Call: Mobile Learning and Educational Mobile HCI – Special issue of International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction

Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI)

Special Issue On: Mobile Learning and Educational Mobile HCI

Submission Due Date: 8/31/2013

Guest Editors:
Elizabeth FitzGerald, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK
Ann Jones, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK


Mobile technologies have been used as educational tools for some years and the research area of mobile learning has emerged as field in its own right. With millions of people using mobile devices across the world both at fixed locations and on the move, it is critical to see how these can be used to support effective learning, in formal, non-formal and informal situations. Seamless learning experiences enable us to extend our learning across contexts, so that we can learn ‘on the go’ in coffee shops, at the bus stop or when waiting for a friend. Mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks, e-book readers or simple mp3 players, can all be utilised as learning resources – but do we have a good understanding of how people interact with these devices to learn – and to learn what/how? Do our increasingly “connected” lives mean we have ever richer opportunities to learn and if so, how is this changing the way in which we experience “education” throughout our lives? Do we need new pedagogies to explain our increasingly mobile learning experiences?


This Special Issue is intended to gather in one place significant research findings that result from merging together the two key areas of human-computer interaction and mobile learning. It is expected that contributions will focus on the design, evaluation, and use of innovative mobile technologies for learning and supporting learning, at all stages of formal education and also taking into account informal learning experiences such as leisure learning or incidental learning. This Special Issue will also consider new or emerging theories, methods, and interaction designs related to HCI and mobile learning. Submitted papers should refer to mature work and have a good understanding of both the HCI and pedagogical theories upon which the work is based. All appropriate methods of data capture/analysis are welcome, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Challenges for mobile learning in developing countries or across cultures
  • Design challenges for educational mobile HCI and/or mobile learning
  • Evaluation and usability of mobile learning systems
  • Innovative approaches to learning using current and emerging mobile technologies
  • Interaction design and usability for mobile learning
  • Interoperability and standards for mobile learning
  • Mobile Augmented Reality for learning
  • Mobile interaction design for education/learning activities
  • Mobile learning and/or support for learning, with learners of different ages and at different educational levels
  • Mobile learning in and across formal, non-formal and informal settings
  • Mobile learning with ubiquitous and/or ambient technologies
  • Open and distance education with mobile devices
  • Peer learning/peer support using mobile devices
  • Seamless vs. seamful mobile learning experiences
  • Theories and models relating to educational mobile HCI and/or mobile learning
  • Use of mobile devices for learning in indoor and/or outdoor settings
  • User centred design tools and methods for mobile learning systems

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers by email to the guest editors ( and, for this special theme issue on Mobile Learning and Educational Mobile HCI, on or before 31 August 2013.

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: submission.pdf

All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis.

Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Elizabeth FitzGerald, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK

Ann Jones, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK

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