Scope and Purpose
The world is changing very fast from ainthe technological and social point of view. As stated by Peter Diamandis, “in 2025, we\’ll see an acceleration in the rate of change as we move closer to a world of true abundance”. He presented some numbers that illustrate very well what we can expect into the near future. For instance, it will be possible to buy a computer able to calculate at 1016 cycles per second, the equivalent processing speed of the human brain. Moreover, with a trillion sensors gathering data everywhere (autonomous cars, satellite systems, wearables, …), we will be able to know anything what we want, anytime, anywhere, and query thoseat data for answers. Additionally, we will have about eight billion connected humans that will be online with a 1 Mbps connection and access to the world\’s information on Google, cloud 3D printing, Amazon Web Services, artificial intelligence with Watson, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, and more.
However, this change has not been accompanied by the education sector, since today the university systems have not changed significantly compared to previous centuries. We , and may even be consideredcould say that the model used is still based in the middle ages. The present education system has a rigid structure and is already obsolete when compared to the potential offered by the available technology. It , and does not prepare students for the demands of the present century.
Based on technological developments and in the crystallization of the education system, we need a breakthrough in the teaching-learning. T, forcing the university ofin the future will not have classrooms, or lessons, but a lot of technology, so we need to be focused on the transdisciplinary interface between technology and humanity, and, therefore give more and more emphasis on personalization. It is starting to change, but it has been slow. The big question, today is how to design an individualized curriculum for each student, because the students can reach out beyond the walls of their classrooms to interact with other students, other teachers, and renowned authors, scientists, and experts to enhance their learning. One solution is to use technology to help students and the institution to draw their own learning paths across the several fields in order to allow a holistic academic education.
The desired disruption had as the precursor MOOCs, but these did not have the expected impact. In this context, the integration of mobile devices with Internet of Things (IoT), and Cloud Computing and Big Data is essential as technological support of teaching and learning models. For example, the entire Web will be re-imagined for a mobile-first and mobile-only world that is screen, location, context and intention-aware. The IoT could help students in transparent means, and the new generation of displays and user interfaces will be eyewear (Oculus, Magic Leap, Hololens, etc.).
EThe education and training will benefit from all these improvements, because the result will be a massive disruption in a number of industries ranging from consumer retail, to real estate, education, etc.
Thus, the Telematics and Informatics Journal is seeking manuscripts for a special issue entitled Disruption of higher education in the 21st century due to ICTs. This issue will have as broad a scope as possible with respect to educational issues surrounding new technologies and other digital trends.
This special issue will include full-papers resulting from:
Expanded papers presented at the WorldCist\’17 – 5th World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (http://www.worldcist.org/), to be held at Porto Santo, Madeira, Portugal, 11 – 13 April 2017. For this special issue will be selected some best papers from the track “L – Information Technologies in Education”.
Other original research contributions focusing on the New Technologies and the Future of Education and Training.
For papers presented at the above mentioned conference, the updated version must cite and significantly extend the original one.
Timeline for the special issue:
Deadline for papers: 31 May 2017
Reviews returned: 31 July 2017
Revised papers submitted: 31 August 2017
Final papers due: 30 September 2017
Special issue published: in 2018
Guidelines for submission
The length of each manuscript is limited to twenty five double-spaced pages (about 8,000 words) including abstract, figures and references. Manuscripts should be written in Microsoft Word or RTF format and follow the guidelines described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).
Please submit the manuscripts via the journal\’s online submission and peer-review systems at https://www.evise.com/profile/#/TELE/login. Please select article type name of \”SI: HEICTs\” in submission process. Submitted manuscripts will be subject to an editorial and anonymous peer-review process, as is standard for the Telematics and Informatics Journal. To be considered for publication, manuscripts should be received no later than May 31, 2017.
Questions concerning this special issue, manuscripts for submission, and requests for a copyright release form (which should be submitted with manuscripts) should be directed to the Guests Editors. Please include “TIJ manuscript” in subject line of emails.
Prof. Dr. Fernando Moreira
Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 514
Prof. Dr. Álvaro Rocha
Universidade de Coimbra
Pólo II – Pinhal de Marrocos