Posted by: Richard Schwier | February 26, 2015

Journal of Computing in Higher Education, Volume 27 Number 1 available

The  Journal of Computing in Higher EducationVolume 27 Number 1 is now available online.

In this issue

Reviewers 2014

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The implementation of service-learning in graduate instructional design coursework

Jill E. Stefaniak

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Making learning more visible through e-assessment: implications for feedback

Marc Lafuente Martínez, Ibis M. Álvarez Valdivia & Ana Remesal Ortiz

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Motivation, instructional design, flow, and academic achievement at a Korean online university: a structural equation modeling study

Young Ju Joo, Eunjung Oh & Su Mi Kim

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Crowdsourcing content creation in the classroom

Thomas T. Hills

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Posted by: Richard Schwier | February 25, 2015

#ETAD lost a friend in Cole Kirby

1114424_A_20150225 Cole Kirby

We received the sad news yesterday that our friend and ETAD alumnus, Cole Kirby, passed away late last week.  Cole was a wonderful colleague who completed our program in the 1990s.  Cole could take on the most serious of issues, argue it with intelligence, wit, and compassion, and then break everyone up with his  remarkable sense of humour.  Rest in peace, Cole, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family.

We’re sharing here the obituary that appeared today in the Star Phoenix.

Cole James Kirby
January 19, 1957 – February 20, 2015
Cole passed away in his home in Saskatoon, SK, at the age of 58. Cole was born in Duncan, BC and spent his years growing up in Victoria, BC, where he met the love of his life, Marie. Cole and Marie moved to Saskatoon at the age of 23 where Cole took his B.Ed at the U of S. He began working for the Saskatoon Public School Board shortly thereafter. He spent a lot of his working days involved with extra- curricular activities within the schools he worked as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal in both the elementary and high school systems. Cole went on to further his education to receive his M.Ed from the U of S in 1993. He was a very talented and competitive football player in his younger years, and was also an avid curler. Cole was in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s longest curling match. He loved sports and enjoyed watching both football and hockey games. Cole was a die-hard Habs fan. He was involved in hockey drafts, including the Alberta Pool and the Couch Potatoes for 25 years. He loved watching his daughter and son play soccer, hockey, and many other activities during their lives growing up in Saskatoon. Cole is loved and remembered by his parents, James (Jim) and Ellen Kirby, his wife of 35 years Marie Kirby, his son Tanner (Lynsie), his daughter Kristen (John-Michael) and 6 month old granddaughter, Kinley Martens. Also by his brothers, Clay Kirby, wife Patty; and Rod Kirby, wife Michelle; and his sister Michelle Whitman, and husband Dave. Please join us in the Celebration of the life of Cole James Kirby at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Acadia McKague’s Funeral Centre at 915 Acadia Dr, Saskatoon, SK. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Heart and Stroke – See more at:

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn are pleased to invite submissions for the 2015 Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning. This Award celebrates and recognizes innovative approaches that promote learning in new ways at post-secondary institutions. Awards are open to all instructors currently teaching at a post-secondary institution, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment. Applications in French or English are welcomed. Candidates do not need to be members of STLHE to apply.

Award winners (up to five per year) receive the following:
1) $1200 for registration, travel to attend Brightspace’s FUSION Conference
2) $1000 for registration, travel to attend the Annual STLHE Conference
3) Two year membership in STLHE

Submission Deadline
March 1, 2015.

Further details and award criteria:

La Société pour l’avancement de la pédagogie dans l’enseignement supérieur (SAPES) et Desire2Learn sont heureux de vous inviter à soumettre votre candidature pour le Prix de l’innovation Brightspace 2015 pour l’avancement de la pédagogie. Ce prix célèbre et reconnaît les approches novatrices qui présentent la pédagogie sous un nouveau jour dans les établissements postsecondaires. Le prix est offert à tous les professeurs qui enseignent dans un établissement postsecondaire, quels que soient la discipline, le niveau ou la durée de l’affectation. Les demandes en français et en anglais sont les bienvenues. Les candidats n’ont pas besoin d’être membres de la SAPES pour soumettre leur dossier.

