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2020 Special Edition: Micro-credentials and qualifications for future work and learning in a disrupted world


The Editorial Board announces a Special Issue related to graduate employability and the future of work and learning in a disrupted world.

Many experts are predicting fundamental changes to higher education's 'business as usual' - and credentials, qualifications and employability are absolutely core business. How will providers ensure VALUE for learners, their families and their employers in this disrupted economy?

The Special Issue Editors Emeritus Professor Beverley Oliver, Dr Trina Jorre de St Jorre and Dr Beatrice Tucker welcome guest editors:

  • Professor Elisa Martinez-Marroquin
  • Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski

Submissions are now being accepted. Note that, as for all editions of this journal, continuous publication will occur. This means that:

  • Submissions may be made from 1 June 2020 and will continue into 2021.
  • Submissions will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.
  • Accepted articles will be prepared for publication promptly from July 2020 onwards.

The Editors welcome submissions focussing on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Emerging short form learning experiences, collectively referred to as micro-credentials, and their contribution to employability and engaged citizenship. 
  • The value of formal qualifications and the experience of sustained deep learning 
  • Transnational experiences available through digital learning opportunities
  • The relationship of qualifications and micro credentials to evolving ways of learning
  • The relationship of qualifications and micro credentials to evolving ways of working
  • Qualifications, micro-credentials and learning for multiple purposes across the lifespan
  • Qualifications, micro-credentials and emerging recruitment practices
  • Innovations and evidence-based outcomes of micro-credentials, including widening access to educational opportunity and global citizenship 
  • The challenges of ethics, academic integrity and social media traceability in micro-credentials and qualifications
  • Micro-credentials, qualifications, work-integrated learning and career-embedded learning
  • The opportunities to re-imagine assessment and feedback in micro-credentials and qualifications.
  • Quality assurance and qualifications.
Submissions which are empirical, evidence-based or conceptual are encouraged from researchers and practitioners in educational and industry partnerships.

In addition to full articles, we invite experts to submit a short (~1000 words) PROVOCATION to this special edition. Subject to peer review, these PROVOCATIONS are intended to showcase thought, leadership and expert commentary on the future of credentials for work in a disrupted world.

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit an expression of interest at their earliest convenience, indicating their topic and intended date of submission.

Date for submissions: From 1 June 2020

Expected publication date: July 2020 – July 2021

Prospective authors who are not already registered with the Journal should first register as an author and then follow the link to the on line submission process.

Please read the Submission Instructions for Authors before using the on line submission process. (This may take a few seconds to download in a new window).

The Editors welcome authors to informally discuss potential submissions before the submission deadline.

Date for submissions: Submissions are now being accepted. As we will be publishing continuously there is no closing date for submissions.

Expected initial publication date of this special edition: From 1 July 2020 onwards

Posted: 2020-01-31
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