I am very pleased to introduce the first issue of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. Although information technology in general is having a profound impact on society, including on education, there are specific learning technologies that have impacted or promise to impact education even more. While there are many publications that cover computers in education, many members of the community recognized a void regarding the coverage of cutting-edge learning technologies by a transactions-level archival publication. The new journal will help to fill this void, publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed papers covering such topics as the design of educational games, collaborative learning systems, intelligent tutoring agents, advanced tools for assessment of learning, educational data mining, and techniques for authoring computer-based educational materials. We believe that this publication will have a high value to professionals and researchers involved with or interested in learning technologies.
The IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies is the result of a collaboration between the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Education Society, and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (the first two serving as financial cosponsors and the third as a technical cosponsor). In addition to its editorial board, the journal has a steering committee whose job it is to appoint the Editor-in-Chief and to administer the journal, reporting to the sponsoring societies. Many individuals too numerous to name here were involved in the development and approval of the journal, and without their efforts, this new publication would not be coming out. The members of the EIC search committee, the steering committee, IEEE Computer Society Vice President for Publications, Jon Rokne, the IEEE Computer Society president at the time, Mike Williams, Education Society president, Joe Hughes, the editorial board, and the former IEEE Computer Society publisher (now Executive Director), Angela Burgess, and her staff all deserve recognition.
This particular journal also pioneers the use of a “delayed open-access” business model within its cosponsoring societies. This means that paying subscribers receive access to all published material including material less than 12 months old, while the general public receives access without charge to those articles that have been published for more than 12 months. Although the subscription policies for any IEEE journal can change, it is our hope that this approach will be sustainable.
It is a pleasure to introduce the first Editor-in-Chief for the journal, Professor Wolfgang Nejdl, from the University of Hannover and head of the L3S Research Center, as well as his Associate-Editor-in-Chief, Peter Brusilovsky, from the University of Pittsburgh. Both are acknowledged leaders in the development of innovative learning technologies. Their curriculum vitae follow.
Chair, Transactions Operations Committee, IEEE Computer Society