Call for Chapters: Advancing Online Course Design and Pedagogy for the 21st Century Learning Environment


Dr. Daniel Chatham, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: April 6, 2020
Full Chapters Due: April 30, 2020
Submission Date: July 18, 2020


Provide a brief definition of your topic followed by an explanation of why there is a particular need for your book.

In the education model of the past, the student’s most important connection was with the teacher. Since online education began growing in the mid 1990’s, a struggle has existed to understand what new connections exist and how they influence learning. In this era of networked learning, learning opportunities are widely distributed beyond the one to one connection of student with teacher. In this context, deliberate course design is of paramount importance. It is not sufficient to take a course taught largely in the same way it has been for decades and “put it online”. This incorrectly implies a simple change of status is pedagogically sufficient to maximize learning for the 21st century.

The current learning environment is substantially different than existed for most of the 20th century. Learners and teachers today must navigate in perpetually changing contexts where education is influenced by technological advancement and obsolescence, economic barriers, changing employment landscape, and even international politics. This book navigates today’s dynamic education requirements.

Many studies indicate that employers seek to hire graduates with strong skills in areas coalescing around international awareness, creativity, communication, leadership, and teamwork. Skills and experiences in these areas are necessary preparation for the current economy and to pursue jobs that don’t exist yet, while providing some insulation against the obsolescence of industries that lack these characteristics. These interpersonal skills are not often the subject of students’ degrees, yet there are opportunities in online education to cultivate them. With increased interest in new career options comes need to reconsider how to teach subjects in the increasingly online environment. The studies in this book will provide examples of how online learning can foster growth in these skill areas through effective course design.

Considering the evolving learning environment and the challenge of skill development, this book provides a valuable resource for those seeking to upgrade teaching and learning into the online environment, those that seek better employment outcomes for their students, and those seeking to explore contemporary online course design strategies or examples. All is done with the goal of improving learning outcomes for students, today and tomorrow.

This project anticipates chapters organized into the following parts:
Part 1: Pedagogies in the online learning environment
Part 2: Course design for global learning
Part 3: Learning activities for the 21st century


This book advances research about online course design and learning with a focus on specific learning activities, assessments, engagement, communication techniques and more. It helps educators gain insight into online pedagogy and course design for the 21st century learner, prepares them to convert traditional courses, enhance existing online courses, hence supporting students' growth and development in the highly dynamic online learning environment.

Target Audience

This book will benefit advanced student teachers, teachers, and researchers interested in online education at all levels. This collection of chapters may inspire current and future teachers and researchers, while doctoral students may find the contents useful in their coursework.

In particular, those interested in online education would benefit from the book. Although the technology of online education changes, the principles of effective online course design and pedagogy are more timeless. The book will be a subject of interest to faculty, research communities, and researchers from diverse disciplines who aspire to create new and innovative online learning environments. Hopefully, the book will inspire application and new teaching practices, leading to improved learning outcomes.

Recommended Topics

Recommended submissions may be research studies, case studies, or other papers on topics including, but not limited to:
Online education and learning environment
Online course design
Pedagogies in the online learning environment
Distance education
Workforce development
21st century economy
Globalized workforce
Global education
Pedagogies in the online learning environment
Course design for global learning
Online activities for 21st century learners
Transition from offline to online courses

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 6, 2020, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2020, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Advancing Online Course Design and Pedagogy for the 21st Century Learning Environment. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Important Dates

April 6, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
April 30, 2020: Full Chapter Submission Deadline
May 30, 2020: Chapter Reviews due to Editor
June 10, 2020: Reviews due to Authors
June 30, 2020: Revised chapters due to Editor
July 15, 2020: Final Acceptance Notification due to Authors
July 18, 2020: All Final Accepted Materials due to Editor (submission due date)


Inquiries may be made to the Editor, Dr. Daniel Chatham, at, or by phone at +1 (831) 647-4632.


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