Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL)

Special Issue On: Innovation in Mobile Learning

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Dr. Tony Hall (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland);
Professor Kevin Burden (The University of Hull, UK);
Associate Professor Matthew Kearney (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

This special issue of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning: Innovation in Mobile Learning will focus on reporting latest developments in mobile learning.
Firstly, supplemented by an open call to the mobile learning and wider educational technology community, the foundational papers in the special issue will include keynote contributions from the UK, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands and Ireland.
The increasing mobility and portability of digital devices and infrastructures are creating significant potential to transform how, when and where learning takes place, and to reconceptualise and redefine the concept of learning spaces (Schuck, Kearney & Burden, 2017; Kearney, Burden & Schuck, 2019). Furthermore, there are emerging, new possibilities to augment existing, good pedagogical practice in classrooms, and other educational settings, through novel, portable applications and devices (Burden et al, in press).
With recent advancements in mobile telephony and related technology, it seems the time has arrived for education truly to harness pedagogical innovation in mobile learning, and to go beyond the use of devices using traditional approaches. For example, the increasing sophistication of mobile technology today is also creating new possibilities for teaching innovations using AR and data analytics, where historically the technology did not have the capability or usability to support these innovations unobtrusively.
Amid the acknowledged challenges and downsides of technology in society, this special issue will aim to present much-needed, new perspectives and conceptualisations on the field of mobile learning, and at a critical juncture for educational technology (Selwyn, 2018). Although usage of mobile devices and infrastructures continues apace outside education, the successful adaption and integration of mobile technology in schools, and other less formal educational contexts remain more limited. Up-to-date exemplars of design models, theoretical approaches and best mobile learning practice are warranted, to ensure we can take forward the important field of mobile educational technology, and do so along trajectories with optimal impact for learning, teaching and assessment.

This special issue proposal is therefore especially timely, as it will help to re-position innovation in mobile learning, and provide readership with tools and technologies and associated pedagogical approaches that can be adopted and adapted to ensure the effective deployment of mobile learning in education.
Critically, the special issue will engage with and extend our theoretical understanding of innovation in mobile learning, both today and into the future. Predicated on the well-established iPAC Framework (Kearney, Schuck, Burden & Aubusson, 2012), the first two papers will expand our conceptual understanding, and outline the signature pedagogies that make effective mobile learning particularly distinctive, innovative and even transformative. These papers will together provide a design framework, which educational designers and technologists will be able to adapt and deploy to support high-impact innovation with mobile learning in their respective contexts of practice (Burden et al, in press).
Based on iPAC, the ensuing papers will provide readership concrete examples of innovative mobile learning in action, through presenting systematic case studies of the deployment of innovative mobile pedagogies in a range of different educational contexts, formal and informal, and in diverse jurisdictions and global contexts. It is anticipated that at least 3 papers in this section of the special issue will be contributed following the open call to the IJMBL community. In particular, papers will be sought which focus on innovative approaches with mobile technologies, including use of novel apps, cloud architectures and the affordances of extensible mobile devices, e.g. drones, robotics.
The special issue will thus maintain a strong and cogent conceptual orientation through the principled iPAC Framework – bespoke for mobile learning - while enumerating concrete examples of innovation in mobile learning across a range of educational settings, formal and informal.
To support prospective authors from the mobile learning community who submit under the open call, the editors will host a workshop at the 2019 mLearn/EC-TEL conference which will take place in Delft, Netherlands from 16-17th September (, 2019. Potential authors will be invited to attend the workshop, which will offer theoretical and practical insights around the nature of innovative mobile learning and design principles for creating innovative mobile pedagogies.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:
Innovative mobile learning principles in practice
Case studies emerging from mobile learning research projects
Mobile learning to support computational thinking
Designing innovative mobile education with and for teachers
Mobilising creativity for young people in formal and informal learning environments
Supporting literacy and digital literacy in schools through innovative mobile learning
M-learning for special educational needs
Mobile learning in the ‘Third Space’
Evaluating innovative mobile pedagogies
Participatory design of innovative mobile learning

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Innovation in Mobile Learning on or before 31st March 2020. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Dr. Tony Hall, Professor Kevin Burden & Associate Professor Matthew Kearney
Guest Editors
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning