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The future learning environment, pedagogical and technological perspectives

For over a decade, educational researchers and practitioners have been exploring how innovative means could be integrated into traditional learning in order to enrich learning experience and enhance learning effectiveness. Enabled by these innovative means, brand new learning environments can be created to better support teaching and learning activities in different subject disciplines at different levels. They emphasize learning flexibility, effectiveness, efficiency, engagement, and reflectiveness, where both formal and informal learning are integrated. It is believed that learning experience can be enriched and that learning effectiveness can be enhanced, through the adaptation of individual learning traits and preferences, increased degree of engagement, timely feedback and guidance, and provision of media-rich contents. Along with the advent of mobile and smart devices, the learning environments would operate on huge heterogeneous network infrastructures which provide augmented experiences that can mobilize learning activities, encourage interactive collaborations through social media, and at the same time facilitate the collection of learning-related data for analytic purposes. All these are actively investigated by educational researchers and practitioners in the field. This thematic series publishes the latest research findings and share good practices on the future learning environments, from both pedagogical and technological perspectives.

Guest editors:

Simon K.S. Cheung, The Open University of Hong Kong
Lam For Kwok, City University of Hong Kong
Kongkiti Phusavat, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Harrison Yang, SUNY Oswego, USA

  1. Digital technologies have gained much popularity in education thanks to the cost efficiency they gain through scalability. While the acceptance of some of these new digital technologies has been investigated, ...

    Authors: David A. Sprenger and Adrian Schwaninger

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2021 18:8

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Innovative information and communication technologies have reformed higher education from the traditional way to smart learning. Smart learning applies technological and social developments and facilitates eff...

    Authors: Xieling Chen, Di Zou, Haoran Xie and Fu Lee Wang

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2021 18:2

    Content type: Review article

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  3. To understand the development of students’ higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) in the smart classroom environment, a structural equation modeling analysis was used to examine the relationships between key fact...

    Authors: Kaili Lu, Harrison H. Yang, Yinghui Shi and Xuan Wang

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2021 18:1

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The COVID-19 outbreak has compelled many universities to immediately switch to the online delivery of lessons. Many instructors, however, have found developing effective online lessons in a very short period o...

    Authors: Khe Foon Hew, Chengyuan Jia, Donn Emmanuel Gonda and Shurui Bai

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2020 17:57

    Content type: Research article

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  5. How to make the learning of complex subjects engaging, motivating, and effective? The use of immersive virtual reality offers exciting, yet largely unexplored solutions to this problem. Taking neuroanatomy as ...

    Authors: Tycho T. de Back, Angelica M. Tinga, Phong Nguyen and Max M. Louwerse

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2020 17:51

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Video lecture capture is one of the most attractive e-tools that has been introduced to support students learning and assist with grasping difficult concepts. A variety of benefits is offered through this syst...

    Authors: Farhat Naz Hussain, Reem Al-Mannai, Mohammad Issam Diab and Abdelali Agouni

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2020 17:40

    Content type: Research article

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