Call for Special Issue Submissions 2022

Call for submissions

Special Issue: Achieving Lasting Education in the New Digital Learning World

Guest Editors:

Dr. Filia Garivaldis, Monash University

Dr. Stephen McKenzie, University of Melbourne

Dr. Danah Henriksen, Arizona State University

Dr. Sylvie Studente, Regent’s University London

The rapid and unprecedented teaching and learning modality shift of the pandemic has left instructors and students searching for ways to engage productively in these spaces. Against this backdrop, it is critical to highlight the need for robust and proven pedagogical designs.

To achieve this, to ensure that education’s rapid shift to online modalities is sustainable, worthwhile, and transformative, learning and teaching must be founded on solid and guiding educational principles, many of which have a long history. Online education should embrace processes, practices, models and theories that are not modality-specific, but apply across all modes of teaching and learning. This involves balancing an awareness that virtual spaces have unique opportunities and constraints that require careful and theory-based pedagogical design. This will allow education to attain the best of the new whilst retaining the best of the old. 

This special issue of AJET explores and showcases how universal educational principles and learning theories can both transcend and engage with the online modality, enabling online education sustainability and optimal pedagogical practices and design for achieving deep learning.

We are inviting evidence-based papers, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies, critical reviews, and theoretical contributions related to this topic through themes, including:

  • Integrating the past, present, and future of online learning, in using existing/established theories and models, examining current examples, and considered the projected future.
  • Translation and application of classical educational/learning theories and practices to the online modality
  • Design processes or models that support the use and mapping of classical learning theories into online spaces
  • Mindsets or approaches that help instructors and course designers to design effective and theory-driven online learning
  • Supporting creativity and innovation in online learning theory and research while tapping into classical theories and proven approaches
  • Navigating tensions and barriers in identifying or applying theory to effective online learning
  • Learning theories that support engagement in online spaces to avoid isolation or disengagement
  • Barriers or challenges to implementing educational/learning theories in the online modality
  • Models of effective learning through hybrid deliveries of education
  • Effective evaluation of online learning impact
  • Harnessing technology to enable lasting learning
  • Impactful professional development and life-long learning

Manuscript Submission Instructions 

Manuscripts addressing the special issue’s focus should be submitted through the AJET online manuscript submission system. Please review the Author Guidelines and Submission Preparation Checklist carefully, and prepare your manuscript accordingly. Information about the peer review process and criteria is also available for your perusal. 

NOTE: When submitting your manuscript, please include a note in the field called ‘Comments for the Editor’ indicating that you wish it to be considered for the “Digital Learning” special issue. Please direct questions about manuscript submissions to Filia Garivaldis at:  


Deadlines for authors

Strict submission deadline: 1st March 2022

Decision on manuscripts: 16th May 2022

Revised/final manuscripts: 16th June 2022

Expected Publication: August 2022