Les lauréats du prix (jusqu’à cinq par année) reçoivent :

1) 1200 $ pour couvrir les frais d’inscription et de déplacement pour assister au congrès FUSION de Brightspace;
2) 1000 $ pour couvrir les frais d’inscription et de déplacement pour assister au congrès annuel de la SAPES;
3) une adhésion à la SAPES d’une durée de deux ans;

Date limite :
1 mars 2015

Renseignements supplémentaires et critères d’admissibilité :

Posted by: Richard Schwier | February 22, 2015

6th Social Media & Society Conference Call for Proposals

Direct link to website:

Social Media & Society Conference (#SMSociety15)


JULY 27-29, 2015

Call for Proposals

SMS_LOGO_smallAcademic research on social media is growing exponentially across various disciplines including: Communications, Information / Library Science, Computer Science, Business, Sociology, Education, Psychology, Health and others. The Web of Science alone indexed nearly 5,000 journal and conference publications over the last decade. This growing body of research revealed many interesting factors about social media platforms, their users, and a glimpse of our society at large. But are we any closer to understanding the broader implications of social media on our increasing networked society?

The 2015 Social Media & Society Conference (#SMSociety15) invites scholarly and original submissions that build on the previous work and critically evaluate the role of social media for social and political change, community engagement, marketing, new forms of governance, support of individuals and organizations in domains such as business, information, management, public administration, academia, health, and journalism (just to mention a few). We are also calling for submissions that develop and apply novel methods and theories to collect, analyze, and visualize social media data as well as those that discuss ethical and privacy implications of using big and small data. We welcome both quantitative and qualitative work in the broad area of Social Media & Society that crosses interdisciplinary boundaries and expands our understanding of the current and future trends in social media.

Whether you are just starting a new research project or ready to report on the final results, you will find that #SMSociety15 is a great venue for you! The 2015 conference invites a wide range of submissions: from short papers on completed or well-developed projects to work-in-progress paper abstracts, from panel discussions to poster presentations. New to this year, we are also calling for proposals to host half-day workshops on a well-defined area or technical tutorials that will examine a particular method or tool for the analysis of social media data in more detail.


Short papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings by ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (ICPS), subject to conference registration. Selected  papers will also be invited to submit their full papers to the special issue of the Information, Communication & Society journal (published by Taylor & Francis).


The Social Media & Society Conference is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. Now, in its 6th year, the 2015 Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada from July 27 to 29, 2015. From its inception, the conference has focused on the best practices for studying the impact and implications of social media on society. Organized by the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, the conference provides attendees an opportunity to exchange ideas, present their original research, learn about recently completed and work-in-progress studies, and strengthen connections with peers. The 2014 conference hosted over 200 attendees, featured research from 238 authors across several fields from 21 different countries.


Please visit the Submission Page for a full description of the submission types.


Social Media & Small Data

  • Case Studies of Online Communities Formed on Social Media
  • Case Studies of Offline Communities that Rely on Social Media
  • Sampling Issues
  • Value of Small Data

Social Media & Big Data

  • Visualization of Social Media Data
  • Social Media Data Mining
  • Scalability Issues & Social Media Data
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Ethics of Big Data

Social Media Impact on Society

  • Private Self/Public Self
  • The Sharing/Attention Economy
  • Virality & Memes
  • Political Mobilization & Engagement
  • Social Media & Health
  • Social Media & Business (Marketing, PR, HR, Risk Management, etc.)
  • Social Media & Academia (Alternative Metrics, Learning Analytics, etc.)
  • Social Media & Public Administration
  • Social Media & the News

 Theories & Methods

  • Qualitative & Quantitative Approaches
  • Opinion Mining & Sentiment Analysis
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Theoretical Models for Studying, Analysing and Understanding Social Media

