Smart Learning Environments Thematic Series on “Smart Environments and Analytics on Video-Based Learning”

We are soliciting manuscripts for a special issue of Smart Learning Environments under the thematic area of “Smart Environments and Analytics on Video-Based Learning”. Articles published in this special issue will present current, state-of-art research and critical thinking, designed to equip scholars and practitioners with the necessary knowledge in the specific area of the use and impacts of Videos in Learning.

(Guest post by R. HuangKinshuk; and E. Soloway)

With the widespread adoption of video-based learning systems such as Khan Academy and edX, new research in the area of Learning Analytics and Smart Learning Environments has emerged. Even new for-profit companies, such as Coursera and Udacity, have started offering forms of instruction that are primarily video-based. Most universities are implementing video lectures in a variety of ways, such as delivering lecture recordings before class to conserve class time or to flip the day for hands-on activities. Video-based learning environments (such as Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs) are becoming widely popular, sometimes with unjustified promises. Yet, the educational added-value of video-based learning environments, is lacking strong evidences, as learners do not always use them as expected and in an effective way.

To explore the future of smart environments and analytics related to video-based technologies for teaching and learning, we aim to collect high quality scholarly papers around this topical area, to envision what the next generation of video-based learning environments might look like. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • design issues for video learning tools
  • big data obtained from video learning systems
  • instructional video capturing, editing, and sharing
  • mobile-based (tablet, smart-phone) video learning
  • participatory video-based course development
  • infrastructure and technological issues with video learning
  • various cultural uses of video learning systems
  • the role of video in the flipped classroom
  • user modeling, adaptation and personalization/li>
  • usability and interaction design
  • pedagogy in massive online open courses (MOOCs)

The editors ask stakeholders or educational researchers to submit elaborated, particularized papers. Preference will be given to papers that are based on empirical research.

The special issue will also consider best papers that fit the scope of the special issue and they are presented at the Workshop of Smart Environments and Analytics on Video-Based Learning (SE@VBL), 23-25 September 2015 at Sinaia, Romania.

More information about the workshop can be found at the conference website:

Full papers submissions are due the 15th of December 2015 with publication expected during 2016. Submissions must be sent on [email protected] with cc to [email protected] and [email protected]. More information about the SLE review criteria can be found on

Guest Editors:

Michail N. Giannakos, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Demetrios G. Sampson, University of Piraeus & CERTH, Greece

Łukasz Kidziński, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

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