Electronic Journal of Communication (EJC)
New Media in Education
In November 2004, a grant from the U.S. Department of Education was awarded to Iowa State University's College of Education thus enabling ISU to become the nation's first teacher education program to prepare undergraduates to teach in the Virtual Learning (VL) environment. While VL is the latest "buzz word" used to describe the process of learning with technology or distance learning, in its original form of correspondence courses, distance education has been around since the 1870's. In the 1940's and 50's film and television were introduced to edufation, and the 1960's and 70's saw the advent of video technology and computing in the classroom. However, with the proliferation of information technology in the 1980's, the impact of new media was beginning to be felt across a wide range of educational environments. Today, new media is augmenting and extending the traditional classroom with a variety of technology- based tools available to both students and faculty and has created "new" virtual classrooms thereby providing students with anywhere, anytime availability to education.
We invite scholarship that broadly addresses the topic of new media in education, including the array of audio-visual and computer-based technologies in elementary, secondary, and post- secondary education as well as in adult and continuing education. Since teaching is at its root a process of communication, we are especially committed to research that employs an interdisciplinary approach drawing from the best theory in both education and communication.
New media have also increased learning opportunities for the home bound, the geographically isolated, individuals with disabilities, as well as the traditional learner in K-12, corporate and college classrooms. We will seek examples of how the online environment has changed existing learning experiences and created new ones. We would, therefore, also seek research dealing with the international and global possibilities raised by these new technologies.
We encourage the submission of empirical work, employing quantitative or qualitative methods, along with historical analyses and literature reviews. In this way, we are seeking to present research that reflects upon the evolution of new media in education as well its current state and its future direction.
The special issue is scheduled for publication in late 2006. Deadline for completed manuscripts August 1, 2005. Submissions should be electronic (.doc, .pdf or .rtf format only). Inquiries about possible topics are welcome. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to:
Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D.
Catherine C. Schifter, Ph.D