Open call for Distance Education themed issue proposals (2024)

The journal Distance Education is calling for expressions of interest in the development of guest-edited themed issues to go to press in May 2024. Guest editors should send a clear and concise proposal using the following guidelines to the Executive Editor, Som Naidu ([email protected]).

All expressions of interest in developing a themed issue of the journal will be carefully considered for their appeal, timeliness and alignment with the scope and coverage of the journal. Proposals could be revised or combined if that strengthens them and/or the editorial team.

  • Names and affiliations of guest editor(s)
  • A clear and concise statement of the special edition theme
  • Its relevance to the scope and coverage of the journal, and
  • The need for a focus on the theme at this time.

The Distance Education journal publishes research and scholarly content in the field of open, flexible, distance and technology-enhanced learning. It is owned by the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc., and published by the Taylor and Francis Group. It was first published in 1980, and as such it is the oldest of all journals currently being published in the field.

Selected past themed issues
  • Volume 29, Number 2 (2008): Distance education and e3-learning (effective, efficient and engaging learning): Guest editors: Michael Spector and David Merrill.
  • Volume 30, Number 2 (2009): Researching learning design in open, distance and flexible learning: Guest editors: Sue Bennett, Shirley Agostinho, Lori Lockyer and Barry Harper.
  • Volume 31, Number 2 (2010): Mobile Learning and distance education. Guest editor: John Traxler.
  • Volume 32, Number 2 (2011): Distance Education for empowerment and development in Africa. Guest editors: Neil Butcher, Monica Mawoyo, Colin Latchem, and Lisbeth Levey.
  • Volume 33, Number 2 (2012): Fostering social inclusion through open educational resources (OER). Guest editor: Grainne Conole.
  • Volume 35, Number 2 (2014): MOOCs. Guest editors: Kemi Jona and Som Naidu.
  • Volume 36, Number 2 (2015): Distance education and time: organizational models for managing time and workload in distance education. Guest editors: Thomas Hullsmann, Elena Barbera, and Jennifer Roberts.
  • Volume 38, Number 2 (2017): Social presence and identity in online learning. Guest editors: Patrick Lowenthal and Vanessa Dennen.
  • Volume 41, Number 2 (2020): Open educational practices. Guest editors: Suzan Koseoglu, Aras Bozkurt, and Leo Havemann.
  • Volume 42, Number 2 (2021): Re-imagining assessment in online and distributed learning. Guest editors: Dianne Conrad and Gabi Witthaus.
  • Volume 43, Number 2 (2022): Systemic considerations to support distance education environments. Guest editors: Jill Stefaniak, Logan Arrington, and Alison Moore.
  • Volume 44, Number 2 (2023). Addressing the ‘challenging’ elements of learning at a distance: Rachel Fitzgerald, Sharon Altena, and Henk Huijser.
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