International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) SPECIAL ISSUE ON Strategically Influencing On-line Education: Power, Politics, and Social Dynamics

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: September 15, 2011


Special Issue Editors:

Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Texas Woman’s University, USA

Celia Romm Livermore, Wayne State University, USA



The power and politics (or social dynamics) of the on-line classroom, the politics of getting a large organization, like a university, to adopt educational technologies to promote specific political agendas in classrooms (e.g., the utilization of the Web during the Obama campaign to promote support for the presidential candidate Obama among school children), the use of on-line technologies for ideological indoctrination or “influencing” in the educational systems of extremist groups of all religions and issues of power and politics that are related to the on-line education of special needs minorities such as people who are physically/intellectually challenged, people of color, women, migrants, and so forth. The changing dimensions of ‘technology’ and ‘learning’ have significant impact globally. The recent success of China and India in moving into the production of high value-added, high-technology products has caused political leaders and their advisors to re-evaluate the global economic challenge. The OECD recently acknowledged that emerging economies including China and India were moving up the value chain to compete with Western organizations for high-tech products and R&D investment. There has been major growth in all OECD countries for expansion into higher education. Canada was the first country to achieve the target of over 50 percent of people aged 25 and 34 to enter the job market with a tertiary level qualification, followed by Korea, which has engineered a massive growth in tertiary provision since 1991. While much of the international business and policy literature has focused on education, globalization, the use of innovation and creative enterprise; it has ignored the shift towards global standardization or alignment within companies, where technology is the key enabler and facilitator. 


Objective of the Special Issue

Technology, learning, education and supporting globalization through innovation and creativity leading to a globalized knowledge economy are the main emphasis of this Special Issue of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT). More specifically, the issue focuses on the impact of globalization on education and business, the changing dimensions of the WBLT technologies and uses, sharing educational experiences and situations including (but not limited to) distance learning, collaborative work, constructivist approaches in on-line, traditional and hybrid class-rooms, designing blended learning and programs, importance of dialogue in distance education programs, CSCL, network learning, etc. while focusing on the world economies with respect to these worldwide changing perspectives and the creation of a globalized knowledge economy.

Recommended Topics

Topics to be discussed in this issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

?         Best practices in international learning, education and technology

?         Building multi-disciplinary teams for web-based learning and teaching

?         Building web-based learning communities

?         Constructivist approaches to web-based learning and teaching

?         Creation of globalized knowledge economies

?         Cross cultural analyses of globalization, education and international business perspectives

?         Decision making in implementing web-based learning and teaching

?         Education impacting local and global communities

?         Globalization and technology: changing paradigm

?         Globalization, education and learning: case studies

?         Impact of globalization on education and business

?         International perspectives on technology and education

?         Knowledge building using web-based learning and teaching technologies

?         Macro issues in global businesses, e-education and communities

?         Macro issues in globalization, e-education and e-learning

?         Management side of web-based learning and teaching

?         Network learning using WLTT

?         Politics of adoption and implementation of e-learning initiatives from the individual/department’s perspective

?         Politics of implementation of e-learning initiatives from the administration’s perspective

?         Politics of implementation of e-learning initiatives from the student’s perspective

?         Power and politics in online/e-education

?         Project management for implementing WLTT

?         Related issues that impact the overall utilization and management of web-based technologies in education

?         Schools impacting globalization and international business education

?         Technology enablement of global businesses, higher education and international business

?         Web-based CSCL

?         Web-based technologies enabled pedagogical scenarios

?         Web-based technologies enabled pedagogical systems and programs

?         WLTT implementation: models, methods, and frameworks



Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special issue on Strategically Influencing On-line Education: Power, Politics, and Social Dynamics on or before September 15, 2011. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at  All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically to either one of the special issue editors.



The mission of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) is to contribute to the broadening of the overall body of knowledge regarding the multi-dimensional aspects of Web-based technologies in contemporaneous educational contexts, assisting researchers, practitioners, and decision makers to design more effective learning systems and scenarios. IJWLTT explores the technical, social, cultural, organizational, human, cognitive, and commercial impact of technology. In addition, IJWLTT endeavors a broad range of authors and expands the dialogue to address the interplay among the diverse and disparate interests affected by technology in education. The journal seeks to explore the impact of Web-based technology on the design, implementation and evaluation of the learning and teaching process, as well as the development of new activities, relationships, skills, and competencies for the various actors implied in such processes.


The International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference”, “Business Science Reference”, and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit


All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Mahesh S. Raisinghani:

Celia Romm Livermore:


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