Online/Offline Communities

  • Trust & Credibility in Social Media
  • Online Community Detection
  • Influential User Detection
  • Online Identity

Social Media & Mobile

  • App-ification of the Society
  • Privacy & Security Issues in the Mobile World
  • Apps for the Social Good
  • Networking Apps
Posted by: Richard Schwier | February 21, 2015

WORLDCOMP’15 Call for Papers

Paper Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015

The 2015 World Congress in Computer Science,
Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing
July 27-30, 2015, Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, USA

You are invited to submit a paper for consideration. All accepted papers
will be published in printed conference books/proceedings (ISBN) and will
also be made available online. The proceedings will be indexed in science
citation databases that track citation frequency/data. In addition, like
prior years, extended versions of selected papers (about 35%) of the
conference will appear in journals and edited research books (publishers
include: Springer, Elsevier, BMC, and others); some of these books and
journal special issues have already received the top 25% downloads in
their respective fields. See the link below for a very small subset of
the books published mostly based on extended versions of the accepted
papers of this congress:
The titles of proceedings of the federated congress have been indexed into
the ACM Digital Library ( ) which includes bibliographic
citations from major publishers in computing.

The Congress is composed of a number of tracks (joint-conferences, tutorials,
sessions, workshops, poster and panel discussions); all will be held
simultaneously, same location and dates: July 27-30, 2015. For the complete
list of joint conferences, see below.


Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers by uploading them
to the evaluation web site at: . Submissions must
be uploaded by the due date (see IMPORTANT DATES) and must be in either
MS doc or pdf formats (about 7 pages including all figures, tables, and
references.) All reasonable typesetting formats are acceptable (later,
the authors of accepted papers will be asked to follow a particular
typesetting format to prepare their final papers for publication; these
formatting instructions appear at: and they conform
to the two-column IEEE style format). Papers must not have been previously
published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. The first
page of the paper should include: title of the paper, name, affiliation,
postal address, and email address for each author as well as a maximum
of 5 topical keywords that would best represent the content of the paper.
The first page should also identify the name of the Contact/Corresponding
author together with his/her professional email address. A 100 to
150-word abstract should appear on the first page. Authors are to
conform to the common CODE OF ETHICS FOR AUTHORS (The document for the
Code of Ethics is available on the submission web site.)

Each paper will be peer-reviewed by two experts in the field for
originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness. In cases of
contradictory recommendations, a member of the conference program
committee would be charged to make the final decision (accept/reject);
often, this would involve seeking help from additional referees. Papers
whose authors include a member of the conference program committee will
be evaluated using the double-blinded review process. (Essay/philosophical
papers will not be refereed but may be considered for discussion/panels).

The proceedings will be published in printed conference books (ISBN) and
will also be made available online. The printed proceedings/books will
be available for distribution on site at the conference. The proceedings
will be indexed in science citation databases that track citation
frequency/data for each published paper. The proceedings/books of this
congress have been evaluated for inclusion into major science citation
index databases. We are happy to report that so far, the evaluation
board of science citation index databases have approved the indexing,
integrating, and inclusion of the following conference tracks into
relevant indexing databases (indexing databases include, among others:
Scopus, Engineering Village, EMBASE, and others): BIOCOMP, DMIN, GCA,
ICAI, ICOMP, ICWN, IKE, IPCV, PDPTA, and SAM.  All proceedings are also
approved for inclusion into EBSCO (, one of the largest
subject index systems. The titles of proceedings of the federated
congress have been indexed into the ACM Digital Library ) which includes bibliographic citations from major
publishers in computing.

