Call for Papers: The Digital Future of Education

[Deadline extended to December 31 – details below]

Along with Johannes Britz, I am co-editing a special issue of the International Review of Information Ethics on the topic of “The Digital Future of Education”. The full call for papers is below, and available here. Abstract submission deadline is November 1, 2013.

International Review of Information Ethics
The Digital Future of Education,  Vol. 21 (06/2014)
Edited by Johannes Britz and Michael Zimmer

  • Deadline for extended abstracts: December 31, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance to authors: February 1, 2014
  • Deadline for full articles: May 15, 2014
  • Deadline for revised articles: June 30, 2014
  • Publication: July 2014

Our contemporary information society is reinventing how knowledge is created, organized, accessed, and shared, with far reaching implications for institutions of learning – schools, libraries, museums, and more. Digital technologies facilitate new ways of thinking about learning that acknowledge and nurture individual talents, skills, and interests, as well as fostering connectedness and collaboration. The rapid development and ubiquity of digital technologies and platforms have pushed the future of education in innovative and unexpected directions. Computers, tablets and smart boards are integrated into classrooms from kindergarten through university; Web-based resources are increasingly relied on for instruction, collaboration, and research; entire courses, classrooms, and universities have moved online; social media platforms are being leveraged to improve student services and communication; big data analytics are used to enhance enrollment and advising services; MOOCs and related online environments provide alluring new learning opportunities.

This special issue will explore the ethical dimensions, implications, and challenges of the evolving digital future of education. We welcome submissions discussing, but not limited to, these areas of inquiry:

  • Commodification/democratization of higher education
  • Student privacy, intellectual freedom online
  • Quality of teaching and learning
  • Labor implications for instructors and information professionals
  • Academic misconduct and plagiarism
  • Online monitoring and surveillance of students and instruction
  • Identity management in online learning settings
  • Intellectual property and ownership of course content
  • Social justice and access to education
  • Implications for the digital divide and information literacy

Guest Editors:

Johannes Britz, PhD
Professor, School of Information Studies
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Michael Zimmer, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies
Director, Center for Information Policy Research
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Submission guideline:

Potential authors are requested to submit an extended abstract (max. 1,000 words) by December 31, 2013. Abstracts may be submitted in the native language of the author though an English translation of this abstract must be included if the chosen language is not English.  IRIE will publish articles in English, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish. The author(s) of contributions in French, Portuguese, or Spanish must nominate at least two potential peer reviewers. Abstracts will be evaluated by the guest editors.

Deadline for the final article (typically 3,000) is May 15, 2014. All final articles must conform to the IRIE style sheet and submission guidelines. All full submissions will be subject to external peer review. Therefore, the acceptance of an extended abstract does not imply the publication of the final text, unless the article has passed the peer review and revisions (if required) have been included in the text.

All submissions should be sent by email with ‘IRIE-Digital Education Submission’ in the header to Michael Zimmer:

For more information about the journal see:


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