The Journal of Interactive Learning Environments

Community-Building and Technology-Based Professional Development (Practitioners’ Resources) 

Name: The Journal of Interactive Learning Environments 


Contact: Dr. Joseph Psotka, Email:

Description: Interactive learning environments publishes peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of the design and use of in the broadest sense, encompassing environments that support individual learners through to environments that support collaboration amongst groups of learners or co-workers. Relevant domains of application include education and training at all levels, life-long learning and knowledge sharing. Relevant topics for articles include: adaptive systems, learning theory, pedagogy and learning design, the electronically-enhanced classroom, computer mediated communications of all kinds, computer aided assessment, the design and use of virtual learning environments and learning management systems, facilitating organizational change, applying standards for courseware reuse, tracking, record keeping and system interoperability, the use of learning content management systems, including workflow design and publication to a range of media, and issues associated with scaling up delivery to large cohorts of students and trainees within the corporate, educational and other public sectors.

Handling of Manuscript: All submissions should be made online at the Interactive Learning Environments Scholar One Manuscripts website. New users should first create an account. Once logged on to the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website.

Manuscripts may be submitted in any standard editable format, including Word and EndNote. These files will be automatically converted into a PDF file for the review process. LaTeX files should be converted to PDF prior to submission because ScholarOne Manuscripts is not able to convert LaTeX files into PDFs directly. All LaTeX source files should be uploaded alongside the PDF.

 Topics: Specific themes the journal covers include the following:

Individual learning

  • Innovative learning situations, including adaptive systems, intelligent tutoring, conversational and advisory systems
  • Tools to aid learning and tools for studying and modeling learners
  • Cognitive, social, developmental and motivational aspects of how learning comes about
  • Principles of course design for effective learning, authoring tools
  • Self-organized learning and learning to learn

Group Activity

  • Informal knowledge exchange networks
  • Participation in on-line discussion
  • Computer supported teamwork projects
  • Collaborative learning processes
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring in computer mediated learning
  • Self assessment and peer assessment in virtual classrooms
  • Interactive video and audio technologies

Social and organizational issues

  • Facilitating and managing organizational change
  • Integrating e-learning with other business processes
  • The interface between e-learning and knowledge management

Courseware – include definition

  • Production processes
  • The use of digital repositories
  • Courseware sharing and reuse