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New advances in artificial intelligence applications in higher education

Guest Editors:
Olaf Zawacki-RichterUniversity of Oldenburg, Germany
Kyungmee LeeUniversity of Lancaster, United Kingdom
Paul Prinsloo: University of South Africa, South Africa
Patricia Slagter Van Tryon: East Carolina University, United States of America
John Y. H. Bai: University of Oldenburg, Germany

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 20 September 2023

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education is calling for submissions to our Collection on New advances in artificial intelligence applications in higher education.

There has been growing interest in the educational potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications within the field of educational technology for the past decade. Despite the recent peak of excitement towards advanced features and techniques of AI-driven language models and OpenAI's ChatGPT, their actual impact on higher education (HE) institutions and participants have been largely unknown. Thus, the discussions in the field have continuously remained, mainly consisting of overstated hype and untested hypotheses, either optimistic or pessimistic, about the impact of AI applications.

About three years ago, the editors of the ETHE Special Issue "Can artificial intelligence transform higher education?" concluded that the reality is disappointing and little has been achieved (Bates, Cobo, Mariño & Wheeler, 2020). However, a lot has happened since then. A recent update of the systematic literature review, previously conducted by Zawacki-Richter et al. (2019), has indicated that almost three times as many studies on AI in education (AIEd) have been published in the last three years as in the previous decade.

In view of the rapid development in the field of AIEd, this Special Issue will pick up the thread about the reality of AIED in the realm of HE in the post-Covid19-pandemic.

About the collection

The call for papers is intended to invite contributions that address the recent development of AI in HE in light of new applications such as ChatGTP, aiming to provide more comprehensive and collective answers to the following questions:

• What is the actual impact of AI on different aspects of HE institutions (e.g. student support systems, administration, professional development, and infrastructure)?
• What is the actual impact of AI on different aspects of learning and teaching in HE? (e.g. assessment, data literacy, design of learning activities)?
• What is the actual impact of AI on different subjects in HE? (e.g. students, teachers, administrators, causal workers, other stakeholders)?
The Special Issue Editors are also interested in making sense of the impact of AI on educational accessibility and (in-)equity regarding the cost, quality, and access in different forms of open, distance, and digital education. Both theoretical and empirical works will be considered to be included as long as they demonstrate rigour, criticality, and novelty.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system. During the submission process, under the section additional information, you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "New advances in artificial intelligence applications in higher education" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.