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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Irish Educational Studies

For a Special Issue on
Digital Education Futures: Design for doing education differently

Abstract deadline
30 September 2021

Manuscript deadline
30 November 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Tony Hall, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
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Rupert Wegerif, University of Cambridge
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Suzanna Loper, University of California, Berkeley
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Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
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Emma O'Brien, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
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Digital Education Futures: Design for doing education differently

Key to our digital future is the need for participatory design with and for teachers and schools, where they lead innovation in the field of digital education. This requires critical inquiry, debate and discussion between educators, students, communities and technology companies (Laurillard, 2013; Morris and Strommel, 2018). This Special Issue of Irish Educational Studies provides an opportunity to debate and discuss what the digital education future may look like, and how we can design effectively for innovative forms of technology-mediated learning. Furthermore, what are the digital opportunities that we can take advantage of now, to envision and design digital education futures that are inclusive for as many learners as possible? Who is potentially being excluded in our digital futures, and therefore how can we ensure technology is designed and deployed for a better educational future for all? Consequently, what is the role of pedagogy, technology, policy makers, educators and students in shaping learning spaces, experiences and models, post-Covid?
This Special Issue invites papers that address, critique and outline how we can design effectively for digital education futures that help to mediate innovative and inclusive learning, teaching and assessment for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a unique opportunity for both students and educators to reflect on the future of education. (World Economic Forum, 2020). Many educators and students have realised that it is possible, and sometimes desirable, to do things differently which opens the door to new alternatives, and provides the potential to reform education. During the pandemic digital technologies afforded educators opportunities to develop educational environments that were inclusive, meeting a variety of learning needs, personal circumstances and professional and societal demands. However reliance on technology highlighted that not all students have equal access to infrastructure, nor the skills/literacies required to navigate digital spaces optimally (Beaunoyer et al 2020). COVID-19 has also served as a lever for change in education. For example, the pivot to large-scale online learning has made possible new forms of innovative, hybrid and blended learning, which would have been considered unimaginable, or infeasible prior to the pandemic.

This special issue constitutes an invitation to the Irish and international research community to explore and consider what digital futures might look like; how embracing digital technologies in new ways can enhance what is learned; and how learning is mediated by digital technology, as well as who is involved in learning encounters – online, blended and hybrid.

This special Issue of Irish Educational Studies will help us to map the future of digital education in Ireland and internationally. This is especially timely considering the increased importance of digital technology now, and the challenges and opportunities this creates for learning, teaching and assessment.

This open call invites different types of contributions related to digital aspects of teaching and learning in pre-school/early years, primary, post-primary, post-secondary, formal and informal learning spaces, on topics including (but not limited to):

  • Digital literacies and narratives
  • Digital socio-emotional learning
  • Critical perspectives on digital education
  • Digital identities – teacher, student, pre-service
  • Enabling human-centred digital pedagogies
  • Digital spaces, augmented, virtual and mixed reality
  • Digital dynamics, learning analytics and artificial intelligence in education
  • Innovative digital applications and technologies in education
  • Futures methodologies for digital education
  • Innovative, design-based research for education in the ‘Digital Age’
  • Digital reflection
  • Digital learning experiences
  • Digital equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Pedagogical innovation in a digital future
  • Novel digital learning models (formal, informal, work-based or experiential digital learning)

Different types of papers are welcome including, for example: empirical papers, viewpoints, case studies, conceptual papers, literature reviews. We welcome submissions from educators, researchers, teacher-researchers or papers co-authored with students and teachers/educators/practitioners. Initial inquiries can be made to [email protected] or [email protected].

Submission Instructions

Abstracts (500 words maximum) are to be submitted by a deadline of 30th September 2021.

Following review of abstracts received, authors will be invited to submit either long papers (7,000 words maximum) or shorter articles (3,500), depending on the focus and scope of their research, by 30th November 2021 with the aim of publishing the special issue of Irish Educational Studies in early 2022.

Please select "Digital Education Futures: Design for doing education differently" when submitting your abstract/paper to ScholarOne.

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