Special Issue: Covid-19 and the future of e-learning 

22 Feb 2021

Covid-19 has achieved in a few months what years of promoting e-learning could not have achieved previously. Schools, colleges and universities around the world have swiftly switched to online delivery modes despite the steep-learning curves and a lack of time for preparation and detailed planning. Students too had to adapt quickly to be taught via new platforms such as zoom and teams and to increase the use of narrated lectures, podcasts, online quizzes and other e-learning materials in order to complete their courses and programmes of study. In addition to that, workers around the world, temporarily or permanently out of work have been engaging with online courses at an unprecedented rate to learn new skills and improve their job prospects in the post-Covid-19 world.

After having focused in a prior special issue on institutional responses to the pandemic, now we are calling in this special issue of EJEL for papers that addressn the implementation of e-learning during the Covid-19 crisis and provide novel and original insights for future application of e-learning in education, including work-based learning. We are particularly interested in studies, analyses, surveys and evaluations addressing some of the topics listed below and contributing to theory building of e-learning.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluations of e-learning technologies
  • Blended learning models
  • Design and evaluation of e-assessment
  • Online pedagogies and their impact on learning outcomes
  • Instructional design and pedagogy “engineering”
  • Synchronous vs asynchronous modes of delivery
  • Cost/benefit analysis of different e-learning models
  • “Zoom fatigue”
  • Data protection and privacy issues
  • Sustainability of COVID-19-induced e-learning activities
  • Accessibility and equal opportunities.
  • Project Management methodologies for rapid e-learning implementation, such as agile methodologies and Scrum
  • Teaching culture changes in e-learning during Covid-19
  • E-learning outside formal learning spaces
  • Changing roles in education with e-learning
  • The future of e-learning
  • Models of teacher education post pandemic

In your submission, please indicate which topics from the list above are considered in the paper.

The submission deadline for all papers is April 30th 2021.