Call for Chapters: Developments in Virtual Learning Environments and the Global Workplace


Stephanie Swartz, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Belem Barbosa, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Izzy Crawford, Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom
Susan Luck, Pfeiffer University, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 28, 2020
Full Chapters Due: December 11, 2020
Submission Date: December 11, 2020


Although Institutions of higher education have recognized the need for preparing their graduates for a digitalised, global workplace, these efforts have been sporadic, individual and varied from discipline to discipline. Nevertheless, over the past ten years, trends such as “double classrooms”, ,”inverted classrooms” and “collaborative online international learning” (COIL) have gained traction at universities across the globe. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemicin 2020, efforts to engage students in the use of digital tools and virtual collaborative teamwork increased manifoldly.. In this book we give voice to some of the many creative and innovative virtual learning environments (VLEs) which instructors all over the world have used to connect with their students. Furthermore,we also present the views of key stakeholders such as students, faculty and employers to demonstrate the holistic nature of virtual learning, its impact on employability, and the development of global citizenry. Readers will be provided with a tool kit, guidance, and examples of best practice to help them create and evaluate their own virtual learning projects, as well as prepare students and employees for the opportunities and challenges of a global, digital workplace.


The book intends to provide professionals in higher education and all sectors of industry with a rationale and tool kit for facilitating virtual learning in a wide variety of contexts in response to the opportunities and challenges presented by the digital global workplace. The main objectives of this book include: Curating knowledge and bringing together views of different stakeholders concerning virtual learning practices Providing a tool kit for academics and students intending to be involved in virtual learning practices Demonstrating the value of virtual learning for professionals and employers Presenting best practices in online learning in different settings (e.g., countries, education levels, industry sectors, academic disciplines) Offering guidance to support more effective learning Sharing future perspectives and trends within the virtual learning environment Aid professionals in the creation and evaluation of own virtual learning strategies

Target Audience

This book will be particularly interesting for a wide audience, from academics to managers. As such, its target audience includes: University and college instructors (academics), e-learning and instructional designers, university senior managers, university staff responsible for mobility and exchange, researchers, and professionals responsible for organizational development and further education, human resource directors, global company executives.

Recommended Topics

- Challenges and Opportunities of Virtual Learning Environments - Experiential Learning and Transversal Skill Development - Collaborative Online International Learning - Developing Global Citizenry - Democratising international mobility - Use of digital tools in the classroom - Cross-cultural virtual team projects - Real-life client projects - Innovative approaches to virtual mobility - Engaging students and reducing student anxiety with online-learning - Increasing employability through COIL - Faculty collaboration and research - Incorporating VR and AI in the classroom - Life-long learning / Mindset vs. Skill-set - Protecting privacy in a digitalised classroom

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 28, 2020, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by November 12, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 11, 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, Developments in Virtual Learning Environments and the Global Workplace. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

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


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Important Dates

October 28, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
November 12, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
December 11, 2020: Full Chapter Submission
January 24, 2021: Review Results Returned
March 7, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification
March 21, 2021: Final Chapter Submission


Stephanie Swartz Mainz University of Applied Sciences Belem Barbosa University of Aveiro Izzy Crawford Robert Gordon University Susan Luck Pfeiffer University


Business and Management; Computer Science and Information Technology; Education; Media and Communications; Social Sciences and Humanities
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