[AISWorld] CFP - AMCIS 2013 Minitrack: Education and Training in Virtual Worlds

Brenda L. Eschenbrenner eschenbrenbl at unk.edu
Thu Jan 3 11:03:17 EST 2013

Call for Papers

19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS’13)
August 15-17, 2013
Chicago, Illinois

Track:       Virtual Communities and Virtual Worlds
Minitrack: Education and Training in Virtual Worlds

Virtual worlds present new platforms for enhancing education and training.  With abilities to simulate the physical world or build entirely new worlds, new approaches to learning abound.  The rich environment lends itself to providing interactive experiences such that hands-on learning activities can be conducted and a constructive learning approach taken.  Also, the essence of a shared space opens up new avenues for collaborative and social learning.  Educators and organizations are expanding their traditional approaches to training, learning, and knowledge transfer to capitalize on the new opportunities and the unique aspects that abound with virtual worlds.

Hence, this mini-track seeks to explore the opportunities as well as the issues associated with education and training in virtual world environments.  We encourage paper submissions that study the development, use, and assessment of virtual worlds in education and training contexts, both from the instructor’s and the learner’s perspective.  We welcome papers that study the application of virtual worlds in this context as well as challenge such applications.  This mini-track is open to both theoretical and empirical studies, and is open to all research methods (e.g., survey, field study, case study, experimentation).

Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):

  *   Development of frameworks for evaluating educational and training applications in virtual world environments
  *   Theoretical models describing the development, use, and assessment of virtual world technologies in educational and training contexts
  *   Research on novel, innovative uses of virtual world technologies for pedagogical and training purposes
  *   Examinations of implementations, adoptions, and outcomes of virtual world technologies in education and training along with factors influencing these activities
  *   Meta-analyses and meta-syntheses of virtual world research and the implications for education and training
  *   Issues, limitations, and barriers surrounding virtual worlds in education and training
Submission Process:
Full paper submissions must be made electronically through AMCIS 2013 Manuscript Submission Site http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2013/.  Papers will be peer reviewed using a double-blind system.

Important Dates:
January 4, 2013:        Bepress Opens for Paper Submissions
February 22, 2013:    Submissions Due
April 22, 2013:           Author Notification of Acceptance
May 9, 2013:             Camera-Ready Copy Due

More information is available at http://amcis2013.aisnet.org/ or by contacting the minitrack co-chairs.

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Brenda Eschenbrenner
Department of Accounting and Finance
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849, USA
eschenbrenbl at unk.edu<mailto:eschenbrenbl at unk.edu>

Xiaofeng Chen
Department of Management
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
xchen3 at unl.edu<mailto:xchen3 at unl.edu>

Keng Siau
Department of Business & Information Technology
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Rolla, MO 65409-0320
siauk at mst.edu<mailto:siauk at mst.edu>
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