneficial to the development of intelligent virtual agents which are capable of interpreting social relationships, context, general mood and emotion, sensing or reasonably predicating others' inter-conversion, identifying its role and participating intelligently in open-ended interaction.

The detection of affect from multimodal channels and emotion generation bring research from different disciplines (such as cognitive, social, computer, mathematical and biological science) together. Various artificial intelligence techniques and bio-inspired approaches are used to interpret affect from verbal and non-verbal communications.

Many intelligent tutoring systems have been developed and used to support students' learning. Good online learning systems require emotional communications happened in-between the tutors and the learners. Emotion is one of the most important factors that influence how people making decision. How to develop a system which can identify user's emotion and/or present its feelings to the user according to user's words, behaviors, and performance in online learning is definitely an important, a very helpful as well an interesting research topic. The purpose of this special issue is to explore how models, theories, and solutions of emotion intelligence can be used in online learning and what benefits users can receive from such emotion intelligence-embedded systems and agents.


  • Submission topics

We cordially invite authors to submit high quality manuscripts for any application domain as long as the core of the manuscript belongs to:

    • Affect sensing from text, speech, facial expression and gestures

    • Affect inspired interactive intelligent agents/games

    • Emotion modelling and generation

    • Human computer interaction issues and challenges that affective computing/emotional intelligence solutions for online learning may have

    • Emotional tutoring agents

    • Emotional learning companions

    • Emotional interactive robots

    • Affective computing tools, systems and applications for online learning

    • Emotional intelligent agents for assisting teaching or learning

    • Multi-agent based affective computing systems and applications

    • Practical experiences in using & deploying emotional intelligence for online learning

    • Successful cases of applying emotional intelligence to online learning

    • Not-so-successful cases and the lessons learnt

    • Evaluation models for emotional intelligent agents/systems



  • Procedure for recruiting papers

[…detailed procedure could be written here before talking about the acceptance rate below]

We hope to receive more than ??? submissions and we are going to accept 5 to 6 manuscripts for publishing in the special issue. [please note that all accepted manuscripts need to be in high quality, in statistics, the acceptance rate of submissions for regular issues is about 30%]



  • Important dates and manuscript guidelines

All submissions have to follow IGI Global journal manuscript guidelines and should be submitted via open journal system at http://www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers/international-journal-distance-education-technologies/1078 by February 28, 2016. All submissions are going to be reviewed by at least three reviewers, the final camera-ready manuscripts have to be revised by the author(s) according to reviewer comments before sending to the guest editors by June 15, 2016. The important dates are:

    • Submission deadline: February 28, 2016

    • Review result notification: May 1, 2016

    • Revised manuscript submission deadline: June 1, 2016

    • Acceptance notification: July 1, 2016

    • Final camera-ready manuscript and required documents upload deadline: July 15, 2016

    • Editorial Preface submitted by guest editor: July 31, 2016

    • Publication date: according to the arrangement and decision made by Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Distance Education Technologies

    • IGI Global manuscript guidelines

      • http://www.igi-global.com/journals/guidelines-for-submission.aspx

      • http://www.igi-global.com/publish/resources/journal-organization-and-formatting.pdf

      • http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/journaltemplate.doc



  • Short biographies of the guest editors (in alphabet order):

Dr. Maiga Chang (maiga.chang@gmail.com)

Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems

Athabasca University, Canada

Maiga Chang received his Ph. D from the Dept. of Electronic Engineering from the Chung-Yuan Christian University in 2002. He is Assistant Professor in the School of Computing Information and Systems, Athabasca University (AU), Athabasca, Alberta, Canada. His researches mainly focus on mobile learning and ubiquitous learning, museum e-learning, game-based learning, educational robots, learning behavior analysis, data mining, intelligent agent technology, computational intelligence in e-learning, and mobile healthcare. He serves several peer-reviewed journals, including AU Press and Springer's Transaction on Edutainment, as editorial board members and guest editors. He is guest associate editor of IEEE Multidisciplinary Engineering Education Magazine, the local chair of IEEE DIGITEL 2008, general co-chair of Edutainment 2009, and program co-chair of Edutainment 2011. He has participated in 144 international conferences/workshops as a Program Committee Member and has (co-)authored more than 143 book chapters, journal and international conference papers. In September 2004, he received the 2004 Young Researcher Award in Advanced Learning Technologies from the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology (IEEE TCLT). He is a valued IEEE member for fifteen years and also a member of ACM, AAAI, INNS, and Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society.



Dr. Second Guest Editor (maiga.chang@gmail.com)

Professor, School

XXX University, Country

Second Guest Editor …



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