In addition to the above, we have arranged two new book series (multiple
books in each series); one with Elsevier publishers (Emerging Trends in
Computer Science and Applied Computing) and another with Springer publishers
(Transactions of Computational Science and Computational Intelligence).
After the conference (the process may take 12 to 18 months), a significant
number of authors of accepted papers of our congress, will be given the
opportunity to submit the extended version of their papers for publication
consideration in these books. We anticipate having between 10 and 20 books
a year in each of these book series projects. Each book in each series
will be subject to Elsevier and Springer science indexing products (which
includes: Scopus,; SCI Compendex, Engineering Village,; EMBASE,; and others). For a recent and a
very small subset of the books (and journal special issues) that have
been published based on the extended versions of many of our congress
papers, see the link below:


Poster papers can be 2 pages long. Authors are to follow the same
instructions that appear above (see, SUBMISSION OF DRAFT PAPERS FOR
EVALUATION) except that the submission is limited to 2 pages. On the
first page, the author should state that “This paper is being
submitted as a poster”. Poster papers (if accepted) will be published
as such, if and only if the author of the accepted poster wishes to
do so.

LIST OF CONFERENCES (in no particular order):

o PDPTA’15:
The 21st International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing
Techniques and Applications

o DMIN’15:
The 11th International Conference on Data Mining

o IPCV’15:
The 19th International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision,
& Pattern Recognition

o ICAI’15:
The 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

o SAM’15:
The 14th International Conference on Security and Management

o FECS’15:
The 11th International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer
Science and Computer Engineering

The 16th International Conference on Bioinformatics & Computational

o ABDA’15:
The 2nd International Conference on Advances in Big Data Analytics

o SERP’15:
The 13th International Conference on Software Engineering Research and

o EEE’15:
The 14th International Conference on e-Learning, e-Business, Enterprise
Information Systems, and e-Government

o ICWN’15:
The 14th International Conference on Wireless Networks

o ICOMP’15:
The 16th International Conference on Internet Computing and Big Data

o HIMS’15:
International Conference on Health Informatics and Medical Systems

o BIOENG’15:
International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Science

o CSC’15:
The 13th International Conference on Scientific Computing

o MSV’15:
The 12th International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and
Visualization Methods

o ESA’15:
The 13th International Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications

o FCS’15:
The 11th International Conference on Foundations of Computer Science

o IKE’15:
The 14th International Conference on Information & Knowledge Engineering

o GCA’15:
The 11th International Conference on Grid & Cloud Computing and

July 27-30, 2015, Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, USA.

All conferences listed above will be held simultaneously; i.e., same location
and dates.


March 31, 2015:    Submission of full papers (about 7 pages)
April 24, 2015:    Notification of acceptance (+/- two days)
May 15, 2015:      Final papers + Copyright + Registration
July 27-30, 2015:  The 2015 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer
Engineering, and Applied Computing
(including all affiliated federated conferences).

Posted by: Richard Schwier | February 12, 2015

Designers for Learning on Linkedin

Via Jennifer Maddrell:

It is about time! Here is our “official” +Designers for Learning  page on LinkedIn. Welcome us to 2002!
If you are (or were) a student, faculty, or other volunteer on a project facilitated by Designers for Learning, feel free to update your profile to link to this Designers for Learning company page and describe your volunteer service with our organization. Thank you for your service!

Posted by: Richard Schwier | February 1, 2015

Recording of Jan 28 Designers for Learning Webcast

From Jennifer Maddrell:  If you missed our kickoff +Designers for Learning  webcast Jan 28, please catch the recording here … … Great to meet everyone!

Posted by: Richard Schwier | January 26, 2015

ID positions at the University of Alberta

Our friend and colleague, JR Dingwall, sent this note:

In case you happen to know someone interested in ID related work, the Centre for Teaching and Learning here at the UofA is looking for 2 ‘Educational Developers’ (

Posted by: Richard Schwier | January 19, 2015

New Service Learning Project from Designers for Learning

: Spring 2015 – Service Learners Announced :

New Project Kickoff: We are pleased to announce the start of our next service-learning project facilitated by members of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and Designers for Learning! Our pro bono service-learning projects are completed by volunteer college students who are enrolled in instructional design programs.

