WCSNE. World Congress on Special Needs Education



World Congress on Special Needs Education (WCSNE-2016)

Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

August 16-19, 2016

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Notification and Preliminary Call for Papers

The World Congress on Special Needs Education (WCSNE-2016) will be held at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA from the 16th to 19th of August, 2016. The WCSNE is dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in special needs education. The WCSNE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Educational and Industrial sectors.

The aim of WCSNE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational and Industrial sectors with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of special needs in education. The WCSNE-2016 invites speakers to share their knowledge on issues or subject matters in special needs in education that encompass conceptual analysis, case studies, design implementation and performance evaluation.

The topics in WCSNE-2016 include but are not confined to the following areas:

Accessible World

  • Aging and Disability
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
  • Assessment and Early intervention
  • Baby Boomers
  • Building and Sustaining an Inclusive Community
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Curriculum Adaptation and Modification
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Developmental
  • Disabilities Disability and Diversity
  • E-Accessibility
  • Human Rights/Disability Rights
  • Legal Issues (Legislative and Policy)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Living In(ter)dependently
  • Support Services
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Public Health, Diversity and Disability
  • Resiliency Across the Lifespan
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Study Skills Development

Art Education

  • Music Education
  • Writing Education
  • Imaginative Education
  • Language Education
  • History

Assistive Technologies

  • Access Technologies
  • Accessibility Guidelines
  • Adaptation and Transformation
  • Emerging Assistive Technologies
  • End User Tools
  • Mobile Accessibility
  • Softwareand Tools User
  • Web Authoring Guidelines and Tools
  • Web Accessibility

Business Education

  • Educational Administration
  • Human Resource Development
  • Academic Advising and Counselling
  • Education Policy and Leadership
  • Industrial Cooperation 
  • Life-long Learning Experiences
  • Workplace Learning and Collaborative Learning 
  • Work Employability
  • Educational Institution Government Partnership 
  • Patent Registration and Technology Transfer
  • University Spin-Off Companies

Course Management

  • Accreditation and Quality Assurance
  • Academic Experiences and Best Practice Contributions
  • Copy-right 
  • Digital Libraries and Repositories
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • E-content Management and Development
  • Open Content
  • e-Portfolios
  • Grading Methods 
  • Knowledge Management
  • Quality processes at National and International level
  • Security and Data Protection
  • Student Selection Criteria in Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • User-Generated Content

Curriculum, Research and Development

  • Acoustics in Education Environment
  • APD/Listening
  • Counsellor Education
  • Courses, Tutorials and Labs
  • Curriculum Design
  • Bullying
  • Social Networking
  • Study Abroad Programmes
  • Faculty Development
  • Distance Learning: Assessment, Methods and Technologies
  • Teaching and Learning Experiences in Engineering Education

Educational Foundations

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Geographical Education
  • Health Education
  • Home Education
  • Rural Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Second life Educators
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education

Interaction and Cultural Models of Disability

  • Adaptive Transportation
  • Augmented and Alternative Communication
  • Gerontechnology
  • Healthcare Specialists
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Labor Market Integration
  • Medical Experts
  • Sport, Fitness and Leisure
  • Special Educational Centres
  • Social Innovation and E-Service Delivery
  • Social Workers
  • Student and Adults with Disabilities
  • Usability and Ergonomics

Learning / Teaching Methodologies and Assessment

  • Simulated Communities and Online Mentoring
  • e-Testing and new Test Theories
  • Supervising and Managing Student Projects
  • Pedagogy Enhancement with e-Learning
  • Educating the Educators
  • Immersive Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Computer-Aided Assessment
  • Metrics and Performance Measurement
  • Assessment Software Tools
  • Assessment Methods in Blended Learning Environments

Global Issues In Education and Research

  • Education, Research and Globalization
  • Barriers to Learning (ethnicity, age, psychosocial factors, ...)
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Women and Minorities in Science and Technology
  • Indigenous and Diversity Issues
  • Government Policy issues
  • Organizational, Legal and Financial Aspects
  • Digital Divide
  • Increasing Affordability and Access to the Internet
  • Ethical issues in Education
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Plagiarism


