Call for Book Chapters: Teaching and Learning with AI, Robotics and IoT in the Classroom

Instructions to apply below. Edited by: Dana Di Pardo Léon-Henri.

Topic Introduction

Our world has been indelibly transformed by technology in so many ways and on so many levels. Before the 1960s and the creation of an IBM mainframe, traditional media such as books, newspapers, radio, and television held a vital role in the daily lives of many people throughout the world. Today, times have radically changed. And within the space of two short decades, some media have become obsolete and antiquated. Digital technologies have profoundly transformed society and advanced the way we communicate, stay informed and learn, more rapidly than any innovation in our history. And just when we were adapting to the twilight of this new digital era, it is now quietly acquiescing to the vast and exciting potential of quantum computing. In addition to this, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) are revolutionizing our societies to the point that interacting with AI and receiving recommendations or information on where to eat and directions for how to get there have become matters of everyday habit and as simple as a text message on a smart phone.

Interest in the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Education (AIEd) has increased on a worldwide scale and in particular at the tertiary level, according to Hinojo-Lucena, et al. (2019) who posit in their bibliometric study that literature on the subject is still at an embryonic stage. The Horizon Report (2019), which is a reference in education technology, predicts that AI will be implemented in higher education within a period of four to five years. Notwithstanding, some critics like Schiff (2020), caution that there are risks associated with AIEd and that gatekeeping strategies are required to ensure socially responsible research and implementation methods.

Nevertheless, as Guan, Mou, et al. (2020) illustrate in their twenty-year data-driven historical analysis, research in the area of AIEd has in fact flourished. In our classrooms and at all levels from primary to tertiary, many forms of technology are omnipresent and interaction between student and AI has become commonplace. Robots from “futuristic” films like Terminator, I Robot and Wall-E may quickly come to mind; however, AI explorations have paved a path to bring many functional, more appealing or humanized and emotionally sensitive robots such as Pepper, Nao, Beatbots, Tega and Kaspar to life in the classroom. The pace of this technological change sweeping boldly across society is breathtaking—and it is taking us from the digital age and bit-based technology towards a new reality and a new AI-driven era, whereby machine learning algorithms, as well as new computing architectures, such as exponential quantum computing and neuromorphic chips which all function very differently in comparison to our now basic digital computers.

The aim of this book is to explore the pragmatic, functional and didactic use of AI, robotics and IoT in the classroom from primary to tertiary levels, whilst not only considering the various challenges teachers and students must face, but also focusing on the diverse opportunities AI, robotics and IoT can offer in a variety of learning contexts across the globe. We are seeking previously unpublished research and the relevant topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • AI, robotics or IoT teaching practices from primary to tertiary levels
  • Assessment and testing (formative and summative) using AI and/or robotic interaction
  • Training and personalized diagnostic exercises with AI or robotic instruction
  • AI, robotics and ludology (game-based teaching and learning) in the classroom
  • Virtual Technology (VT) or Virtual Lands (VL) use in the classroom
  • Teaching with other means of interacting with AI (ex: Google glasses / IoT / AR technology…)
  • Teaching and learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with AI or robots
  • Translanguaging/multilingual practices (including code-switching) using AI in the classroom
  •  AI and robotics for cultural, linguistic, and physical education (movement) in the classroom
  • Learner voices, beliefs, and perceptions of AI, robotic interaction and technology in the classroom 

Contributors are invited to submit articles in any of the aforementioned categories. Methodological approaches can include qualitative studies, quantitative studies, and mixed-methods studies. Theoretically-oriented papers should offer a solid conceptual discussion targeting classroom practices involving teaching/learning with AI, robot or IoT interaction.

Submission Requirements

Potential contributors should submit an abstract in a word document with a title, a 1,000-word abstract, including the envisaged methodology, partial bibliography and a short 50-word bio (for each author) in .docx or.doc format1 to before June 30, 2021.

Authors of successful abstracts will be invited to submit original and previously unpublished papers (no longer than 6000 words all inclusive) by 30 August, 2021, which will then be sent out for open peer review. In line with the international diverse spirit of languages, we encourage the submission of papers that study in all foreign languages classrooms across the globe. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Editor to ensure proper fit within the scope of this collection. Full manuscripts will undergo an open peer-review by the reviewing committee, and the Editor will ensure quality with respect to research content.

Timeline & Important Dates

 Call for chapters 29/03/2021
 Submission of 1,000-word abstract 30/06/2021
 Decision to authors (abstract) 30/07/2021
 Submission of first draft 30/08/2021 (original work, no longer than 6000 words)  Notification to authors (first review) 30/09/2021
 Submission of second draft 30/10/2021
 Second review of chapters 30/11/2021
 Notification of acceptance/refusal to authors 30/01/2022
 Expected publication date 25/04/2022

Please Note

This collection of research will be published in open access (| | @r_publishing |) and in the event that funding is not secured, a publication fee of 225 euros per manuscript will apply.

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Dana Di Pardo Leon-Henri

Dana Di Pardo Léon-Henri is a senior researching lecturer with ELLIADD (EA 4661), currently teaching English for Special or Specific Purposes (ESP) at the University of Bourgogne Franche Comté at the UFR SLHS in Besançon, France. Her research is focused on ESP and LSP Language Teaching, foreign language learning and teaching, pedagogy, didactics, evaluation, artificial intelligence and language teaching, language policy and professional skills development at the higher education level.

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