Monday, December 14, 2009

Call for Chapter Proposals: Computer Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education

Call for Chapter Proposals: Computer Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 22, 2010
Computer Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education
A book edited by Sigrid Kelsey, Louisiana State University and
Kirk St.Amant, East Carolina University

To be published by IGI Global:


Technology has created a shift leading from traditional classrooms to environments unhindered by space or time. Online education has grown rapidly in recent years with nearly four million students taking online courses in the United States alone, and an expected further
demand for online education due to the global economic downturn (Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008, Those individuals teaching in traditional, online, and hybrid environments must therefore adapt their teaching approaches and communication methods to address the evolution of technology in education. Within this context, computer mediated communication brings about issues and opportunities in education such as new pedagogical approaches, teaching methods, the changing pace of instruction, opportunities for collaboration, and more.

This edited collection will examine the implications and effects computer mediated communication has had on instruction and education. The chapters in this collection will, in turn, provide perspectives that can help instructors/teachers, students, trainers, and other
professionals involved in education and training better understand and better address teaching, training, and learning in online environments.


The primary audience for this book would include:
• Professors, teachers, trainers, administrators, librarians, instructional technology staff, and other education decision makers who need to make informed choices about how their organizations can use online media to perform effectively
• Researchers studying online education and the use of online media in educational or instructional contexts (including the growth of international online education practices, or the effectiveness of international online education)
• Managers and decision makers who need to implement or oversee online educational/instructional models or practices or who need to make strategic decisions concerning if and how their organization should adopt or implement online educational/instructional approaches
• Policy makers who need to develop policies and procedures for regulating, accrediting, or assessing online educational practices and the uses of online media in teaching/instruction


Prospective subject areas and specific topics for this publication include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Online instructional modeling: Theoretical perspectives of teaching and learning
• New demands in open and distance education
• Best practices for developing and implementing online education/instruction
• Changing identities and branding for educational institutions
• Defining the role of online education in today’s world
• Accreditation and assessment of online programs
• Framework of online education and open and distance learning
• Open & distance learning
• Policies and procedures for developing or implementing online education
• Communication strategies in online education and open and distance learning
• Distance or distributed learning, open learning, as well as blended or hybrid
• International distance learning initiatives
• Distinctions between online and on-site learning environments
• Static vs. dynamic online learning environments
• Classroom experiences
• Discussion boards, group dynamics
• Online mentoring
• Online internships
• Service learning in online contexts
• Learning environments
• Supportive technology


Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 200-500 words on or before January 22, 2010. In their proposal, prospective authors should clearly include:

• A 2-4 sentence overview of the general topic area they will address in the proposed chapter
• A thesis statement noting the objective, focus, or purpose of the chapter
• A brief outline of major topics/major sections covered in the proposed chapter
• A 2-4 sentence explanation of how the proposed chapter relates to the overall focus of this book project
• For chapters that will report original research, the author must also include the research question that guided the process and the methodology used to address this question

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal and sent chapter organization guidelines by March 1, 2010. Drafts of chapters will be due by June 1, 2010.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit


January 22, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 1, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
June 1, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
July 12, 2010: Review Results Returned
November 5, 2010: Final Chapter Submission
December 17, 2010: Final Deadline

Please send inquiries or submit material electronically (Rich Text Files) to the editor at: