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Mission of IJWLTT:

The mission of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) is to contribute to the broadening of the overall body of knowledge regarding the multi-dimensional aspects of Web-based technologies in contemporaneous educational contexts, assisting researchers, practitioners, and decision makers to design more effective learning systems and scenarios. IJWLTT explores the technical, social, cultural, organizational, human, cognitive, and commercial impact of technology. In addition, IJWLTT endeavors a broad range of authors and expands the dialogue to address the interplay among the diverse and disparate interests affected by technology in education. The journal seeks to explore the impact of Web-based technology on the design, implementation and evaluation of the learning and teaching process, as well as the development of new activities, relationships, skills, and competencies for the various actors implied in such processes.

Coverage of IJWLTT:

The International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) focuses on the dimensions of reporting about developing new WBLT technologies and uses, and also sharing educational experiences and situations including (but not limited to) distance learning, collaborative work, constructivist approaches in on-line class-rooms, designing blended learning and programs, importance of dialogue in distance education programs, CSCL, network learning, etc. IJWLTT also covers aspects such as models and frameworks for the pedagogical design of courses including or supported by WBLT technologies, and for issuing and evaluating educational policies in institutions, and for organizing and managing training policies or departments in companies. Issues in methodologies for the training of teachers and trainers, for the building of multi-disciplinary teams for distance and on-line program administration and delivery are also included in the coverage. Topics to be discussed in the journal include, but are not limited to the following:

·  Best practices

·  Building multi-disciplinary teams for Web-based learning and teaching

·  Building Web-based learning communities

·  Constructivist approaches to Web-based learning and teaching

·  Decision making in implementing Web-based learning and teaching

·  Knowledge building using Web-based learning and teaching technologies

·  Management side of Web-based learning and teaching

·  Network learning using WLTT

·  Project management for implementing WLTT

·  Related issues that impact the overall utilization and management of Web-based technologies in education

·  Web-based CSCL

·  Web-based technologies enabled pedagogical scenarios

·  Web-based technologies enabled pedagogical systems and programs

·  WLTT implementation: models, methods, and frameworks

Interested authors should consult the journal's manuscript submission guidelines


Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference

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JUNE 11th-14th 2014  Juni na Uni 2014. - Hotel "Opal" Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Conference website:


Call for Papers

Theme: Embracing relentless change: Information literacy and lifelong learning in a digital age:

For all who are engaged in learning in this information rich society the challenge to achieve information literacy is vital in capitalising on the diverse and often overwhelming range of information choices with which we are continually faced. This is confounded further by the rise of digital and social media tools which doubtless have brought with them some stunning innovations and some colossal challenges. Information Literacy can help us discover, critically evaluate and generate new information to cradle these new diverse digital media

forms which are as inspiring and transformational as they are formidable and at times impenetrable. Information literacy and lifelong learning are vital for active participation of individuals everywhere in social, cultural and political contexts- in the Western Balkans, in Europe and indeed worldwide. They enable us to learn how to learn. They are crucial in helping us realise educational and professional goals and aspirations. Harnessed together Information literacy and lifelong learning help us successfully survive and compete in the 21st century- in

this digital age, a time of relentless change.


Main Themes and Topics: Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference.

A. Information literacy in the modern world

· information literacies (media literacy, digital literacy, visual literacy, financial literacy, health

literacy, cyber wellness)

· Information Literacy and academic libraries

· Information literacy and adult education

· Information literacy and blended learning

· Information literacy and distance learning

· Information literacy and public libraries

· Information literacy and the knowledge economy

· Information Literacy in the modern world (e.g. web 2.0 ; web 3.0 ; mobile technologies ;

YouTube, trends, emerging technologies and innovation; growth of digital resources;

gaming and application software (apps); digital reference tools; tiered reference services).

