Shaping the Futures of Learning in the Digital Age 

Special Issue: Call for Papers

 * Submission deadline extended to November 1st! 

The landscape of learning is broad, complex, and arguably the most important space in which humans can effect change on the world and shape the future that we (and new generations) will inhabit. There isn’t an industry, system, culture, or civilization that doesn’t rely on learning to inform, prepare, and cultivate the next generation of inhabitants of this world. The technology landscape of today is similarly broad and complex, with advancements in computing, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence that are transforming the way people interact with knowledge and information, one another, and our surrounding digital or natural environments.

This special issue, Shaping the Futures of Learning in the Digital Age, invites contemporary work from scholars, practitioners, technologists, community members, and students on the futures of learning in the digital age. This issue welcomes submissions from a diverse transdisciplinary field of people, groups, and organizations that are thinking about, researching, designing, and creating the futures of learning.

While this special issue includes a public call for papers, it is intentionally targeted to a growing community of “dreamers, doers, and drivers,” otherwise identified as changemakers, from across the world known as ShapingEDU that are looking to shape the futures of education. Founded at the University Technology Office at Arizona State University in 2018, the ShapingEDU community convenes annually to explore identified calls to action.

In 2018 the community identified 10 calls to action namely;

  • Promote access and equity
  • Connect education to the workforce of the future
  • Build constellations of innovation
  • Recognize all forms of learning
  • Personalize learning
  • Humanize learning
  • Bolster intergenerational leadership for learning futures
  • Foster immersive learning
  • Innovate artificial intelligence (AI) applications
  • Embed data-driven approaches for student success

The topics of submissions to this special issue are anticipated to include, but not be limited to, these themes. For more detailed information on each theme please visit the ShapingEDU website. We welcome a diverse set of submissions: full original research papers, short reports or briefs, review papers, case studies, essays, or methodology papers. Full paper and methodology paper submissions should not exceed 8000 words, all other submissions should not exceed 6000 words (excluding references).

The aim of this special issue is to provide a publication venue for the work that individuals and groups such as the ShapingEDU community and others like it are engaging in around the world. With an increasing need to prepare and design for the future, we hope this special issue will serve as the seed to shape the futures of learning in the digital age.

Submission Information/Timeline: Interested contributors are invited to submit manuscripts aligned with the special issue theme for review by September 1, 2019. Full paper and methodology paper submissions should not exceed 8000 words, all other submissions should not exceed 6000 words (excluding references). All materials should be submitted electronically through the CIE website and follow the Journal’s submission guidelines.

You must register (or login) to make a submission. 

When you make your submission you must select the Special Issue: Shaping the Futures of Learning in the Digital Age from the dropdown list. 

Finally, in the notes to the editor section, please let us know which of the 10 calls to action your submission best alings with. 

*Please note the regular issue for this journal is curently on hiatus, and is only accepting submissions for this special issue. 

Special Issue Publication Timeline

November 1, 2019 - Deadline for manuscript submission
December 1, 2019 – Reviewer decisions
February 1, 2019 – Final revisions
March 1, 2020 – Publication of special issue

Submit Your Paper

Guest Editors

Inquiries about this special issue may be directed to the guest editors:

Sean M. Leahy, Ph.D.
Arizona State University, Director of Technology Initiatives

Samantha Adams Becker
Arizona State University, Strategic Communications Consultant; Community Director, ShapingEDU

Ben Scragg, MA, MBA
Arizona State University, Lead Design Strategist

Kim Flintoff
Curtin University, Learning Futures Advisor


About the Journal

Current Issues in Education (CIE) is an open access, peer-reviewed academic education journal produced by doctoral students at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College of Arizona State University. The journal publishes articles on a broad range of education topics that are timely and have relevance in the field of education both nationally and internationally. We seek innovative scholarship that tackles challenging issues facing education. For more information, visit