CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 13, 2012

Research on Course Management Systems in Higher Education

A book edited by

Angela D. Benson, The University of Alabama

Andrew Whitworth, The University of Manchester (UK)

 

Purpose of Book

This book presents a scholarly and accessible review of the research and theoretical/conceptual frameworks related to the use of course management systems (also referred to as virtual learning environments and learning management systems) in higher education.  The book is organized into three sections:  Pedagogy of Course Management Systems, Planning and Implementing Course Management Systems and The Future of Course Management Systems.  The primary audience for this book includes instructors and students in instructional and educational technology programs.  The book could easily be used as a text in a distance or online learning course.  The secondary audience includes instructors and students in higher education programs and distance/online practitioners and administrators.  The book is timely because of the growing presence and influence of course management systems on teaching and learning in higher education.

 

Recommended Topics

Section 1. Pedagogy of Course Management Systems

This section will include chapters that address research and frameworks related to teaching with course management systems.  Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:

      Research on CMS tool usage, e.g., discussion boards, chat rooms, assessments, assignments

      Research on student achievement and satisfaction with CMS

      Course design frameworks and models, including CMS support of campus-based courses

Section 2.  Planning and Managing Course Management Systems

This section will include chapters that address research and frameworks related to planning, implementation and on-going management of course management systems.  Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:

      Research on CMS planning and implementation processes

      Research on uses of CMS data and CMS data mining

      Frameworks for CMS management and support, including integration with campus ERP systems and other systems like LiveText

      Design and evaluation of CMS

      Adoption and diffusion of CMS in Higher Education

      Professional development and training for instructors, students and administrators using CMS

Section 3.  The Future of Course Management Systems

This section will include chapters that address the future of course management systems in higher education.  Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:

      Design of course management systems

      Influence of Web 2.0 and beyond on CMS design

      Student influence on CMS design (e.g., student participatory design of CMS)

      Frameworks for CMS Research

 

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 1-2 page chapter proposal on or before July 13, 2012.  Proposals should provide a brief overview of the chapter, a tentative chapter outline, and an estimated chapter length.  Proposal authors should also include a short biographical statement that outlines their experience and/or previous publications related to the chapter topic.  Authors of proposals will be notified of acceptance and sent chapter guidelines by August 1, 2012. Full chapters should be submitted by November 1, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

 

Publisher

This book is scheduled to be a volume in the Perspectives in Instructional Technology and Distance Education series published by Information Age Publishers. It is anticipated that the book will be released in 2013.

 

Timeline

July 13, 2012:                        Proposal Submission Deadline

August 1, 2012:                     Notification of Acceptance

November 1, 2012:               Full Chapter Submission

December 15, 2012:             Review Results Returned

March 1, 2013:                      Revised Chapter Submission

March 15, 2013                    Final Chapter Acceptance

 

Inquiries and submissions should be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Angela Benson

The University of Alabama

Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies

328F Graves Hall

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Phone: 205-348-7824; Fax: 205-348-7824

E-mail: abenson@bamaed.ua.edu