· The future of information literacy

· Workplace information literacy


B. Librarians as support to the lifelong learning process

· Digital empowerment and reference work

· Information Literacy across the disciplines

· Information literacy and digital preservation

· Information Literacy and online learning (e.g. self-paced IL modules)

· Information Literacy and Virtual Learning Environments

· Innovative IL approaches

· Instructional design and performance for information literacy (e.g. teaching practice,

session design, lesson plans, self-paced student modules)

· Integrating information literacy into the curriculum

· Putting information literacy theory into practice

· Supporting users need through library 2.0 and beyond

· Student engagement with Information Literacy


C. Media and information literacy - theoretical approaches (standards, assessment,

collaboration, etc.)

· Information literacy and Artificial intelligence

· Information Literacy and information behaviour

· Information literacy and reference services: cyber reference services, virtual reference

services, mobile reference services, expert crowd sourcing, global reference volunteers

· Information literacy cultural and contextual approaches

· Information literacy evaluation and assessment

· Information literacy in different cultures and countries

· Information literacy project management

· Information literacy theory (models, standards, indicators, Moscow Declaration etc.)

· Measuring in information literacy instruction assessment


D. New aspects of education/strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for information literacy

in a digital age

· Branding, promotion and marketing for information literacy

· Cross -sectorial; and interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships for information literacy

· Information literacy policies and development

· Leadership and Governance for information literacy

· Strategic planning for IL

· Strategies in e-learning to promote self-directed and sustainable learning in the area of

information literacy skills.


Paper submission:

Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

· Full paper to be published in conference proceedings

· Presentation

· Roundtable discussion

· Poster session

· Train-the-trainers workshop

· PechaKucha


Papers submission dateline: Friday 16 May 2014

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline May 16, 2014

Notification of acceptance May 31, 2014

Dissemination of final programme June 03, 2014

Deadline for authors to submit slides June 05, 2014


For further information: please see the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference website for additional details at:


Please note: all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by the Conference Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.


Location: IU South Bend in South Bend, Indiana

Date: Friday, August 1, 2014

Call for Proposals


The 3rd Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium seeks engaging, innovative, and energizing proposals related to the conference theme:  Metaliteracy: Seeking Connections and Challenging Traditions.  

We seek thought-provoking proposals that examine metaliteracy, which is emerging as a relevant and interesting paradigm that is reshaping the way we think of information literacy and library instruction. As defined by Mackey and Jacobson (2011), "Metaliteracy promotes critical thinking and collaboration in a digital age, providing a comprehensive framework to effectively participate in social media and online communities. It is a unified construct that supports the acquisition, production, and sharing of knowledge in collaborative online communities. Metaliteracy challenges traditional skills-based approaches to information literacy by recognizing related literacy types and incorporating emerging technologies. Standard definitions of information literacy are insufficient for the revolutionary social technologies currently prevalent online" (p. 62). Moreover, the current ongoing revision of the ACRL standards includes metaliteracy as an "important anchoring element" in the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. 


This year's Colloquium invites you to investigate the implications metaliteracy has for library instruction theory and practice. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to: What do instruction librarians need to know about metaliteracy? What does metaliteracy look like, and what does it entail? How does it influence what we do in the library instruction classroom? How does this shape our learning outcomes and pedagogy? How do we assess metaliteracy? Clearly, metaliteracy is a stimulating and exciting concept that has much to offer library instruction and we hope that the Colloquium will contribute significant advances to the current conversations on this topic.


Proposal guidelines:

Proposals for 45-minute presentations or 45-minute roundtable discussions should be no more than 250 words in length and should contain at least two learning outcomes.  Proposals should be submitted via the online conference proposal form:


All proposals should clearly relate to the conference theme and offer innovative and interesting insights that will enhance the learning of the Colloquium community.


Proposal deadline: 

May 16, 2014. Proposal notifications will occur by May 30, 2014.


Colloquium website:




ACRL Preconferences @ 2015 ALA Annual Conference

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Call for Proposals


Share your knowledge with a national audience.  ACRL invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day preconferences to be offered prior to the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.  Preconferences should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using a variety of presentation styles.  Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged.


Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Check out the call for proposals online for complete details.  Direct questions to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.


