Mobile Learning: Perspectives on Practice and Policy

Abstracts due May 15, 2015

There can be no doubt that mobile technologies are here to stay. Global mobile traffic grew 74 percent in 2015 with 563 million devices and connections added -- most of them tablets and Smartphones. This growth has been 4000-fold in the past 10 years and 400 million-fold in the past 15 years (Cisco, 2016). Mobile technologies permeate the lives of 21st century citizens as mainstays of organizational and institutional day-to-day operations, commerce, and communication and as tools used to support individuals’ personal, social, and career responsibilities. In both the corporate and educational worlds, e- and m-learning and marketing with mobile technologies are moving forward at breakneck speed with, in many cases, a blurring of traditional sector boundaries. As neither the technology nor the uses are static, exploring practices and policies that underpin this quickly shifting mobile technology context is crucial for ensuring its intelligent, purposeful, and equitable use.

This edited book will provide a venue for researchers to share their work on mobile learning with a focus on uses for mobiles in informal settings and PK-20 classrooms, language learning, mobile gaming, leadership and policy issues, and what mobile learning in the future may be. Specifically, book chapters will address: What is “mobile learning” today? How can mobiles be used to enable learning? How is mobile learning crossing or connecting economic, social, and/or cultural sectors? How do specific cultural practices with media influence mobile learning (e.g., youth practices, educator practices, parent practices, community practices)? What are policy and leadership implications in supporting mobile learning? What policies, practices, and/or pedagogical approaches are necessary to move forward with mobiles in schools or universities? In what ways is mobile learning impacting education; including how students learn and teachers teach? What will/should/might mobile learning look like in the future?

We seek book chapters on mobile learning that address:

• Conceptual explorations of “mobile learning”
• Effective use of mobiles in informal learning environments such as museums or public places
• Learning analytics and mobile learning
• Language learning with mobile devices
• Mobile gaming and gamification for learning
• Professional development to prepare faculty to mobiles in K-12, undergraduate, or graduate courses
• Mobile technologies used to prepare teachers, and factors that contribute to successful implementation
• Mobile learning and content areas or assessment
• Innovative instructional approaches with mobiles that have an impact on teaching and learning
• Partnerships between schools, universities, and/or institutions encouraging mobile learning
• Use of mobiles for supervision or administration
• Leadership and policy issues when incorporating mobiles in learning environments
• Issues of equity and diversity regarding mobile learning
• The future of mobile learning
• Other issues related to mobile learning and participating with media in formal or informal environments

Book chapters must be original and not published as journal articles or other venues. We encourage a focus on practical, theoretical, research/studies, or leadership issues/instances with mobiles across learning contexts.

Sousan Arafeh, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Southern Connecticut State University
Dani Herro, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Learning, Clemson University
Chris Holden, Associate Professor, Honors Program, University of New Mexico
Richard Ling, Shaw Foundation Professor in Media Technology, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University

Details for abstract submissions:
Interested authors should first submit an abstract of no more than 500 words in length providing a general overview of the proposed chapter including: purpose/objective, theoretical framework or perspective, research (if applicable), findings/anticipated findings, and scholarly significance of chapter.

Please submit your abstract directly to: Danielle Herro: daniherro@gmail.com.
Details for submitting full chapters will be sent to authors with acceptance notices.

Details for authors of accepted abstracts:
Book chapters will be between 15 and 20 pages, Times New Roman 12 font, 1.5 line spacing, 1-inch margins - including all references, figures/tables/charts. All formatting must adhere to the Sixth Edition of APA.

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: May 15, 2016
Acceptance notice: June 15, 2016
Book chapters due: September 1, 2016
*Peer review of chapters: September 15-October 15
Final revised book chapter due: December 1, 2016
Book published: Summer, 2017

All deadlines are firm and non-negotiable.

Questions? Contact Dani Herro or Sousan Arafeh at daniherro@gmail.com or arafehs1@southernct.edu

*All contributing authors must agree to review one other chapter; each chapter will receive a total of two reviews.