Smart Learning – Thought Pieces

Please consider submitting several Thought Pieces and linking to blogs where you publish similar thinking.

NB: Before writing Thought Pieces please check that your ideas don’t duplicate something that is already being written.

About Thought Pieces
Thought Pieces are scholarly discussions about the topic of using smart devices for learning. Typically they will present an idea, question or situation and explore it.
Thought Pieces should directly address the book’s main theme of how smart devices are likely to change teaching and learning at university by examining one aspect of the topic. For example it is possible that we will have a Thought Piece on The Digital Literacy of Smartphone Learning and another on, say, How Tablets will Change Lectures. There are endless short essays that need to be written as we begin to understand how smart technology will improve learning.
Please avoid hyperbole and making unfounded claims. Use words carefully and concisely, but not to the extent that it inhibits a good flow to your writing.
Typically Thought Pieces will begin by (1.) establishing the question, problem or idea. This might also include something about yourself and why this is important to you. (2.) Explain why the discussion is useful. For example, by answering the question or addressing the problem or idea what is it that the writer and reader will learn? Or what will they be able to do? Etc.
(3.) Then set out the different factors that you think are most useful to the discussion. (4). Bring evidence into the discussion. In this book we value first hand experience but we also expect to see references to other academic sources including journal articles, books, conference papers, videos or Slideshare presentations and podcasts (etc.) from reliable sources. The discussion should be scholarly. These will give your thinking credibility and allow readers to explore your thinking further. Please use a good referencing style. When editing the book we will attempt to make connections between contributions by adding a See Also section under each contribution.
(5.) Following your exploration of the topic summarise key points and, if possible, draw one or two conclusions. Conclusions are logical statements made on the strength of evidence or argument.
(6.) Add a section called References listing in alphabetical order all the citations you have referred to in your piece. For written works use the following format: “Author, A. (2014). Title of paper: and subtitle. Source, VolumeNumber(Issue number), pp. PageNumber – PageNumber.” For other media use a similar succinct convention.

The word count range for Thought Pieces is up to 1,000 words

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