Education is one domain that has accompanied civilization through the centuries, adapting its tools to fulfil the expectations of the students and the needs of the teachers. Such tools can be as obvious and traditional as pencils and a notebook, or as complex and innovative as websites and multi-user virtual environments.
Typical in-person learning environments, such as classrooms and meeting rooms, are at times not the best solution to enable and maximize a student's ability to learn. Although they do fulfill their purpose of giving students the possibility of reaching course material and instructors, they also create a barrier that cannot be easily overcome. Web-based instruction and multi-user virtual environments break the time-limited barrier innate to typical lectures and explore, through innovative technologies, a concept as old as humankind: socialization and the feeling of belonging to a community.
Many universities, public institutions and private businesses are projecting themselves on the Internet and in virtual worlds to reach the customer at any time, giving them the idea of virtual presence that cannot be delivered through a simple website. This observation sparks the idea that is at the very foundation of this publication.
SI Editor: Dagmar Caganova (Slovak University of technology)
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Minjuan Wang (Ph.D.) is Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology at San Diego State University (SDSU), and distinguished visiting professor of Shanghai International Studies University. In her 18 years at SDSU, she teaches Methods of Inquiry, Designing and Developing for the Global Audience, Mobile learning design, Technologies for Course Delivery, and Technologies for Teaching. Her research specialties focus on the sociocultural aspects of online learning, mobile learning, immserive learning with AR, and technology-assisted language teaching. In additio to her role as Chief editor for EAI Transactions on eLearning, she also serves on the editorial boards for four other education technology journals: Open Education Research, International Journal on E-Learning (IJEL), the Open Education Journal, and Journal of Information Technology Application in Education. As a winner of several research awards, Minjuan is recognized as one of the high impact authors in blended and mobile learning. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed articles published in premier journals and conference proceedings, such as Educational Technology Research and Development, IEEE Transactions on Education, and British Journal of Educational Technology. She was a keynote and invited speaker to more than 20 international conferences. In addition, she is also an accomplished creative writer. Her recent Novel--Walking in this Beautiful World—has inspired many young people around the world.
Marco Zappatore is a telecommunications engineer who currently acts as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento (Italy).
His main research interests are focused on data and knowledge management techniques, mobile crowd sensing and citizen science, semantic Web and ontologies. He is also involved in research activities dealing with sensor data management, remote engineering and applications of new learning paradigms (e.g., collaborative learning, mobile learning, BYOD, etc.). His expertise also deals with electromagnetic field measurements, radio-propagation analysis, wireless communication system (2G to 4G) planning and optimization. He is also involved in teaching activities dealing with software solutions for translators and interpreters. He has also co-authored more than 60 papers for national and international conferences and journals. He is member of several technical program committees in international conferences and journals. He acts as scientific reviewer for 12 international annual conferences and 14 international journals.
In 2014, he started collaborating with the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) as Web Chair and TPC member/chair for several international conferences.