IJDLDC Special Issue on “Computing competences and digital competences: Similarities, differences and influences” call for papers

International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence (IJDLDC)
(DOI: 10.4018/IJDLDC, ISSN: 1947-3494, EISSN: 1947-3508)

Special Issue on
“Computing Competences and Digital Competences: similarities, differences and influences”


Guest Editor:
• Antonio Cartelli, University of Cassino and Southern Latium

*** Deadline: December 20, 2016 ***



As it is well known, in the ‘80s computer science has played a relevant role in the development of new knowledge construction strategies, problem solving and the spreading of digital equipments. During the same period by many computer scientists the question of the relevance of computing instruments and processes in the creation of new knowledge strategies was posed, and the introduction of computing topics (i.e. algorithms, programming, data management etc.) in the school curricula was proposed. How much this proposal has been successful is difficult to say for the lack of a systematic evaluation of its application and, what’s more, for the lack of the measure of its effects on the students who took part in that experiment.

On another hand in the ‘90s the importance of the Internet grew up exponentially and at the end of that decade the question of the relevance of the ICT and especially of the digitization of information and of its management was posed. In a few years, due to a relevant amount of research work made all over the world, and especially in Europe, it became evident that the development of digital skills and competences was based on different problems and questions with respect to those pertaining to the computer science area.

In the meanwhile many psychologists and psycho-pedagogists, while following the ideas proposed by M. McLuhan and especially his well known sentence “the medium is the message”, have analyzed  the interaction of mankind with digital equipments and have deduced that it was responsible for deep changes in human mental development and organization.

We welcome contributions offering original perspectives or describing case studies useful to answer at least one of the following questions:

  • Are there complete and exhaustive frameworks for computing competences and digital competences?
  • What differences can be detected between both kinds of competences, and how much the frameworks underpinning each set of competences differ from one another?
  • Is there any influence of the first type of competences on the latter ones, or vice versa?
  • Are there instruments which can help in the analysis of the influences between both kinds of competences?
  • How and how much the above differences are perceived by people working on the production of applications and people who have to use those applications?
  • How and how much the same differences are influencing school curricula both in the direction of the creation of professional computing skills and in the development of lifelong learning strategies and procedures.

The above questions don’t exhaust the possible questions to answer to and contributions aiming at completing the complex panorama of the problem are welcome.

Submission procedure and Authors’ guidelines
Only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered.

http://www.igi-global.com/journals/guidelines-for-submission.aspx PRIOR TO SUBMISSION.

All article submissions will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review.
Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically.

All manuscript submissions to IJDLDC should be sent through the online submission system:

Or directly sent their proposals to the guest editor.


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