The International Journal of Distance Education Technologies

A Publication of Idea Group Publishing/Information Science Publishing, USA

(JDET is covered in Compendex of Elsevier Engineering Information)


Shi-Kuo Chang, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan

The International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (JDET) publishes original research articles of distance education four issues per year. JDET is the primary forum for researchers and practitioners to disseminate practical solutions to the automation of open and distance learning. The journal is for academic researchers and engineers who work on distance learning programs and software systems, as well as educators and general participants of distance education. The journal covers practical solutions, especially automatic technologies of distance learning. Educational methodologies and theory are less emphasized. The purpose of JDET is to combine communication mechanisms, intelligent methods, and educational technologies in the use of distance education. Discussions of computational methods, algorithms, implemented prototype systems, and applications of open and distance learning are the focuses. Practical experiences and surveys of using distance learning systems are also welcome. Distance education technologies published in JDET will be divided into the following three categories:

  • Communication Technologies include new network infrastructures, real-time protocols, broadband and wireless communication tools, Quality-of-Services issues, multimedia streaming technology, distributed systems, mobile systems, multimedia synchronization controls, and other technologies of distance education.
  • Intelligent Technologies include intelligent tutoring, individualized distance learning, neural network or statistical approaches to behavior analysis, automatic FAQ reply methods, copyright protection and authentication mechanisms, soft computing, visual computing, and other technologies of distance education.
  • Educational Technologies include practical and new learning models, automatic assessment methods, effective and efficient authoring systems, and other issues of distance education.

    Paper Submission and Evaluation

    All submissions and evaluations are processed electronically. However, accepted manuscripts and copyright forms will be sent the publisher for publication. The publisher will publish the journal in both print and electronic formats. For paper submission, please visit the following Web site: For questions regarding the submission and review status, please send e-mail or write to:

    Timothy K. Shih, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Tamkang University, 151 Ying-Chuan Road, Tamsui, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan 25137, R.O.C. E-mail: Fax: + 886 2 26209749 Tel: + 886 2 26215656 x2743, x2616

    Special Issue Proposal

    JDET publishes special issues on the recent trends in distance education technologies. A short proposal containing the title of proposed special issue, tentative list of invited authors, suggested date of publication and a call-for-papers should be sent to Professor Chang ( for review.

    Call for Reviewers

    JDET is looking for people to serve on the Board of Reviewers who will be acknowledged in the journal annually. Each reviewer receives at most three papers per year to review. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please choose one of the above three areas and send your curriculum vitae, or the URL of your Web site, via e-mail to Professor Shih (

    JDET Editorial Board


    Shi-Kuo Chang, University of Pittsburgh, USA
    Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan

    Associated Editors

    Nikitas Assimakopoulos, University of Piraeus, Greece
    Ellen Yu Borkowski, University of Maryland, USA
    Debasish Chakraborty, Tohoku University, Japan
    Flora Chia-I Chang, Tamkang University, Taiwan
    Masahito Hirakawa, Hiroshima University, Japan
    Insung Jung, Ewha Women's University, Korea
    Siva Kumari, University of Houston, USA
    Stefano Levialdi, University of Roma, Italy
    Jianhua Ma, Hosei University, Japan
    Paolo Maresca, University of Naples, Italy
    Max Muehlhaeuser, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
    David L. Passmore, Pennsylvania State University, USA
    Syed M. Rahman, Minnesota State University, USA
    Nicoletta Sala, University of Italian Switzerland, Switzerland
    Makoto Takizawa, Tokyo Denki University, Japan
    Bernard Tan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Son T. Vuong, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Kazuo Yana, Hosei University, Japan

    Managing Editor

    Jan Travers, Idea Group Publishing/Information Science Publishing, USA

    Web Manager

    Jason C. Hung, Kuang Wu Institute of Technology, Taiwan

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