  • Teacher Education
  • Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Education practice trends and issues
  • Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Human Talent
  • Indigenous Education
  • Kinesiology and Leisure Science
  • K12
  • Life-long Learning Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Methods and Learning Mechanisms in Engineering Education
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Reading Education
  • Religion and Education Studies
  • Knowledge Competencies in Engineering

Research Management

  • Research Methodologies
  • Academic Research Projects
  • Joint-research programmes
  • Research on Technology in Education
  • Research Centres
  • Links between Education and Research
  • New Challenges in Education
  • ECTS experiences
  • The Bologna Process and its implementation
  • Joint-Degree Programmes
  • Erasmus and Exchange experiences in universities
  • Students and Teaching staff Exchange programmes

Ubiquitous Learning

  • Accessibility to Disabled Users
  • Animation, 3D, and Web 3D Applications
  • Context Dependent Learning
  • Distance Education
  • E-Learning
  • E-Manufacturing
  • Educational Technology
  • Educational Games and Software
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • ICT Education
  • Internet technologies
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Mobile Applications and Learning (M-learning)
  • Multi-Virtual Environment
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Technology Support for Pervasive Learning
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Videos for Learning and Educational Multimedia 
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)
  • Web 2.0, Social Networking, Blogs and Wikis
  • Wireless Applications

Research In Progress

  • Ongoing research from undergraduates, graduates/postgraduates and professionals Projects
  • Collaborative Research
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching Approaches and Experiences

Other Areas of Education

Panel Discussion

Proposals from those who would like to facilitate a panel discussion are welcomed. The proposals may address any of the topics falling within the scope of the conference themes.

Panel Discussions provide an opportunity for public discussion amongst a selected group of panelists. Central to the success of a panel discussion is the choice of a good topic as the focus for discussion and panelists who bring differing perspectives and are confident in making clear arguments in a live situation. Panels should comprise of three to five scholars who present their arguments; a discussant offers critical comment on the arguments made and the discussion is opened up to the participating audience.

The proposal must include:

  • Title
  • Panel Chair(s) (if necessary)
  • Speakers Name, Affiliation and Email
  • Scope
  • Objective and motivation

The WCSNE-2016 will set aside space for those who wish to pursue discussion of a particular topic or issue. Interested individuals should submit a proposal not more than 400 words, on or before May 15, 2016. In addition, the proposal should indicate the duration of the panel discussion (preferred duration is 90 minutes).

All accepted Panel Discussion proposals will be published in the Conference Proceedings. If you are interested in organising Panel Discussion for the WCSNE-2016, please email your proposal to the pandis@wcsne.org. Submissions should be in MS Word format.


Virtual Presentation (Video Conferencing)

We understand that some presenters will not be able to make the trip to Philadelphia, to present their research paper, case study, work in progress and report, mainly due to financial and/or political restrictions on travel. The WCSNE-2016 has therefore instituted a virtual presentation system to allow the authors of accepted papers the same publication opportunities as regular presenters. A research works submitted without the participant attending the conference in person, but presented via video conferencing are refereed and published (if accepted) in the conference proceedings.

You can submit a research paper, case study, work in progress and report for virtual presentation under the open call for papers via email to papersubmission@wcsne.org


Sessions Speakers Participation

The WCSNE-2016 invites speakers to share their knowledge on issues or subject matters of the research work. To be a session speaker, you need to email:

  • Presentation Title
  • Scope (300 words)
  • Objective and Motivation (200 words)
  • Name, Affiliation and Email

If you are interested in giving a talk without submitting a paper, please email your proposal to the speakers@wcsne.org. The proposal will be reviewed by the Steering Committees. After acceptance, you will recieve a feedback on any modification required. All accepted proposals will be published in the proceedings.

• The panel discussion members and session speakers are responsible for meeting the costs of their registration, travel and accommodation.


Journal Publications

All speakers will be invited to extended their talk into a full paper version to be published in one of our special issues peer reviewed journals.

International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education (IJTIE) International Journal for Infonomics International Journal for Digital Society (IJDS) Literacy Information and Computer Education International Journal For E-Learning Security (IJeLS) International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education

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