Call for Submissions: JITP General Issue

I’m excited to announce that I will co-editing the next General Issue of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy!

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017. Please see the full CFS below:

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
General Issue

Issue Editors:
Laura Wildemann Kane, University of Tampa
Michelle A. McSweeney, Columbia University

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy seeks scholarly work that explores the intersection of technology with teaching, learning, and research. We are interested in contributions that take advantage of the affordances of digital platforms in creative ways. We invite both textual and multimedia submissions employing interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Besides scholarly papers, the submissions can consist of audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials.

All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed by the issue editors and independently by two scholars in the field, who provide formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process. We practice signed, as opposed to blind, peer review. We intend that the journal itself—both in our process and in our digital product—serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practices. Additionally, all submissions will be considered for our “Behind the Seams” feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the authorial and editorial participants.

Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis. When possible, research data should be made publicly available and accessible via the Web and/or other digital mechanisms, a process that JITP can and will support as necessary. Successes and interesting failures are equally welcome (although see the Teaching Fails section below for an alternative outlet). Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.

As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within three months of the submission deadline. The expected length for finished manuscripts is under 5,000 words. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at editors@jitpedagogy.org

For further information on style and formatting, accessibility requirements, and multimedia submissions, consult JITP’s accessibility guidelines and style guide.

Important Dates

Submission deadline for full manuscripts is November 15th, 2017. Please view our submission guidelines for information about submitting to the Journal.

JITP Issue 11 is now live!

The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Editorial Collective is delighted to announce that our Eleventh Issue is now published and available on our website!

This Issue is my last as Managing Editor of JITP. I am extremely proud of everything that the Editorial Collective has accomplished these past two years, and I am thankful for having had the opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of scholars. I look forward to continuing on at the Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy as a future Issue Editor and as an Editorial Collective member.

Please visit the Issue Eleven Table of Contents to view all of the articles.

JITP Issue 10 is now live!

The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Editorial Collective is delighted to announce that our Tenth Issue is now published and available on our website!

From the Issue Introduction by Anne Donlon, Amanda Licastro, and Dominique Zino:

“This tenth issue of JITP is a special issue on electronic portfolio platforms, commonly known as “ePortfolios.” Educational organizations increasingly embrace ePortfolios as tools for reflection on the learning process, for self-directed paths to degree completion, and for institutional assessment. In fact, as of 2013, 50% of colleges and universities across the country have already adopted an ePortfolio platform. We wanted to consider how JITP’s commitment to critical pedagogy and innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship could help develop an understanding of the scope of ePortfolios for academic work.”

Please visit the Table of Contents to view all of the articles.

JITP Issue 9 is now live!

The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Editorial Collective is delighted to announce that our Ninth Issue is now published and available on our website!

From the Issue Introduction by Carlos Hernandez and Tyler Fox:

“As a general issue, the topics and techniques the authors of Issue Nine employ are manifold. But perhaps the heart of our issue is the affordances and costs of digitally-enabled reflection. Digital tools offer collaboration, anytime access, and intuitive experiences (at times), and open new modes of analysis for both students and practitioners. Our authors offer a number of suggestions and modalities for teaching such practices: informal video reflection, collaboratively constructed learning environments, collaborative annotation, broad approaches to digital humanities, and an in-depth analysis of Twitter feeds from three conference panels. The breadth and depth of technical possibility is ripe for new forms of reflection. Yet, they also raise questions about the broader political economies that undergird these tools. Our authors employ various digital tools in order to encourage students to rethink the purpose of the classroom and confront the myriad design challenges that effort entails.”

Please visit the Table of Contents to view all of the articles.

JITP Issue 8 is now live!

The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Editorial Collective is delighted to announce that our Eighth Issue, with the special theme Disability Studies Approaches to Pedagogy, Research, and Design, is now published and available on our website!

From the Issue Introduction by Andrew Lucchesi:

“This issue takes inspiration from the vibrant interdisciplinary field of disability studies. Rather than approaching disability from a medical or rehabilitative perspective, disability studies positions disability as a powerful site of identity, cultural heritage, and knowledge. From a disability studies perspective, discussions of technology, pedagogy, and design—JITP mainstays—take on new complexity and political importance. For instance, when new technologies for course management or multimodal composing are being developed and assessed, we must ask serious questions about who is imagined as a user and who is included as a designer. Many articles in this issue point to the dangers of inadequately considering disabled people’s perspectives as users of and innovators with technology. However, these articles also attest to the generative power of disability perspectives, leading to new ways of accessing technology’s expressive affordances and new ethical stances toward technical communication and design.”

Please visit the Table of Contents to view all of the articles.

Accessible Future: New JITP Website and Reflections on Accessibility Design

I have just completed a redesign of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy website, and had some thoughts to share about the process of making an accessible website. You can visit the newly designed website here: The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

Crosspost from the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy website:

Greetings, and welcome to the new Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy website! We are excited to unveil a new website design that is clean, responsive, easier to navigate, and easier to read. We have incorporated several new features to make our website accessible to more readers, including skip links and an accessibility toolbar that gives readers the option to adjust the font size and toggle the contrast. Please have a look around – and enjoy!

