JIME is a peer reviewed open access online journal in educational technology that focuses on the implications and use of digital media in higher or post-compulsory education. It aims to foster a multidisciplinary and intellectually rigorous debate on both the theory and practice of interactive media in higher or post-compulsory education. JIME was launched in September, 1996.
NOTE: JIME is currently focusing on a number of Special Collections – see calls for papers on the site below. The journal is therefore currently closed to general submissions.
Balance between guidance and self-regulated learning: teaching and learning strategies in online, hybrid and blended learning in higher education
Guest editors: Victoria I. Marín and Jesús Salinas
Papers should be submitted by 31st December 2021
Although some guidelines for flexible learning in the context of higher education and COVID-19 have been designed, many of them have been focused on aspects concerning the delivery methods and digital tools to use, the formats for assessment or design guidelines for activities and strategies so far (Huang et al., 2020). Other aspects have been scarcely addressed, even before the pandemic. For instance, a challenge in teaching and learning processes identified in the literature is the balance between guidance and self-regulated learning and learner’s autonomy (Blaschke & Marín, 2020; Tchounikine, 2019). This balance refers to the mechanisms that educators design to support the development of student self-regulated learning, but also to the students’ learning strategies. Literature has extensively covered self-regulated learning from the students’ perspective (Anthonysamy et al., 2020; Broadbent & Poon, 2015; Hooshyar et al., 2020, Roth et al., 2016) and more recently, from the educators’ view (Russell et al., 2020).
However, addressing the balance between guidance and self-directed learning is still a challenge to both students and educators: the degree of guidance may be too high and, therefore, limit students’ self-regulated learning or, on the contrary, if too much flexibility is given, students may feel lost in their learning process and do not find their way. We should also consider the wide diversity that can exist among different students in terms of learning strategies and personal learning trajectory. In addition, the different forms of education modalities in higher education (online, blended and hybrid learning) ask for diverse approaches to this balance. Although used often as a synonym or as a form of blended learning, hybrid learning is considered to be subtly different (Cohen et al., 2020): it is more than just combining on-site and online learning or synchronous and asynchronous online learning as in blended formats; it involves blurring the parts and creating something new by rethinking our conception of place (Stommel, 2018).
Taking into account all these aspects, we pose the following question in this special issue: how to find the balance between guidance and self-regulated learning in online, hybrid and blended learning in higher education from educators and students’ perspectives, especially in post-COVID19 settings?
There are some self-regulated learning supports that can be helpful for educators and students to consider, such as personalised learning pathways (Crosslin, 2018; Salinas & de Benito, 2020) or adaptive systems and intelligent tutoring systems (Zawacki-Richter et al., 2020). However, the situated student’ and educator’s views are still missing, and much needed, in order to put into place effective and caring strategies for self-regulated learning that integrate digital possibilities. The current context in higher education demands more research as comprehensive and systematic intervention based on evidence, but also and more importantly, on innovation and experimentation properly evaluated, which form a natural part of the building processes of learning scenarios. In addition, the topic of the special issue should be considered against the pandemic backdrop of possible shortages in digital competence by educators and students, and the urgent need of optimising educators’ practice around the world.
We aim especially for empirical, experience or theoretical analysis articles that focus on the situated analysis related to students and educators’ perspectives of strategies and artifacts to support balance between self-regulated learning and educator guidance in online, hybrid and blended learning higher education.
Possible topics include
Posted on 07 Jun 2021
Each year JIME publishes reviews of some of the latest books released on the topics of educational technology and the role of multimedia technologies in higher education. Reviewers are currently sought for the following volumes:
How to submit a review
Reviewers should in the first instance email Victoria Murphy via email@example.com with an expression of interest. This should include a brief biographical description indicating your suitability as a reviewer and a list of all volumes you would be willing to review.
Reviews are commissioned on a first-come, first served basis for qualified reviewers and are due by 31st August 2021. The final collection of reviews will be published in December 2021.
Reviews should be around 1000-1500 words long and should focus on the relevance of the volume for educational technologists, instructional designers, and educators working in higher education institutions.
Examples of JIME book reviews
For guidance on the expected format and style of JIME book reviews, please refer to our previous articles.
Posted on 13 May 2021
The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) is a global community of researchers in Open education. We invite papers from GO-GN members (past and present) to highlight the research they are undertaking and impact of the network. As well as conventional research papers, we are interested in the following formats:
This is an opportunity for members to showcase their work, gain feedback and demonstrate the value of the network. The GO-GN team are willing to act as mentors for any authors who wish to work up their contributions, please indicate in the submission if you would like this.
Contributors should take account of JIME's Guidelines for Submissions.
Please address any queries to the GO-GN account.
Papers should be submitted by the 12th April 2021.
Posted on 25 Jan 2021