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Call for Papers

Special Issue on Blended Learning Technologies in Healthcare Professions Education

Prospective authors are invited to submit articles for potential publication in a Special Issue of eLearn Magazine (https://elearnmag.acm.org/) focusing on the use of “Blended Learning Technologies in Healthcare Professions Education.”  

Healthcare professions education like medical education, nursing education, dental education, etc. are increasingly adopting blended forms of education incorporating a variety of educational technologies. This Special Issue seeks to showcase the various ways in which educational technologies are being used in healthcare professions education to facilitate blended learning.

Recognizing the focus on practical utility, articles should identify a specific educational technology and explore its use in blended healthcare professions education. The Special Issue will feature original material highlighting critical reflection pieces, case studies, and classroom innovations that utilize educational technology to enhance the learning experience. While articles for this Special Issue do NOT need to include original data or research, all articles must be appropriately grounded within relevant literature and justified with theory, evidence, and/or research.

Overview of Topics for the Special Issue

The goal of this Special Issue is to inspire integration of educational technology to foster blended learning effectiveness. As such, topics include (but are not limited to):

·       Technologies to promote interactive content presentation

·       Integrating videoconferencing to promote peer collaboration

·       Integrating screencasts to demonstrate and encourage active learning

·       Using technology to encourage students to be co-collaborators of instructional content

·       Use of video feedback on student assignments

·       Use of podcasting

·       Multimodal, asynchronous discussion forums

·       Adaptive learning technologies

·       Technology to enhance student-to-student interaction

·       Using educational technology to foster student engagement

·       Demonstrating understanding through student-created multimedia

·       Use of social media to form a community of practice

As indicated by the sample topics, the focus of this Special Issue goes beyond generalized best practices to provide concrete advice, strategies and resources to enhance blended learning in healthcare professions education. All articles should focus on a specific instructional technology and explore its impact, value, and potential in the learning environment.

Deadlines

·       Article submission deadline: February 15, 2022

Article Preparation

All articles should be formatted according to ACM Citation and Style Reference format: https://www.acm.org/publications/authors/reference-formatting and follow these general guidelines:

·       Articles must be written in clear English.

·       Identify a specific technology and clearly identify the value this technology adds to the blended learning experience.

·       Connect recommendations, challenges or solutions to theory, research or data.

·       Provide practical advice, resources, tools, and strategies to address the problem.

·       Identify and discuss concrete suggestions for the integration of the targeted instructional technology.

Maximum length of submission is 2000 words or less (excluding references). Articles should be written in a newsletter style (less formal and comprehensive than a traditional journal article) targeting a general audience. Article submissions must be accompanied by an article title (10 words or less) and a brief article summary.

Article Submission

Please submit your paper here.

Peer Review

All submissions are evaluated by a double-blind, peer-review process. Prior to dissemination to the reviewers, the Editor will conduct a preliminary appraisal for content, substance, and appropriateness for the Special Issue. If the article is clearly inappropriate, the author will be informed, and the article returned. Appropriate articles will be sent to two reviewers for blind evaluation.

Articles will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

·       Focus – Does the article focus on a specific educational technology that fosters effective blended learning in healthcare professions education?

·       Value – Does the article offer significant value to those involved in healthcare professions education / practitioners? Are the recommendations appropriate?

·       Relevance – Is the article grounded in relevant scholarly literature, theoretical foundations, or empirical data?

·       Utility – Does the article offer practical advice for utilizing instructional technology to enhance eLearning?

·       Innovation – Is the article innovative, original, or offer novel insights to enhance the use of technology in healthcare professions education?

·       Current – Is the article thorough and current?

·       Professional – Is the article professionally written, well-organized, easy to read and free from errors in grammar or spelling?

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Special Issue Editors:

Anita Samuel, PhD; Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (anita.samuel.ctr@usuhs.edu)

Yating Teng, PhD; Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (yating.teng.ctr@usuhs.edu)