Margot Conahan

Manager, Professional Development

Association of College and Research Libraries
a division of the American Library Association

50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611

312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520

In conjunction with ICWL 2014
13th International Conference on Web-based Learning

13-16 August 2014
Tallinn, Estonia



The workshop follows the previous SPeL 2008, SPeL 2009, SPeL 2010, SPeL
2011, DULP & SPeL 2012 and SPeL 2013 workshops, held in conjunction with the
SAINT 2008 conference, WI/IAT 2009 conference, DEXA 2010 conference, ICWL
2011 conference, ICALT 2012 conference and ICSTCC 2013 conference
respectively. The general topic of the workshop is the social and personal
computing for web-supported learning communities.

Web-based learning is moving from centralized, institution-based systems to
a decentralized and informal creation and sharing of knowledge. Social
software (e.g., blogs, wikis, social bookmarking systems, media sharing
services) is increasingly being used for e-learning purposes, helping to
create novel learning experiences and knowledge. In the world of pervasive
Internet, learners are also evolving: the so-called "digital natives" want
to be in constant communication with their peers, they expect an
individualized instruction and a personalized learning environment, which
automatically adapt to their individual needs. The challenge in this context
is to provide intelligent and adaptive support for collaborative learning,
taking into consideration the individual differences between learners.

This workshop deals with current research on collaboration and
personalization issues in Web-supported learning communities, leading
towards the creation of a truly social and adaptive learning environment.
Its aim is to provide a forum for discussing new trends and initiatives in
this area, including research about the planning, development, application,
and evaluation of intelligent e-learning systems, where people can learn
together in a personalized way through social interaction with other


The workshop welcomes submissions covering aspects of collaboration, social
interactions, adaptivity and personalization in technology enhanced
learning, particularly related to issues about:

    * Social learning environments
    * Theory and modeling of social computing in education
    * Web 2.0 tools for collaborative learning
    * Personal learning environments
    * Lifelong learning networks
    * Virtual spaces for learning communities
    * Social networks analysis and mining
    * Computer-supported collaborative learning
    * Personalized and adaptive learning
    * Adaptation methods and techniques for groups of learners
    * Intelligent learner and group modeling
    * Collaborative filtering and recommendations for learners
    * Game-based social learning
    * Personalized mobile learning applications
    * Cloud-based social learning
    * Intelligent agent technology for social learning
    * Metadata, folksonomies and tagging
    * Semantic web and ontologies for personalized learning
   * Cognitive, motivational and affective aspects for personalization
    * Practice and experience sharing


The workshop papers should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS
Authors Guidelines
( and they
should not exceed 10 pages.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format, through the Easychair system:

All accepted workshop papers will be published as a post-proceedings volume
in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) (pending).


Abstract submission: April 28, 2014
Full paper submission: May 5, 2014
Acceptance notification: June 1, 2014
Registration and camera-ready papers: June 17, 2014
Conference dates: August 13-16, 2014


Elvira Popescu - University of Craiova, Romania
Sabine Graf - Athabasca University, Canada

Please refer to the workshop website
( for more information and contact
us at: or for any

E-Learning Innovations in Academic Libraries

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Call for Chapter Proposals:

Librarians from Appalachian State University invite you to submit a
proposal for a chapter in their upcoming book, E-Learning Innovations in
Academic Libraries, to be published by McFarland Publishing.  This
practical book is intended to be a guide for academic librarians
interested in the creation and uses of e-learning tools.

Examples of relevant topics include:
     Virtual tours
     Instructional games
     Geo-spatial applications
     Virtual reality applications
     Classroom use of technology

For consideration, e-mail a 1-2 page proposal to either of the editors
by April 25, 2014, clearly presenting your e-learning innovation and its
significance. Proposals should include information about the audience
and need for the e-learning tool, the technology used to create it, the
length of time it has been used, assessment, and the transferability to
other libraries.  Final chapters will be 5-7000 words, excluding
endnotes and bibliography. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of
their proposals by May 12, 2014. Complete chapters will be due by August
30, 2014, as we anticipate publishing this book in Summer 2015.

