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Publishing Opportunity Shared by eLFA2021

Special Edition of AJSoTL on "Augmenting the Virtual Environment: Technology - Innovation" - Call for Papers | Manuscripts due: 15 May 2022

For more details about the Call for Papers, please refer to the below invitation we received from the 16th eLearning Forum Asia (eLFA2021) and the Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as below:

The 16th eLearning Forum Asia (eLFA2021)

“Augmenting the Virtual Environment: Technology - Innovation - Humanity”

Call for Papers

You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in a Special Issue of the Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Journal seeks to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in and beyond classrooms located in Asia so as to develop practice in the service of improved student learning outcomes in the varied contexts in Asia. AJSoTL invites rigorous, scholarly investigation of topics related to all aspects of teaching and learning, including evidence-based contributions relevant to designing effective learning environments, the educational affordances of technology, and scholarly approaches to high-quality assessment and feedback, curriculum design, and other relevant practices.

Call for Papers: Special Edition on “Augmenting the Virtual Environment: Technology - Innovation - Humanity”

In collaboration with the organisers of eLearning Forum Asia (eLFAsia), the theme for this Special Issue will be based on the theme of the 16theLearning Forum Asia (eLFA2021) – “Augmenting the Virtual Environment: Technology – Innovation - Humanity”. More details about eLFAsia and eLFA2021 are available at the organisation’s official website at and the eLFA2021 conference website at

The current COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting lockdowns in university campuses around the world have disrupted ‘normal’ teaching and learning as students have been unable to visit campuses in-person, interact with their classmates and teachers, or receive academic, technical or support services on campus. On the other hand, technological advancements, which have allowed educators to quickly modify and transfer in-person courses to online course designs, have been less successful in facilitating meaningful engagement with students. Parallel to these challenges, many colleges and universities have moved to quickly adopt institution-wide educational continuity plans to streamline the educational delivery process. These plans often include the acquisition and integration of commercially available large-scale learner management platforms, the adoption of which has spurred a series of ethical questions as to the benefit of such systems to institutions and students versus the benefit to technology corporations. The aim of eLFA2021 was to bring educators and technologists together for an opportunity to take stock of the phenomenal, rapid technological and educational movements of the past couple of years and consider the long-term benefits and challenges to students and institutions of learning. By having thought leaders and educational practitioners exploring and sharing innovative teaching and learning practices together, it would help educators to meet the diverse learning needs of students and preparing them for the future ‘new normal’ in this fast-changing world.

In view of the above, the aims of this Special Issue are to explore whether technology-facilitated teaching and learning during the pandemic has benefitted the Asian educational community and try to answer the following questions:

  • How does the scaled-up use of technology in Asian educational community benefit students and teachers?

  • How does the fast-advancing technology and innovation balance with the usual developmental pace of humanity?

  • How can educators and institutions prepare for future challenges with the assistance of technology while maintaining an expected standard on digital ethics?

Submissions to the Special Issue can focus on (but not be limited to) the following sub-themes related to e-learning:

  • Adaptive e-learning

  • Augmented/Virtual reality

  • Learning-oriented devices and networks

  • Learning-oriented technologies

  • Online learning

  • Social games

  • Assessment of e-learning

  • Curriculum and syllabus design

  • Tools and platforms

  • Digital ethics

Submission Guidelines

We require full manuscripts to be submitted by 15 May 2022 to the AJSoTL Editorial Office ( in order to be reviewed and revised for publication in late 2022. ALL manuscripts will go through AJSoTL double-blind review process as normal once they are submitted. Specifically, we are looking for studies of scholarly work that focuses on an Asian context and/or have direct or indirect implications for such work. As with regular AJSoTLarticles, we have no prescribed methodologies and invite you to find relevant ways to write about these themes.


Manuscripts due: 15 May 2022 | Anticipated publication: Late 2022

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors, submission procedure, and other relevant information can be found on the AJSoTL webpage, specifically under Instructions to Authors. Authors can consider submitting Articles or Reflections on Practice.

For further information or queries about this Special Edition, please contact one of the Co-Editors for the Special Issue, Dr. Theresa Kwong (, and Dr. Eva Wong (

Liew Shin Dee (on behalf of Co-Editors Dr Theresa Kwong and Dr Eva Wong)

AJSoTL Editorial Office


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