A special issue of International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning
In the past few years, there has been a huge growth of educational technology at the level of higher education. However, strategic developments for individuals and organisations concerning the development of e-competences for academic staff and educators have been neglected.
There already exists a number of further education and training course programs at different universities and colleges in order to certify the acquisition of e-competence. The overall aim of these programs is to qualify lecturers so that they are able to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) in their courses. By doing so, it is assumed that the quality of instruction will increase.
In this regard, educators and lecturers are conceived as «gate keepers», i.e. they have the key for a sustainable implementation of e-learning in high schools and universities. Therefore, a scientific discussion dealing with beneficial settings, curricular innovations and instructional methods for these training programs could provide valuable information to compare the quality and the results of different qualification programs. Potential means are best practice examples or case studies that can unfold advantages and benefits of the integration in institutional human resources development programs. This special issue attempts to identify significant international activities in this field and to bring up guidelines for successful strategies.
Contributed papers may deal with, but are not limited to:
- Organisational strategies for the development of e-competences for academic staff
- Courses for e-competence in human resources development programs
- Description of training course programs and workshops for e-competences
- Best practice examples concerning instructional design and course concepts
- Reports and empirical evaluation of training programs
- Concepts, definitions and levels of e-competence
- Standards for the evaluation of ICT-skills and e-competences
Paper submission due: 30 September 2009
Acceptance notification: 15 December 2009
Final papers due: 15 February 2010