Margaret Gregor, Ed.D., MALS
Associate Professor
Instructional Materials Center Coordinator
Appalachian State University

Scott Rice, M.A., M.S.
Associate Professor
Coordinator of Technology Services
Appalachian State University

Dear colleagues,

The ACRL Instruction Section seeks to recognize information literacy programs that exemplify the best practices delineated in the document, "Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline." If your program is exemplary in any of the ten "Best Practices" categories, please consider applying for this honor. Programs that are found to be exemplary by the Information Literacy Best Practices Committee will be showcased on the IS website as part of a new professional development resource.  

To apply, complete the submission form []. Select one or more categories for which you would like your program to be considered, then describe how your program exemplifies each selected category. Be sure to include links to any web-based documentation that will help the committee.

Submissions will be judged using the "Best Practices Evaluation Rubric," developed by the Information Literacy Best Practices Committee. The rubric includes criteria for each of the ten categories in the "Characteristics" guideline and will assist you in communicating the exemplary nature of your program. The Committee will judge each entry using the corresponding section of the rubric. Whether you apply for one or all of the categories, please carefully review the guideline and the rubric before filling out the Submission Form. Both documents are available on the ILBP website at:

The deadline for consideration before Annual is April 30, 2014.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and we look forward to the receipt of your Submission Form. Send me any questions at

Best regards,

Joe Goetz
Chair, Information Literacy Best Practices Committee

World Congress on Education (WCE-2014)

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Call for Papers, Extended Abstracts, Posters, Workshops and Tutorials!

World Congress on Education (WCE-2014)
Organised by the University of South Africa (UNISA) 
September 15 - 17, 2014, 
Nelspruit, Pretoria, South Africa

The WCE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the
advancement of the theory and practices in education. The WCE
promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and
professionals from Education. The aim of WCE is to provide
an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various
educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the
knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of
pedagogy. The WCE-2014 invites research papers that encompass
conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance

The topics in WCE-2014 include but are not confined to the
following areas:

*Accessible World
- Aging and Disability
- Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
- Assessment and Early intervention
- Baby Boomers
- Building and Sustaining an Inclusive Community
- Cognitive Disabilities
- Curriculum Adaptation and Modification
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Developmental
- Disabilities Disability and Diversity
- E-Accessibility
- Human Rights/Disability Rights
- Legal Issues (Legislative and Policy)
- Learning Disabilities
- Living In(ter)dependently
- Support Services
- Postsecondary Education
- Public Health, Diversity and Disability
- Resiliency Across the Lifespan
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Study Skills Development
- Sustainable Environment
- Climate Change

*Adult Education
- Competitive Skills
- Continuing Education
- Higher Education
- Adult education
- Vocational Education
- Transferring Disciplines

*Art Education
- Music Education
- Writing Education
- Imaginative Education
- Language Education
- History

*Business Education
- Educational Administration
- Human Resource Development
- Academic Advising and Counselling
- Education Policy and Leadership
- Industrial Cooperation  
- Life-long Learning Experiences
- Workplace Learning and Collaborative Learning  
- Work Employability
- Educational Institution Government Partnership  
- Patent Registration and Technology Transfer
- University Spin-Off Companies

*Course Management
- Accreditation and Quality Assurance
- Academic Experiences and Best Practice Contributions
- Copyright  
- Digital Libraries and Repositories
- Digital Rights Management
- Evaluation and Assessment
- E-content Management and Development
- E-content Management and Development. Open Content
- e-Portfolios
- Grading Methods  
- Knowledge Management
- Quality processes at National and International level
- Security and Data Protection
- Student Selection Criteria in Interdisciplinary Studies  
- User-Generated Content

*Curriculum, Research and Development
- Acoustics in Education Environment
- APD/Listening
- Counsellor Education
- Courses, Tutorials and Labs
- Curriculum Design
- Bullying
- Social Networking
- Study Abroad Programmes
- Faculty Development
- Distance Learning: Assessment, Methods and Technologies
Teaching and Learning Experiences in Engineering Education
*Educational Foundations
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Geographical Education
- Health Education
- Home Education
- Rural Education
- Science Education
- Secondary Education
- Second life Educators
- Social Studies Education
- Special Education

