The journal “Distance Education” ( is calling for proposals for the development of a guest-edited special themed issue of Distance Education (Volume 31, Number 2, 2010) that will need to go to press in early May 2010.

Guest editors should send a short proposal using the following guidelines to the Executive Editor, Som Naidu ( on or before April 30, 2009.

·         Names and affiliations of guest editor(s)
·         A clear and concise statement of the special edition theme
·         Its relevance to the scope and coverage of the journal, and
·         The need for a focus on the theme

“Distance Education” publishes research and scholarly articles in the fields of distance, open and flexible learning. Its focus is not on technology alone, but on how technology supports these processes.

“Distance Education” is owned by the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc., and it is published by the Taylor and Francis Group. The journal was first published in 1980, and as such it is the oldest of all journals currently being published in the field. 2009 is its thirtieth anniversary year.

Past themed issues include:
·       Volume 23, Number 1 (2002): Theme: Studying collaboration in distributed problem-based learning environments. Guest editor: Timothy Koschmann, Southern Illinois University, USA.
·       Volume 26, Number 2 (2005): Theme: Distance Education: Past contributions and possible futures. Guest editor: Peter Smith, Deakin University, Australia.
·       Volume 27, Number 2 (2006): Theme: Online distance education – New ways of learning; new modes of teaching? Guest editor: Rod Sims, Capella University, USA and Knowledgecraft, Australia.
·       Volume 28, Number 2 (2007): Theme: Distance education technologies – An Asian perspective. Guest editor: Jon Baggaley, Athabasca University, Canada.
·       Volume 29, Number 2 (2008): Theme: Distance education and e3-learning (effective, efficient and engaging learning). Guest editors: Michael Spector and David Merrill, Florida State University, USA.
·       Volume 30, Number 2 (2009) Theme: Researching learning design in open, distance and flexible learning: Guest editors: Sue Bennett, Shirley Agostinho, Lori Lockyer and Barry Harper, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Associate Professor Som Naidu, PhD
Director, Teaching & Learning Quality Enhancement and Evaluation Services.
Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst  NSW 2795 Australia
Phone: +61 2 6338 4538: Email: : Web:

Executive Editor “Distance Education
Co-series editor: Routledge Book Series on Open and Flexible Learning


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