Designing for Accessibility

Although our newly designed website has more accessibility features, it is not as accessible as we would like it to be – yet. Prior to designing this website, I had not had any experience designing for accessibility, and I wasn’t really aware of how different the design principles were. I was excited to take on such an exciting and important project, but I was a little unsure about where to begin. There seem to be many approaches to making a website accessible, and as a result, different degrees of accessibility. For instance, some resources suggest that the inclusion of alt tags and text descriptions on all media is one of the most important steps toward creating an accessible website, while others suggest that ease of operability (easy to understand navigation choices, site maps, alternatives to keyboard and mouse navigation) and alternative presentations of content (visual adjustment options of text size, contrast, color, and alternative media formats) are paramount. So, it was difficult to find a starting place for implementing the changes I wanted to make to the site.

After researching accessibility plugins for WordPress themes, I decided to focus on alternative displays and presentation of site content. The JITP website already featured alt tags on the majority of its content, so I thought that the best way to immediately improve and expand our site’s accessibility was to incorporate alternative visual and screen-reading features.

Using the plugin WP-Accessibility, I was able to include an accessibility toolbar to enhance the browsing experience of the site. This toolbar enables readers to adjust the color scheme, the font size, and the contrast of the website. Another feature that I was able to add with WP-Accessibility is skip linksfor screen readers. Skip links enable screen readers to immediately jump down to an anchor that displays the main content of the page instead of requiring the user to manually move through every link and navigation option. The process for making the skip links was not obvious, and I’m sure that I will need to revise the anchors that I specified. Still, I thought that adding these features was a step in the right direction for our site, and a foundation for making our site as accessible as possible.

Over the next few weeks, I will work to expand the accessibility of our site even further, ensuring a better experience for a variety of readers. I plan to verify that all site elements have alt tags, and to comb through these alt tags to make sure that they are as descriptive and relevant to their respective media as possible. I also plan to verify that all of our images, videos, and other interactive media have appropriate captions and, if possible, provide transcripts for video and audio files. Lastly, I will verify that all of our form elements are properly labeled and avoid redirecting or interrupting users in the face of submission errors.

We will provide updates as the site is continuously improved, and we look forward to having as close to a fully accessible site as possible in the very near future.

 

JITP Inaugural Post

In a few short weeks I will begin my new position as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy! I have just contributed my first Weekly Roundup post to the JITP site. I have cross-listed the post below. Please visit the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy website to find out more about the journal, our latest Call for Papers, and to read some of the fantastic scholarship that the journal has published!

Cross-post from the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy website:

Each week, a member of the JITP Editorial Collective assembles and shares the news items, ongoing discussions, and upcoming events of interest to us (and hopefully you). This week’s installment is edited by Laura Kane.

Greetings! This is my first Weekly Roundup, and I suppose that it symbolically marks the beginning of my time as the Managing Editor of JITP! I am thrilled to be joining the JITP collective and feel very fortunate to follow Leila Walker in taking on this new role. Leila has been a fantastic Managing Editor and a driving force behind the journal’s identity. She has been a terrific guide these past few months, and I cannot thank her enough for all that she has done to help me prepare.

A little bit about me: I am a Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY. My research interests include social and political philosophy, social ontology, and philosophy of education. For the past three years I have been a GC Digital Fellow, working in collaboration with other Fellows to bring more digital initiatives to the Graduate Center.  My most noteworthy project as a Digital Fellow involved initiating, curating, and managing five semester-long workshop series over five semesters.

A screenshot showing the scheduled workshops organized by the Digital Fellows.

I have also developed and designed websites for various initiatives and departments at the Graduate Center, including the Fashion Studies website, the Advanced Research Collaborative Commons, the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants website, and many others. Additionally, I have developed and designed a website for the Social & Political Philosophy Working Group, a workshop group that I have co-chaired for the past two years. Currently, I am in the process of collaboratively developing a syllabus repository-of-sorts called CUNY Syllabus Project. The CUNY Syllabus Project aims to be a robust resource that provides ways to search, compare, and visualize syllabi across institutions, disciplines, and departments, with a long-term goal of facilitating interdisciplinarity in teaching materials. I’m sure that I will have more to say about this project as it develops (for now we are in the early stages), but please do visit our site and submit a syllabus (or two)!

A screenshot from the homepage for the Syllabus Project. The text reads: Welcome to the CUNY Syllabus Project! With your help the project will become a robust resource providing a way to search, compare, and visualize syllabi across institutions, disciplines, and departments. As you and your colleagues upload their syllabi, the project will become an evolving database of syllabi with contributions from graduate students, faculty, and adjuncts. We are looking for syllabi that cover a variety of disciplines, course levels, and topics. With that kind of diversity we can provide a rich foundation for analysis and comparison. Click here to start uploading syllabi! Right now we’re only in the the first phase of the project. Once we’ve collected enough of you and your colleagues’ syllabi, we’ll use visualization tools to assess how courses are structured around particular reading materials. As those visualizations are made public, you’ll be able to identify popular modules, sequences, and relationships within disciplines and juxtapose these with other disciplines. This will enable you to analyze pedagogical trends both within and outside your field and gain a critical awareness of pedagogical strategies and texts deployed across academia. However, don’t worry about your personal information showing up any where in these visualizations. Any personal information (name, email, etc.) that is included on the syllabus you upload will not be included in any textual analysis or visualization. All of the personal information included in the syllabus you upload won’t be retained in the database. This is not part of the project and we respect your right to privacy. We hope that you will contribute to this project!

That brings me to my other current project: for the past few months, I have been re-designing the JITP website to make it more mobile-friendly. The new JITP website will be responsive and ADA compliant – an exciting and important improvement over the current design. It will also feature a new section called “Blueprints” that Leila had discussed in her last post. We hope to unveil the new website within the next two months.

I look forward to all of the wonderful things in store for the journal this coming year, and am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the Collective as Managing Editor!