*Interaction and Cultural Models of Disability
- Adaptive Transportation
- Augmented and Alternative Communication
- Gerontechnology
- Healthcare Specialists
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Labor Market Integration
- Medical Experts
- Sport, Fitness and Leisure
- Special Educational Centres
- Social Innovation and E-Service Delivery
- Social Workers
- Student and Adults with Disabilities
- Usability and Ergonomics

*Learning / Teaching Methodologies and Assessment
- Simulated Communities and Online Mentoring
- e-Testing and new Test Theories
- Supervising and Managing Student Projects
- Pedagogy Enhancement with e-Learning
- Educating the Educators
- Immersive Learning
- Blended Learning
- Computer-Aided Assessment
- Metrics and Performance Measurement
- Assessment Software Tools
- Assessment Methods in Blended Learning Environments

*Global Issues In Education and Research
- Education, Research and Globalization
- Barriers to Learning (ethnicity, age, psychosocial factors, ...)
- Women and Minorities in Science and Technology
- Indigenous and Diversity Issues
- Government Policy issues
- Organizational, Legal and Financial Aspects
- Digital Divide
- Increasing Affordability and Access to the Internet
- Ethical issues in Education
- Intellectual Property Rights and Plagiarism

Important dates:

*Research Paper, Extended Abstract, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Submission Deadline: May 01, 2014
*Notification of Paper, Extended Abstract, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Acceptance Date: May 20, 2014
*Final Paper Submission Deadline for Conference Proceedings Publication: July 20, 2014
*Workshop Proposal Submission Deadline: June 25, 2014
*Notification of Workshop Proposal Acceptance/Rejection: July 05, 2014
*Poster/Demo Proposal Submission:  June 25, 2014 
*Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: July 05, 2014 
*Participant(s) Registration (Open): April 01, 2014
*Early Bird Registration: February 01 to June 30, 2014
*Late Bird Registration: July 01 to August 15, 2014
*Conference Dates: September 15 - 17, 2014

ACRL IS Current Issues Discussion Forum

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Call for ACRL IS Current Issues Discussion Forum Proposals for the

2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas

The IS Current Issues Discussion Forum is an excellent opportunity for instruction librarians to explore and discuss topics related to library instruction and information  literacy. The steering committee welcomes proposals from individuals who are interested in convening this discussion in-person at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.

If you would like to share your knowledge, help your peers learn from one another, and spark a lively conversation, apply to lead the IS Current Issues Discussion Forum today.

Application Deadline: March 14, 2014

To apply, complete the online submission form:

For inspiration, view the digests of past discussions online:

Questions? Contact Jennifer Knievel ( or Veronica Arellano (
ACRL IS Current Issues Discussion Group Steering Committee Co-chairs

Trends Impacting Young Adult Services

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Trends Impacting Young Adult Services: A Paper Presentation Sponsored by YALSA Past Presidents

The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation is an annual event sponsored by past presidents of YALSA.  Its purpose is to provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, and others interested in young adult librarianship to gather and explore a topic of current interest that impacts the field.  The YALSA Midwinter Paper Committee will select one paper to be delivered at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting.  The paper will be published in YALSA's peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults after the conference.  For more information about the journal, visit

Paper Topics

The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee is seeking proposals for papers presenting points of view based on current research and relating either to topics covered in YALSA's Future of Library Services  for and with Teens Report ((  or Research Agenda (  The agenda includes four priority areas:

    Priority Area 1: Impact of Libraries on Young Adults
    Priority Area 2: Young Adult Reading and Resources
    Priority Area 3: Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of Young Adults
    Priority Area 4: Informal and Formal Learning Environments and Young Adults


To provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, and others interested in young adult librarianship an opportunity to gather and explore a topic of current interest that impacts the field.
Application Requirements

Please use the official application form (

    Paper proposals are due no later than June 1, 2014.
    Only previously unpublished papers will be accepted.
    The winner will be selected, and all applicants will be notified by September 1, 2014.
    All paper presenters must register for the Midwinter Meeting by December 1, 2014.

    For questions, email the Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee Chair (

Statement on Eligibility

Any individual from within or without of the library community is welcome to submit an application.  Membership in ALA/YALSA is not required.




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