Special Issue "Interactive Technology and Smart Education"

A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ioana Andreea Stefan
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Guest Editor
Research & Innovation, Advanced Technology Systems, Targoviste, Romania
Interests: software ecosystems, knowledge management, decision support systems, game-based learning, reusability, standards, interoperability, accessibility, creative learning
Dr. Samir Garbaya
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Guest Editor
Arts et Metiers Institute of Technology, HESAM University, Paris, France
Interests: Human-computer interaction; Gamification of learning; Computer graphics; Virtual and augmented reality; Multisensory interaction; Intelligent interactive systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The capacity of interactive technologies to enhance learning practices has become increasingly evident in the last several decades. In recent months, the globalized lockdown has dramatically changed the modes of teaching and learning. This simultaneously raised new challenges and new opportunities in the context of a dramatic shift towards a fully or nearly fully digital learning environment.

The aim of this Special Issue is to capture insights and practical feedback from the lockdown experiences, exploring teacher and student needs and perspectives, as well as new educational paradigms and models in connection with the use of interactive technologies such as serious games and the gamification concept; virtual, augmented, and mixed realities; intelligent agents, etc. Critical features such as assessment, online collaboration, and web accessibility are also considered.

This effort focuses on providing a better comprehension of a fully digital learning environment: the role of the teacher/tutor; disruptive learning methodologies; technical challenges and constraints associated with teaching and learning in urban and rural areas in a 100% digital learning environment; the acquisition of critical sustainability skills required to operate digital technologies; the ability to identify reliable learning resources and eliminate fake information; and the construct of self-learning capabilities.

We welcome original contributions covering innovative models and experimentation of emergent learning settings employing virtual reality technologies. The main topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Smart learning;
  • Models of human–computer interaction;
  • Game-based experiences;
  • Accessibility and assistive technologies ;
  • Virtual, augmented, and mixed realities;
  • Mobile interaction;
  • Intelligent agents;
  • Collaborative learning models;
  • Adaptive learning systems;
  • Home-based learning systems;
  • Assessment models;
  • Visual analytics for skill acquisition.

Dr. Ioana Andreea Stanescu
Dr. Samir Garbaya
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • virtual realities
  • web accessibility
  • home-based learning
  • gamification

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Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy in the Conditions of Social Crisis
Computers 2021, 10(4), 40; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/computers10040040 - 25 Mar 2021
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In the present day, Internet technology and social media totally dominate as a means of communication. The media and social interaction have a two-sided nature, as the important role is not only those of the media messages to the users, but of the [...] Read more.
In the present day, Internet technology and social media totally dominate as a means of communication. The media and social interaction have a two-sided nature, as the important role is not only those of the media messages to the users, but of the users to the media, too. This article aims to present the dominant importance of digital media, digital literacy transformation into a precondition for social inclusion, and an indicator of professional competence and social skills. Digital citizenship is a term that reflects the level of training and competencies, with a view to active participation in social, professional, and civic life. The article is based on two methods: Focus groups that were conducted in late 2019, which includes: Students, young mothers, pensioners, and unemployed. The second method used is the documents analysis—publications, materials, and quantitative results of research on social reactions to digital media as a source of information in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The combination of materials and data that have been analyzed are related to the period of the lockdown between March 2020 and December 2020. In the time of global social crises and confrontations, digital media literacy has turned out to be of critical importance for the normal course of social events and their interpretations. In this regard, digital citizenship contributes to social understanding and control, as well as the individual practices in the global pandemic trajectory. Full article
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Methodology to Improve Services in Small IT Centers: Application to Educational Centers
Computers 2021, 10(1), 8; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/computers10010008 - 04 Jan 2021
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Educational centers (schools, academies, high schools, etc.) are usually small companies, which make them special in terms of management. The management of IT services is far from standard and based in home solutions. The disadvantage of this approach is clear, as it happened [...] Read more.
Educational centers (schools, academies, high schools, etc.) are usually small companies, which make them special in terms of management. The management of IT services is far from standard and based in home solutions. The disadvantage of this approach is clear, as it happened during the COVID-19 pandemic period. The solution to properly managing IT services is based on the use of the ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library). The question is how to apply this standard that only defines the processes to implement, but does not describe the way or the order to implement them. In this article it is shown which IT processes are really needed in any educational center and the order in which they should be implemented. The method used consists of fulfilling a knowledge database with extensive information from schools, academies, and other educational centers. After that, an existing optimization model is adopted and a representative learning center is defined, which is used to propose the IT processes sequence; finally, a set of optimal IT processes and the order to implement them is defined. These ordered processes optimize the quality of IT for learning services. The main result is an ordered set of IT processes that best fit the needs of IT departments in small educational centers. Full article
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Title: Digital citizenship and digital literacy in the conditions of social crisis
Authors: Valentina Milenkova; Vladislava Lendzhova
Affiliation: Sociology Department of South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Bulgaria
Abstract: At the present day, Internet technology and social media totally dominate as a means of communication. The media and social interaction have a two-sided nature, as the important role is not only those by the media messages to the users but by the users to the media, too. This article aims to present the dominant importance of digital media, digital literacy transformation into a precondition for social inclusion, and an indicator of professional competence and social skills. Digital citizenship is a term that reflects the level of training and competencies, with a view to active participation in social, professional, and civic life. The article is based on two methods: focus groups that were conducted in late 2019 and includes: students, young mothers, pensioners, unemployed. The second method used is the documents analysis - publications, materials, quantitative results of research on social reactions to digital media as a source of information in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The combination of materials and data that have been analyzed are related to the period of the lockdown between March 2020 and December 2020 In the time of global social crises and confrontations, digital media literacy turned out critical importance for the normal course of social events and their interpretations. In this regard, digital citizenship contributes to social understanding and control as well as the individual practices in the global pandemic trajectory. Keywords: digital citizenship, digital literacy, Covid-19, media, trust.

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