Special Issue on

Knowledge and Learning Technologies for National Educational Systems: New Horizons for open minds

International Journal of Knowledge and Learning

Edited by:  Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras

ISSN (Online): 1741-1017  - ISSN (Print): 1741-1009

URL: http://www.inderscience.com/ijkl


Special Issue Editors

David Jonassen, Distinguished Professor, Learning Technologies and Educational Psychology, University of Missouri, USA, http://www.coe.missouri.edu/~jonassen/


 Albert Angehrn, Professor of Information Technology and Entrepreneurship

Director, Centre for Advanced Learning Technologies, CALT, INSEAD, France, http://www.calt.insead.edu/


Miltiadis Lytras, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute and Computers Engineering and Informatics Department, University of Patras, Hellas, Lytras@ceid.upatras.gr  


Ambjörn Naeve, Head of the Knowledge Management Research Group, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, http://kmr.nada.kth.se, amb@nada.kth.se


Call for Papers


The International Journal of Knowledge and Learning seeks original manuscripts for the Special Issue on “Knowledge and Learning Technologies for National Educational Systems” scheduled to appear in an early 2007 issue.


The evolution of Knowledge and Learning Technologies is truly amazing. Excellent approaches, sound theoretical propositions, state-of-the art systems ready to provide a new level of sustainable development.


Today, national educational systems provide the contexts for the applications of Knowledge and Learning Technologies. Several committees of technologists and pedagogues are trying to find the right balance, and to implement learning-aware, technology-enhanced systems.


But there seems to be a problem!! A significant gap between technological possibilities and technology adoption, as well as a lack of fantasy with respect to the ways in which new technologies can open up new roads for constructive learning, community building and effective knowledge transfer. Billions of euros are spent for new learning technologies at every level of education, but unfortunately, in many cases the investments seem to be a waste of money!!


It is not a problem of availability of technologies but rather a problem in terms of tight linkage to the old and inefficient educational paradigms.


We must develop new roles for the teachers of our days, away from the authoritarian characteristics of the past, and we must take steps towards open collaborative content.


“NEW HORIZONS for OPEN MINDS”. This is the ultimate objective of the application of knowledge and learning technologies in national educational systems. New contexts, new models and new learning designs that motivate the cultivation of virtues, culture and knowledge.


So this is the theme of this special issue. We invite open minds, academics, and practitioners to contribute their research on how knowledge and learning technologies can create new horizons for open mind in national educational systems, exploiting leading edge approaches on design and modeling of learning processes and educational systems.


Our special issue aims at helping in communicating and disseminating relevant and recent research in applications of knowledge and learning technologies in national educational systems with fantasy, inspiration and care for the educational community and the society. This is intended to initiate a dialog between the government and the research community based on a well-defined context - in fact, a “new deal” for the education of the 21st century.



Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


·         Educational paradigms of the knowledge and learning society.

·         Knowledge and learning technologies in national educational systems.

·         Educational portals at the national level.

·         Digital educational archives and context-driven learning.

·         Culture for educational, technology-enhanced initiatives.

·         Virtual spaces for knowledge and learning in educational systems.

·         Educational content repositories and content dissemination strategies.

·         Approaches for community development of educational content.

·         Frameworks, models and strategies for the deployment of knowledge and learning technologies in educational systems.

·          International technology-enhanced partnerships for education.

·          Knowledge and learning technologies for education in developing countries.

·         Knowledge and learning technologies for minorities and excluded communities.



Important Dates

30th May 2006

Submission of manuscripts

15th Sept 2006

Notification to authors

15th October 2006

Final versions due

Early 2007



Style and Author Guidelines

Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere. As an author, you are responsible for understanding and adhering to our submission guidelines. You can access them by clicking on http://www.inderscience.com/papers/about.php

Please read these thoroughly before submitting your manuscript.


Please submit your paper to Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras (lytras@ceid.upatras.gr)