Call: Distance Education themed issue

Call for Proposals: Distance Education

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The journal Distance Education is calling for EOIs from individuals and teams for the development of a guest-edited themed issue to go to press in May 2017. The journal publishes research and scholarly content in the field of open, flexible, distance and elearning. 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.


Guest editors should send a clear and concise proposal using the following guidelines to the Executive Editor, Som Naidu ( on or before April 15th, 2016. All expressions of interest in developing a themed issue of the journal will be carefully considered by the editors of the journal for their appeal and timeliness and its 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


Distance Education: Past contributions and possible futures. Guest editor: Peter Smith, Deakin University, Australia.
Online distance education – New ways of learning; new modes of teaching. Guest editor: Rod Sims, Capella University, USA and Knowledgecraft, Australia.
Distance education technologies – An Asian perspective. Guest editor: Jon Baggaley, Athabasca University, Canada.
Distance education and e3-learning (effective, efficient and engaging learning). Guest editors: Michael Spector and David Merrill, Florida State University, USA.
Researching learning design in open, distance and flexible learning: Guest editors: Sue Bennett, Shirley Agostinho, Lori Lockyer and Barry Harper, University of Wollongong, Australia.
Mobile Learning and distance education. Guest editor: John Traxler, University of Wolverhampton.
Distance Education for empowerment and development in Africa. Guest editors: Neil Butcher, Monica Mawoyo, Colin Latchem, and Lisbeth Levey.
Fostering social inclusion through open educational resources (OER). Guest editor: Grainne Conole, Leicester University, UK
Education Across Space and Time: Meeting the needs of the distance learners (Best papers from the ODLAA DE Summit, February 4-6, 2013). Guest editor: Rod Sims and Mutuota Kigotho (ODLAA Executive).
MOOCs. Guest editors: Kemi Jona, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA; Som Naidu, Melbourne, Australia.
Distance Education and Time: Organizational Models for Managing Time and Workload in Distance Education. Guest Editors: Thomas Hullsmann, Elena Barbera, and Jennifer Roberts.
Growing capacities for sustainable distance e-learning provision (Best Papers from the 26th ICDE World Conference hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA) at Sun City, South Africa (14-16 October 2015).


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