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Journal of Universal Computer Science

Special Issue on Exploring Immersive Technologies in Learning


Guest Editors:

Anasol Peña-Rios
British Telecom / University of Essex, United Kingdom

Daphne Economou
University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Markos Mentzelopoulos
University of Westminster, United Kingdom


This special issue is edited in cooperation with the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN). iLRN is an international organization of developers, educators, and research professionals collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning (https://immersivelrn.org/). The iLRN vision is to develop a comprehensive research and outreach agenda that encompasses the breadth and scope of learning potentialities, affordances and challenges of immersive learning environments. To achieve this, the iLRN mission is to invite and organize scientists, practitioners, organizations, and innovators across the disciplines to explore, describe, and apply the optimal use of immersive worlds and environments for educational purposes.

For this special issue, we are looking for original submissions on innovative research, technologies, and/or tools to enable successful services and products of immersive environments to foster learning, training and other activities in motivational and engaging ways. The objective is to uncover and discuss emerging trends and technologies, sound research and best practices, successful products and services within an international and interdisciplinary community. This includes but not limits its focus to virtual and augmented worlds, learning and motivational games, educational simulations, mixed/augmented reality, and related learning and teaching tools, techniques, technologies, and standards.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest in the context of immersive environments include, from a computer science and technology perspective:

  • Immersive Technologies, Systems and Devices in learning
  • Immersive Environments and Multidimensional Spaces in learning
  • Learning Analytics & Immersive Data Visualizations
  • Wearable Technology for learning
  • Virtual, augmented and mixed-reality for education
  • Collaboration and Social Computing in Education
  • Context-aware Computing in Immersive Spaces
  • Assessment and Learning Analytics in High-tech Environments
  • Multi-modal Learning Environments
  • Human Factors and Affective Computing for Learning
  • Natural and Built Environments as Immersive Learning Spaces
  • Personalized and Adaptive Recommender Learning Technology
  • Learning and Training Applications
  • Game-based Learning and Serious Games
  • A Glance into the Future: Innovations, Challenges and Applications

Authors of selected papers from the iLRN 2019 conference will also be invited to submit extended versions, with at about 50% new material.

Important dates

ATTENTION: Paper submission deadline extended: 3 February, 2020!
First notification of acceptance: March 30th, 2020
Revised papers submission deadline: April 27th, 2020
Second round of reviews received by: June 15th, 2020
Final notification of acceptance: June 29th, 2020
Expected Special Issue publication: August 2020

Special Issue Guest Editors

Anasol Peña-Rios, British Telecom / University of Essex, United Kingdom
Email: acpena@essex.ac.uk

Daphne Economou, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Email: d.economou@westminster.ac.uk

Markos Mentzelopoulos, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Email: mentzem@my.westminster.ac.uk

Submission Guidelines

Editorial Board (to be expanded)

  • Ahmed R Alzahrani, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia
  • Andri Ioannou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Aristidis Protopsaltis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Germany
  • Carlos R. Jaimez Gonzalez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Charalampos Karagiannidis, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Christos-Nikolaos Anagnostopoulos, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Christian Eckhardt, California Polytechnic State University
  • Damianos Gavalas, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College, USA
  • Kai Erenli, UAS bfi Vienna, Austria
  • Leonel Morgado, Universidade Aberta & INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Liz Falconer, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
  • Malek Alrashidi, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
  • Michael Gardner, University of Essex, UK
  • Panagiotis Antoniou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Petros Lameras, Coventry University, UK
  • Vassiliki Bouki, University of Westminster, UK
  • Victor Zamudio, Instituto Tecnologico de Leon, Mexico
  • Wulfrano Arturo Luna Ramirez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico