The aim of the IJIOE is to provide the field of online higher education with quality knowledge about what is going on in important areas of the field, with a specific emphasis on what is new and likely to affect the field. IJIOE has a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) online education, including related fields such as healthcare. IJIOE is the purveyor of “WISDOM” about the field, providing short articles, discussions with author experts and reviews of methods for moving the field forward in selected areas.

The scope of IJIOE includes all of online higher education, but has a loose focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and healthcare. Articles are managed by “stream editors,” experts in specific streams of interests within this scope, including disciplines within the above content areas. From time to time, streams will be started that are thought to influence the major streams.

ISSN Print: 2377-9519
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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Innovations in Online Education

Special Issue: The Future of Online Learning

Guest Editors:

John Reaves

CEO Learning Worlds, VP of Innovation cWave

Leah MacVie

Institute for Teaching Innovation, D'Youville College

Jim Vanides

Senior Education & Industry Advisor

Submission Deadline: April 20, 2019

This special issue of the International Journal of Innovations in Online Education is being created in conjunction with a new stream on futures in online education. We're looking for articles, papers, and other ideas and contributions. Below are some thoughts that may serve as a framework for prospective authors and contributors.

Online education as a field and community of practitioners has always been future-oriented. It's evolving fast in terms of technology, design, and new areas of application. We are definitely interested in thinking and research that projects that evolution into the future, near-term or long-term.

At the same time, the future as a whole - global society as it will evolve in the next few decades - is likely to affect online education in even more profound ways.

The field of education, from K12 to higher ed, is engaged in a furious dialogue about everything from purpose to practice. In many cases, it's not the just the "how" of teaching that's being debated, as in previous decades, but the "what" and the "who" and the "why"… are we teaching the right subjects, and are subjects even the right focus for our teaching? Do we have the right institutions, do we need new ones or a total revamp of the existing paradigms? Will our students be everyone, at any age, and will they be our teachers as well? Where will our students be located? How will all this be affected by the availability of all knowledge in the online cloud?

In turn, education is being seen in the context of huge potential changes in the future of work. Artificial intelligence and automation in general, trends in business models that support distributed work and ad hoc organizations, all are promising to shorten the average job tenure and multiply the number of jobs, careers, and fields an individual will have to master in their lifetime.

And, of course, speculation about the future of work is being fueled by the predicted Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Breakthrough technologies in a wide variety of fields (AI, 3D manufacturing, DNA editing, IoT, etc.) will intersect to create new capabilities and change practically everything.

The Future of Online Learning issue is about how all these topics will shape online learning in the 21st century.


Given the tectonic shifts in society/culture, global/interconnected economies, the changing world of work, and the rapid advances in technology, how might online learning itself shift or evolve in response to these changes? Please think out of the box, but here are a few seed ideas:

  • New technologies - Mobile, virtual, immersive (XR), AI, etc.
  • Online education as it relates to future of K12, higher ed, continuing education, employee education, etc.
  • New ways of working in higher education (from paper to the cloud, virtual advisement and retention systems, meeting students where they are)
  • New business and institutional models (crowdsourcing, public/private partnerships)
  • New certification and credentialing models (stackable credits, badging, microcredentials, employability)
  • New pedagogy models (project-based, flipped, self-directed)
  • Shift from subject to skills focus (soft skills, multidisciplinary, learning-to-learn)
  • Impact of "all knowledge in the cloud" on online education
  • Impact of future of work concerns on online education (gig economy, AI vs. human value)


  • Original research paper (5-15 pages)
  • Theoretical/conceptual paper (2-10 pages)
  • Position paper (1-2 pages)
  • Future scenario (e.g. 1 page vision / description of one potential aspect of future)


Author's instructions for the International Journal of Innovations in Online Education can be found at: https://submission.begellhouse.com/journals/42d578d554327415/Instruction.pdf

If you have any questions prior to submitting, please contact John Reaves jreaves

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