Selected Service Learners: Students were selected during a competitive application and review process conducted by the project facilitators. During a recent Call for Volunteers, we received applications from 24 highly qualified instructional design students for the 9-person cohort, which forced us to make very tough selection decisions. Those applicants with the most relevant instructional design course and work experience were given preference. We thank all students who applied, as well as their faculty references!

The following is the roster of service-learner volunteers selected for this project, along with their school affiliations and faculty sponsors.

  • Carolina Sandoval, California State University – Los Angeles (Faculty Sponsor: Manisha Javeri)
  • Colleen Jackson, California State University – Monterey Bay (Faculty Sponsor: Bude Su)
  • Elaine Rettger, Arizona State University (Faculty Sponsor: Wilhelmina Savenye)
  • Hana Moudallal, Oakland University (Faculty Sponsor: William L. Solomonson)
  • Holly Marshburn, Nova Southeastern University (Faculty Sponsor: Barbara Christina)
  • Mitchell Palsson, University of Pennsylvania (Faculty Sponsor: Gabriela Richard)
  • Shulong Yan, Penn State University (Faculty Sponsor: Alison Carr-Chellman)
  • Willette Brye, University of South Alabama (Faculty Sponsor: Joe’l Lewis)
  • Zhaihuan Dai, Florida State University (Faculty Sponsor: Fengfeng Ke)

This service-learning project is facilitated by three members of the AECT GSA, including:

  • Jason Engerman, Penn State University
  • Paige Hale, Morehead State University
  • Wendy Gentry, Virginia Tech

The project is further supported by three faculty volunteers who will serve as mentors to the students working on the project, including:

  • Dr. Ji Hyun Yu
  • Dr. Yvonne Earnshaw
  • Dr. Monica Rysavy

Live Webinar on January 28th: Please join us for the project’s kickoff live webinar on January 28th at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone). Information about how to access our live webinar will be posted on the Designers for Learning website at During this first webinar, we will discuss the client’s goals and needs for this project. Since we know that not everyone will be able to join the live session, the webinar will be recorded and posted for later viewing at

Thank you to everyone who has supported the development of our organization and this project, including those volunteering their time, skills, and knowledge to this important need. To follow along with the project, please bookmark our project website at, and contact us with any questions or comments.


Dr. Jennifer Maddrell,

Posted by: Richard Schwier | January 8, 2015

9th International Conference on e-Learning 2015 Call for Papers

— CALL FOR PAPERS EL 2015 – Deadline for submissions: 30 January 2015 –

9th International Conference on e-Learning 2015

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 21 – 24 July 2015


Part of the Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2015)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 21 – 24 July 2015


The e-Learning 2015 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within e-Learning. This conference covers both technical as well as the non-technical aspects of e-Learning.

The conference accepts submissions in the following seven main areas: Organisational Strategy and Management Issues; Technological Issues; e-Learning Curriculum Development Issues; Instructional Design Issues; e-Learning Delivery Issues; e-Learning Research Methods and Approaches; e-Skills and Information Literacy for Learning. For more details please check

* Paper Submission

This is a blind peer-reviewed conference. Authors are invited to submit their papers in English through the conference submission system by January 30, 2015. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously.

* Important Dates:
– Submission Deadline: 30 January 2015
– Notification to Authors: 4 March 2015
– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration: Until 30 March 2015
– Late Registration: After 30 March 2015

* Paper Publication

The papers will be published in book and electronic format with ISBN, will be made available through the Digital Library available at

The conference proceedings will be submitted for indexing to INSPEC, EI Compendex, Thomson ISI, ISTP and other indexing services.

* Conference Contact: 
Web site:

* Organized by: International Association for Development of the Information Society
Co-Organized by: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

* Registered participants in e-Learning conference may attend the other conferences part of MCCSIS 2015 free of charge.

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