Call: LOM#18 (English): Systems, portals and platforms between regulation and freedom

Editors: Michael Pedersen and Christian Dalsgaard

Within the last few years, most educational institutions have implemented large-scale IT systems to support educational activities. First and foremost, institutions have bought systems, portals or platforms, also known as Learning Management Systems or Virtual Learning Environments.

Within Danish secondary and higher education institutions, systems such as Moodle, Fronter, itslearning, Lectio, Blackboard and Canvas have been implemented. Within primary education, Danish schools are currently a part of a national initiative called “Brugerportalsinitiativet” that involves the implementation of learning platform within all Danish primary schools.

In this issue of the Learning and Media journal, we wish to focus on the pedagogical and didactical implications of introducing such systems, portals and platforms within an educational setting. This issue wishes to address the following questions:

  • What is a learning platform or a Learning Management System?
  • What opportunities does the technology offer?
  • How does the technology limit or enhance the teacher’s pedagogical opportunities?
  • Do the systems have a build-in pedagogy?
  • Do we “outsource” pedagogical and didactical methods to system developers, or does the technology expand the pedagocial and didactical freedom?

The journal accepts both theoretical papers and empirically based papers involving studies of us of IT systems in educational contexts.

Important dates

  • Submission of abstract (100 – 200 words): 1 June 2017. Submit your abstract via e-mail to one of the editors.
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 June 2017
  • Manuscript (or media product): 1 September 2017
  • Review sent to authors: 15 October 2017
  • Final manuscript: 2 November 2017
  • Publication of issue from December 2017

About the Journal LOM - see (only in Danish)

Learning and Media (LOM) is a web-based electronic journal on the use of IT and digital media for communication, learning, competence and cooperation. Learning and Media is simultaneously a forum for exchange of experiences with the use of mediation, e-learning and e-based cooperation - in view of international trends and research that can support a quality-based development of the area of Danish and Scandinavian institutions.

Learning and Media is published twice a year and is available exclusively online. The journal is directed at teachers, students, researchers and developers in higher education and others who have interest in learning and media.

Journal articles may be of practical and theoretical nature:

  • Practical / application-oriented: Description of practical experience or the coupling between theory and practice.
  • Theoretical / reflective: Focus on e-learning theory, pedagogy and didactics.

The journal is open to:

  • Traditional academic articles
  • Shorter texts
  • Alternative types of publications such as video, audio or multimedia productions
  • Short contributions to debate
  • Reviews
  • Minutes or the like

All manuscripts are to follow these guidelines:


Abstracts are submitted to:

Michael Pedersen ( and

Christian Dalsgaard (

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