by Jo Ann Carr, John W. Collins, Nancy P. O'Brien, Sharon Weiner & Carol WrightThis paper introduces the special issue.
by John W. Collins & Sharon WeinerThis article calls for the creation of a subdiscipline within the field of education entitled education informatics. Education informatics is the application of technology to discovering and communicating education information.
by Carol WrightThis article discusses user information behavior though analysis of demographic factors, academic disciplinary characteristics, and the nature of educational research. Understanding elements of user information behavior will inform the development of a system of education informatics.
by Kurt D. SquireThis article examines an augmented reality game-based science unit in which students investigated environmental issues of local importance.
by Lesley S.J. FarmerAs education librarians seek to collaborate with preservice teacher preparation programs, they need to apply informatics principles to optimize the library’s ultimate impact on student achievement. Specifically, education librarians need to examine several levels of information processing systems: student, faculty, program, institution, and government entities. Furthermore, education librarians need to identify the conditions or environments of these information systems because the infrastructure, available resources, and knowledge base all impact student learning.
by Michael FurloughOpen access is a mode of publication that limits or removes payments, fees, licensing, or other typical requirements for access to research publications or related materials. This article describes open access in more detail, examines its impact on the field of education research, and identifies information management problems that may currently inhibit adoption.
by Michael K. McLendon & James C. HearnThis article provides perspective on laws mandating openness in higher education, describes differences in the laws across states, and reports on select findings from a study that we conducted on the impacts of the laws on public colleges and universities nationally. The article seeks to contribute to a growing body of literature on information policy and its uses in society, in this case, how the public information laws of state governments influence the climate of data access and decision-making in public higher education.
by Daniel McFarland & Eric KlopferThis paper describes the educational knowledge domain as having a community structure (form) based in relations of production (authoring) and consumption (referencing), and a cognitive structure (content) based in relations of ideas and concepts. We propose developing an online interactive system whereby the vast array of available knowledge artifacts can be mined for information reflective of these networks, and which can be visualized, measured, and explored over time. Building on the ideas of online communities, network visualizations, e-commerce, and advanced search engines, Scholar Practitioner Information Networks for Education (SPINE) not only facilitates access to education information resources, but also allows the community to view multiple sources of information in a relational context.
by Jo Ann Carr & Nancy P. O'BrienThis concluding article identifies the numerous policy implications of education informatics that are revealed by the other articles in this issue. The design of information systems, the advancement of education informatics, and strategies for anchoring it in within constantly changing technologies are discussed.