Call for paper

COMPLEXITY EDUCATION

 
Important dates

  • Paper submission date (full papers): 30 June 2013
  • Language: all contributions/papers must be written in English
  • Number's Responsible: prof. Valerio Eletti
  • The journal's website to download the editorial guidelines: www.je-lks.org
  • The accepted papers will be published in the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, Vol 9, No. 3, 2013.

All submitted papers will be subject to a selection mechanism based on a double blind review.

 

The Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society (Je-LKS) (eISSN 1971-8829) is published by the Italian Society of e-Learning since 2005 and with 2012 has closed its eighth volume, consisting of three numbers (their output is four months). Je-LKS is indexed, among other things, on AACE-EdITLib, Scopus, Elsevier, DOAJ and in 2012 reached a h-index of 10 compared to Google Scholar database. 

Je-LKS dedicates its third 2013 issue to Complexity Education


Complexity
 and networks are key-concepts in a constantly more connected world, where events, scenarios, problems, organizations and environments appear more and more strongly linked together, generating circular feedbacks and everyday less predictable and manageable situations.  

 

In this context, it is necessary to increase awareness and to train to complexity, first of all, managers of public and private organizations, who should learn to adapt themselves to new social configurations and, later on, the new generations, now attending universities and schools.  

 

The goal is not to give people involved in this process imaginary (not available) solutions to solve complex problems, but to help them to identify the emerging concepts useful to understand the inner workings of networks and complex systems evolution. We refer to those networks and complex systems that do not respond to the basic rules of the classical scientific method, based on a reductionist and deterministic model of problem solving, splitting every complicated problem in single different segments that can be solved separately and whose solutions have to be summed up in order to obtain the total solution. This kind of linear approach is not applicable to complex systems and networks, whose behaviors do not obey cause-and-effect rules, but show the emergence of order from disorder, in a bottom-up organization.  


How may we educate and train learners to complexity?  

If we design this kind of education process in a linear, rigid top-down way, basing it on deterministic and reductionist structures, we will lose that essential “plus” coming from the complexity of the system itself, that is definitely different from the sum of its parts.  

 

Thus, this specific education process aimed to sensitize to complexity and networks properties needs complex instruments, such as problem solving, constructivism, team and community working, learning by doing, serious games, social networks, wiki environments and, generally speaking, Web 2.0.  

 

The aim of this special issue of Je-LKS can be organized in (but not limited to) a few methodological and technical questions:  


  • ·  Which networks and complex systems peculiarities need the use of not linear educational processes?
  • ·  Is it possible to identify a taxonomy of not linear educational processes?
  • ·  Which cognitive, emotional and behavioral processes must be supported in order to deal with complex problems and to manage organizations and frameworks characterized by a network structure? 
  • ·  Which kind of significant contributions can new technologies give to these educational purposes?  
  • ·  Which are the principles and the values that the different kinds of e-learning have to follow to be effective in the specific context of education to complexity, systemic approach and networks?
  • ·  Which are the most effective e-learning’s instruments used in this field?

Papers can be focused both on theoretical (learning and complexity) and/or practical point of view (successful and unsuccessful case histories).