The COVID-19 pandemic and associated lock-downs are having a profound effect on education, with many schools and universities around the world now only using online teaching or digitally enabled approaches which are already well documented in the existing literature.
In response to this crisis, new ideas of remote learning and teaching are emerging, being tested and evaluated. Countries, and schools at all levels are exploring all possible ways to deliver an education most appropriate for the local pandemic situations. The world has seen unprecedented demand for the use of information technology in education to deliver effective learning environments. In doing so, countries and schools are facing unprecedented challenges too.
The EAIT Editorial Board hopes that this Special Issue will provide a just-in-time platform for educators and researchers to share ideas, perspectives, success stories and lessons learned. This sharing is vitally important in improving not only our ability to deliver quality education during the current pandemic, but also our readiness in dealing with future pandemics. We need to see this from an international perspective and welcome contributions from researchers in all parts of the world on the situation in their own country.
While much of the published literature emerging around this topic is of interest, it is too early to be characterised by depth or perspective. Given the duration of the pandemic, the EAIT Editorial Board believes that at present, there has not been enough time for educators to identify and conduct empirical research studies that integrate technology design accommodating (e.g. to address and in responding to) all factors and complexities that the COVID-19 crisis might have introduced into education. Much of what has been written so far is descriptive, or conceptual. Ideas need to be reinforced by experimental practice to analyse and validate. As a result, formal and well-founded research studies are needed, which will take some time. This call for articles of this Special Issue will have a deadline for submissions of 31st January 2021. We advise potential authors to wait a little while before writing in order to be able to better analyse the effects of the pandemic on education, particularly on the use of information technology in educational practices.
The Special Issue will have three sections:
- Higher education
- School education
- Issues common to all levels of education
Articles could cover research in a wide range of areas including:
- Impacts on education worldwide
- Effects on students, teachers, parents and educational administrators
- Changes in public policy
- Shifts in technology-enhanced learning
- Usefulness of the information technology being used and how it might be further improved.
- Surveys that look into, with appropriate analysis and synthesis, a range of local practices and their effectiveness
Further details can be found at: https://www.springer.com/journal/10639
Chenglie Hu, Carroll University, USA
Shah Miah, Victoria University, Australia
Faten Abdel-Hameed, University of Bahrain, Bahrain
Submissions will not be accepted before 30th November 2020 and the deadline is 31st January 2021.
Manuscripts should be submitted via the Editorial Manager, at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/eait/default.aspx, following the submission guidelines https://www.springer.com/journal/10639/submission-guidelines. Please ensure you choose the article type “SI: Education, IT and the COVID-19 Pandemic” under “Select Article Type”.